Group Counseling for Sports Teams: A Conceptualization Linked to Practice
Authors: Michael B. Johnson, Javier Cavazos Jr. and Robert E. Corb
Abstract: There is a paucity of literature addressing a link between group counseling and sport teams. Given that a sport team is a system comprised of individual athletes who typically attempt to perform optimally and have positive life experiences, it is somewhat surprising that the utility of group counseling has not been addressed in the literature, particularly given group counseling’s ability to enhance intrapersonal, interpersonal, and group-as-a-whole functioning. The current article addresses this and attends to applied characteristics of group counseling with sport teams. We also provide an example from a group counseling experience with a sport team at a university (i.e., NCAA Division I) to illustrate this linkage.