Ethical and Professional Issues in Contemporary British Sport Psychology

in The Sport Psychologist
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  • 1 University of Exeter
  • 2 Brighton Polytechnic
  • 3 North West Durham Health Authority
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Associated with the rapid increase in the demand for, and supply of, sport psychologists in Britain, a number of ethical and professional issues have arisen. Although some of these may not be unique to Britain, they may shed light on important issues that can contribute to a wider, international dialogue. Specifically, the paper addresses issues associated with the establishment of the Code of Conduct and the Register of sport psychologists in Britain. In addition, the consultancy process is considered from what have been termed educational and clinical perspectives, with illustrative case-study examples. Future directions are discussed in the hope of stimulating informed debate in the international community of sport psychology.

S.J.H. Biddle is with the Physical Education Association Research Center, School of Education, University of Exeter, Exeter EX1 2LU, England. S.J. Bull is with the Chelsea School at Brighton Polytechnic, Eastbourne, BN20 7SP, England. C.L. Scheldt is with the North West Durham Health Authority, Maiden Law Hospital, Lanchester, County Durham, DH7 OQN.

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