Hello again to all DSEP members, and anyone who is reading this who might not be a member yet (but I am sure is keen to find out more about joining the Division – click on the following link for details: https://www1.bps.org.uk/networks-and-communities/member-microsite/division-sport-exercise-psychology/joining-and-benefits).
The DSEP committee got through a lot of business at the recent DSEP committee meeting in April. Not least revisiting and updating the division’s strategic plan. We have produced a draft plan for 2018-2020, and as soon as it is finalised we will share it with members of the division. We are also in the process of reviewing the DSEP committee structure to maximise our effectiveness by making the most out of committee meetings, while expanding the range of ways divisional members can get involved in taking our professional and the division forward. As soon as we have further details these will be communicated out to our members.
As you might have already seen through our various communication channels, new for this year is the June ‘free to members’ division day to be hosted at the BPS London offices. The focus of the event is on mental health in sport and exercise, and it has proven to be extremely popular. The 80 available places were all taken within a couple of weeks of the event first being advertised, which demonstrates a keen desire for more events with this type of focus. I am increasingly of the opinion that sport and exercise psychologists should be right at the heart of mental health developments in sport and exercise settings, and should occupy central positions as the Government looks to implement the ‘Mental Health and Elite Sport Action plan’. I have been in touch with the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Sport on behalf of the division, and was also recently invited to attend an APPG meeting on mental health and young people as a BPS representative. I think we as sport and exercise psychologists need to further enhance our knowledge, understanding and skills around mental health, and it might be the case that we will need to look at our training route to ensure trainees get sufficient training in this area. Mental health and wellbeing is also going to be one of the core themes of the 2018 DSEP Annual Conference on the 3rd and 4th December in Belfast, so if you want to find out more about mental health in sport and exercise it would be a great event to attend.
Talking of the annual conference, the organising committee continue to do a fantastic job in putting together what will be a fantastic event. The conference is taking place at the amazing Hilton Belfast, and as well as a great conference programme I know the team have some great ideas about an associated social programme as well. To find out more about the conference visit the conference website: https://www.bps.org.uk/events/division-sport-exercise-psychology-annual-conference-2018. If you are looking to present at the conference the closing date for oral submissions is 31st May – so make sure you get an abstract submitted!
We also have a CPD event taking place on 11th July at the University of Hertfordshire titled ‘Practicing what you preach: The what, where, when, and how of the self-practice of cognitive-behavioural intervention’. If you want to find out more or book a place please visit: https://www.bps.org.uk/events/practicing-what-you-preach-what-where-when-and-how-self-practice-cognitive-behavioural
I was luckily enough to be invited up to the northern applied practice hub based at Leeds Carnegie last month to present on athlete leadership. I was very well looked after and the event was well attended, it was also great to see that a local sport psychiatrist had also got involved as well – offering great development opportunities and potentially the development of local referral networks as well. This all reinforced to me how important the applied practice hubs are to our development as a profession.
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 July. In the meantime, if you have any questions, comments, and suggestions please do not hesitate to drop me an email: [email protected]