"It's My dream to Work with Olympic Athletes": Neophyte Sport Psychologists' Expectations and Initial Experiences Regarding Service Delivery
We examined postgraduate students’ experiences of applied sport psychology (ASP) practice and training. We interviewed 5 female and 2 male (21 to 45 years) MSc students 4 times over 6 months before, during, and after their ASP module. Participants kept diaries for 8 weeks when working with clients. Findings extend previous literature on the pivotal transition from student to inexperienced practitioner. For example, ways that live demonstrations of experts, client experiences, and collegial interactions influenced students’ development were identified. These findings may assist ASP educators and supervisors prepare students for their careers.
Citation:Owton, H., Bond, K., and Tod, D. (2013) “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