AASP-certified consultants' experiences of spirituality within sport psychology consultation

Trevor J. Egli, Leslee A. Fisher, Noah Gentner

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In this paper, the experiences of nine AASP-certified sport psychology consultants (SPCs) working with athletes who invoke spirituality in their consulting sessions are described. After a brief review of terms and literature, consultants' own words from interview transcripts are used to illustrate four major themes. These were: (a) SPC definitions of spirituality; (b) SPC definitions of faith: (c) SPC perceived challenges; and (d) spirituality implementation within consulting session. We conclude by addressing why we believe that spirituality is a cultural competence component and why sport psychology consultants should engage with the ongoing development of cultural competency.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)394-405
Number of pages12
JournalSport Psychologist
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2014


  • Cultural competence
  • Faith
  • Religion
  • Spirituality
  • Sport psychology
  • Sport psychology consultant


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