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
Well it is hard to believe that we are already into March! There has been a lot of work behind the scenes since the start of 2019 in the DSEP committee as we plan our activities for this year. Planning for the 2019 DSEP Annual Conference is well underway, we have our preferred venue, and we are hoping to be in a position to confirm the details to you all in the very near future. The dates for the conference will be 2nd-3rd December, and the conference will be taking place in the Midlands. The 2018 conference in Belfast was an amazing success, and I would like to take this opportunity to again thank the organising and scientific committees for all of their hard work.
It is also great to be able to confirm Dr Rob Morris as the new Chair elect for the Division, plus a number of new faces on the DSEP committee. I would also like to take this opportunity to remind everyone who is a DSEP member (at whatever level) there are always opportunities to get involved in the work of the committee, and we put out calls for committee member nominations in the Autumn. So, if you want to find out more at any point please get in touch.
I am excited that this year we have, for the first time, and designated CPD lead and team for the Division, so expect to see some exciting new CPD opportunities. We are looking to run another free to DSEP members event at the BPS London offices in June, and also for the first time a free to QSEP Stage 2 candidates event in London as well. Expect to see more information about both in the coming weeks. We will also be looking to set up at least a couple of webinars as well to compliment the other forms of CPD on offer.
It is great to see the DSEP Applied Hubs initiative going from strength to strength, and to see that the new East Hub will be running it’s first event on Wednesday 6 March at Anglia Ruskin University.
I would also like to congratulate the outgoing and incoming Psychology Division members at the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES). The team have gained provisional approval for their own route to HCPC registered status, a move which will help to provide greater clarity to clients and the public about who qualified sport and exercise psychologists are. We are also in discussions with the BASES Division to see how we can collaborate more effectively in areas such as CPD opportunities.
We are also continuing to work on the communication and promotional aspects of our work. The BPS have recently updated the structure and look of the DSEP Division website, and we are also in the process of overhauling the Division’s Facebook site (admit it, you didn’t even know there was a Facebook site!).
Finally, congratulations to the successful research group funding applicants. There were a number of very high quality submissions, which reflects the calibre of research being undertaken by members of the Division, Also, just a reminder that if you are interested in writing for or submitting to the Division’s publication ‘Sport and Exercise Psychology Review’ details can be found on the DSEP website.
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
Applied 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.