Purposes, characteristics, and contents for protecting our clients and ourselves

Authored by: Ellen T. Luepker

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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Today’s sport psychologists focus on establishing rapport with their clients (e.g., athletes, coaches, whole teams), and may not document their work as much as would be required of licensed clinical psychologists. They work long hours, have limited time for paper work, balance competing demands for increased accountability against their clients’ needs for privacy, and, in difficult economic times, may experience job uncertainty and decreased income for their services. Where is the time to document each professional encounter? Why not just rely on memory or scribbled notes? Are records really necessary anyway? If so, what should go in them?

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