A growing body of research documents the positive health and mental health benefits of participating in organized sports. While much of the current research is focused on youth participation in sports, there is also evidence of how participation in sports can benefit people across the age range and from different ethic and socioeconomic groups. This 2 day mini-course will discuss how social work values, concepts and interventions on both the micro and macro levels can enhance sport activities. Specific strategies such as, strength-based coaching, team building, conflict resolution, parent collaboration, diversity training, community engagement, advocacy and policy development will be discussed. Model interdisciplinary programs that serve at-risk youth, older adults, and other special populations will be highlighted. Through discussion and group projects, students will apply social work competencies including assessment, engagement, intervention, research, and evaluation to this emerging practice area.
Students will be required to complete two take home assignments. Grading is S/U, but the letter grade option is possible per the student's departmental requirements.
The mini-course is designed for undergraduate and graduate students who are interested in exploring the intersection of social work and sport. The content is especially relevant to education, nursing, social work, psychology, kinesiology and sociology majors.
The format is a two day mini-course. A variety of teaching strategies will be used including lecture, discussion, video presentations, group activities and guest speakers.