A Longitudinal Examination of a British Neophyte Sport Psychologist’s Development

in The Sport Psychologist
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  • 1 Aberystwyth University
  • 2 University of Chichester
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A consultant in private practice, Anna, was followed over 2 years to observe ways her service delivery perceptions and practices changed after completing her academic education. Anna was interviewed three times with each interview being transcribed verbatim with ensuing transcripts thematically content analyzed. Over the two years, Anna experienced increasing coherence between her broadening theoretical orientation and service delivery practices. Anna’s service delivery became more client-led and focused on long-term growth rather than short-term problem fixing. Decreasing anxiety and increasing confidence in her competence, along with experimentation influenced the changes Anna experienced. Anna’s story provides insights for sport psychologist training, such as the value of experiential learning through client contact, personal therapy, and supervision groups.

Tod is with the Dept. of Sport and Exercise Science, Aberystwyth University, Penglais Campus, Aberystwyth Ceredigion SY23 3FD, United Kingdom. Bond is with the University of Chichester, Chichester, United Kingdom.

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