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


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The athletic counseling concentration combines training in both applied and research 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 and psychology that will enable them to provide support services to athletes related to sport performance, personal development, and mental health 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 clinical, 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

Athletic counseling graduates complete the Association for Applied Sport Psychology academic and applied requirements to become Certified Mental Performance Consultants (CMPC). With an additional year of study, students are able to complete the academic requirements necessary to become licensed mental health counselors in Massachusetts.

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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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