Reflective Practice Within Elite Consultancy: Diary Extracts and Further Discussion on a Personal and Elusive Process

in The Sport Psychologist

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Zoe KnowlesLiverpool John Moores University

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Jonathan KatzIndependent Consultant

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David GilbourneUniversity of Hull

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This paper examines reflective practice by illustrating and commenting upon aspects of an elite sport psychology practitioner’s reflective processes. Extracts from a practitioner’s reflective diary, maintained during attendance at a major sporting event, focused upon issues that relate to on-going relationships and communication with fellow practitioners and athletes. Authors one and three offered subsequent comment on these accounts to facilitate movement toward critical reflection via an intrapersonal process creating considerations for the practitioners with regard to skills and personal development. These issues are discussed in relation to pragmatic topics such as “staged” and “layered” reflection encouraged by author collaboration and shared writing within the present paper. We argue these outcomes against more philosophical/opaque considerations such as the progression of critical reflection and critical social science.

Knowles is with the Research Institute of Sport and Exercise Sciences, Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool, UK. Katz is an independent consultant in Northampton, UK. Gilbourne is with the School of Sport, Health, and Exercise, University of Hull, Cardiff, UK.

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