Online Bachelor of Science in Counseling and Applied Psychological Science – Sports and Performance Counseling
Are you curious about the psychological challenges elite athletes face after suffering from a major injury or retiring from their sport? Do you want to understand why people are captivated by sports and how they bring people together? Pursue a Bachelor of Science in counseling and applied psychological science with a concentration in sports and performance counseling to explore these questions and more.
Next start date: 10/11/2023
Total classes: 40
Weeks per class: 7.5
Total credit hours: 120
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What you’ll learn in a sports and performance counseling degree concentration
This program provides context for understanding human behavior and achieving peak performance in domains, such as sports, exercise and competition. You’ll develop practical skills for enhancing performance and well-being in yourself and others, whether you’re an athlete, coach, parent or simply interested in the intersection between psychology and sports.
In your courses, you’ll learn about a variety of topics in psychology from the lens of sports and counseling performance, including:
- Anxiety and stress management.
- Counseling theories and techniques.
- Foundations in sport psychology.
- Human development across the lifespan.
- Motivation and confidence in athletes.
- Multicultural research, theory and practice.
- Performance enhancement.
- Psychological factors of injury and rehabilitation.
- Team dynamics.
What fields can I go into after graduating from this program?
The knowledge you’ll gain in this sports and performance counseling degree concentration are applicable to fields in sports and beyond. The military, health and wellness, K-12 coaching, performance arts and emergency services are examples of industries that require mental preparation and resilience for success.
Additionally, the psychological dynamics at play in sports are also relevant to wellness within organizations and the workplace. From increasing motivation to perform at optimal levels to reducing stress in high-pressure situations, you can apply sports counseling techniques to roles in the public, private and nonprofit sectors.
Sports and performance psychology and counseling courses
Courses in this concentration cover topics ranging from how participation in sport and physical activity affects psychological development and mental well-being to using psychological science to improve performance. You’ll also explore the mental and emotional aspects of sports performance, including motivation, confidence, anxiety and focus.
To culminate the program, you’ll complete a required internship in a sport or mental health setting. This gives you practical opportunities to apply what you learn in class and prepare you to take the next step in your career.
Courses may include:
CAP 121: Introduction to Sport, Exercise and Performance Psychology (SB)
CAP 222: Mental Performance
CAP 323: Psychology of Coaching
CAP 325: Professional Practice and Ethics in Counseling
CAP 340: Multicultural Counseling Theory and Practice
CAP 345: Social Issues in Counseling and Psychology
CAP 220: Self in a Multicultural Society (C)
CAP 240: Counseling Skills
Sports and more: The performance counseling jobs you’ll be prepared for
A sports and performance counseling degree concentration can enhance your career opportunities in the sport industry, such as K-12 coaching, personal training and wellness coaching. You can also apply your interpersonal, leadership, research and communication skills across roles in nearly every industry. Potential career paths include, but aren’t limited to:
How to apply
You are considered a first-year student for application purposes if you have not attended college at all, or have fewer than 12 transferable credit hours (with a minimum 2.50 cumulative GPA).
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