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1 So you want to be a Sport & Exercise Psychologist? Dr. Joanne Thatcher Aberystwyth University Chair: Division of Sport & Exercise Psychology

2 Session Overview Routes to becoming a Chartered Sport & Exercise Psychologist Key roles and competencies involved in qualification Qualification process What do Sport & Exercise Psychologists do? Why become Chartered? What is Statutory Regulation?

3 Why? Identify your own reasons for considering a career as a Sport & Exercise Psychologist. Identify your own reasons for qualifying as a Chartered Sport & Exercise Psychologist.

4 Qualifying as S/E Psychologist: Overview Psychology degree with GBR Stage 1 BPS Accredited MSc in Sport & Exercise Psychology Stage 2 Two years of supervision by a Chartered Sport & Exercise Psychologist

5 Key Roles for Sport & Exercise Psychologists Key Role 1: Develop, implement and maintain personal and professional standards and ethical practice Key Role 2: Apply psychological and related methods, concepts, models, theories and knowledge derived from reproducible findings Key Role 3: research and develop new and existing psychological methods, concepts, models, theories and instruments in psychology Key Role 4: Communicate psychological knowledge, principles, methods, needs and policy requirements

6 Dimensions of Qualifications Knowledge Dimension – Stage 1 Research Dimension – Stage 1 – Stage 2 Practice Dimension – Stage 2

7 Stage 1 Accredited MSc Courses Course TitleInstitution Sport & Exercise PsychologyBangor University Sport & Exercise PsychologyUniversity of Central Lancashire Sport & Exercise PsychologyUniversity of Chichester Sports PsychologyLiverpool John Moores University Sport and Performance PsychologyLondon Metropolitan university Psychology of Sport & ExerciseLoughborough University Sport & Exercise PsychologyNorthumbria University Sport & Exercise PsychologyStaffordshire University

8 Stage 1 MSc Core Components Research Methods Quantitative Methods Qualitative Methods Project planning Research design Ethical approval Dissemination of project plans Liaison with external agencies Professional Skills/Counselling BPS Code of conduct Ethics Counselling Skills Reflective Practice Communication skills Awareness of cognate disciplines Equal opportunities Empirical Research Project

9 Stage 1 MSc Additional Taught Components Performance motor skills practice techniques cognition, learning and perception Social processes interpersonal and communication skills team cohesion group identity trust, cooperation and competition leadership Psychological Skills arousal and anxiety confidence coping and techniques such as relaxation, goal setting, biofeedback, imagery, stress inoculation Exercise and Physical Activity determinants (e.g. motives, barriers & adherence) outcomes in relation to mood, self-esteem, and cognition problems of addiction and injury Lifespan issues Early-life Mid-life Later-life Individual differences personality motivation gender special groups such as the elite and the disabled talent identification

10 Process Involved in Enrolling for Training (Stage 2) Provide evidence of GBR and completion of Stage 1 training Engage a supervisor Submit application to enrol Obtain In Training Membership of DSEP and Conditional Registration

11 Stage 2 Training Components ComponentMinimum hours Minimum days Indicative hours Indicative days Teaching & dissemination activities 80 (30C) (60C) 20 Sport/Exercise consultancy work 1200 (400C) (650C) 250 Research project CPD hours 460 days

12 What Do You Do During Stage 2 Training? Key Role 1: Ethical competence – Systems for professional standards – CPD maintenance – Respond to unpredictable contexts Key Role 2: Consultancy competence – Assess requests – Plan, conduct, monitor and evaluate consultancy – Client relationships

13 What Do You Do During Stage 2 Training? Key Role 3: Research competence – Systematic review – Design and conduct research – Analyse data Key Role 4: Communication competence – Provide advice – Communicate on processes and applications – Prepare and present evidence – Provide feedback to clients

14 Stage 2 Assessment Processes Portfolio of Competence – Practice diary and reflective log – Supervision reports – Supporting evidence – Option 1 Report of an empirical research investigation OR Scientifically grounded case study (9 - 12,000 words) – Option 2 Report of a systematic literature review (7,000 words) Report of an empirical research study OR Scientifically grounded case study (4, 000 words) Oral assessment of Portfolio Key roles 1, 2, 4 KR 3

15 Stage 2 Submission Process 0 months Application for enrolment/Request for approval of supervisor Plan of training Application for AEC (where appropriate) Fees 6 months Two supervisory meeting records 6 month supervisory report 12 months Two supervisory meeting records One annual supervisory report Annual supervisee report comprising: competency checklist; practice diary/log; updated training plan First case study (2,500 words) Fees (annual maintenance) 18 months Two supervisory meeting records 18 month supervisory report Second case study (2,500 words) 24 months Two supervisory meeting records One annual supervisory report Final practice report comprising: final competency checklist, practice diary/log and updated training plan Third and fourth case studies (2,500 words each) Research submission and research supervisors report

