Student Learning Outcomes

1. Core Concepts
1.1 Students will understand the basic array of cognitive and affective topics in psychology and understand how these processes can affect performance and perception.
1.2 Students will understand how biological processes outside of the central nervous system work together to support performance. 
1.3 Students will understand how the central nervous system influences performance.
1.4 Students will understand how both social dynamics and individual differences influence performance on an individual and team level.

2. Counseling Techniques
2.1 Students will obtain an understanding of the psychological techniques used to improve performance in individuals at the standard, professional, and elite level.
2.2 Students will obtain an understanding of the psychological techniques used to improve performance in group classes training programs, and sports teams.

3. Assessment
3.1 Students will be able to identify, administer, and interpret psychological assessment tools in order to evaluate clients, create affective action plans, and monitor their clients.
3.2 Students will be able to create novel assessments in order to better serve the field of sports and exercise psychology.

4. Diversity
4.1 Students will be able to identify biases within themselves that could influence their interactions with clients and create a plan of how to deal these biases.
4.2 Students will understand how differences in culture, age, gender, and body type can influence perceived challenges in exercise performance.
4.3 Students will be able to work effectively with different types of clients, from young to elderly, and obese to elite athletes.

5. Mentorship Training
5.1 Students will develop skills in counseling individuals to overcome personal barriers and push past previous limits to increase performance.
5.2 Students will develop skills in working with exercise groups and sports teams in order to increase the performance of the group as a whole.
5.3 Students will develop skills in working with coaches, instructors, and trainers in order to help them get the best performance out of their athletes and clients.

6. Ethics and Professionalism
6.1. Students will understand ethical issues pertaining to the field and identify best practices to help avoid violating these ethical principles.
6.2 Students will understand and practice professional mannerisms expected in the field.

7. Research and Methods
7.1 Students will understand how to interpret and critique research conducted in the field.
7.2 Students will understand how to conduct their own research in the field.

8. Faith Integration
8.1 Students will understand how to view concepts in sports and exercise psychology through a Christian lens.
8.2 Students will understand how to apply Christian values to their interactions with their clients.