Well, another successful DSEP committee meeting completed with lots of exciting developments and news to update everyone one.
First, we have approved the final version of the DSEP Strategic Plan 2018-2020 that will drive the activity of the DSEP committee over the next 3 years. The final version can now be viewed on the "Who We Are" section of the DSEP website. There are six strategic priority areas that reflect the strategic direction of the BPS with a particular focus on the opportunities and challenges that face us as a Division.
The applied practice hubs continue to go from strength to strength. Under the oversight of Tim Holder we now have The Northern, Midlands and London Hubs up and running. There are also plans for a South/South West hub as well. For further details of the Hubs and contact details for each Hub please visit the "Who We Are" section of the DSEP website. There will also be further updates in the next DSEP e-newsletter. The PsyPAG conference is also taking place this month in Huddersfield and we are delighted that DSEP are sponsoring both a workshop and symposium focused on sport and exercise psychology.
Also, the DSEP annual awards are now open for applications / nominations. The three categories are: Applied Practice Award; Research Awards (PhD and MSc); and Distinguished Contribution Award. The closing date for applications/nominations is 31st July and further details can be found on the "Awards and Funding” section of the DSEP website.
We have also approved change to the structure and composition of the DSEP committee. In the Autumn we will be seeking committee members who can undertake specific roles on the committee including: Marketing, Media and Promotion lead; Applied Practice Lead; Communication Lead; Education and CPD lead. We will also be creating committee sub-groups that will support the work of the committee allowing a greater number of DSEP members to get involved in the working of the Division, and provide the opportunity to individuals with particular specialisms / areas of interests to work to their strengths. We believe this will enable us to be more focused in what we do, and as a result to achieve more. Further details of committee roles and opportunities to get involved will be communicated in the Autumn.
Planning for this year’s DSEP Conference at the Hilton Hotel in Belfast is going well. The keynote speakers look exciting in terms of their subject expertise, and the programme itself is packed with a lot of very contemporary content. The deadline has passed for oral presentations, workshops and symposiums, but poster abstract submission is still open until 15th August.
The committee had submitted a proposal (similar to the Division of Health Psychology) for Division members who hold a PhD and are Chartered to become full members of the Division. This development offers a route for non-practitioners to achieve the same membership status as members completing the Qualification in Sport and Exercise Psychology. There will be more details to follow but the good news is that if you are in this category you could now stand for Chair of the Division!
Finally, the Mental Health-focused Division day in London last month proved to be a massive success. The invited speakers were excellent and they all offered different perspectives on mental health and sport and exercise. Copies of the presentations from the day are available to all DSEP members in the members area of the DSEP website. I am in discussions with colleagues about how we run more similar CPD events and offer more CPD generally. We feel the change in DSEP committee structure will enable us to do more and in a more cost effective manner. We are also looking at other forms of CPD provision including webinars and podcasts (both are mentioned in the Strategic plan)! We will though be sending out an electronic survey in the next few weeks to better understand the types of CPD (both in terms of format and content) members would like. We will then use this information to underpin an enhanced focus on CPD in 2019 with our commitment in the strategic plan to a minimum of three Division CPD events, plus a minimum of two webinars/podcasts. Finally, we will also be keen to get your views on the role/function that you feel that Sport and Exercise Psychology Review (SEPR) should fulfil for the Division.
There is lots happening, and we (The Committee) will continue to be true to the Division’s values while seeking to implement this new strategic plan. 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]