The purpose of this study was to investigate the components necessary for the development of an effective applied sport psychology consulting relationship between a sport psychology consultant (SPC) and a coach. To address this purpose, two SPC-Coach consulting relationship case studies will be presented. Following purposeful sampling methods, members of two SPC-Coach consulting relationships (2 SPCs and 2 elite coaches) participated in individual interviews to discuss their perceptions of effective consulting relationships. Inductive \content analysis was conducted to search for common themes both within and across the two case studies (Weber, 1990). Three categories emerged with shared similarities between both case study relationships as important to the development of effective consulting relationships between SPCs and coaches; (a) SPC knowledge; (b) trust; and (c) friendship. In addition, two categories individual to each of the case study consulting relationships emerged; (d) SPC fitting in with team culture; and (e) flexibility.
Lee-Ann Sharp and Ken Hodge
Lee-Ann Sharp, Ken Hodge, and Steve Danish
The purpose of this investigation was to; (a) examine what experienced SPCs perceived to be the necessary components of the sport psychology consulting relationship, and (b) examine individual contributions of the SPC and client to the consulting relationship. Purposeful sampling was used to recruit 10 experienced SPCs (8 male and 2 female, M age = 50.44 years, M years consulting experience = 21.67 years) who held current sport psychology accreditation/certification and who had considerable consulting experience. Following individual interviews, extensive content analysis revealed that the sport psychology consulting relationship was reflective of (a) rapport, (b) respect, (c) trust, (d) a partnership, and (e) a positive impact on the client. Members of the consulting relationship made individual contributions to the relationship; SPCs contributed; (a) honesty, (b) commitment, (c) knowledge and expertise, (d) counseling skills, and (e) professional ethical behavior. With clients contributing; (a) openness to change, (b) honesty, and (c) willingness to work.
Paul R. Ashbrook, Andrew Gillham, and Douglas Barba
-coast universities to participate in the one-to-one tailored MST program. Convenience sampling was used and coaches who had a past professional consulting relationship with the primary researcher were targeted. Twenty-nine athletes (22 male, 7 female) met the eligibility requirements of the study, which included
introduction . Amsterdam, The Netherlands : Springer Science . Sharp , L. , & Hodge , K. ( 2013 ). Effective sport psychology consulting relationships: Two coach case studies . The Sport Psychologist, 27 , 313 – 324 . doi:10.1123/tsp.27.4.313 10.1123/tsp.27.4.313 Sharp , L. , Hodge , K
Tammy Sheehy, Sam Zizzi, Kristen Dieffenbach, and Lee-Ann Sharp
representation of this impetus model). This secondary process of beginning a consulting relationship after seeing positive work and building trust has been described in previous research by Sharp and Hodge ( 2013 ); however, the current study expands on that work by describing specific circumstances (e