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Diploma Sport and Exercise Psychology

Duration: 10 weeks part-time, one evening per week, 6.30-9.30pm

Location: Wellington Quay Only

Start Date: 25th September 2018

Days: Tuesday

Ref Code: CIBDSPS1P

Accredited By: IBAT

Fee: €700


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Flexible tuition payment options are available. Course runs subject to sufficient student demand.

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Course Overview

The aim of this Diploma is to give you the foundations of Sport and Exercise Psychology. Course elements include aspects of motivation, the role of stress and team dynamics, and is designed for you to equipped with knowledge on how to change behaviour in a sporting context. 

Students will be introduced to the concept of motivation and the relevance of a person’s personality type. They will learn about the role self-confidence plays in your day to day behaviour in relation to exercise. The concept of stress, an ever growing factor, in how we behave is discussed. Goal setting is examined in depth, and the challenges which we present to ourselves by placing too much pressure to attain too many goals.

Course Structure and Assessment

The Diploma in Sport and Exercise Psychology runs for 11 weeks (part-time), one evening per week from 6.30-9.30pm.  Participants will be assessed on completing a written assignment as well as an observational journal in a group following a class field trip.

Contact us to receive latest course timetable and information about the course.

Course Content
  • Introducing Sports and Exercise Psychology
  • Motivation
  • Self-Motivation
  • Identifying your Psychological Core
  • The Role of Stress as a Propelling Dynamic Force
  • The Role and Impact of Self-confidence and Self-efficacy – why can’t I go to the gym?
  • Group Dynamics and Team Dynamics
  • Exercise Addiction and Adherence
  • Field Trip and Practical Observation
  • Psychological Skills Training.

James Footballer guest Lecture

Professional Footballer John Sullivan giving a guest lecture on the impact of psychology, nutrition and sports management has in Professional Football.

Entry Requirements

You should have an interest in sports and psychology and wish to expand your knowledge in this area.

Career Opportunities

This course can assist people pursuing careers in:

  • Coaches in professional and amateur sports clubs
  • Health, Wellbeing and Lifestyle Coaching
  • Managers in Gyms and Fitness Centres
  • Youth and Community Coaching
  • Personal Training

Materials Supplied

Lecturer Profile: James Claffey

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James has eight years lecturing experience chiefly in Sport and Exercise Psychology. He holds an Honours degree in Recreation, Sport & Exercise and has also completed a Masters in Sport and Exercise Psychology. He is registered with BASES (the British Association of Sport Exercise Sciences) as a Sport and Exercise Psychologist.

As well as lecturing, James works one to one with individual athletes and teams in the Sport and Exercise Psychology arena. He has over 12 years experience in Sports Coaching and the educational training area. James also also developed the Sport Psychology module for Quality & Qualifications Ireland, which is delivered by a number of third level institutions nationwide.

James has a wide and diverse range of industry experience which includes working with awarding bodies such as NCEF, IFP, ITEC, BTEC , FETAC, HETAC, QQI, and ISTD.

Student Testimonials

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I found the diploma course in IBAT to be to be very interesting and rewarding. As a keen sports person, I felt the course provided me with a means of studying psychology through the lens of sport. I would highly recommend the diploma to any athlete, former athlete or coach as you can relate your own experiences to the material presented.

The diploma course covers many diverse topics from the physical anatomy of the brain to goal setting in our everyday lives; all taught with the most up to date and relevant information in the field. 

James Claffey, our lecturer for the course created an open environment where everyone was encouraged to give their thoughts and experiences on a topic or issue. I found this environment be very beneficial, resulting in a relaxed atmosphere and a bond within the group. James does not just teach about sports psychology but lives out his work with his involvement in football teams and other sporting groups. 

Overall, I found this to be a very rewarding and worthwhile course, and would highly recommend it.”. Eoin Reynolds

“ I cannot recommend this Diploma highly enough. Whether you are involved in sport as an individual or as part of a team or have an interest in sports psychology this is an excellent course. The knowledge and interest of the lecturer James Claffey in sports psychology is evident from the first class and didn't waiver. Every module was so interesting I found myself wanting to know more. ”. - Judi Dockery

How to Apply

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Phone: +353 1 8075 055

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Shared Student Experiences on this Course

Overall Experience Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
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  • IBAT Student - Eoin Reynolds

    I found the diploma course in IBAT to be to be very interesting and rewarding. As a keen sports person, I felt the course provided me with a means of studying psychology through the lens of sport. I would highly recommend the diploma to any athlete, former athlete or coach as you can relate your own experiences to the material presented.

    The diploma course covers many diverse topics from the physical anatomy of the brain to goal setting in our everyday lives; all taught with the most up to date and relevant information in the field.

    James Claffey, our lecturer for the course created an open environment where everyone was encouraged to give their thoughts and experiences on a topic or issue. I found this environment be very beneficial, resulting in a relaxed atmosphere and a bond within the group. James does not just teach about sports psychology but lives out his work with his involvement in football teams and other sporting groups.

    Overall, I found this to be a very rewarding and worthwhile course, and would highly recommend it.

    Experience Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
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  • IBAT Student - Judi Dockery

    I cannot recommend this Diploma highly enough. Whether you are involved in sport as an individual or as part of a team or have an interest in sports psychology this is an excellent course.

    The knowledge and interest of the lecturer James Claffey in sports psychology is evident from the first class and didn't waiver. Every module was so interesting I found myself wanting to know more.

    For some people asking questions in a class based setting can be daunting but James was very approachable and welcomed any questions or feedback from the students.

    I am delighted that I found this Diploma and definitely recommend it!

    Experience Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
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  • IBAT Student - Kyran O'Brien

    I have always had a interest in Sports Psychology ,as a coach of Twenty years involved in GAA , I have completed nearly my Coaching levels in the GAA and this was very high on my bucket list.
    The course was very well structured with a huge amount of different areas covered ,the three hour lectures went in a flash James Claffey who headed up the course made the class of Seven students feel very at ease from the word go.He help to make the group a very cohesive group encouraging each student to take a major part in the classes.
    I have come out of this course with a much better understanding of the player and what goes on in the mind and am looking forward to implementing this in my coaching and hopefully helping some of the players to achieve some of their goals.
    I would recommend James Claffey and the course in ibat very highly as an older student I was a little bit reluctant to return to Study,I need not have worried as both James and ibat made it a super experience.
    Many thanx ibat and James Claffey.

    Experience Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
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  • IBAT Student - Vanessa Bradfield

    This course allowed me to greatly improve my interactions with clients in the fitness industry.

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  • IBAT Student - Lynn O'Neill

    Through this course I learned lots about goals, communication, heath and exercise and have changed my way of thinking about motivation. Have applied it in managing my team and used it to keep motivated in my own fitness journey.

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Sport Lecturer Profiles

  • James Claffey- Sports Management and Development Lecturer

    James has eight years lecturing experience chiefly in Sport and Exercise Psychology. He holds an Honours degree in Recreation, Sport & Exercise and has also completed a Masters in Sport and Exercise Psychology. He is registered with BASES (the British Association of Sport Exercise Sciences) as a Sport and Exercise Psychologist. As well as lecturing, James works one to one with individual athletes and teams in the Sport and Exercise Psychology arena. He has over 12 years experience in Sports Coaching and the educational training area. James also also developed the Sport Psychology module for Quality & Qualifications Ireland, which is delivered by a number of third level institutions nationwide. James has a wide and diverse range of industry experience which includes working with awarding bodies such as NCEF, IFP, ITEC, BTEC , FETAC, HETAC, QQI, and ISTD.

    James Claffey, Sports Management and Development Lecturer
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