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Title: The Use of counseling principles and skills to develop practitioner-athlete relationships by practitioners who provide sport psychology support
Authors: Longstaff, F
Gervis, M
Keywords: Professional practice;Relationships;Counselling
Issue Date: 2016
Publisher: Human Kinetics
Citation: Sport Psychologist, 30(3): pp. 276 - 289, (2016)
Abstract: This study examined how practitioners who provide sport psychology support use counselling principles and skills to develop practitioner-athlete relationships. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with thirteen competent practitioners (Mean age = 41.2 ± 10.9 years old, five men, eight women). Thematic analysis revealed that the participants used a range of counselling principles to develop practitioner-athlete relationships including: the facilitative conditions, self-disclosure, counselling skills, the formation of working alliances, and awareness of the unreal relationship. The participants also described using non-counselling strategies (e.g., gaining an understanding of the athlete’s sporting environment) to build relationships with their athletes. There was considerable variation between the participants both in the training that they had received in counselling principles and skills, and how they applied them. It was concluded that counselling principles and skills play a significant role in the development of practitioner-athlete relationships.
ISSN: 0888-4781
Appears in Collections:Dept of Life Sciences Research Papers

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