In addition to the core sport psychologist’s roles outlined so far, there are also a number of important over-arching processes. Some of these processes are explicitly required by regulatory bodies, such as accurate record keeping, continued training throughout the career and supervision whilst under training. Others are more implicit requirements (or are only ‘required’ by certain countries’ regulatory bodies). These might include being a reflective practitioner who evaluates their own practice, continuing supervision or mentoring once qualified and supervising other trainee psychologists. At their core, all of these activities can be considered part of a suite of quality assurance processes. First of all, we need to define quality assurance for sport psychology as follows. Overall, quality assurance is the maintenance of a desired level of quality in a service or product, especially by means of attention to every stage of the process of delivery (as suggested by the model in this book). Then we need to apply this concept to sport psychology. As a profession, we want to ensure that a minimum standard of competence is achieved through the training and qualification pathway we offer, but we also want to pursue continual improvement and ‘best practice’. Remember that it is almost impossible to identify one true/right/best way of doing sport psychology, as evidenced in the previous nine chapters.
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