The use of counselling principles and skills to develop practitioner-athlete relationships by practitioners who provide sport psychology support

Longstaff, Fran and Gervis, Misia (2016) The use of counselling principles and skills to develop practitioner-athlete relationships by practitioners who provide sport psychology support. The Sport Psychologist, 30 (3). pp. 276-289. ISSN 0888-4781

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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.

Item Type: Article
Research Areas: A. > School of Science and Technology > London Sport Institute > Sports Psychology at the London Sport Institute
Item ID: 19466
Notes on copyright: Accepted author manuscript version reprinted, by permission, from The Sport Psychologist, 2016, 36 (3): 276-289, http://dx.doi.org/10.1123/tsp.2015-0029. © 2016 Human Kinetics, Inc.
Depositing User: Fran Longstaff
Date Deposited: 22 Apr 2016 09:31
Last Modified: 31 May 2019 16:41
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/19466

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