Graduate Certificate in Sports Counseling
Classes begin Summer Session Annually
The Graduate Certificate in Sports Counseling is delivered 100% online and designed to meet the needs for an advanced or specialty area of training and development for practicing counselors, counselors in training (post 48-credits), educators and/or other helping professionals who work with athletes. 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.
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.
The 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.
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