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Overcoming the Challenges of Counseling College Student Athletes

This digest addresses one of the most recognized, yet unofficial, special populations on college campuses nationwide-- college student athletes. It is proposed that misconceptions and stereotypical viewpoints have hindered the development of effective counseling interventions with this population. Although college counseling centers are available, student athletes have traditionally chosen to seek help from other sources such as coaches, teammates, family and friends. This digest seeks to help college counselors become aware of the many barriers that influence a student athlete's decision to seek help outside of the counseling center. These barriers include both internal and external barriers, such as a "win-at-all-costs" philosophy, social stigma, barriers from the athletic department, and team commitments. It is hoped that creative counselors will find ways to overcome barriers mentioned in this digest, making counseling a more attractive alternative to many student athletes. (Contains 14 references.) (GCP)
Microform, English, 2003
ERIC Clearinghouse on Counseling and Student Services, Greensboro, NC, 2003