The gravitational pull of identity: professional growth in sport, exercise, and performance psychologists

David Tod, Hayley McEwan, Charlotte Chandler, Martin Eubank, Moira Lafferty

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Abstract

Theories based in symbolic interactionism and narrative psychology can help us understand practitioner identity. Drawing on theories from these approaches, our purpose in this article is to distil research on sport psychologist growth, argue professional identity is a central goal in practitioner development, and offer applied implications. Professional growth includes movement from the self as an expert, who solves clients’ problems, to the self as a facilitator, who works alongside clients. Practitioners strive towards being authentic and along the way, develop self-awareness, learn to manage anxiety, and choose their preferred ways of working. A key feature of being authentic is an articulated professional identity. Practitioners can shape their professional identities by interacting with helpful people, consuming various genres of literature, and engaging in different types of writing.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-16
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Sport Psychology in Action
Early online date7 Oct 2020
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 7 Oct 2020

Keywords

  • psychologist development
  • professional identity
  • applied sport psychology
  • counsellor development

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