The Division of Sport and Exercise Psychology promotes the professional interests of sport and exercise psychologists in the UK and aims to support the development of psychology both as a profession and as a body of knowledge and skills.
The Division of Sport and Exercise Psychology (DSEP) promotes the professional interests of sport and exercise psychologists, and seeks to develop an active community of individuals and groups interested in sport and exercise psychology.
These groups range from HCPC registered sport and exercise psychologists, university lecturers, researchers, students and trainee sport and exercise psychologists to coaches, teachers, athletes, and anyone with an interest in sport and exercise psychology.
We seek to promote the development and sharing of knowledge, experience and expertise through a range of different forums including:
- Applied Hubs
- DSEP Annual conference
- DSEP Division days
- Research Working Groups
- Sport and Exercise Psychology Review (SEPR)
The Division of Sport and Exercise Psychology Committee works on behalf of the Division membership to increase awareness and understanding of the field of sport and exercise psychology, and the profession of sport and exercise psychologists.
Chair's messageShow content
As I write this, we are now less than two weeks away from the DSEP Annual conference in Belfast. The programme looks fantastic, and delegate registrations are looking good, all of which suggests that we are in for an excellent conference! We have four fantastic keynotes lined up (Prof Jürgen Beckmann, Prof Cathy Craig, Prof Zoe Knowles, and Prof Paul Wylleman); a panel discussion on ‘psychosocial and policy-related approaches to mental health awareness in sport’; two awards presentations (PhD and MSc of the year); 10 symposia; 34 oral presentations; four workshops; a five-minute challenge session; and two poster presentation sessions. Plus, the conference dinner, drinks reception, and the one everyone is waiting for . . . . the DSEP AGM! All together, this promises to be a fantastic two-day conference. Also, this year for the first time the conference organising committee have also organised a free public lecture on the evening before the conference titled ‘The psychology of Endurance performance’. I think this is a great idea and something we should look to add to all future DSEP conferences. The lecture is taking place from 7.30-9.00pm at Ulster University and has proven to be so popular that it has already sold out! Which is not surprising as the confirmed speakers include: Prof Andy Lane, Dr Carla Meijen, Prof Sam Marcora, Dr David Marchant, Dr Alister McCormick. Dan Robinson, and Dr Noel Brick.
The committee have, as ever, continued to be busy over the last couple of months. It was fantastic to see the first meeting of the Southern Applied Hub in Winchester on the 8th November; the event was a great success, so congratulations to Zoe Taylor of Taylored Mindset for taking the lead on organising the event. This new hub builds upon the success of the existing hubs in the North, Midlands, and London. There are other hubs planned, and a huge thank you should go out to Tim Holder in taking this initiative forward. The DSEP-supported research groups also continue to go from strength to strength thanks to the hard work on the committee of Martin Turner.
The DSEP Committee executive also had a very productive and positive group Skype with BASES Division of Psychology team to discuss areas of potential collaboration and ways we can support each other and the profession. Further updates on these discussions will be presented at the conference in Belfast.
So, for everyone who is heading to Belfast in two weeks’ time I look forward to seeing you at the conference. If you have any questions, comments or suggestions about the Division and committee activity please do not hesitate to find me at the conference for a chat.
As ever, if you have any comments or suggestions, or would like to get involved please get in touch. You can email me at: [email protected]
Applied HubsShow content
pplied hubs are DSEP supported communities that seek to provide opportunities for communication, networking, and the sharing of experiences for anyone interested in sport and exercise psychology applied practice, and in particular for Stage 2 candidates and their supervisors.
The Hubs provide further training opportunities, an environment in which the challenges of applied practice can be shared and discussed, and the opportunity for hub members to engage in collaborative training, CPD activity and to share experiences and promote the profession locally.
Research Working groupsShow content
These are DSEP recognised research groups set up to investigate specific topics relevant to sport and exercise psychology. DSEP fund two Research Working Groups per year. The primary aims of the Research Working Group initiative are;
- to enable leaders of working groups to bring together experts from within a research area to foster greater collaboration,
- to encourage and support working groups who wish to progress a specific research area within sport and exercise psychology,
- to provide small funds to be exclusively used for travel and accommodation expenses for the members of the working group.
Strategic Plan 2018-2020Show content
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