M.S. Sport & Human Performance/M.A. Clinical Mental Health Counseling

M.S. Sport & Human Performance /  
M.A. Clinical Mental Health Counseling  

M.S. Sport & Human Performance / 
M.A. Clinical Mental Health Counseling  

M.S. Sport & Human Performance / M.A. Clinical Mental Health Counseling


  • Stand out in the job market with a unique dual degree that offers training in mental health counseling and sport psychology—all with a focus on social justice.
  • Empower individuals to maximize health and well-being—and build healthier communities.
  • Earn your degree with a flexible plan of study.
  • Train with expert faculty and gain practical experience in small, collaborative classes.

Our M.S. Sport & Human Performance / M.A. Clinical Mental Health Counseling program prepares graduates to work with a range of clients who struggle with everything from chronic mental illness to achieving peak performance and utilizing the sport platform to promote social justice. This unique Dual Degree program provides students a comprehensive foundation in clinical mental health counseling as well as mental skills training that leads to psychological well-being and optimal performance allowing for a range of dynamic career paths. 

Professional Development & Training

Gain the knowledge and skills to create real change with small, collaborative classes taught by leading practitioners and scholars in the field. Our diverse faculty brings together classroom learning with individualized mentorship and hands-on professional experience. 

Unique to our institution is the Social Justice Practicum, a nonclinical experiential practicum completed by all Adler University students to cultivate the skills for becoming agents of social change. Working with our network of hundreds of community partners, students develop the practical knowledge and understanding of what it means to engage with communities and be a socially responsible practitioner.

Students complete extensive clinical training, which provides opportunities to apply theory, hone counseling skills, and formulate treatment strategies with clients in a variety of hospitals, clinics, mental health centers, community organizations, and government agencies. Throughout their fieldwork, students receive close mentorship and clinical supervision by faculty. This training consists of a 100-hour practicum and a 600-hour internship, typically at the same site.

In the dual degree program, students will have the opportunity to accumulate 400 hours in various sport environments with of athletes, teams, coaches. Students may spend 18-24 months at sites around the Chicago area to gain a wealth of knowledge and experience and accumulate all hours necessary for CMPC certification. 

Accreditation, Licensure & Certification

Adler’s M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), a specialized accrediting body which is a requirement for licensure in many states. The M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program is designed to prepare graduates to qualify to sit for licensing exams and to meet the academic licensure requirements of many state counseling boards. Students wishing to seek licensure are strongly encouraged to research the requirements to sit for licensure for each state or province in which they wish to practice.

Graduates of the program are also eligible to take part in the National Certified Counselor (NCC) credential, after successful passage of the National Counselor Examination (NCE) and completion of required experiences.

In particular, graduates of the program are eligible to apply for the following credentials:

  • The Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) credential in the state of Illinois.
  • The Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) credential in Illinois, upon completing all necessary post-graduate training and supervised experiences.

We offer specialized courses in sport psychology and externship opportunities to promote certification with the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP). Students can gain practical experience to be eligible for the Certified Mental Performance Consultant (CMPC)credential once they complete this program. Faculty members are active in their respective areas of expertise and engage with students to promote opportunities for professional development in the field as well as at state and national conferences.

We offer an immersive learning experience that brings together coursework and real-world experience focused on how sport and health contribute to community well-being. Our graduates will learn to treat clients with disordered eating; depression and anxiety disorders; substance abuse problems; obesity prevention and treatment; exercise promotion and adherence; and psychological skills training for optimal performance. Our students work with athletes at the youth, collegiate and elite levels for a diverse experience in mental skills training.

Adler University is a nationally recognized pioneer in graduate education, preparing socially responsible practitioners who advocate for underserved populations and build healthier communities.


  • Social service agencies
  • Behavioral health care organizations
  • Hospitals
  • Employee assistance programs
  • Substance abuse treatment centers
  • Youth sport academies & clubs
  • Professional sport organizations
  • NCAA Division I, I, and III athletic departments
  • Military and TRICARE system
  • Government agencies
  • Private practice