Graduate Study In Sport and Exercise Psychology: Lessons Learned From the Student Perspective

Erica Pasquini, Ball State University, USA
Will Drumright, Ball State University, USA

Theme: Professional development and mentoring

Poster Number: 139

Program ID: POS-2

Presentation: October 4, 2013 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Room: Napoleon


Recent research has examined the task of efficiently developing graduate student sport psychology practitioners (e.g., Keegan, 2011; Kornspan & Lerner, 2005) and encouraged the use of field experiences to aid professional development (Kornspan & Lerner, 2005; Simons & Anderson, 1995) as well as the importance of observing practicing sport psychologists while working in an applied setting (Simons & Anderson, 1995). Tod and colleagues (2007; 2009) have worked to objectively define service delivery competence to assist trainee development and recommend that practitioners develop multidimensional constellations of knowledge, skills, and processes that allow them to use a client-centered, theory-based, and reflective approach. The purpose of this presentation is to highlight, from the students’ perceptive, their development as consultants through diverse learning experiences. Students worked with exercise, sport, and counseling clientele while being encouraged to deliberately apply psychology and counseling theories. Students were also encouraged to work under their peers and have open, reflective communication with colleagues, as well as their doctoral and faculty mentors. Presenters will describe the highlights and lowlights of this service delivery competence model recommended by Tod et al. (2009), including the challenges of giving and receiving feedback to peers, learning how to understand the clients’ needs, and using theory to plan sessions. The goal of the presentation will be to use student perceptions to aid the development of the sport psychology master’s level training model.

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