ISSP-Registry

ISSP-R

The ISSP Practitioner Registry (ISSP-R)

In applied sport psychology (ASP), there are a number of national and regional certification and accreditation programmes for sport and exercise psychology practitioners; and many countries where there is no formalized programme for quality assuring the ethical and professional provision of sport and exercise psychology services to athletes, coaches, parents and organisations.

Given the mission of ISSP and in the spirit of globalization, internationalization, unification, and collaboration, the ISSP Accreditation committee is finalizing the process of establishing an internationally recognized consultant/practitioner registry that represents the minimum standard of sport psychology practice. It is envisioned that the ISSP-Registry (ISSP-R) will respond to the high international mobility of both sporting clients and consultants as well as increase the visibility and credibility of the profession internationally. Importantly, it aims to augment the professional standards of the field with a particular focus on supporting those countries in which ASP is at a developing phase.

 

Eligibility for ISSP-R and the Application Process

ISSP-R will run as a pilot initiative for four years before appraisal and review, and it is envisaged that following the presentation of finalized ISSP-R processes and governance in November 2019, a first intake of applications will be welcomed from practitioners wishing to form part of the ISSP- Registry. In advance of this meeting and approval of governance procedures, we are providing colleagues with information and examples in advance that pertain to the ISSP-R criteria and application protocol. This is meant to help prepare individuals for potential ISSP-R applications and encourage the process of collating and procuring the necessary sources of evidence in relation to knowledge, competence and experience.

On this webpage you will see four categories that pertain to the overall processes and envisaged routeways with respect to ISSP-R.  Please click on each for further information, beyond the summary that is provided here.

This route to ISSP-R is for those well-established practitioners (i.e., greater than 8 years of consulting experience post-MSc degree qualification) to apply to the Registry in recognition of their longer standing work in the field. This route will be time-limited and exists to encourage more senior colleagues to become part of the ISSP-Registry, and also to consider the process of supervising young practitioners (as an ISSP-R approved supervisor).

This route represents the traditional pathway to the Registry, and is designed for emerging, early career practitioners seeking society recognition for their academic training and further supervised practice in sport psychology. There are minimum academic (BSc/BA, MSc) and experiential standards of practice required here and, aligned with the specific interests of ISSP, a number of short ISSP-specific modules focused on cultural competence, ethics and mental health. We particularly encourage those students coming out of MSc degrees to engage with a process of professional supervision and begin to build their portfolio of experience and competencies

We are seeking to grow the body of available supervisors for providing quality support to emerging young professionals. Hence, we are encouraging those practitioners with well-established supervision acumen and experience to apply through a Fast Track route to ISSP-R Approved Supervisor status. Such individuals should qualify to meet the criteria for the ISSP-Registry as a practitioner and are encouraged to apply for ISSP-R and ISSP-R Approved Supervisor status simultaneously if they meet the required criteria as both practitioner and supervisor.

This route represents the traditional pathway to the ISSP-R Approved Supervisor role and is designed for those ISSP-R practitioners who are interested in supervision roles with colleagues and student practitioners, yet possess limited experience of supervision training. It will comprise of an ISSP on-line supervisor orientation and training programme led by Professor Artur Poczwardowski.

We invite you to take a closer look at the available material to date such that you are sensitized to the approach and processes that ISSP are intending to take forward through 2019 onwards.

ISSP-R: Fast Track Route (Established Practitioner)

This route to ISSP-R is for those well-established practitioners (i.e., greater than 8 years of consulting experience post-MSc degree qualification) to apply to the Registry in recognition of their longer standing work in the field. This route will be time-limited and exists to encourage more senior colleagues to become part of the ISSP-Registry, and also to consider the process of supervising young practitioners (as an ISSP-R approved supervisor).

We have included access here to several documents that will be helpful in understanding the criteria and process, as well as two sets of example applications.

word icon 24  Application Guide and Criteria

zip2 27  Example Application folder – Professor Robert Schinke

zip2 27  Example Application folder – Professor Gangyan Si

zip2 27   ISSP-R application and payment instructions

Please take a look through the documents to familiarize yourself about the process.

All completed applications should be sent to isspr@issponline.org

Important Disclaimer

Safeguarding Clients and the Profession: Professional liability insurance and criminal records checks.

Purchasing and maintaining Professional Liability or Indemnity Insurance for a practitioner in one’s country to cover one’s work domestically or abroad is viewed as an important professional responsibility by ISSP. However, we appreciate cultural differences and the role of any national standards/guidelines or norms for insurance in the country where the consultant resides. On this basis, we have not mandated evidence of a professional insurance policy as part of an ISSP-R application, but we encourage all potential employers and clients to ask practitioners about such insurance as a matter of due diligence.

Equally, the procurement of criminal records checks by employers or organizations as part of the process of ensuring the safeguarding and welfare of its athletes is an important step in practitioner recruitment. The protection of vulnerable clients in sport (both young athletes and adults) is critical to ISSP’s duty of care; however, we appreciate that not all countries or organizations require or apply criminal records checks for employment of practitioners. In addition, if ISSP mandated evidence of a criminal record/government check to be submitted as part of an ISSP-R application, then it would be only current from the date of submission. Hence, we have not mandated evidence of such a check as part of an ISSP-R application, but we encourage all potential employers and organizations to consider such checks as part of their recruitment process.

Accreditation Committee

  • Professor Chris Harwood,
    ISSP Accreditation Committee Chair
  • Professor Robert Schinke
  • Professor Artur Poczwardowski
  • Professor Gangyan Si
  • Professor Kristoffer Henriksen
  • Professor Jolly Roy
  • Professor YoungHo Kim
  • Professor Franco Noce
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About ISSP

The International Society of Sport Psychology (ISSP) is an organization devoted to promoting research, practice, and development in the discipline of sport psychology throughout the world. The ISSP is a multidisciplinary association of scholars whose research interests focus on some aspects of sport psychology.

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