A Qualitative Analysis of Novice and Expert Mental Performance Consultants’ Professional Philosophies

Castillo, E.A, Block, C.J, Bird, M.D and Chow, G.M (2022) A Qualitative Analysis of Novice and Expert Mental Performance Consultants’ Professional Philosophies. Journal of Applied Sport Psychology . ISSN 1041-3200

Full content URL: https://doi.org/10.1080/10413200.2022.2035849

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Abstract

Professional philosophy has received increased attention as a topic of research and applied interest. A professional philosophy is believed to develop during the early years of consulting and evolve as a function of experience, advanced education and training, reflective practice, and supervision. To systematically investigate this proposed transition, this study sought to analyze novice and expert mental performance consultants’ (MPCs) professional philosophies using Poczwardowski et al. 's (2004) hierarchical structure of professional philosophy as a guiding framework. Additionally, this study aimed to explore perceptions of how a professional philosophy might improve consultant effectiveness. Eighteen participants (9 novice MPCs, 9 expert MPCs) were interviewed about the various components of their professional philosophy. Findings revealed key similarities and differences between the types of philosophies which novice and expert MPCs adopted in their practice. Novice and expert consultants exuded their values in the relationships with their clients, however, experts modeled their values through their behaviors. While both groups used their chosen theoretical paradigm to guide their work with clients, expert MPCs specifically mentioned using this to aid their case conceptualization. Benefits of understanding one’s unique philosophy to providing sport psychology services were also highlighted by both groups. Findings help to further highlight the importance of developing a consulting philosophy as a novice consultant. Furthermore, understanding one’s philosophical approach to practice could be important for ensuring seasoned consultants are providing effective services to clients.

Keywords:applied sport psychology, consulting philosophy, evidenced-based practice, professional practice, supervision, service delivery
Subjects:C Biological Sciences > C800 Psychology
C Biological Sciences > C810 Applied Psychology
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Sport and Exercise Science
ID Code:47915
Deposited On:11 Feb 2022 16:25

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