Sports Psychotherapy Programme

This is for those students of psychotherapy, psychology and counselling wanting to break into the world of professional sport. Gary takes delegates on a journey of learning about how to survive and thrive in the tough but rewarding world of sports psychotherapy and counselling.

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Course structure
This is the only course in the world that goes behind the dressing room doors to allow delegates to understand how to help elite sportsmen and women achieve their potential using psychotherapeutic approaches in the environment they inhabit.

This course gives a general overview of the key areas of Sports Psychotherapy, introducing learners to how psychotherapy can be used in sporting environments. This exciting foundation course is currently completely online and blends theory and practice.

What will I learn? This modular course will take you through the following:

  • What is Sports Psychotherapy
  • Sports Psychotherapy vs Sports Psychology
  • Why it is needed
  • The Role of the Sports Psychotherapist
  • Performance Improvement
  • Responsibilities
  • Players Issues
  • Promoting Player Wellbeing
Why choose this course? This introductory Sports Psychotherapy course will familiarize you with the practical and ethical issues of working with clients in a variety of sporting situations and provide a foundation on which to build your Sports Psychotherapy skills to enable you to excel in this challenging environment.
Who is this course for? Anyone who has an interest in Sports Psychotherapy and would like to know how to use it professionally
Entry requirements This course is open to anyone with an interest in Sports and Psychotherapy or Counselling and the possible applications of either in a sporting environment.
Method of Assessment Each module will be tested at the end to ensure understanding, and a Certificate awarded on successful completion of the course.
Cost The cost of this course is £195.00

Diving deeper into the world of a Sports Psychotherapist, this module looks at the main aspects of the role of psychotherapy within a professional sports club and the challenges this can bring.

What will I learn? This modular course will take you through the following:

  • Confidentiality and Why it is important
  • How it can be compromised
  • When to break it
  • Safeguarding and working with the staff
  • How to identify problems
  • Treating the system
  • Treatments options
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? Anyone who would like to develop their understanding of the role of a practitioner in Sports Psychotherapy and would like to know how to apply it themselves professionally
Entry requirements This course is open to individuals with an interest in Sports and Psychotherapy or Counselling and the possible applications of either in a sporting environment.
Method of Assessment Each module will be tested at the end to ensure understanding, and a Certificate awarded on successful completion of the course.
Cost The cost of this course is £295.00 when purchased individually

Focussing on the main elements of therapeutic support, this module looks at the key theories within psychotherapy, and how they can be applied in a sporting environment.

 

What will I learn? This modular course will take you through the following:

  • What is person-centred therapy?
  •  Gestalt therapy
  • What is the therapeutic alliance?
  • Ethical boundaries
  • Transference and Countertransference
  • Psychological states
  • Defence mechanisms
  • Freudian theory
Why choose this course? The first of it’s kind, this course develops your psycho-therapeutic learning to a new level.
Who is this course for? Those counsellors, psychologists and psychotherapists working to differentiate themselves from others in their field will gain a critical understanding of why these principles are important in Sport, and how to apply them.
Entry requirements This course is open to individuals who are beginning their psychotherapeutic training, right through to those who have already achieved their practitioner status and would like to advance their knowledge and understanding.
Method of Assessment Learners will be quizzed at the end of the course to ensure understanding, and a Certificate awarded on successful completion.
How long does it take? 1 day
Cost £395.00

Following on from Part 1, this module continues the exploration of therapeutic principles and includes treatment techniques for applying these principles within professional clubs.

What will I learn? This modular course will take you through the following:

  • Psychodynamic theory
  • Winnicott – developmental stages
  • Sexuality
  • Jungian theory and practice – collective unconscious
  • Attachment theory
  • Bodywork – issues in the tissues
  • Existential therapy
  • Short term therapy and CBT
Why choose this course? The first of it’s kind, this course develops your psycho-therapeutic learning to a new level
Who is this course for? This course is open to individuals who are beginning their psychotherapeutic training, right through to those who have already achieved their practitioner status and would like to advance their knowledge and understanding.
Entry requirements Learners will be quizzed at the end of the course to ensure understanding, and a Certificate awarded on successful completion.
Method of Assessment 1 day
Cost The cost of this course is £395.00.

This course examines the particular issues of professional sportspeople, looking at those issues which are peculiar to high-net-worth individuals and athletes operating in the glare of public life

What will I learn? This modular course will take you through the following:

  • Addictive behaviours
  • Celebrity status
  • Stress management
  • Relationship with Agent
  • Relationship with the Manager
  • Managing Social Media
  • Press intrusion
  • Transitioning
Why choose this course? This course will familiarize you with what is involved with working with clients in a variety of sporting situations and especially those with high net worth. It will provide a more in depth look at the challenges and pressures facing our elite sportsmen and women
Who is this course for? Anyone who would like to develop their understanding of the issues faced by elite athletes and how a Sports Psychotherapist can work effectively with these teams and individuals
Entry requirements This course is open to individuals with an interest in Sports and Psychotherapy or Counselling and the possible applications of either in a sporting environment.
Method of Assessment Each module will be tested at the end to ensure understanding, and a Certificate awarded on successful completion of the course.
Cost The cost of this course is £295.00 when purchased individually

Learn the importance of sleep, diet and nutrition to the psychological wellbeing of athletes, recognise burnout, and support athletes through injury and rehab and transition planning.

What will I learn? This modular course will take you through the following:

  • Importance of sleep
  • Diet & Nutrition
  • Understanding the impact of Injury
  • Physiological effects of enforced injury
  • Road to rehab
  • Recognising and dealing with Burnout
  • Treatment Planning
  • Active Wellbeing
Why choose this course? This course will familiarize you with what is involved with working with clients in a variety of sporting situations and how to encourage good behaviours and build player and team wellbeing. It identifies positive activities that can be undertaken alongside being pro-active in promoting health and vitality.
Who is this course for? Anyone who would like to develop their understanding of the issues faced by elite athletes and how a Sports Psychotherapist can work effectively with these teams and individuals
Entry requirements This course is open to individuals with an interest in Sports and Psychotherapy or Counselling and the possible applications of either in a sporting environment.
Method of Assessment Each module will be tested at the end to ensure understanding, and a Certificate awarded on successful completion of the course.
Cost The cost of this course is £295.00 when purchased individually
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The Sports Psychotherapy programme is designed to help progress a career working psychotherapeutically within elite sport.
The training offers the professional skills and practitioner experience and training required by professional sporting clubs, and gives assurance to future employers that you have achieved a level of proficiency that goes beyond the industry standard.

This course is for individuals who have:

An interest in sports
dealing exclusively with athletes and sporting professionals, an interest in sports is necessary in order to understand their unique needs
The ability to work in a high–stress, fast-paced environment
Much like their clients, sports psychotherapists must be able to work under immense pressure with many deadlines and with a variety of stakeholders, from athletes to managers to their agents
Excellent 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 create effective relationships
vital to working across departments and disciplines to achieve the best outcome for both individual players and the team

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