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PROFESSIONAL DOCTORATE PORTFOLIO

Sant, B (2020) PROFESSIONAL DOCTORATE PORTFOLIO. Doctoral thesis, Liverpool John Moores University.

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Abstract

This portfolio provides an insight into the development of a trainee sport and exercise psychology practitioner through the Professional Doctorate in Sport and Exercise Psychology ‘journey’ at Liverpool John Moores University. The portfolio provides evidence, through a combination of consultancy, teaching and research based products and extensive reflection, of how the trainee sport psychology practitioner successfully meets the competencies (professional standards, consultancy, research, and dissemination) of the British Psychological Society (BPS) and Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) for ‘Chartered’ and ‘Practitioner’ Psychologists, and her extensive practitioner development during the programme. Within the portfolio, the practice log provides a summary of the hours spent by the trainee in learning, implementing, and evaluating key competencies required by sport and exercise psychologists. The trainee’s reflective diary highlights the critical moments, events and learning experiences that have been key to their practitioner evolution and their development of a coherent personal and professional identity and practice philosophy. A series of applied case studies (three consultancy and one teaching) provide a thorough account on the trainee’s Consultancy process and Teaching and Training style, and offers critically reflective insight into the trainee’s approach across the diverse experiences encountered within applied practice settings. This includes work with multiple sport and exercise populations, including gymnastics, CrossFit, archery, football, tennis, e-racing, rugby, and recreational gym athletes). The portfolio also includes three research products. The systematic review attempts to investigate present gaps in understanding the quality of mindfulness interventions in sport. In contrast, the two empirical papers have a linked exercise psychology focus, and provide a quantitative investigation of the relationship between self-reflection and self-determined physical activity motivation and behaviour, and a qualitative exploration of the lived experience of participants’ self-reflective practice in relation to physical activity motivation and behaviour. Opportunities to disseminate research findings at academic conferences and workshops, professional team meetings, and as a lecturer of sport and exercise psychology have enabled the author to communicate, translate (and better understand) her own positioning as a researcher, and how this reflects the values and beliefs that transfer across the consultancy, research and teaching elements of her professional practice. More broadly, these experiences have contributed to the author’s development of a coherent and congruent philosophy of practice, which has evolved over the duration of the doctorate to facilitate and enhance her confidence in delivery across different cultures and contexts.

Item Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Uncontrolled Keywords: professional doctorate; portfolio; consultancy; ethics; research; dissemination; reflective diary; practice log
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC1200 Sports Medicine
Divisions: Sport & Exercise Sciences
Date Deposited: 22 Oct 2020 09:56
Last Modified: 22 Oct 2020 09:59
DOI or Identification number: 10.24377/LJMU.t.00013881
Supervisors: Eubank, M
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/13881

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