First, I would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone with an interest in sport and exercise psychology a happy new year, and a very prosperous 2018. This is the first of what will become a regular feature on the Division of Sport and Exercise Psychology (DSEP) website, a monthly blog from the Chair of the Division providing updates on areas of work for the division, updates from the British Psychological Society that are relevant to the Division, and also any broader sector-related updates.
First though as I take over as the new Chair of the Division I would like to take this opportunity to thank the now ‘Past Chair’ Dr Jamie Barker who has done a fantastic job over the last two years. The Division has seen significant growth in a number of different ways, and Jamie has overseen the implementation of a number of new initiatives including the applied practice hubs and the research working groups. Second, I would like to both thank and congratulate Brian McCann and his conference team for organising and running such a fantastic conference in Glasgow in December. The conference was very well attended (despite the weather) and delivered an innovative and thought provoking programme, so thank you again to all of you.
As I take over the Chair job there are a few things the committee and I are looking focus on in the immediate future. First of which is to re-visit the Division Committee’s strategic plan to ensure we are still on track to deliver the vision for the Division. Building upon this firm foundation I am keen that the Division looks to work more collaboratively both within the BPS (such as with other Divisions), and with external organisations both in the UK and globally.
We are also going to start exploring how we can better co-operate with different forms of ‘ the media’ (such as newspapers, television and radio) to develop a wider understanding of who sport and/or exercise psychologists are, what we do, and why you should employ a HCPC registered sport and/or exercise psychologist rather than one of the many alternatives that might be available. As a profession, and as a Division, we need to better answer these questions and make clear that everyone in all walks of life uses psychology, and by extension everyone in sport uses sport psychology, and everyone in exercise uses psychology). The crucial difference though is what a fully qualified/trained psychologist can offer and how these legally registered individuals can make a difference in a way that goes beyond what non-registered practitioners can offer.
I am sure once you have looked at this blog you will click on some of the other pages on the DSEP website. We are aware that in its current state it is not meeting the needs of the Division or the wider public who seek information about sport and exercise psychology. As a result, we are in the process of completely overhauling the content so it meets our needs going forward. Finally, we are also keen to provide greater opportunities for members of the Division to get involved in the work of the committee. As such, the committee will be looking to develop sub-groups that will have a specific focus and function. These groups will have a specific focus (e.g., CPD, marketing and promotion, grants and awards), and will enable members with specific knowledge and expertise to get involved where they can have the greatest impact. More information on these groups and how to get involved will be available later in the year.
So here’s to a fantastically successful 2018 for the Division and all of our members. If you have any questions, comments, and suggestions please do not hesitate to drop me an email: [email protected]