Referring clients to other professionals

Authored by: Judy L. Van Raalte

Routledge Handbook of Applied Sport Psychology

Print publication date:  October  2010
Online publication date:  October  2010

Print ISBN: 9780415484633
eBook ISBN: 9780203851043
Adobe ISBN: 9781136966675


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An athlete came to talk to the team’s sport psychologist saying that she wanted to increase her confidence during games. Most of the meeting was focused on talking about confidence, but the athlete also mentioned in passing that she had “issues at home” that she might want to discuss in the future. Some time later, the coach called the sport psychologist to express concerns about the athlete. Two team members had approached the coach and told her that the athlete had sent text messages talking about suicide. When the coach spoke to the athlete directly, however, the athlete said that she was fine and denied that she was suicidal. The coach and teammates are worried.

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