One-to-one support with a professional rugby league player: case for referral?

Wadsworth, Nick ORCID: 0000-0002-9210-475X, Paszkowec, Ben and Eubank, Martin (2019) One-to-one support with a professional rugby league player: case for referral? Case Studies in Sport and Exercise Psychology, 4 (S1). S1-1. ISSN 2470-4849

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This article presents a reflective case study of an applied consultancy experience with a 22-29 year-old professional rugby-league player. The primary aim of the intervention was to 30 provide the client with a confidential space where he could discuss his experiences in and 31 outside of a sporting context, whilst also exploring and challenging his core values and 32 beliefs. The consultancy process lasted for 12 months, leading to the development of a strong 33 relationship. During this time, the client experienced multiple critical moments, such as; de-34 selection from the first team squad and contract negotiations, which at times led to reductions 35 in his well-being and forced the trainee sport and exercise psychologist to consider his scope 36 of practice in relation to mental health and depression. Reflections are provided that explore 37 the possibility of referral during these moments. The case study also provides an insight into 38 the trainee sport and exercise psychologist’s philosophy of practice and how influential this 39 can be when considering referral of a client. The importance of supervisor support during 40 uncertain moments is highlighted and the case study concludes with reflections from the 41 client, trainee practitioner, and peer supervisor regarding the efficacy of the intervention and 42 the decision not to refer.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: mental health, scope of practice, referral, critical moments
Divisions: School of Sport and Biological Sciences > Sports and Sport Rehabilitation
Depositing User: Tracey Gill
Date Deposited: 01 Nov 2019 15:11
Last Modified: 24 Jan 2020 15:28
Identification Number: 10.1123/cssep.2019-0012

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