Wayne State alumnus Jeffrey Williams, a former running back for the Warriors football team and the current assistant director of mental health and wellness in the athletics department at the University of Tennessee, talks with host Darrell Dawsey about the mental strain that often confronts student-athletes and sports pro alike.
Jeffrey Williams played football at Wayne State University from 2010 to 2013 and was a member of the 2011 NCAA Division II Tournament runner-up team. He is also a national competitive Olympic weightlifter. A licensed clinical social worker, Williams joined the University of Tennessee athletics department in December 2020 and serves as the assistant director of mental health and wellness for all UT student-athletes. Williams has experience working in schools, private practice and community mental health settings. His primary responsibility is providing individual and group counseling to Tennessee student-athletes. He also consults with coaches and teams, sets up educational seminars, and conducts assessments on an as-needed basis. Williams also holds a master’s in social work — specializing in cognitive behavior therapy — from Wayne State University.
Read more from Jeffrey Williams about the mental toll of sports on athletes: socialwork.wayne.edu/news/hearing-the-silent-struggles-social-work-alum-charts-new-territory-as-sports-social-worker-44193
Follow Williams on LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/jeffrey-williams-lmsw-4baa10109
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