The Professionalization of Sport Psychology: Legal Considerations

in Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology
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Sport psychology by its very title implies that it is a specialty within psychology. However, many sport psychologists have primary allegiance to other fields besides psychology, and many are not licensed or even eligible for licensing to practice psychology. Problems which have occurred for other psychological specialties are reviewed as a means of predicting conflicts which might arise between unlicensed sport psychologists and state psychology licensing boards. Several alternative responses are outlined by which sport psychologists might minimize future legal conflicts. In any event, sport psychologists should begin now to anticipate these difficulties and prepare means for dealing with them.

This paper was presented at the International Congress in Physical Education, Trois-Rivieres, Quebec, June 28,1979. Reprint requests should be sent to R. Harrison, Department of Counselor Education, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA 16802.

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