A Sport Psychology Service Delivery Heuristic: Building on Theory and Practice

in The Sport Psychologist
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This article outlines 11 factors that a consultant may consider when planning, implementing, and evaluating psychological services. These factors are professional boundaries; professional philosophy; making contact; assessment; conceptualizing athletes’ concerns and potential interventions; range, types, and organization of service; program implementation; managing the self as an intervention instrument; program and consultant evaluation; conclusions and implications; and leaving the setting. All 11 factors represent important considerations for applied sport psychology professionals. Although consultants each have their own unique style and approach, these 11 factors are prerequisite considerations that form the foundation of a consultant’s effective practice. These guidelines may provide direction for a practitioner’s professional development, and as such, need time and commitment to be realized.

Artur Poczwardowski, Clay P. Sherman, and Keith P. Henschen are with the Department of Exercise and Sport Science at the University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT 84112.

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