When Sport Psychology Consultants and Graduate Students Are Impaired: Ethical and Legal Issues in Training and Supervision

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Andersen, Mark B, Van Raalte, Judy L and Brewer, Britton W (2000) When Sport Psychology Consultants and Graduate Students Are Impaired: Ethical and Legal Issues in Training and Supervision. Journal of Applied Sport Psychology , 12 (2). pp. 134-150. ISSN 1041-3200 (print), 1533-1571 (online)

Abstract

Impaired sport psychology consultants, that is, professionals and graduate students whose behavior, inadequate training, personal situations, or psychopathology are having a negative influence on the delivery of services, have the potential to do harm to athlete-clients, damage their own professional standing, and bring disrepute to the field. The applied sport psychology literature is replete with guidelines and suggestions for referring athletes for counseling or psychotherapy when appropriate (e.g., Heyman & Andersen, 1998), but the ethical, legal, and procedural problems associated with sport psychology consultants whose training or mental conditions suggest the need for remediation, rehabilitation, or psychotherapy, and possible removal from seeing clients, has not been addressed. We describe a variety of situations where student and professional functioning might be impaired, discuss the possible ramifications (legal, ethical) of impairment, and provide suggestions for ways to proceed when sport psychology consultants are in psychological difficulty.

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Item type Article
URI https://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/1996
DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/10413200008404219
Official URL http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/1041320...
Subjects Historical > RFCD Classification > 320000 Medical and Health Sciences
Current > FOR Classification > 1701 Psychology
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Sport and Exercise Science
Keywords sport psychology, athletes mental health, sport psychology consultants
Citations in Scopus 30 - View on Scopus
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