Who Delivers Sport Psychology Services? Examining the Field Reality in Europe

in The Sport Psychologist
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The goal of this investigation was to gain insight into the status of applied sport psychology in Europe, using the French-speaking part of Belgium as a case study. In contrast to previous studies, which have only focused on official scientific membership lists, the present survey examined the delivery of sport psychology services independent of practitioners’ educational background, membership, level of certification, and/or the topics addressed within their practice. Results revealed that degree-holding psychologists and people without any credentials coexist. Practitioners highlighted the need for informing the world of sport about applied sport psychology, developing specific training programs in sport psychology, and certifying people working as sport psychologists. Similar research across Europe, considering any professional delivering sport psychology services, is necessary to develop a more comprehensive picture of the subject.

At the time the study was carried out, Xavier Sanchez and Fabrice De Zanet were, as Philippe Godin still is, at the Faculty of Psychology, Catholic University of Louvain at Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium. Xavier Sanchez is now at the Department of Sport and Physical Activity, Edge Hill College, UK. E-mail: sanchezx@edgehill.ac.uk. Fabrice De Zanet is now at Optimum Coaching, Belgium.

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