Athlete-Counseling Competencies for U.S. Psychologists Working with Athletes

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  • 1 University of Missouri-Columbia
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The purpose of this investigation was to identify several essential counseling competencies for psychologists working with athletes. U.S. experts judged 17 athlete-counseling competencies to be essential for ethical psychotherapy practice with athlete clients. Implications for this first set of specific athletecounseling competencies include (a) helping psychologists and students not trained in athlete-counseling and/or sport psychology identify areas in which they need further education, training, or experiences in order to competently work with athlete clients; (b) further defining the specialty of athletecounseling; and (c) assisting athlete clients, as well as non-athlete clients, in distinguishing among available psychological services. Suggestions for future athlete-counseling competency research were also presented.

D. Gant Ward is now with the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Oklahoma City, OK 73190. E-mail: Scott D. Sandstedt is currently with the Harry S. Truman VA Hospital in Columiia, MO. Richard H. Cox is with the Department of Educational, School, & Counseling Psychology at the University of Missouri-Columbia. Niels C. Beck is with the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Missouri-Columbia.

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