A longitudinal examination of neophyte applied sport psychologists' development

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Tod, David, Anderson, Mark and Marchant, Daryl (2009) A longitudinal examination of neophyte applied sport psychologists' development. Journal of Applied Sport Psychology, 21 (Supp.1). S1-S16. ISSN 1041-3200


Applied sport psychology students undergo, more or less, changes in how they see themselves professionally as service providers as they proceed through their graduate training. Knowledge about early professional development, changes, and conflicts would likely help trainees, supervisors, and educators enhance the quality of applied sport psychology education. In this study, we interviewed Australian trainee applied sport psychologists (5 females, 3 males, age range 22–32 years) on three occasions about their development as practitioners across the first 2 years of their graduate education. Trainees’ motivations for becoming practitioners and their models of service evolved over the 2 years. When first interacting with clients, trainees often adopted rigid “expert” problem-solving approaches to service delivery. With time and more experience, some individuals began to focus on developing relationships with clients and adapting wider and more flexible interventions to suit athletes’ needs. The experiences of our sample inform trainees’ early professional development, and our findings parallel studies from mainstream counseling psychology.

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Item type Article
URI https://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/4637
DOI 10.1080/10413200802593604
Official URL http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10413200802593604
Subjects Historical > FOR Classification > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education
Historical > FOR Classification > 1701 Psychology
Historical > SEO Classification > 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > Centre for Ageing, Rehabilitation, Exercise & Sport Science (CARES)
Keywords ResPubID18202, applied sport psychology students, service providers, graduate training, sport psychology education, development as practitioners
Citations in Scopus 47 - View on Scopus
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