AASP-Certified Consultants’ Experiences of Spirituality within Sport Psychology Consultation

in The Sport Psychologist
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In this paper, the experiences of nine AASP-certified sport psychology consultants (SPCs) working with athletes who invoke spirituality in their consulting sessions are described. After a brief review of terms and literature, consultants’ own words from interview transcripts are used to illustrate four major themes. These were: (a) SPC definitions of spirituality; (b) SPC definitions of faith: (c) SPC perceived challenges; and (d) spirituality implementation within consulting session. We conclude by addressing why we believe that spirituality is a cultural competence component and why sport psychology consultants should engage with the ongoing development of cultural competency.

Egli is with the School of Arts and Sciences, Johnson University, Knoxville, TN. Fisher is with the Dept. of Kinesiology, Recreation & Sport Studies, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN. Gentner is with the Dept. of Fitness and Health Promotion, Humber College, Toronto, ON.

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