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Professional Doctorate Portfolio

Wadsworth, N (2020) Professional Doctorate Portfolio. Doctoral thesis, Liverpool John Moores University.

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This portfolio provides an insight into the development of a trainee sport psychology practitioner’s journey through the Professional Doctorate in Sport and Exercise Psychology at Liverpool John Moores University. The portfolio provides evidence, through a combination of consultancy, research, and reflective practice, of how the trainee sport psychology practitioner successfully meets the competencies (professional standards, consultancy, research, and dissemination) of the British Psychological Society’s (BPS) Stage Two training pathway. The three applied case studies and one applied teaching case study provide a critical and reflective insight into the work conducted with elite athletes and coaches from a variety of sports. These applied consultancy experiences allowed the trainee practitioner to develop a coherent and congruent philosophy of practice, which can now be confidently delivered across contexts and cultures. Throughout these applied experiences, the trainee practitioner was able to demonstrate diversity in their training by working with multiple sports (gymnastics, triathlon, wrestling, rugby-league, football, and golf). The reflective log highlights the critical moments experienced by the author throughout this journey, which support the development of a coherent personal and professional identity. The two empirical papers and systematic review attempt to bridge the gap between theory and practice by exploring topics such as; use of psychology within the coaching context, importance of reflective practice for optimal practitioner development, and the impact critical moments have on the practitioner individuation journey of applied sport psychology practitioners. The research, combined with the opportunities to disseminate at conferences and as a Lecturer of Sport Psychology, allowed the author to understand how his values and beliefs transferred across his consultancy, teaching, and research.

Item Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Uncontrolled Keywords: applied sport psychology, practitioner development, referral, authenticity, congruence
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure > GV561 Sports
Divisions: Sport & Exercise Sciences
Date Deposited: 25 Aug 2020 13:26
Last Modified: 03 Sep 2021 23:09
DOI or ID number: 10.24377/LJMU.t.00013544
Supervisors: Eubank, M and Tod, D
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/13544
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