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Dr James Matthews

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Sport & Exercise Psychology at the PSI & NIBPS Careers Day 2019

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Dr James Matthews

  1. 1. Dr James Matthews C. Psychol., Ps.S.I. School of Public Health, Physiotherapy & Sports Sciences, University College Dublin, Ireland. Sport & Exercise Psychology
  2. 2. Overview  How do we define Sport & Exercise Psychology?  What do Sport & Exercise Psychologists do?  Where do Sport & Exercise Psychologists work?  How can you qualify as a Sport & Exercise Psychologist?  Some reflections…
  3. 3. How would you define Sport & Exercise Psychology? 3
  4. 4. “Exercise and sport psychology is the scientific study of the psychological factors that are associated with participation and performance in sport, exercise, and other types of physical activity” (APA, 2009) “Applied sport psychology is the scientific study and application of psychological principles of human performance in helping athletes consistently perform in the upper range of their capabilities and more thoroughly enjoy the sport performance process. “ (APA, 2014) 4
  5. 5. What do Sport & Exercise Psychologists do? Improve performance Athlete Lifestyle Cohesion & Leadership Skill Acquisition Coach development Injury Rehabilitation Exercise adherence Cognitive & Mood Enhancement
  6. 6. 6 Where do Sport & Exercise Psychologists work? 1. Can work in a wide range of settings and with a diverse range of clients participating in recreational, amateur, and elite levels of competition. 2. Some work as private consultants and / or hold part time positions with professional sports teams or national governing bodies of sport. 3. Most combine their consultancy work with teaching and research or also work in other areas such as clinical and occupational domains. 4. Exercise psychologists combine consultancy with teaching and research careers.
  7. 7. Examples of where Sport & Exercise Psychologists work in Ireland? Athlete Lifestyle Advisors Mental Skills Training Research & Teaching Player Development Managers High Performance & Corporate wellness Typically non FT roles Physical Activity Promotion
  8. 8. How do you become a Sport & Exercise Psychologist?  Currently, the term “Psychologist” is not protected in Ireland, this means that anyone can call themselves a “Psychologist”.  However, in the near future, CORU will provide statutory registration for Psychologists. This means that people will need to meet the minimum requirements set by CORU to use the term “Psychologist”.  In the UK, the term “Psychologist” is already protected. To use the term “Sport & Exercise Psychologist” in the UK, you will need to be registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).
  9. 9. How do you become a Sport & Exercise Psychologist? You will need to become a Chartered Member of the relevant Society (PSI; BPS).  To do this, you will need the following qualifications:  Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC). This is achieved by completing a Society accredited degree or conversion course.  A Society accredited Masters (Currently, no PSI accredited Sport & Exercise Psychology programme; Hopefully, University of Limerick in near future. The University of Ulster offer an MSc programme that is accredited to BPS).
  10. 10. How do you become a Sport & Exercise Psychologist? Plus one of the qualifications:  PSI / BPS Supervised Experience (For BPS, it must be the specific Sport and Exercise Psychology (Stage 2) pathway qualification; In PSI, supervision may come from non Sport & Exercise Psychologists who are trained supervisors) OR  An accredited Doctorate related to the domain of Sport and Exercise Psychology  In order to use the title Sport and Exercise Psychologist in the UK, you will need to be registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). This will involve completing Stage 2 of the Society’s Qualification in Sport and Exercise Psychology or an equivalent qualification that has been approved by the HCPC.
  11. 11. How do you become a Sport & Exercise Psychologist? An alternative route:  A clinical doctorate programme accredited by PSI or BPS, followed by…  A PSI or BPS accredited Masters in Sport & Exercise Psychology.
  12. 12. Reflections…  Be passionate about sport (and exercise) but that alone is not enough…Perseverance is needed  Be prepared to work weekends...  Be prepared to travel...  Be prepared to teach, research or work in other psychological domains…
  13. 13. The Sweet Spot for Sport & Exercise Psychologists… Passion, Perseverance & Flexibility The scientific study and application of psychological principles to the domain Supported by well-grounded communication, consulting and counselling skills
  14. 14. Examples of Further Resources…  British Psychological Society https://careers.bps.org.uk/area/sport-exercise  American Psychological Society http://www.apadivisions.org/division-47/  British Psychological Society Going for Gold Videos https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LOzMyJSbHXk&li st=PLCkLQOAPOtT0suZi9tRc6HroUhFtu-l4r
  15. 15. Thank You for Listening Dr James Matthews, PhD, C. Psychol., Ps.S.I. School of Public Health, Physiotherapy, & Sports Science University College Dublin Email: james.matthews@ucd.ie UCD webpage: goo.gl/mnYMTv Publications: goo.gl/NEmJCm

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