Sport Psychology is an interdisciplinary program at Grace College that draws on knowledge from Counseling Psychology and Sport Management and Scripture. It involves the study of how psychological factors affect performance and how participation in sport and exercise affect psychological and physical factors. In addition to instruction and training of psychological skills for performance improvement, applied sport psychology may include work with athletes, coaches and parents regarding injury, communication and team building. This program encompasses a range of topics including motivation to persist and achieve, psychological consideration in sport injury and rehabilitation, counseling techniques with athletes, assessing talent, self-perceptions related to achieving, expertise in sport, youth sport and performance enhancement all from a Biblical perspective. A Sport Management Minor is required with this major.
Examples of courses in this major:
An introduction to the major theories in counseling including secular and Christian approaches. The methodology of each approach will be analyzed based upon the respective theory of psychopathology. Special attention will be given to various skills, techniques, and applications of these approaches. Prerequisite: PSY110 or SOC110. Three hours.
This course develops a theoretical base for evaluating human problems within a biblical framework. Once this has been accomplished, practical techniques will be discussed to help counselors structure the counseling session and implement change. Prerequisite: PSY230 or PSY234/PSY210. Three hours.
This course will examine the history, theories and methods of group counseling. Students will learn about the applications of group psychotherapy through group discussions and role-playing demonstrations. This course will further examine the roles, behaviors, and therapeutic factors utilized in a variety of group settings. Prerequisite PSY344. Three hours.
Students will develop an appreciation of the interaction and relationship between biological, psychological and social factors that influence one’s physical health and health behaviors. This course will examine lifestyle factors such as diet, exercise, stress, substance abuse and individual motivational factors. Additionally, this course will assess how psychological research, theories and principles apply to health promotion, health care issues and chronic illness.
This course is designed to help students both learn and then apply practical as well as theoretical information as it relates to the psychology of sport. The class will work to provide an understanding of how personality, self-concept, self-esteem, self-efficacy and other psychological characteristics relate to participation and performance in sport and physical activities. The class will also investigate the impact of stress, motivation, goal-setting, leadership and imagery on performance. The student will also learn common struggles and intervention strategies in working with athletes and recreational exercisers to enhance performance and participation.
The individuals who will challenge you to learn:
B.A. in Psychology, Grace College; M.A. in Biblical Counseling, Grace College; M.Div., Grace Theological Seminary; Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology, Ball State University
Dr. Thomas Edgington joined the Grace College faculty in 1992. He is a licensed psychologist and mental health counselor, who has practiced in community mental health centers, church counseling centers, and private practice. He is involved in ongoing research and has interests in marriage counseling and counseling depression and anxiety.
B.S. in Psychology, Grace College; M.A. in Counseling, Colorado Christian; Psy.D. in Counseling Psychology, Adler School of Psychology.
Dr. Graham became the Director of the Student Health Center in September of 2011, and began teaching, counseling in the Behavioral Science Department at the same time. He brings a wealth of experience as a counselor, including work in group hours, community mental health centers, and a church counseling center. As a licenced Psychologist, Dr. Graham specializes in adolescents and marital therapy, and has eight years of teaching experience.
B.A. in English, Grace College; M.A. in School Psychology, Ball State University; Ed.D. in School Psychology, Ball State University
Dr. Grill, Dean of the School of Behavioral Science, is a licensed school psychologist and has taught at Grace since 1978. He taught in the public school system and was a school psychologist for 10 years before joining the faculty at Grace. He is an elder at his church and takes every opportunity to talk and teach about the Holy Spirit's attributes and role in the Christian life. He is committed to taking regular mission trips to third world countries, and has led numerous workshops on the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator for local business and industry. He was the tennis coach at Grace for 23 years and is still very active in tennis, basketball, and golf. He and his wife, Becky, have one son and two grandchildren.
B.S. in Criminal Justice and Psychology, Grace College; M.A. in Counseling, Grace College; Psy.D., Adler School of Professional Psychology
Dr. Roberts' special interests include integrated health care practices and behavioral medicine and addiction treatment. In addition, he is working with the Kosciusko County Health Department on a 2–year research grant from the K21 Foundation to study behavioral health intervention in the treatment of diabetes. The basic hypothesis driving the research purports that it is possible to improve the long term health outcomes of individuals diagnosed with Type II Diabetes by adding a psychological component to their treatment. His research is driving towards improved patient outcomes and health care efficiency through integrated care practices.
B.S. in Biology, Ashland College; M.A. in Counseling, The Ohio State University; Ph.D. in Counseling, The Ohio State University
Dr. Slaughter, a licensed psychologist and mental health counselor, joined the Grace College faculty in 1988. Prior to his joining the faculty, he worked in a juvenile center and had his own private counseling practice. His special interests include marriage and family counseling, personality, and working with students.
B.M., William Tyndale College; M.A. in Counseling, Eastern Michigan University; Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration and Educational Leadership, Western Michigan University
Dr. Jim Swanson, Vice President of Student Affairs and Academic Services, joined the Grace College faculty in 1995. In addition to his role in student life, he is an instructor in the GOAL Program and for the School of Behavioral Sciences. He has professional counseling licenses in Michigan and Indiana. His special interests include marriage and family, addictions, statistics, and crisis intervention.
B.S., Grace College; Psychology and Counseling, Grace College; M.A. in Biblical Counseling, Psy.D., Adler School of Professional Psychology
Dr. Joe Graham is the Director of the Student Counseling Center at Grace College. He is a licensed Mental Health Counselor. His doctoral dissertation topic was Sport Psychology as it relates to golfers. Joe was the National Christian College Athletic Association Player of the year in basketball and Honorable Mention at the national level for the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics. Joe played professional basketball in Brazil and has coached at the college, high school and elementary levels. Joe has worked with a number of athletes as a Sports Psychologist.
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