Date Approved


Graduate Degree Type


Degree Name

Education-Higher Education (M.Ed.)

Degree Program

College of Education

First Advisor

Dr. Karyn Rabourn

Academic Year



Despite the clear need, the student-athlete population continues to underutilize mental health services on campus. This project explores literature regarding mental health concerns for non-student athletes and student-athletes and barriers to utilization for both student populations. Following Rosenstock's (1996) Health Belief Model, a solution to increase the utilization of mental health services for student-athletes is to create a four-hour cultural competency training course for counselors and improve early intervention by providing a robust onboarding program for first-year student-athletes. The overall intent of this project is to encourage self-efficacy in student-athletes to seek help if needed, as well as provide well-rounded services for those that seek-help. Proper evaluation and reflection will ensure that this project is effective.

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