Sport Psychology in a Collegiate Athletic Department Setting

in Journal of Clinical Sport Psychology

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Ronald B. ChamberlainBrigham Young University

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The author shares his experiences as a sport psychologist working for the Athletic Department at Brigham Young University. He describes both his educational background and the training experiences that prepared him for a career as a psychologist in a collegiate athletics department. The development and evolution of the sport psychologist role at Brigham Young University is also described, and a model for conceptualizing sport psychology with student-athletes is provided. The methods for delivering psychological services to student-athletes are detailed, and a typical daily, weekly, and semester schedule for a sport psychologist is presented. The author concludes by sharing what he finds challenging about working as a sport psychologist in a collegiate environment and what he has found most enjoyable about this career alternative for professional psychologists.

Ron Chamberlain is with the Athletic Department at Brigham Young University in Provo, UT. E-mail: Ron_Chamberlain@byu.edu.

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