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Certificate in Sport Social Work


Understanding and supporting athletes and their overall health and welfare has been a prominent specialty service area that social workers have formally and informally navigated for decades. And today, the need for sports social workers with advanced training has never been more requested across sport settings (youth, collegiate, professional, and geriatric). Research currently suggests that: (1) athletes engage in sport across the lifespan to foster a greater sense of belonging and social connection; (2) athlete mental health needs are increasing and licensed, mental health providers are needed to meet this growing demand; and (3) athletes are using their platform to address social injustices and bring awareness to longstanding disparities across our country. As established agents of change, social workers uphold the profession's mission and core values, while having an expansive scope of practice to improve outcomes for individuals, communities, and the larger society.

In addition to the live schedule, program includes 20 hours of recorded lectures:

Overview: History of Sport Social Work
Adjustment/Transition into College Athletics
Integrated Health in Sports Settings
Body Image & Perfectionism
Multidisciplinary Eating Disorders Team
Psychopharmacology and Navigating USADA & WADA, Drug Testing
Sports & Body Image: Identifying Risks and Recommendations for Clinical Intervention
Injury: Loss of Identity
Post Concussion Care
Sport Psychology: Basic Skills, Preparatory Skills, Performance Skills
Performance Anxiety
Intro to Sport Psychology
Transitioning Out of Sport: Clinical Considerations
Supporting LGBTQ+ Athletes in Sports
Critical Research Perspectives for Contemporary Sport Culture
ADHD and Anxiety
Ensuring Healthy Development for Youth through Sport and Recreation
Athletes Connected: Developing Community-Based Programming
Macro Social Work Practice in Collegiate Sport
Sports in Older Adults: Once an Athlete, Always an Athlete
Understanding Racial Diversity and Social Justice in Sports
Sleep and Sport

Registration for this course is closed. Visit the CE Course Catalog for more offerings.

Session Information

  • 6/27/2023 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
  • 7/11/2023 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
  • 7/18/2023 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
  • 7/25/2023 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
  • 8/1/2023 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
  • 8/8/2023 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM

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