Consulting Tools and Tips for New and Emerging Sport and Exercise Psychology Professionals: Lessons Learned

Heather Deaner, California State University, Stanislaus, USA

Theme: Consulting/private practice

Poster Number: 14

Program ID: POS-1

Presentation: October 3, 2013 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Room: Napoleon


Upon graduation, new sport and exercise psychology (SEP) professionals often assume positions at universities as the lone SEP professional. Now lacking the cohesive SEP program they were accustomed to with its network of professors and classmates, these new SEP professionals may face start-up and ethical challenges in conducting consultation work in their new environment. For example, they may lack access to needed consultation documents such as intake forms, confidentiality forms, and interest forms. The presenter will identify the specific documents needed and provide tips for acquiring and modifying these documents. While acquiring the resources needed for consulting work can be challenging for new SEP professionals so too can be the ethical issues that arise. As such, the presenter will also address the ethical questions and concerns she faced in initially setting up consultation work in her first job position at the university level. Concerns related to meeting spaces, maintaining confidentiality, using department resources, and charging fees will be presented along with resources and tips for addressing these concerns. Planning ahead for potential start-up and ethical challenges in conducting consultations can save the new SEP professional valuable time and energy in what will already be a demanding new job and enable him/her to devote full attention to the needs of his/her clients.

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