1st Edition

Developing a Sport Psychology Consultancy Practice A Toolkit for Students and Trainees

Edited By Vaithehy Shanmuganathan-Felton, Stephen Smith Copyright 2023
    231 Pages 13 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    231 Pages 13 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Sport and exercise psychology as a profession is becoming increasingly popular, with a growth in the number of students applying for and studying Undergraduate and Postgraduate degrees in sport and exercise psychology in recent years within the UK and International Higher Education landscape. Developing a Sport Psychology Consultancy Practice: A Toolkit for Students and Trainees provides logistical and practical information about becoming and working as an applied sport psychology practitioner and the critical processes involved in setting up a consultancy practice. The book focuses on three broad areas:

    • Pathways into Applied Sport Psychology Practice
    • Setting up a Sport Consultancy Practice
    • Personal and Professional Development

    Within these areas, the chapters provide coverage on topics related to UK and International training and qualification routes, setting up, operating and marketing successful consultancy practices, engaging in administrative and quality assurance processes and optimising technology for effective practice. The chapters further focus on the practitioner’s journey of personal and professional development, including the importance of maintaining a healthy work–life balance for mental health, integrating self-care strategies into daily lives, developing cultural competence and engaging in lifelong learning.

    This book is a valuable resource for students who are considering training as an applied practitioner, including students enrolled on undergraduate and postgraduate Sport and Exercise Psychology, Sport and Exercise Science and Psychology programmes. It is also a vital aid for current trainees and recently qualified Sport and Exercise Psychologists.

    Part I: Pathways into Applied Sport Psychology Practice

    Stephen Smith

    1. The British Psychological Society Qualification in Sport and Exercise Psychology (Stage 2)

    Martin Eubank, Moira E. Lafferty and Gavin Breslin

    2. The British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES) Sport and Exercise Psychology Accreditation Route (SEPAR)

    Chris Harwood, Claire J.L. Rossato, Richard Thelwell and Zoe Knowles

    3. Professional Doctorates in Sport and Exercise Psychology

    Martin Eubank, Christopher Wagstaff and Paul McCarthy

    4. International Routes to Sport and Exercise Psychology

    Eesha J. Shah, Nicholas de Cruz and Richard Keegan

    5. The Supervisor–Trainee Relationship

    Stacy Winter and Tim Holder

    Part II: Developing a Sport Psychology Consultancy

    Stephen Smith

    6. Setting Up and Operating a Sport and Exercise Psychology Consultancy Practice

    Hannah Stoyel and Paul McCarthy

    7. Marketing the Sport and Exercise Psychology Consultancy Practice

    Paul McCarthy

    8. Going Online: How to Enhance Consultancy Practice Using Digital Technology

    Stewart T. Cotterill and Olivia A. Hurley

    9. Administrative and Quality Assurance Processes

    Andrea M. Firth and Ricardo G. Lugo

    Part III: Personal and Professional Development

    Vaithehy Shanmuganathan-Felton

    10. The Mental Health of Sport Psychology Consultants

    Margaret McCarthy, Tadhg E. MacIntyre, Laura McMahon and Hannah McCormack

    11. Practising What We Preach: Self-Care as an Avenue for Effective Practice

    Alessandro Quartiroli, Heather Hunter and Daniel R. F. Martin

    12. ‘Doing the Work’: Broaching Culture and Diversity in Sport, Exercise, and Performance Psychology Consultancy Practice – An Intersectional Consideration for Working with Stakeholders of Marginalised Racial and Ethnic Identities

    Shameema Yousuf and Rob Owens

    13. Life-Long Learning: Life beyond the Training

    Moira E. Lafferty and David Tod


    Vaithehy Shanmuganathan-Felton, PhD, is the Head of Education and Student Engagement in the School of Psychology at the University of Roehampton, UK.

    Stephen Smith is a Health and Care Professionals Council (HCPC) registered Occupational Psychologist and Sport and Exercise Psychologist working in private practice and is a Partner with this regulator in assessing postgraduate courses at UK Institutions. He was one of the four original founders of the BPS Division of Sport & Exercise Psychology and has over 35 years of global delivery experience. He is a member of ‘The College of Experts’ – the select group of independent scientists who advise the Department of Digital, Media, Culture & Sport (DCMS) in the UK government.