This post is a fantastic opportunity for a passionate sport psychology practitioner to join the University of Birmingham and work with elite student-athletes as an integrated member of the University of Birmingham Sport Performance Centre. The Performance Centre is a multi-disciplinary sport science and medicine unit (SSM) with the aim of supporting scholarship and TASS (talented athlete scholarship scheme) athletes in the transition from junior to senior international, and supporting our high performing teams in the pursuit of BUCS success. Working alongside the SSM unit and coaches, the successful candidate will deliver sport psychology support to elite athlete scholars and high performance teams at the University. This includes senior internationals, junior internationals, BUCS champions and BUCS Championship winning teams.
Within the framework for delivery of the sport psychology programme, the successful candidate will be responsible for the design, development and delivery of the sport psychology support programme. This will involve working closely with the performance centre practitioners, coaches, scholarship team and external bodies (i.e. TASS, NGB’s):
• To support student-athletes from a sport psychology perspective as they transition on to, through and from our programmes (UoB scholarship programme and TASS programme). This will involve working in close partnership with the Performance Centre practitioners, coaches and scholarship management team in the design, development and delivery of a comprehensive sport psychology programme.
• To provide personalised performance profiling and holistic needs analysis of scholar-athletes and priority teams alongside the performance centre practitioners and coaches.
• To design and deliver planned support, which may consist of 1-1 sessions, group sessions, training & competition observation, integrated ‘on-pitch’ support, and systems-approach support. Support will have the aim of developing a performance mindset, athlete self-awareness, individualised psychological skills and of facilitating the development of psychologically informed performance environments.
• To continually log, monitor and evaluate delivery with regard to programme aims and outcomes.
• To develop online resources for scholars and high performing teams to help with their professional and personal development.
• Encouraging a psychologically informed environment and in facilitating effective interdisciplinary support within the SSM unit through ensuring shared understanding, a common language and ongoing case-formulations.
• To work with performance centre practitioners, scholarship management team and coaches in providing support and advice on sport psychology topics or concerns.
• To liaise with performance centre leads where there is any issue/conflict which may have arisen so that the appropriate action can be taken.
• To encourage and facilitate dual career aspirations through enabling effective management of the balance between sporting and academic commitments.
• To work within the guidelines and code of ethics and conduct of the British Psychological Society
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