In Pursuit of Congruence: A Personal Reflection on Methods and Philosophy in Applied Practice

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Pete Lindsay Sheffield Hallam University

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Jeff D. Breckon Sheffield Hallam University

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Owen Thomas University of Wales Institute, Cardiff

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Ian W. Maynard Sheffield Hallam University

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The chosen methods of applied sport psychology practitioners should be underpinned by their personal core beliefs and values (Poczwardowski, Sherman, & Ravizza, 2004). However, many novice practitioners unquestioningly adopt the dominant method of the field (Fishman, 1999), and thus might find themselves incongruent in terms of their professional philosophy (Tudor & Worrall, 2004). This article aims to highlight questions that practitioners might reflect on to achieve greater congruence in terms of their philosophy of practice. Autoethnographic accounts of consultancies by a recently qualified practitioner are used to explore one practitioner’s journey toward congruence in professional philosophy. Insights arising from these consultancies for the practitioner are provided, and the wider implications for the training and certification and accreditation of practitioners are considered.

Lindsay, Breckon, and Maynard are with the Centre for Sport and Exercise Science, Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield, UK. Thomas is with the School of Sport, University of Wales Institute, Cardiff, Cardiff, Wales.

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