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The application of Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy (REBT) in sport (22/4/20)

22 April 2020 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
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High-level sport can be a results-driven and ego-oriented climate for athletes, which can inspire many dysfunctional and distorted beliefs, cognitions, emotions, and behaviours, that often require psychological intervention.

One prominent approach to psychological counselling that is growing in sport is Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy (REBT), which asserts that irrational beliefs lead to unhealthy emotions and maladaptive behaviours in the face of adversity (such as pressure, failure, and ill treatment).

Developed by Dr.Albert Ellis in the 1950’s REBT aims to dispute irrational beliefs and replace them with rational alternatives, and is chiefly done via a GABCDE framework, where the practitioner actively and directly guides the client/s though the phases using one-to-one or group-level sessions.

The main aim of this workshop is to inform delegates about how REBT is and how it can be used with athletes.

The workshop will provide an introduction to the theory of REBT and irrational beliefs, will include practical activities that apply the theory and aid a deeper understanding of the REBT framework, and will also debate the challenges of using REBT in sport, and discuss the method by which the facilitators have integrated REBT into their work with athletes.

Delegates will also leave with key a resource pack, containing techniques and tools the facilitators have used with athletes in the past.

Target audience

This entry-level workshop is aimed at trainee and qualified sport and exercise psychologists with no training in REBT.

The workshop will be valuable to those undergoing QSEP, postgraduate students, and qualified sport and exercise psychologists who are not trained in REBT.

Previous knowledge of REBT is not needed for this workshop as we will introduce the theory at a beginner’s level.

It’s important to stress that this is not a full REBT training course, but provides a taste of the use of REBT in sport. 


BPS Leicester office
St. Andrews House
48 Princess Road East

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Learning Outcomes

  1. Delegates will understand the theory of REBT
  2. Delegates will understand the REBT application process
  3. Delegates will appreciate the practicalities of using REBT with athletes
  4. Delegates will experience practical tasks and activities used with athletes in the application of REBT
  5. Delegates will receive a resource pack including useful tools and techniques for applying REBT in sport


Recommended reading (not mandatory)

Ellis, A., & Dryden, W. (1997). The practice of rational-emotive behaviour therapy. New York: Springer Publishing Company.

MacInnes, D. (2004). The theories underpinning rational emotive behaviour therapy: Where’s the supportive evidence? International Journal of Nursing Studies, 41, 685-695. doi:10.1016/j.ijnurstu.2004.02.004

Marlow, C. (2009). Creating positive performance beliefs: The case of a tenpin bowler. In B. Hemmings & T. Holder (Eds.), Applied sport psychology: A case based approach (pp. 65–87). London: John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

Turner, M. J. (2016). Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT), irrational and rational beliefs, and the mental health of athletes, Frontiers: Movement Science and Sport Psychology, doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2016.01423.

Facilitator: Professor Martin J Turner CPsychol AFBPsS

Dr. Martin Turner is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Staffordshire University. He is a BPS Chartered and HCPC Registered Sport and Exercise Psychologist, BASES Chartered Sport Scientist, is REBT trained, and is Chair of the BPS West Midlands Branch Committee. His expertise is within performance under pressure and adversity. Primarily, his research focusses on the use of REBT in performance settings such as sport, business, and academia. The research applies REBT to sport and exercise and performance settings, investigates the theoretical tenets in the laboratory, and also has developed a valid and reliable self-report measure for irrational beliefs, which are a core part of REBT theory. He has published numerous peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, media outputs (blogs, online articles, interviews) and books, alongside conference presentations and invited talks. Martin is the Lead Psychologist for the FA England Futsal Team. 

Facilitator: Dr Andrew Wood MBPsS

Andrew is a lecturer (FHEA), consultant psychologist, researcher, and published author and specializes in the psychology of stress, emotion and sports performance. After completing an MSc in Sport and Exercise Psychology at Sheffield Hallam university, he undertook and completed a PhD at Staffordshire University investigating the effects of Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy (REBT) as an intervention to enhance performance within the context of elite sport.  He is in the process of confirming successful chartership as a Sport and Exercise Psychologist with the British Psychological Society and accreditation with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC; registrations are in progress). He is the Lead Sport Psychologist with the England B1 (Blind) Football Team with the Football Association. His research is focused on the application of REBT within sport and performance settings as an approach to develop psychological health and optimise performance. He is also the West Midlands Hub Lead for the sport psychology peer supervision group (BPS) and the conference lead with the BPS West Midlands Branch.


09:30-10:00 Registration


10:00 Workshop starts
13:00-13:15 Lunch (provided)
16:30 Workshop ends


Non-Members £300.00 (£250.00 +VAT)
Society Members £199.00 (£165.83 + VAT)

Please note: online bookings will close at midday on 21 April 2020.

To register for the workshop you need to sign into your BPS user account or create a new account by clicking the ‘create an account’ button.

When signed in, click the ‘register’ button to book onto the workshop.

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