16 What Will It Cost Me? Enrolment fee including the fee for approval of your supervisor Annual maintenance fee Assessment fee £ £470 £ £

17 What do Sport & Exercise Psychologists Do? Sport context – Amateur to elite – Athletes, coaches, officials Exercise context – Sedentary or regular exercisers – Cardiac rehabilitation & GP referral schemes

18 What do Sport & Exercise Psychologists Do? The gymnast who froze… …Lost Move Syndrome

19 Who was the client? 15 year old male gymnast 10 years of experience 10.5 hours training per week North of England age group National Championships in 6 weeks

20 Finding out the problem Initial approach from coaches In-depth discussion with athlete Follow-up discussions with coaches Areas of concern – Vault – Floor – High bar………the problem

21 ATHLETE'S COMMENTSCOACHES' COMMENTS General confidence is a key aspect to focus on.Generally lacks confidence. Hates the high bar.Believes he will hurt himself even though the environment is safe. Cant perform the backwards dismount on the high bar. Avoids any remote chance of hurting himself. Has hit the bar a few times when dismounting; since then, his dismounts have been poor. He has natural ability and so gives up when hard work is needed to develop a skill. Doesnt like being disorientated during the dismount. He worries about injury. Would prefer to perform a forwards dismount; feels safe performing this dismount as hes never hit the bar doing it before. He doesnt have to do anything he doesnt want to at home so gives up when hard work is needed. When things go wrong, he questions himself, e.g., Whats going wrong? Why cant I do it? He doesnt focus in at the right times. Thinking about performing the dismount puts him off his routine.

22 So what did we aim to do? Increase his general confidence Increase his confidence in his high bar competence and safety Increase his focus on the high bar Achieve consistent performance on the backwards dismount

23 How did we do it? Increasing General Confidence Identified personal competencies & qualities Recorded weekly achievements Increasing work output Identified factors needed for success Identified personal areas to work on

24 How did we do it? Increasing focus on high bar Identified concentration aspects of high bar Developed a pre-performance routine Increasing confidence in high bar competence and safety Developed imagery routine

25 Competition preparation Dealing with – Unfamiliar environment – Hard landing surfaces – Altered environmental cues Strategies – Imagery practice – Discussion of competition Goals Preparation General feelings – Competition routine – Environmental familiarisation

26 Increased focus on target skill Prevented athlete avoiding challenge Target skill achieved Did it work?

27 A Typical Week for a Sport & Exercise Psychologist hour long sessions with individuals 1-2 meetings/phone calls with other professionals regarding clients (e.g., fitness instructor, team manager) 3 hours academic writing (e.g., currently text book chapter)/visiting lecturing Approx 4 hours work with organisations Once a week/fortnight attendance at match/training/motor racing testing/in gym 2 hours media work 1.5 hours supervision every 3 weeks to discuss cases/ethical and professional issues Ongoing CPD activities e.g. attendance at workshops, conferences, reading and attendance at applied sport and exercise group meetings

28 What is a Chartered Psychologist? Entered on the Register of Chartered Psychologists – GBR – Specialised training – Judged fit to practise – Abides by the BPS Code of Conduct I love being a sport and exercise psychologist because of the diversity and the challenging nature of the work. You can find yourself giving a lecture, writing a book chapter, conducting research, speaking to the media or consulting with a sport or exercise participant. It is enjoyable, challenging and particularly when consulting can be a very rewarding experience. (Dr. Marc Jones, Staffordshire University)

29 Why Become a Chartered Sport & Exercise Psychologist? Chartered Psychologists agree to: – maintain and develop their professional competence – work within their competence – obtain proper consent before intervening with or treating clients – respect confidences – Conduct themselves to prevent damage to clients and the profession Standard of Competence BPS offers – Competency and career development – Professional network – Professional services and products

30 Whats Statutory Regulation All About? The Health Professions Council (HPC) will shortly become the regulatory body for psychologists Calling yourself a Sport & Exercise Psychologist if youre not on the HPC Register will be a criminal offence GBR is still required for entry onto PG training courses HPC will automatically approve existing training routes for entry onto the HPC Register (Stage 2)

31 References Qualification in Sport and Exercise Psychology (Stage 2): Candidate Handbook. Registration as a Chartered Psychologist document courses_home.cfm?action=results&level_of_study=PGRD&in_id=all&pg_cat=DSEP TC&submit=Search psychologists-do/areas/sport.cfm

32 So you want to be a Sport & Exercise Psychologist? Dr. Joanne Thatcher Aberystwyth University Chair: Division of Sport & Exercise Psychology


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