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School Counseling and the Student Athlete
College, Careers, Identity, and Culture

ISBN 9780415536226
Published March 27, 2014 by Routledge
220 Pages

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Book Description

School Counseling and the Student Athlete explores empirical, theoretical, and practice-based issues that demand consideration by school-based counseling and educational professionals working at the pre-collegiate level. In its pages clinicians and students will find insights into both why student athletes experience many of the issues they do as well as the steps that counselors can take to help these individuals and their families. Theories of motivation and theoretical approaches to counseling student athletes are covered in order to provide an orientation to working with this group, and the book also includes a thorough discussion of the most important elements of counseling the student athlete: the academic, career, personal, and social issues they face; consultations with coaches, teachers, and parents; commercialism and the student athlete’s identity; and gender, sexual identity, and culture issues. Each chapter ends with discussion questions and available resources for counselors. Grounded in research and pioneering in its analysis of sports psychology for students in grades K-12, School Counseling and the Student Athlete is a must-have for school counselors, clinicians, and other professionals who work with elementary and secondary students.

Table of Contents

1. Orientation to Working with Student Athletes 2. Theories of Motivation and Student Development 3. Commercialism and the Identity of the Student Athlete 4. Theoretical Approaches to Counseling the Student Athlete 5. Family Approaches to Counseling the Student Athlete 6. Gender, Sexual Identity, Cultural Issues, and the Student Athlete 7. Consultation with Teachers and the Student Athlete 8. Consultation with Coaches and the Student Athlete 9. Consultation with Parents and the Student Athlete 10. Academic Issues for the Student Athlete 11. Career and College Issues for the Student Athlete 12. Personal and Social Issues for the Student Athlete 13. The Transitional Student Athlete. Movement Away from Sport 14. The Future of Student Athletics and School-based Counseling Services

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Adam Zagelbaum, PhD, is an associate professor at Sonoma State University in the department of counseling’s pupil and personnel services track, where he also serves as PPS program coordinator. He has authored , co-authored, and edited textbooks, articles, training videos, book chapters, and workbooks on school counseling, career counseling, group work, child and adolescent counseling, and working with immigrant families. He has also presented at various international and national conferences. His work with student athletes includes counseling roles at the K-12 level and within university settings.


"School Counseling and the Student Athlete is a game changer for every school counselor who works with high school and middle school students who dream about a future in sports. From coping with stress, to acquiring organizational skills and academic motivation, to exploring alternative careers, every critical topic is addressed in a way that is readily applicable but well supported with examples and research. The issues that student athletes bring to the counseling office go far beyond NCAA eligibility and college searches, and Zagelbaum thoroughly explores the personal/social, academic, career growth, developmental, physical, and psychological concerns and fears that students face. This book is an invaluable resource for every counselor who wants to best support students who have aspirations as athletes in life after high school."

—Carol Dahir, EdD, professor of school counseling at the New York Institute of Technology and co-author of The Transformed School Counselor

"Sports are a central part of the American experience. Professor Zagelbaum provides a clear summary of the strengths of sports for developing youth strengths. His simultaneous awareness of some dangers will also act to improve athletic programs. We recommend this book highly."

—Allen E. Ivey, EdD, ABPP, distinguished university professor (emeritus) at the University of Massachusetts–Amherst, and Mary Bradford Ivey, EdD, professor of counseling at the University of South Florida

"This is an important book that shows how counselors can understand and support the unique needs of student athletes. Professor Zagelbaum and his colleagues have done a masterful job in highlighting the complexity of working with this overlooked special counseling population. A must read for all school counselors."

—Jon Carlson, PsyD, EdD, distinguished professor of psychology and counseling at Governors State University