2.3 Supervised applied practice (250 hours)
Applied experience consists of applying theoretical and practical knowledge to real-world situations. This can happen in the form of one-to-one counselling of individuals involved in sports, such as athletes, coaches, leaders, or referees, or in the form of workshops for sport teams or groups of individuals. Another way of implementing applied practice is by educating different stakeholders about sport psychology topics. sport psychology practice happens in different settings, and specialists in applied sport psychology are often asked to act in a flexible way in different locations and venues. Therefore, it is important to have experience with applied practice within sport contexts, during training and/or competition.
Supervision and intervision provide specialists with the guidance and counselling of other practitioners and peers who can offer valuable feedback about the practice. It is recommended to focus supervision practices on indirect supervision with case management promoting safety in the applied practice (see Watson et al., 2004).
Applicants are invited to provide information about 250 hours of documented practice, distributed as follows:
- A) 200 hours of applied practice
- Individual intervention including face-to-face counselling meetings as well as other ways of communication (each 1-hour meeting amounts to 2 hours of applied practice; i.e., a minimum of 10 hours of meeting that counts for 20 hours of applied practice)
- Group or team interventions including face-to-face counselling meetings as well as other ways of communication (each 1-hour meeting amounts to 3 hours of applied practice; i.e., a minimum of 10 hours of meeting that counts for 30 hours of applied practice).
- Educational activity in the form of presentations in the topic of applied sport psychology to audiences such as athletes, coaches, or athletes’ parents (optional; each 1-hour meeting amounts to 2 hours of practice; a maximum of 30 hours that counts for 60 hours of applied practice)
Within the above-mentioned work (group and individual intervention), at least 10 hours of applied practice (each hour of on-site intervention counts for one hour of applied practice) should be training and competition experience, for example interventions during training, at a competition, on-site exposure, or observation providing feedback to the individual or the team.
- B) At least 50 of the 250 hours of documented practice were conducted under supervision and/or intervision and include:
- at least 20 hours of individual supervision with an appropriate supervisor (e.g., the supervisor letter includes information about their own registration, education, and experience in applied sport psychology)
- maximum 20 hours of group supervision with an appropriate supervisor
- maximum of 10 hours of peer intervision consisting of documented meetings of persons with experience in sport psychology practice
The submission should include evidence of the practice above as relevant. For this, please complete the table Supervised applied practice that is part of the FEPSAC Certificate check-list (to be downloaded on our website www.fepsac.com). In this document, you provide the following information:
1) Log of practice specifying hours dedicated to planning, consultation and reflective practice, as well as cases consulted ensuring any reports are anonymous;
2) Short summary or outline of the presentation including details of the event organization, date and location;
3) Statement of hours completed under supervision and names of supervisors or peers. Letters from appropriate supervisors declaring their background (e.g., registration, education, experience) and stating the number of hours they engaged in individual and group supervision. Similarly, letters from peers stating the number of hours they engaged in intervision of the applicant. All letters need to be submitted in English or together with an English translation (a legal translation is not required).