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“But I am a Runner”: Trying to be a Rogerian Person-Centred Practitioner with an Injured Athlete

Vaughan, S, McEwan, H and Whitehead, A “But I am a Runner”: Trying to be a Rogerian Person-Centred Practitioner with an Injured Athlete. Case Studies in Sport and Exercise Psychology. ISSN 2470-4849 (Accepted)

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This reflective case study presents the experience of a trainee Sport and Exercise Psychologist during a period of applied consultancy with an injured runner. This was the trainee’s first consultancy experience attempting to practice from a Rogerian/classic person-centred perspective. As a trainee, the sport psychology delivery process followed academic and professional training models. After identifying an incongruence relating to the client’s identity as a runner, Rogers’ rejection of formulation and intervention, led to tensions. Drawing on sport and counselling psychology literature to guide reflection and approach, maintaining a relationship between client and practitioner consistent with Roger’s necessary conditions of change was the intervention. The trainee’s reflections consider being challenged by conflicts between philosophy and training requirements, their limited practice experience and responding to the client during sessions which sometimes felt inconsistent with person-centred principles. Ultimately, the client reported moving towards being a more authentic self by contextualising running as only one aspect of their life.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Accepted author manuscript version reprinted, by permission, from Case Studies in Sport and Exercise Psychology, 2024 (ahead of print). © Human Kinetics, Inc.
Subjects: R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC1200 Sports Medicine
Divisions: Sport & Exercise Sciences
Publisher: Human Kinetics
SWORD Depositor: A Symplectic
Date Deposited: 26 Mar 2024 11:33
Last Modified: 26 Mar 2024 11:45
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/22921
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