An Exploration of Trainee Practitioners’ Experiences When Using Observation

Martin, Emily A. and Winter, Stacy and Holder, Tim (2016) An Exploration of Trainee Practitioners’ Experiences When Using Observation. The Sport Psychologist. pp. 1-34. ISSN 0888-4781 (In Press)

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Observation provides applied sport psychologists with a direct assessment of client behavior within the sporting environment. Despite the unique properties and the insightful information that observation allows, it has received limited literary attention within the applied sport psychology domain. The current study aimed to explore and further understand the observation practices of current trainee practitioners. All participants were enrolled on a training program towards becoming either a chartered psychologist (BPS) or an accredited sport and exercise scientist (BASES). In total, five focus groups were conducted and analyzed using an interpretative phenomenological approach (IPA; Smith, 1996). Four superordinate themes emerged: value of observation, type of observation, challenges of observation, and suggestions for observation training. Results demonstrate the increased value that observation brings to effective service delivery and intervention. Specifically, informal observation is commended for its propensity to build greater contextual intelligence and to develop stronger client relationships.

Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: "As accepted for publication. This is not the Version of Record, which is (c) Human Kinetics."
Uncontrolled Keywords: applied sport psychology, focus groups, contextual intelligence
Subjects: 100 Philosophy & psychology > 158 Applied psychology
700 The arts; fine & decorative arts; recreation > 796 Athletic & outdoor sports & games
Depositing User: Kevin Sanders
Date Deposited: 28 Mar 2017 08:04
Last Modified: 07 Apr 2017 13:01


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