Sport and Health Psychology Overview
This one-of-a-kind program uniquely blends the fields of sports psychology, health psychology, and counseling—providing the only master’s program in the nation that offers a dual counseling and sport psychology credential. Sport psychology and health psychology share many synergies, such as the need to manage behaviors that conflict with social, environmental, and physiological challenges. Our program focuses on these synergies as we provide a comprehensive foundation in counseling methods related to maximizing health and performance.
Eating disorders, ethical compromises, steroid and substance abuse problems, elitism, and exceedingly high expectations are all issues that negatively affect health and well-being. Our program trains counselors with the skills to address them in a variety of ways—such as through obesity prevention and treatment, exercise promotion and adherence, disease prevention, athlete performance enhancement, and more. We address issues such as the development of sport and wellness programs for populations that are underserved and often marginalized, and ways in which professionals working with adult athletes can enhance performance and character in constructive and healthy ways.
We provide an immersive learning experience with a diverse faculty. Professors are practicing clinicians as well as scholars, researchers, and leaders in the field of sport and health psychology. Learning takes place in small, intimate classes, and through the exceptional training opportunities we offer. Students engage in faculty research, create presentations for professional conferences, and assist with academic milestones such as co-authoring textbook chapters and journal articles.
Through strong faculty support, individualized advising, a dedicated Training Department, and the School’s partnerships with hundreds of community agencies, our counseling students gain valuable practicum and clinical experience—and have benefitted from our 100% placement rate in clinical and sport/health practicum sites.
A comprehensive theoretical curriculum and supervised clinical field experiences prepare students for success taking the Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Examination (CPCE): On the most recent exam, our students achieved an impressive 100% passing rate.
Our graduates are employed with health promotion programs, high school and university counseling centers, amateur and professional athletes, military branches, rehabilitation centers, community health and recreation agencies, retirement communities, and medical facilities.
Licensure & Certification
Graduates of this program are eligible to apply for:
- The Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) credential in the state of Illinois.
- The Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) credential in Illinois, upon completing all necessary post-graduate training. Because licensure requirements vary by state, students who anticipate applying for licensure elsewhere may need to acquire additional practicum hours or courses beyond the Adler School degree requirements. All students are encouraged to work with their faculty advisors and plan their curriculum accordingly.
- The National Certified Counselor (NCC) credential, as well as sit for the National Counselor Examination (NCE) before graduation. Upon degree completion, students can submit their passing NCE scores to the State of Illinois licensing board, toward the fulfillment of state licensing requirements.
Upon program completion, students can also apply for provisional status as Certified Consultants through the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (CC-AASP). The School also provides graduates of the program the opportunity to earn post-graduate sport psychology training, which will allow them to apply for full CC-AASP status.
- A baccalaureate degree from a college or university regionally accredited by a nationally recognized accrediting agency or an equivalent degree from an international college or university
- Grade point average of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale for undergraduate and graduate course work
- Completion of the following semester courses in psychology with grades of "C" or better: General or introductory psychology, abnormal psychology, and research methods or statistics. Equivalent coursework in other social sciences may also be considered.
- Experience in sports is desired, but not required
- Applicants who meet the admission standards will be invited for an interview with faculty