Well I can’t believe it is already two months since my first blog post as DSEP Chair. Much has happened since that first post, as the DSEP committee continues to implement our plans to further enhance the service we provide to our members and to further enhance understanding of our profession nationally and internationally.
Planning for the 2018 conference that is taking place in Belfast in December are continuing at pace. Dr Gavin Breslin (conference lead) and his conference team are working hard to deliver another outstanding DSEP annual conference. Further details of the conference will be out soon including submission guidance and deadlines.
It is fantastic to see the successful launch of the Northern Applied Practice Hub-site based at Leeds Beckett University with the ASPSIG group. Well done to everyone involved in getting the hub up and running. There are other hub sites in development, but if you either want to know more, or wish to explore setting up a hub site in your region please email Dr Tim Holder (Applied Hub Site lead). At the next DSEP Committee meeting (April) we will be looking to revise and update the Division’s strategic plan, there will be opportunities before the meeting to feed in your thoughts and suggestions. But in the first instance if there is something you think we should be doing feel free to email me ([email protected]).
At the current time the DSEP Exec group (Chair, Past Chair, Hon Secretary and Hon Treasurer) are planning a 1-day CPD day for DSEP members. Details are still to be finalised, but we are looking at a day in June, to run a full-day event at the London offices focusing on mental health in sport and exercise. Linked to this theme, I was fortunate enough to be invited along to a meeting of the Royal College of Psychiatrists Sport and Exercise Psychiatry Special Interest Group (SEPSIG) last week. There is significant opportunity for DSEP members and SEPSIG members to collaborate and to share knowledge and understanding. Also, practically, there is a great opportunity to develop multi-discipline mental health support within sport and exercise settings.
At the most recent Professional Practice Board (February) it was confirmed that HCPC are happy for Chartered Psychologists to use the chartered title in conjunction with the HCPC protected title. So, appropriately qualified DSEP members could choose to call themselves ‘Chartered Sport and/or Exercise Psychologists’.
The Division’s online presence continues to go from strength to strength. At the time of writing this post we have 5575 followers on Twitter, suggesting we are developing a growing international online community interested in sport and exercise psychology. If you have information you wish to share with our followers on Twitter copy us into the post (@BPS_DSEP) and we can retweet. Also, if you are not on twitter feel free to email me and we can put out information that way. Finally, changes are taking place to the DSEP website behind the scenes. Once the revised content is sufficiently developed we will publish the changes online so the Division has a website that better serves the needs of our members while also doing a very good job as an outward facing website that provides clarity on our profession and who qualified sport and exercise psychologists are.
Well, that is all from me for now, I am sure there will be lots of updates in the next blog at the start of May after the next full DSEP committee meeting in April. In the meantime, if you have any questions, comments, and suggestions please do not hesitate to drop me an email: [email protected]