Team Consultation Following an Athlete’s Suicide: A Crisis Intervention Model

in The Sport Psychologist
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  • 1 Bradley University
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This article presents a three-phase model that can guide sport psychologists assisting in crisis intervention with athletes in the weeks following a major trauma. The model employs a systems theory framework within which therapeutic tasks that facilitate recovery from trauma are offered. The unique role of the sport psychologist in post-traumatic care of athletes is discussed. The model’s utility is illustrated via retrospective application to the author’s work with a team that experienced the suicide of one of its veteran members.

The author is with the Department of Educational Leadership and Human Development Counseling, Bradley University, Peoria, IL 61625. E-mail: kjb@bradley.edu.

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