“It’s my dream to work with Olympic athletes”: neophyte sport psychologists' expectations and initial experiences regarding service delivery

Owton, Helen; Bond, Katherine and Tod, David (2014). “It’s my dream to work with Olympic athletes”: neophyte sport psychologists' expectations and initial experiences regarding service delivery. Journal of Applied Sport Psychology, 26(3) pp. 241–255.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/10413200.2013.847509

Abstract

We examined trainee practitioners' initial experiences of applied sport psychology practice. Semi-structured interviews (4) were conducted over 6 months with 7 full-time MSc students before, during, and after the applied sport psychology module, when they were working with clients. Participants also kept reflective diaries over an 8-week period whilst working with clients. Findings included: (a) motivations and expectations of an ASP practice career, (b) perceptions of service delivery, (c) emotional demands, (d) pivotal experiences. Findings extend previous literature on the initial stages of practitioner development, providing micro-level detail on aspects of the intense development process during this pivotal period.

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