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Title: Professional doctorate portfolio
Author: McGreary, Michael James
ISNI:       0000 0004 9358 7866
Awarding Body: Liverpool John Moores University
Current Institution: Liverpool John Moores University
Date of Award: 2020
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This thesis demonstrates the development of a neophyte sport psychology practitioner’s journey through a professional doctorate. In particular, the thesis provides a reflective demonstration of enhanced competence in ethical practice, consultancy, dissemination and research. Three applied consultancy case studies and reflective diary entries highlight the challenges faced as a trainee sport psychology practitioner, with a particular focus on the development of a professional philosophy. In particular, a lack of self-awareness regarding personal values and beliefs and often incongruently delivering practitioner-led sessions, with an emphasis on ‘needing to offer something meaningful for clients’. Following a period of self-examination (Simons & Andersen, 1995) and discovery (Corlett, 1966) the author began to develop a more congruent philosophy of practice, focused on a client-led, counselling based approach. The author also demonstrates anxiety related to competence, particularly during the early stages of development; this is in line with contemporary practitioner development research (e.g., Tod, Andersen & Marchant, 2009). Two empirical papers and a systematic review were also conducted. The author often adopted the position of practitioner-researcher when conducting research. The challenges associated with such positions are discussed, such as challenges to identity (Champ, 2019). Finally, a dissemination case study and reflections highlight the delivery of psychoeducational sessions to a variety of populations. Through this, the author’s pedagogical approach develops from an authoritarian, traditional lecture-based approach (Girgin & Stevens, 2005), to a more collaborative learning experience, placing the learner at the centre of the process (Postareff & Lindblom-Ylanne, 2008).
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (D.Sport Ex.Psy.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
Keywords: BF Psychology ; GV561 Sports