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Graduate Certificate in Sports Counseling

Classes begin Summer Session Annually

The Graduate Certificate in Sports Counseling is 100% fully delivered online and designed for practicing counselors, counselors in training (post 48-credits), educators and/or other helping professionals’ needs for an advanced or specialty area of training and development with the athlete population. This program will provide counselor training competencies in three core areas of study: (1) Foundations of Sports Counseling; (2) Contextual Dimensions of Sports Counseling; and (3) Knowledge and Skills for the Practice of Sports Counseling. Students will be prepared to work with youth, adolescent, young adult, or adult athletes across a variety of settings.

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Want to Learn About What Sports Counselors Do?

View Dr. Taunya Tinsley's Interview with the Pittsburgh Steeler¹s LaMarr Woodley!!

Dr. Taunya Tinsley, an associate professor in Cal U¹s Department of Counselor Education, sits down with Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker LaMarr Woodley to discuss how sports counseling can help athletes form a proactive, growth-oriented approach to obtaining total wellness.  Total wellness can be achieved by integrating the mind, body, and spirit of an athlete, which can lead to optimal results both on and off the field.  Woodley also discusses his charitable organizations in Southwestern Pennsylvania where he promotes education and empowerment of children in under-privileged communities. 


Program Philosophy

Sports counseling is a process that assists individuals in maximizing their personal, academic, and athletic potential. Sports counseling is accomplished through a proactive, growth-oriented, approach that incorporates the principles of counseling, career development, movement science, psychology, and lifespan human development. Counselors, educators, and other helping professionals should have specialized awareness, knowledge and skills beyond the basic counselor preparation as well as the ability to develop effective therapeutic relationships.

Sports Counseling Certificate Program meets the particular interests and needs of a significant sub-sector of counselors, educators, and other helping professionals who work with the athlete population. This program provides preparation for educating counselors, educators, and other helping professionals for working with this specific population.

* Note:  The Graduate Certificate in Sports Counseling will not certify you as a Professional Counselor.  You may want to check your state’s licensure laws for more information.  However, the courses may be utilized for additional credits towards  licensure or for continuing education credits.

To comply with PASSHE's policy requirements for a certificate program, effective August, 1, 2015, the requirements for the Graduate Certificate Program in Sports Counseling will change effective for students who begin the program after this date.  Students who enter in the program in the Summer 2015 may lose their financial aid eligibility if they do not complete the requirements for the Graduate Certificate in Sports Counseling program by the end of the 2015 Summer II term.

Check out Dr. Taunya Tinsley and the role of sports counselors featured in the February issue of Counseling Today!

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