The Certificate in Psychological Wellbeing in Sports

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The Certificate in Psychological Wellbeing in Sports will build on your core practitioner training using a range of psychological, psychotherapy and counselling theories, introducing you to the practical and ethical issues of working with clients in a variety of sporting situations, and develop an essential understanding of life within a professional sports club, to enable you to excel in this challenging environment.


Career Prospects

This course offers the professional skills and practitioner experience and training required by professional football clubs, and gives assurance to future employers that you have achieved a level of proficiency that goes beyond the industry standard.

Placements are often translated into permanent roles, offering an opportunity to break into a notoriously difficult industry for psychological services.

Why choose this course

This course will familiarize you with what is involved with working with clients in a variety of sporting situations and provides a more in-depth look at the challenges and key areas of success that the role of the Sports Psychotherapist brings.

Who is this course for?

The Certificate in Psychological Wellbeing in Sports is designed to help progress a career within elite sport. It is for practising psychologists, psychotherapists,  counsellors and we also welcome applications from professional footballers and ex-players, and other professional athletes, valuing the wealth of experience they would possess.

  • An interest in sports – dealing exclusively with athletes and sporting professionals, an interest in sports is necessary to understand their unique needs
  • The ability to create effective relationships – vital to working across departments and disciplines to achieve the best outcome for both individual players and the team
  • Problem–solving skills – The capacity for analysing and evaluating player performance data, combining it with therapeutic information, and using that information to develop an effective treatment approach
  • The ability to work in a high–stress, fast-paced environment – Much like their clients, those providing psychotherapeutic support must be able to work under immense pressure with many deadlines and with a variety of stakeholders, from athletes to managers to their agents.

Entry Requirements

To gain a clear understanding of the concepts we will develop further in the full certification course, it is required for all learners to complete the Introductory level online course, which gives a broad outline of what is involved in the role of a Psychological Wellbeing Officer within professional sporting clubs.

Introduction to Sports Psychotherapy* – Online only