Now you see me, now you don’t

Appreciating culture, race, ethnicity and other dimensions of athlete and consultant whole-person identities

Authored by: William D. Parham

Routledge International Handbook of Sport Psychology

Print publication date:  February  2016
Online publication date:  February  2016

Print ISBN: 9781138022423
eBook ISBN: 9781315777054
Adobe ISBN: 9781317692324


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Implied explicitly or implicitly in every professional relationship between an athlete and a sport psychology researcher, practitioner and consultant is a belief that each participant desires to feel comfortable and trusting with the person(s) with whom they are about to develop a working relationship (McGannon & Johnson, 2009; Schinke, McGannon, Parham & Lane, 2012). Developing relational comfort and trust and thus increased interpersonal symmetry results partly from shared agreements between participating parties regarding short and longer range goals, identified strategies for achieving hoped-for outcomes and mutual satisfaction with recorded progress. Successful development of professional relationships fuels forward movement and willingness to navigate inevitable challenges. In a very real sense the actual topics, concerns and issues that prompted the needs for professional consultation (e.g., performance enhancement, personal counseling) and that subsequently serve as the foci of attention and intervention are secondary to the personal and relational variables that take center stage and serve as the hub around which all relationship transactions spin.

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