BASES Mental Health in Sport and Exercise training developments

28th July 2020


BASES has commissioned Drs Paul Gorczynski and Anthony Papathomas to develop online core content covering: Mental health overview; Depressive disorders; Addictive behaviours; Mental Health Literacy and Programming; Anxiety disorders, Eating disorders; Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD); Understanding Stigma. These units will form part of the core course learning for the BASES Sport and Exercise Psychology Accreditation Route (SEPAR) which, upon completion, allows registration with the Health and Care Professions Council as a Sport and Exercise Psychologist. 

In addition, Paul and Anthony are also developing content for a new full-day training session which will provide attendees the opportunity to extend their knowledge on various aspects of mental health research in sport, exercise and physical activity, as well as key skills to support clients with mental health conditions. These programmes will also be available for members to purchase, and further details will be shared in due course. 

Commenting on these initiatives, Prof Zoe Knowles, Chair of the Psychology Division said: “ In developing the SEPAR Programme we wanted to ensure all Sport and Exercise Psychologists in Training (SEPiTs) had a thorough understanding of mental health in sport, exercise and in physical activity/health settings. Drs Paul Gorczynski and Anthony Papathomas are renowned as world experts in this field and their collaboration with BASES ensures that our SEPiT’s and wider membership base can be up to date on research evidence, policy and practice to guide their work. We welcome positive initiatives such as that by the FA and Mentally Healthy Football and we are proud to play a training role for practitioners who aim to provide a mentally healthy environment in the sport and exercise science sector."


BASES stands for the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences. BASES is the professional body for sport and exercise sciences in the UK.

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