Exploring the Contribution of Personal Qualities to the Personal and Professional Development of Trainee Sport Psychology Practitioners’ Within the Individuation Process

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Verner, Daryl, Chandler, Charlotte and Clarke, Philip 2021. Exploring the Contribution of Personal Qualities to the Personal and Professional Development of Trainee Sport Psychology Practitioners’ Within the Individuation Process. Physical Culture and Sport. Studies and Research. 92 (1), pp. 43-54. https://doi.org/10.2478/pcssr-2021-0024
AuthorsVerner, Daryl, Chandler, Charlotte and Clarke, Philip
Abstract

Since the person behind the practitioner has been recognised as a core foundation of professional practice in sport psychology, research attention has diffused to focus on navigating the ‘rocky road’ towards individuation. As such, this study
extended the literature by illuminating the importance of developing personal qualities during the embryonic stages of supervised experience (SE) in sport psychology to help support the individuation process occurring throughout the training
journey. Specifically, the aim of the current study was to explore the contribution of personal qualities to the personal and
professional development of trainee sport psychology practitioners, within the individuation process. Seven semi-structured interviews were conducted with probationary sport and exercise scientists (psychology) working in a range of elite
and professional sports (i.e., premier league football, rugby league, golf, gymnastics, swimming, and several other Olympic sports). The interview schedule was refined following a pilot study. Interview transcripts were content analysed and
trustworthiness criteria applied. Interpretative phenomenological analysis identified three main superordinate themes,
labelled ‘self-development of personal qualities’, ‘facilitators of supervisee individuation’, and ‘initial consulting experiences of practitioners’. This study extends the literature by illuminating the importance of developing personal qualities
during the embryonic stages of SE to help support the individuation process occurring throughout the training journey,
thus better preparing sport psychologist’s for self-governed practice once accredited. Considerations are given in relation
to how sport psychology education and training programmes could aid the individuation process via the development of
personal qualities.

KeywordsApplied Psychology; Education; Cultural Studies; Tourism
Year2021
JournalPhysical Culture and Sport. Studies and Research
Journal citation92 (1), pp. 43-54
PublisherWalter de Gruyter GmbH
ISSN1899-4849
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.2478/pcssr-2021-0024
Web address (URL)http://hdl.handle.net/10545/626340
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0
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Publication dates26 Nov 2021
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Deposited07 Mar 2022, 10:21
Accepted22 Sep 2021
ContributorsUniversity of Birmingham and University of Derby
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