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Judy Van Raalte, PhD
Athletic Counseling Graduate Coordinator
Department of Psychology
(413) 748-3388


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The athletic counseling concentration combines training in both research and applied areas of sport counseling, as shown through our sample two-year plan of study. The goal of the athletic counseling program is to provide students with preparation in counseling, psychology, and the sport sciences that will enable them to provide support services to athletes in a variety of settings.

Through applied fieldwork opportunities, you will be prepared for professional work with athletes at various levels of sport participation and for doctoral programs in counseling or sport psychology. You'll also be able to hone your skills through the athletic counseling Research Team, comprised of students, faculty, and other interested individuals, which discusses all aspects of the research process

Many athletic counseling graduates become certified consultants, Association for Applied Sport Psychology (CC-AASP). 

Should I study athletic counseling or sport and exercise psychology?

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A female student sits in class with her laptop.
Judy Van Raalte and Alums
Alumni and Faculty Reconnect

Athletic Counseling Graduate Coordinator Judy Van Raalte, PhD, center, met up with Brian Miles G'11, at left, who works for the Cleveland Indians, and Robert Castillo G'05, who is a cognitive performance counselor for Science Applications International Corporation, during the Cleveland Indians Sport Psychology Summit in Goodyear, Ariz., in October.

Studying Athletic Counseling at Springfield College
  • Commission on Institutions of Higher Education
    3 Burlington Woods Drive, Suite 100
    Burlington, MA 01803

  • (781) 425-7700


Our athletic counseling graduate concentration is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges through its Commission on Institutions of Higher Education.

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