Six years up: Applied sport psychologists surviving (and thriving) after graduation.

Authors Organisations
  • David Tod(Author)
  • Mark B. Andersen(Author)
    Victoria University
  • Daryl B. Marchant(Author)
    Victoria University
Type Article
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)93-109
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Applied Sport Psychology
Volume23
Issue number1
DOI
Publication statusPublished - 2011
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Abstract

Our purpose was to explore ways in which practitioners developed professionally after graduate school. We re-interviewed 4 female and 3 male consultants 4 years since their postgraduate sport psychology studies; they had been interviewed 3 times during their training. Since leaving university, participants' professional practices had evolved, such as increased coherence between their behaviors and beliefs, born from having negotiated service delivery challenges. Also, participants had experienced reduced anxiety and increased perceived competence. Participants' accounts were congruent with counselor development theory. Knowledge about students' possible developmental changes after graduation may assist educators and supervisors in preparing future practitioners for their careers.