Athletic Counseling Concentration
Graduates of this practitioner-scholar based program are eligible to become licensed as psychologists and gain additional training working with teams and athletes as sport psychology practitioners with most students meeting criteria for becoming certified consultants, Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP). A counseling psychology framework underscores course work in sport and exercise psychology as well as theory, research, and the practice of skills such as assessment, diagnosis, and treatment. Graduates of the program work with teams and athletes as sport psychologists in both consulting and counseling roles. Additionally, graduates provide counseling, psychotherapy, assessment, and supervision services or seek careers in administration, teaching, and evaluation.
Here is an overview of how the curriculum of the athletic counseling concentration lines up with AASP certification requirements.
In addition to the core classes in the PsyD curriculum, students in the athletic counseling concentration will take 24 credits of athletic counseling specific courses including five core courses and three elective courses.
- PSYC 654 Issues and Techniques in Athletic Counseling
- PSYC 657 Professional Studies in Athletic Counseling
- PSYC 672 Laboratory in Counseling Athletes
- PSYC 674 Counseling for Enhanced Performance
- PSYC 686 Fieldwork/Internship and Seminar
Electives (Choose Three)
- PSCY 530 Psychology of Sport Injury
- PSYC 545 Imagery, Hypnosis, and Self-Hypnosis
- PSYC 670 Psychology of the College Age Adult
- PSYC 620 Health Psychology
- PSYC 630 Adventure Therapy: Facilitating Life Skills through Experiential Learning
Students in the program are encouraged to engage in research by pursuing their personal research interests or collaborating on projects with faculty and other students. Additionally, all students will complete a sequence of research practicum courses that culminates with the completion of a dissertation. Students are eligible to receive funding from the Graduate Student Research Fund.
The Athletic Counseling Research Team is a group that meets weekly to share and discuss research ideas related to athletic counseling and the psychology of sport and exercise. This collaborative environment provides an opportunity for students to participate in both faculty and student research as well as refine their own research ideas. Through attending research team meetings, many students have had the chance to publish papers as well as present at professional conferences.