Counseling - Sports Counseling and Student Athlete Mental Wellness

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Certificate: Sports Counseling and Student Athlete Mental Wellness Certificate - Credits:12 (program code: 0935)

Program Description

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 subsector of counselors, educators and other helping professionals who work with the athlete population in a variety of settings, including youth sports programs, interscholastic programs, colleges and universities, community and social agencies, professional sporting agencies, and recreational settings.

Note: The graduate certificate in sports counseling will not certify you as a professional counselor. However, it may be possible for the courses to be utilized for additional credits toward licensure or for continuing education credits. You may want to check your state's licensure laws for more information.

Delivery Mode

Global Online (100 percent online delivery)

Curriculum - Certificate

Course Credits
CED 780  Issues and Techniques in Counseling Athletes 3
CED 781  Sports Counseling Programming 3
CED 783  Counseling and Advising Athletes with Death, Loss and Grief  OR  CED 788  Contemporary Topics in Counselor Education (approved related to sports counseling) 3
CED 784  Student Athlete Mental Wellness 3
Total 12

Program Website

 For Additional Information

Phone: 866-595-6348

Program Coordiator

Robert Mehalik, LPC, NCC, A.B.D. (Waynesburg University), M.S., B.S. (California University of Pennsylvania), Assistant Professor, Field Coordinator, Certificate Coordinator

Phone: 724-938-5698

Graduate Faculty

Grafton Eliason, NCC, LPC, Ed.D. (Duquesne University), M.Div. (Princeton Theological Seminary), M.Ed., B.A. (Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania), Professor

Elizabeth Gruber, NCC, LPC, Ph.D. (Duquesne University), M.S. (Youngstown State University), B.S. (Bowling Green State University), Chair, Professor

Jeff Samide, NCC, LPC, Ed.D., M.Ed. (Indiana University of Pennsylvania), B.A. (Saint Vincent College), Professor

Jacqueline A. Walsh, NCC, LPC, Ph.D. (Kent State University), M.S., B.S. (California University of Pennsylvania), Professor

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