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Professional Doctorate Portfolio

Ransom, D (2023) Professional Doctorate Portfolio. Doctoral thesis, Liverpool John Moores University.

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This portfolio provides an account of the development activity of a trainee sport psychologist on the Professional Doctorate in Sport and Exercise Psychology at Liverpool John Moores University. Detailed through a series of applied case studies, research activity and reflections the portfolio will outline how the author has developed and acquired the competencies required to achieve the qualification.

The portfolio contains three applied case studies and one case study focused on teaching and training. The applied case studies provide an account of the types of applied activity that have been undertaken throughout training and document the competencies associated with delivering effective consultancy. Case study 1, focuses on supporting a young athlete experiencing transition between football clubs using an existential psychology informed counselling approach. Case study 2 is focused on providing support for an adolescent footballer during rehabilitation from injury and adopts an acceptance and commitment therapy approach and case study 3 details the use of a holistic ecological approach (HEA) to support a professional football coach to integrate and develop psychological qualities in young players. The teaching and training case study details the delivery of psychoeducational workshops delivered across U12-16 age groups in a professional football club academy.

The portfolio also includes three research components that are each focused on the talent development environment (TDE), the first is a systematic review and thematic synthesis of qualitative case study research on TDEs and aimed to synthesise findings of existing research and identify features that underpinned effective TDEs. Study 1 is a case study on the TDE of PSEUDONYM Football Club and presents stakeholder perspectives on the TDE. Study 2 uses creative non-fiction vignettes to present an ethnographic perspective on the TDE of the football club.

A series of reflective writings will provide the reader with insight into the personal, professional and philosophical development of the trainee throughout the programme. It is anticipated that the contents of this portfolio will provide a rich and in-depth account of applied practice and research activity that has taken place and will generate knowledge and insights that may be useful for other sport psychology practitioners working or aspiring to work in professional football environments.

Item Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Sport Psychology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC1200 Sports Medicine
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure > GV561 Sports > GV711 Coaching
Divisions: Sport & Exercise Sciences
SWORD Depositor: A Symplectic
Date Deposited: 20 Nov 2023 14:44
Last Modified: 20 Nov 2023 14:45
DOI or ID number: 10.24377/LJMU.t.00021751
Supervisors: Eubank, M and Littlewood, M
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/21751
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