Thrown to the Wolves: A Student’s Account of Her Practicum Experience

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This article provides an account of a trainee’s initial sport psychology practicum experience. Experiential knowledge gained by the trainee performance enhancement consultant with a junior college women’s basketball team is shared via a self-narrative in the form of a log she kept during the season and self-reflections. The log entries and self-reflections are organized around several themes that emerged over the course of the trainee’s practicum. The narrative outlines the trainee’s theoretical orientation and philosophy, highlights her experiences with the team, and reveals her thought processes related to the various situations she encountered. A better understanding of the process of sport psychology service delivery by a trainee is offered to guide other aspiring professionals during their initial training experiences.

Emily Tonn is a graduate of Argosy University/Phoenix and currently coaches volleyball and teaches at La Joya Community High School, Avondale, AZ 85323. Robert Harmison is the Program Chair of the Sport-Exercise Psychology program at Argosy University, Phoenix, AZ, 85021, E-mail: rharmison@argosyu.edu.

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