Reflections on Three Neophyte Sport and Exercise Psychologists’ Developing Philosophies for Practice

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Richard Collins UWE Hartpury College

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Katie Evans-Jones Trainee Sport and Exercise Psychologists

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Helen L. O’Connor Trainee Sport and Exercise Psychologists

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In response to the recent literature regarding the development of applied sport psychologists’ service philosophies (Lindsay, Breckon, Thomas, & Maynard, 2007), three neophyte psychologists take an autoethnographical approach to detailing how they developed their current philosophies. Using vignettes and personal accounts of their experiences they describe how reflection on their beliefs and values about people, behavior, sport, and change has underpinned their development as practitioners. The three authors detail how their delivery has developed from an approach that initially relied heavily on one framework into a more client-led approach that is more congruent with their beliefs and how this has in turn enhanced their effectiveness as practitioners. The implications of this reflective process for other neophytes is explored in relation to the experiences of the three authors.

Collins is with the Dept. of Applied Sport Science, UWE Hartpury College, Gloucester, UK. Evans-Jones and O’Connor are trainee sport and exercise psychologists in the UK.

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