Navigating Subclinical Sport Psychology as a Trainee: A Case Study of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy in Elite Youth Athletics

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The current case reports the service delivery experiences of a trainee practitioner working within elite youth athletics, discussing the experiences and challenges associated with encountering clinical issues and appropriate referrals for the first time. Alongside ongoing clinical support, this case warranted ongoing sport psychology service delivery, during which the trainee adopted an acceptance and commitment therapy approach. Interventions were focused toward the promotion of openness to experience and the identification of value-driven behaviors for sport. Service effectiveness was evaluated via a multimodal method including other professionals in a multidisciplinary support team. Reflections on the service delivery highlight the potentially beneficial or detrimental impacts that practitioner beliefs and values may have, as well as issues regarding role clarity, education, and preparedness for sport psychology trainees encountering clinical issues for the first time.

Hartley (chris.hartley@stir.ac.uk) is with the Faculty of Health Sciences and Sport, University of Stirling, Stirling, United Kingdom.

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