The British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences

18 April 2017

BASES ‘Free to Members’ Psychology Division Day - 26 April

Psychology Division Day

BASES ‘Free to Members’ Psychology Division Day

Liverpool John Moores University

Wednesday 26th April

**Please note no catering supplied throughout the day**

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9.00 Registration and workshop ‘sign up’ open. Workshops allocated strictly on first come first served basis.

James Parsons Building Foyer area.

Starbucks coffee shop and Social Zone Café adjacent to reception area open from approx. 8.15 for breakfast.

9.45 – LJMU welcome/Division led session James Parsons Upper Lecture Theatre

10.45 Keynote - Promoting autonomous exercise in a secure mental health setting

Speakers: Alan Jones and Flo Kinnafick

The joint key note will discuss the following areas:

  • The key barriers to exercise in the unique setting of a secure mental health service
  • Practical considerations to overcoming barriers from an exercise psychology perspective
  • The role of psychology in exercise interventions for mental health in secure settings

Alan Jones is Manager of Sport and Exercise Therapy at St Andrews Healthcare and is responsible for all Sport & Exercise Therapy across the charity which includes hospitals in Northampton, Birmingham, Essex and Nottingham. A qualified Physical Activity and Mental Health Sport and Exercise Therapist, he brings a wealth of experience demonstrated over a period of 15 years across both public and private industry sectors including 10 years’ service in the Royal Marines where he became a specialist in exercise in a restricted setting. This experience ranged from adapting systems to the enclosed space within submarines through to building a strategy for maintaining motivation of personnel while isolated, living on the remote Indian Ocean Island of Diego Garcia. His current role has allowed development in all the charities pathways and sub pathways which has given him the ability to differentiate between the various mental health conditions and implement early education and reasoning to the patient providing personalised outcomes to promote both physical and mental well -being.

11.45 Break (intentionally long to facilitate networking/Division meetings).

Social zone café serving hot meals (incl vegetarian), paninis and soup

Starbucks Coffee shop with hot/cold sandwiches, salads etc.

Student Shop selling cold sandwiches.

**For other local lunch places ask a student helper who can direct you**

13.15 Your workshop choice 1

14.15 Your workshop choice 2

15.15 Division consultation session with members. An interactive session to consult with members on Division KPI’s, tasks and ideas. This is your chance to have your say and contribute to your Divisions activity.

16.00 close – Starbucks open for informal meetings etc should you wish.


Workshop 1 - Performance strand – theme leads Dr Rachel Arnold and Dr Stewart Cotterill

Invited workshop lead: Dr Mustafa Sarkar, Senior Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Psychology Nottingham Trent University

Room: BS/324 pre arranged in 4 x tables of 10

Workshop title: Developing Resilience in Elite Sport: Theory to Practice.

Session outline:

  • To describe what resilience is (and isn’t).
  • To outline and discuss an evidence-based program to developing resilience for sustained success.
  • To provide practical recommendations for those implementing or undertaking this program.


Workshop 2 - Host institution led – Psychology and Development Research Group LJMU celebrating 20 years of RISES

Workshop leads: Dr Martin Littlewood and Dr Mark Nesti

Room: BS322 seats 42

Workshop title: Delivering applied sport psychology in Premiership football

Session outline:

  • Understand the importance of providing organisational psychology support as part of the practitioner’s service delivery.
  • Understand the  role  that  culture  plays  in  influencing  the  success  of applied  practice  in  the  unique  environment  of  English professional football


Workshop 3 - Mental Health Strand – theme leads Dr Anthony Papathomas and Gareth Jowatt

Invited workshop leads: Dr Anthony Papathomas, Flo Kinnafick & Alan Jones

Room: BS323 seats 54

Workshop title: Changing exercise culture in secure mental health settings: A socio-ecological framework.

Session outline:

  • The individual: Attitudes and motivation to exercise
  • The role of the Health Care Assistants (ward staff)
  • The role of the physical environment
  • The emphasis on the importance of exercise as a treatment tool

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