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Sport and Performance Psychology Certificate

Certificate | Hybrid

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Help others optimize their performance skills

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Learn the main theoretical approaches, principles, and methods of sport and performance psychology with a Certificate in Sport and Performance Psychology. This graduate certificate program is also ideal for those who want to further their education and expertise in mental skills training and/or are working towards their Certified Mental Performance Consultant (CMPC) certification through the Association of Applied Sport Psychology (AASP). Choose from on-campus, online, or hybrid program options.

Please note: "Fully online" in our SPP programs typically means a combination of synchronous (real-time classes with a few mandatory live classes during the semester with the professor and peers) and asynchronous (students work on their own time within weekly course deadlines) components. This gives students some real-time engagement plus flexibility.

Program Mission: To educate and train students to become ethical, professional, and culturally competent practitioners who work with performers in a variety of domains. Our program is grounded in the theory and research of sport and performance psychology and offers training for practitioners to apply this education in the field. The program is committed to supporting both the professional and personal growth of students to become practitioners and leaders of Sport and Performance Psychology who integrate the art and science of mental skills training.

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Career Opportunities

Sport and Performance Psychology Pathways

  • Professional Psychologists or Therapists Who Want to Work with Performers

    This Certificate Program is perfect for qualified psychologists or therapists working towards their Certified Mental Performance Consultant (CMPC) certification through the Association of Applied Sport Psychology (AASP).

  • Coaches and Athletic Trainers Who Want an Introduction to Sport and Performance Psychology

    Enhance your work as a coach or a trainer with a Certificate and Sport and Performance Psychology. Your Certificate courses also count toward a Master of Arts in Applied Sport and Performance Psychology.

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Certificate Program Highlights

• Choose from on-campus, online, or hybrid certificate courses.
• Learn from highly-skilled, internationally-recognized sport and performance psychology faculty.
• Learn online in a combination of real-time classes and some coursework on your own schedule.
• Some shadowing experience with practitioners working with performers.
• Additional elective options may include courses in applying performance psychology with military, business, or the performing arts.
• You may attend performance masterclasses with renowned practitioners.

How Our Certificate Program Helps You in the Certification Process

Do you want to obtain a CMPC certification through the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP)? If so, completing the Sport and Performance Psychology Graduate Certificate program at Holy Names University can help. Once you’re certified, you can help clients optimize cognitive performance for personal development or enjoyment in physically active industries like the military, sports or performing arts.

Having a CMPC certification ensures you meet the highest standards of professional practice, including completing education and work requirements, passing exams, and agreeing to follow ethical principles. When qualified psychologists and therapists complete the Certificate in Sport and Performance Psychology, they have many of the course requirements that align with the requirements of the CMPC certification.

Individuals will learn the theory and research of sport and performance psychology and have chances to apply their knowledge to real situations. Internationally-recognized sport and performance psychology faculty teach the courses, so students receive a high-quality education from professors with years of experience. During the process of completing this certificate, students can continually apply their new knowledge to studying for the CMPC certification exam.

You can choose between online, on-campus or hybrid courses. Each option can be personalized thanks to the small class sizes at Holy Names University, so you’ll have the chance to build strong relationships with faculty and peers.

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