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Client-Led Applied Sport Psychology Practitioners’ Narratives About Helping Athletes

David Tod, Hayley E. McEwan, Colum Cronin, and Moira Lafferty

Most applied sport psychology practitioners state they are client-focused ( Keegan, 2016 ); that is, they focus on helping athletes achieve personal goals or resolve issues. When not client-focused, practitioners may be using athlete interactions for some other purpose, such as satisfying their own

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Applied Sport Psychology: A Profession?

Stacy Winter and David J. Collins

Although the field of applied sport psychology has developed, it faces further challenges on its way toward gaining greater professional status. The following principal criteria of professionalism are proposed as a test of such status: (a) provides an important public service, (b) has a knowledge-base underpinning, (c) has organizational regulation, (d) has a distinct ethical dimension, and (e) has professional autonomy. This article undertakes to explore the nature of implications for practice and the extent to which the suggested principal criteria justify a distinctive applied sport psychology profession. In doing so, we hope to stimulate debate on these and other issues in order that an even greater professionalization of our applied discipline may emerge.

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Future Directions in Applied Sport Psychology Research

William B. Strean and Glyn C. Roberts

Many debates have raged about professional issues in sport psychology, but the research aspect of applied sport psychology has received relatively little attention. In an effort to stimulate thinking about research, this paper discusses the aims of science, the underlying philosophy of science issues that impinge on sport psychology research, and current methodological controversies. The paper concludes with suggestions for future directions for research in applied sport psychology, and implications for consulting are addressed.

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Introducing Empowered Consent to Deal With the Current Challenges in Applied Sport Psychology

Niels Boysen Feddersen

changes over time, and when they are applied to different cultures. Table 1 Principles Underpinning Empowered Consent in Applied Sport Psychology Principle How it addresses current challenges 1 The process is underpinned by attentiveness as a moral imperative. It requires a recognition of others’ needs

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Stories of Critical Moments Contributing to the Development of Applied Sport Psychology Practitioners

Nick Wadsworth, Hayley McEwan, Moira Lafferty, Martin Eubank, and David Tod

Applied sport psychology practitioners are one of the key instruments to successful service delivery within elite sporting environments ( Poczwardowski, 2017 ). In turn, the development of competence as an applied practitioner is directly related to the person behind the practitioner

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The Future of Applied Sport Psychology

Robert M. Nideffer, Peter DuFresne, David Nesvig, and Dennis Selder

Applied sport psychology is a field that is still in search of a definition. This article examines some of the ethical issues involved in the provision of psychological services to athletes and coaches. Observations are made regarding the types of services that sport psychologists are offering. The need for the development of applied internship experiences is emphasized.

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Multicultural Training in Applied Sport Psychology

Matthew P. Martens, Michael Mobley, and Samuel J. Zizzi

One of the challenges facing the field of applied sport psychology involves addressing the needs of athletes of various racial/ethnic backgrounds. An important step in facing this challenge is providing sport psychology graduate students with training in multicultural issues. A review of current models of sport psychology graduate training reveals a lack of emphasis on multicultural training. In this article we offer a description of multicultural training. We also provide a rationale for its inclusion in sport psychology programs and present several models and ideas for implementing multicultural training.

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The Journey of Service Delivery Competence in Applied Sport Psychology: The Arc of Development for New Professionals

Jana L. Fogaca, Jack C. Watson II, and Sam J. Zizzi

Applied Sport Psychology (AASP), the Federation of European Sport Psychologists (FEPSAC), and the International Society of Sport Psychology (ISSP) all either have developed sport psychology certification programs, or are working on the development of such programs ( Schinke et al., 2018 ). Certification

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The Use of Hypnosis in Applied Sport Psychology

Jim Taylor, Richard Horevitz, and Gloria Balague

The present paper examines the value of hypnosis in applied sport psychology. The following issues will be addressed: (a) what is hypnosis?, (b) theoretical perspectives on hypnosis, (c) hypnotizability, (d) factors influencing the effectiveness of hypnosis, (e) misconceptions and concerns about hypnosis, (f) the hypnotic process, (g) research on hypnosis and athletic performance, (h) uses in applied sport psychology, and (i) training in hypnosis. These issues will be considered with respect to the particular needs of athletes and the specific demands of sport.

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Applied Sport Psychology Supervision: A Survey of Students and Professionals

Jack C. Watson II, Samuel J. Zizzi, Edward F. Etzel, and John R. Lubker

The applied sport psychology supervision experiences of student and professional members of AAASP (N = 313) were surveyed. The results revealed that of those who provide applied sport psychology consultation, students were more likely than professionals to receive supervision and to receive weekly supervision. However, both groups received equal amounts of supervision and had case management as the primary component of their supervision. AAASP professional members providing supervision were more likely to hold certified consultant and licensure status than those who did not provide supervision. Only 22.4% of professionals reported providing applied sport psychology supervision, 75.9% of whom had little or no training in supervision. No differences were found in the amount, type, and quality of supervision provided to students from physical education/sport science programs and those in psychology programs.