Assessing the Skills of Sport Psychology Supervisors

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Mark B. Andersen Victoria University of Technology

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Judy L. Van Raalte Springfield College

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Britton W. Brewer Springfield College

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To assess the supervisory skills of sport psychologists who are training future practitioners, the Sport Psychology Supervisory Skills Inventory (SPSSI) was mailed to 201 potential applied sport psychology supervisors. Supervisors were associated with graduate programs that offered applied sport psychology practica and/or internships, as identified in the Directory of Graduate Programs in Applied Sport Psychology (Sachs, Burke, & Salitsky, 1992). Supervisors rated themselves on 41 supervisory skills. The SPSSI was also mailed to 416 student members of AAASP, who were asked to rate their supervisors. There was a 35% return rate from supervisors and a 45% return rate from students. The findings suggest that supervised experience with athletes is limited for both supervisors and graduate students.

Mark B. Andersen is with the Physical Education Department at Victoria University of Technology, Footscray Campus, Melbourne 3000, Australia. Judy L. Van Raalte and Britton Brewer are with the Department of Psychology at Springfield College, Springfield, MA 01109.

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