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Elite Collegiate & Professional Sport Track

Sport social workers play multiple roles in the lives of collegiate and professional athletes by addressing various aspects of their well-being, with a particular emphasis on providing mental health and high performance services, leading organizations as sport administrators, and helping consult on brand management and social justice initiatives. These professionals recognize the unique challenges faced by athletes within the competitive sports environment and strive to create a supportive atmosphere. By prioritizing mental health and high performance goals, these social workers contribute to the holistic development of athletes, fostering not only their physical skills but also their mental resilience and well-being, ultimately promoting a healthier and more sustainable athletic culture. Participants in this track will:

  • develop a functional working knowledge of the roles that sport social workers play across all levels of social work practice;
  • promote healthy relationships, encourage help-seeking behaviors, and establish and implement strategies for mental health programming that aligns with the mission and structure of an organization;
  • understand the role sport plays in athletes' identities across the lifespan, embracing the "Once an Athlete, Always an Athlete" approach; and
  • apply evidence-informed practices in clinical settings, research and social justice advocacy.

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Participants may earn 38 social work continuing education contact hours, including 12 hours of live interactive online instruction and 26 hours of asynchronous self-paced recorded content.

The University of Michigan School of Social Work, provider #1212, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. The University of Michigan School of Social Work maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period 5/15/2023-5/15/2026. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval. Social workers participating in this course will receive 12 live interactive online and 26 asynchronous online social work continuing education contact hours.

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