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Therapeutic Alliance and Its Potential Application to Physical Activity Interventions for Older Adults: A Narrative Review

Andrew Powell

The purpose of this narrative review is to highlight the potential relevance of therapeutic alliance as a concept to aid the conceptualization, design, and development of effective interventions that aim to increase the physical activity (PA) levels of older adults. Therapeutic alliance has been

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Erratum. Therapeutic Alliance and Its Potential Application to Physical Activity Interventions for Older Adults: A Narrative Review

TO OUR READERS: The copyright has changed in the ahead of print version of the following article: Powell, A. Therapeutic alliance and its potential application to physical activity interventions for older adults: A narrative review. Journal of Aging and Physical Activity . Advance online

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Practitioners’ Use of Motivational Interviewing in Sport: A Qualitative Enquiry

Rory Mack, Jeff Breckon, Joanne Butt, and Ian Maynard

Sport Theme Subthemes MI applied tools Elicit-Provide-Elicit Agenda mapping Values sort Scaling rulers (importance; confidence; readiness) Goal setting MI-consistent sharing information and expertise Consider the therapeutic alliance Dialogue not monologue Collaboration Athlete autonomy Athlete as

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Exploring the Understanding and Application of Motivational Interviewing in Applied Sport Psychology

Rory Mack, Jeff Breckon, Joanne Butt, and Ian Maynard

The purpose of this study was to explore how sport and exercise psychologists working in sport understand and use motivational interviewing (MI). Eleven practitioners participated in semistructured interviews, and inductive thematic analysis identified themes linked to explicit use of MI, such as building engagement and exploring ambivalence to change; the value of MI, such as enhancing the relationship, rolling with resistance and integrating with other approaches; and barriers to the implementation of MI in sport psychology, such as a limited evidence-base in sport. Findings also indicated considerable implicit use of MI by participants, including taking an athlete-centered approach, supporting athlete autonomy, reflective listening, demonstrating accurate empathy, and taking a nonprescriptive, guiding role. This counseling style appears to have several tenets to enhance current practice in sport psychology, not least the enhancement of therapeutic alliance.

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Enhancing Athlete Engagement in Sport Psychology Interventions Using Motivational Interviewing: A Case Study

Rory J. Mack, Jeff D. Breckon, Paul D. O’Halloran, and Joanne Butt

delivered in conversations with athletes. For example, the specific communication strategies used (and not used), specific models and tools implemented, conscious processes in cultivating a therapeutic alliance, recognition of athlete readiness for an intervention, structures that guide practitioner

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How Psychologists in Men’s English Football Academies Evaluate Their Working Context and Adopt an Appropriate Professional Practice Framework

Niels Boysen Feddersen, Francesca Champ, Stig Arve Sæther, and Martin Littlewood

restricted their efforts in applying humanistic practices with younger players. Addressing these issues require careful negotiation of the therapeutic alliance and using active humanistic techniques (e.g., unconditional positive regard, creative expansion; Buhler, 1971 ; Stamoulos et al., 2016 ). Comments

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

Niels Boysen Feddersen

. As a profession, sport psychology should move on from assuming that clients’ initial consent remains valid when it is not revisited in a timely manner. Accordingly, an interactive approach to agreeing on an intervention could sow the seeds for a better therapeutic alliance, enhance athlete autonomy

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Perceived Barriers and Facilitators of Sports Rehabilitation Adherence in Injured Volleyball Athletes: A Qualitative Study From Greece

Eleftherios Paraskevopoulos, Georgios Gioftsos, Georgios Georgoudis, and Maria Papandreou

patient–provider relationship was highlighted in this study either through task-related support or through confidence in athletes when performing their exercise rehabilitation program. Thus, it can be speculated that an important contributor to ERA may be the development of therapeutic alliance (TA

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“Someone’s Got My Back”: Older People’s Experience of the Coaching for Healthy Ageing Program for Promoting Physical Activity and Preventing Falls

Abby Haynes, Catherine Sherrington, Geraldine Wallbank, David Lester, Allison Tong, Dafna Merom, Chris Rissel, and Anne Tiedemann

-directed goals. Together, these points strongly resonate with the concept of therapeutic alliance. Key factors in a sound therapeutic alliance are shared goal-setting and decision making, resulting in a tailored action plan that is congruent with the client’s values and circumstances and the development of a

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One Case, Four Approaches: The Application of Psychotherapeutic Approaches in Sport Psychology

Martin J. Turner, Gillian Aspin, Faye F. Didymus, Rory Mack, Peter Olusoga, Andrew G. Wood, and Richard Bennett

.g., relating to attitudes, expectations), and automatic thoughts. Rather than being a philosophical modality like REBT, CT is a more concrete approach that focuses on the therapeutic alliance to develop, among other things, unconditional other acceptance (i.e., the understanding that others can accept us