A Psychologist in the World of Intercollegiate Sports: Professional Development Issues

in Journal of Clinical Sport Psychology

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Christopher M. CarrSt. Vincent Sports Performance Center, Indianapolis

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This paper describes one psychologist’s professional journey providing clinical sport psychological services to student athletes, from training to first position, and on to current roles and responsibilities. Obstacles in providing psychological care to student-athletes in the intercollegiate setting are highlighted and an approach to overcoming these obstacles is articulated. Most importantly, this paper highlights the consequences of both interdisciplinary conflict within sport psychology and poorly trained professionals. The importance of ongoing professional development for both the individual practitioner and the field of sport psychology as a whole is thoroughly presented and discussed.

Christopher M. Carr is a sport and performance psychologist and coordinator for Sport and Performance Psychology at St Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis, Indiana. E-mail: CMCarr@stvincent.org.

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