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BASES SEPAR Equality Diversity and Inclusion workshop

December 4 @ 9:00 am - 3:30 pm UTC+0

BASES the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences


This workshop is only available for Candidates undertaking the BASES SEPAR.

Price: Included in SEPAR application fee

Booking Deadline: Sunday 26 November 2023, Midnight


Aims of the workshop
This workshop is an opportunity to define core competencies around equity, diversity, and inclusion and provide attendees with key skills to appreciate, understand and interact with a variety of individuals. Our overarching objective for the workshop is to have attendees understand both observable and non-observable levels of diversity. We want SEPAR candidates at the workshop to become equipped with strategies to facilitate individual, group, and organizational inclusion. We will deliver topics that cover aspects of diversity and inclusion from a theoretical perspective, but we will be focused on giving attendees practical knowledge and tools. This approach will allow attendees to think critically about diversity, incorporate it into their own practice, and consider how they may wish to continue their own learning journey.
Learning outcomes of the workshop


Cultural factors that have brought about an increased interest in diversity and inclusion in sport and exercise;

  • Equity, diversity, and inclusion definitions;
  • Various forms of diversity (surface vs deep);
  • Terminology and language use when discussing diversity and inclusion;
  • Protected characteristics and legal responsibilities within sport and exercise psychology;
  • Theoretical underpinnings of diversity and inclusion;
  • The epidemiology of discrimination, harassment, bullying and violence in sport and exercise settings;
  • Bias, stereotypes, prejudice, and discrimination definitions
  • Unconscious bias and different types of unconscious bias;
  • Minority stress, including proximal and distal stressors;
  • Verbal and non-verbal communication;
  • Physical, psychological, and social health outcomes of bias;

Cultural competence;

  • Representation and generational diversity in sport and exercise psychology;
  • Holistic life perspectives within sport and exercise;
  • Socioecological perspectives to inclusivity;

Inclusive leaderships

  • Relationship development and management;
  • Scope of practice, core competencies BPS code of ethics, and BASES Code of Conduct
  • Reflective practice to enhance awareness of diversity and inclusivity;
  • Further training opportunities
This workshop contributes to a large extent to the following SEPAR Competencies:
1.1.4 Gender, Diversity and Cultural Competence
1.1.5 Contemporary Topics in Sport and Exercise Psychology
1.2.3 Understanding of Special Issues in Sport Psychology
1.3.3 Special Populations in Physical Activity and Exercise
1.5.1 Current Issues in the Professional Practice of Sport Exercise Psychology
3.1.3 Know the limits of their own practice and when to seek advice or refer to another professional
3.1.4 Be able to practice within the legal and ethical boundaries of their profession
3.3.2 Promote and implement robust policies and protocols relating to health, wellbeing, safety and security of themselves and their clients
3.3.3 Promote and ensure compliance with all relevant regulatory requirements and quality standards
3.3.4 Demonstrate an understanding and compliance with relevant codes of conduct (e.g., BASES, HCPC) to ensure ethical and safeguarding principles are applied in practice
This workshop also contributes to some extent to the following SEPAR Competencies:
1.1.2 Motivation, Confidence and Participation for Sport, Physical Activity and Exercise
1.1.6 Mental Health
1.3.1 Epidemiology of Physical Activity and Health
1.3.2 Physical Activity Promotion Strategies
1.5.2 Frameworks for Applied Sport & Exercise Psychology
2.1.1 Demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively using verbal and non-verbal approaches with specialist and non-specialist audiences via presentations
2.2.2 Assess organisational structure to inform evaluation
2.5.3 Recognise the need to use interpersonal skills to encourage active participation of service users in consultancy sessions
2.5.8 Demonstrate a logical and systematic approach to problem solving
3.1.2 Demonstrate an appreciation of the different contexts in which they may function (e.g. Sport v Exercise; Insider [NGB] vs. Outsider [Private Practice])
3.2.1 Analyse their own strengths and weaknesses and identify areas for personal development
3.2.2 Understand the value of reflection on practice and evidence engagement in the process
3.2.3 Demonstrate a commitment to, and engagement with, professional development through continuing advancement of own knowledge, understanding and competence
3.3.5 Understand the principles of duty of care, professional standards, quality control and quality assurance
3.4.3 Demonstrate effective leadership through the ability to guide, influence, inspire and
empathise with others

Presenter Biogs:
Paul Gorczynski, PhD, HCPC, CPsychol, AFBPsS: A Senior Lecturer and Chartered and Practitioner Psychologist. Paul has consulted for sporting organizations (e.g., IOC) and governments (e.g., a UK Parliamentary Committee on LGBTQ+ mental health service use and the Colombian Ministry of Sport on mental health literacy). Paul has also developed and delivered training programmes on mental health for BASES and the IOC Medical and Scientific Committee.
Shakiba Moghadam, MSc, MBPsS: A PhD student at the University of Portsmouth who is investigating mental health literacy in semi-elite women rugby players. Shakiba is a trustee for a number of UK charities (e.g., REFUGYM, Bloody Good Period) and developed and delivered EDI workshops to educational and sports institutions. Shakiba’s work as a Diverse Ethnic Communities Student Equality Ambassador was recognized with a Vice-Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence.
Cindy Miller Aron, LCSW, CGP, FAGPA: An Athletic Clinical Consultant and Mental Health Provider, Cindy is the Senior Director of Clinical Services at Ascend Consultation in Health Care located in Chicago, USA. Cindy specializes in psychodynamic psychotherapy working with elite athletes who have experienced trauma. Cindy is a national and international speaker and trainer and has delivered training for the NCAA and IOC Medical and Scientific Committee.
Peter Olusoga, PhD, CPsychol: A BPS Chartered Psychologist, and Senior Lecturer in Psychology who has consulted with and delivered workshops for sports organisations (e.g., The Football Association and Basketball England). Peter is Co-Editor of a Journal of Applied Sport Psychology Special Issue on racism in sport psychology and has presented to various academic staff and student groups on Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in social science, and racism in sport.
Booking Terms and Conditions
By registering for this workshop, you are agreeing for BASES to provide to the workshop presenter your email contact details. The workshop presenter is contracted by BASES to deliver the workshop.  Following the workshop, there is the opportunity for one-to-one email support and exchange of additional information with the workshop presenter(s) for any individual questions and follow-ups, which is why the presenter requires your email contact details.
Workshops require a minimum number of delegates to run. If a workshop is cancelled, this will be done no later than 7 days prior to the workshop date.
For SEPAR Candidates: As per the Qualification Handbook, please note that only one free place per candidate is permitted on each workshop. If a candidate books and then cancels within seven days of the workshop, or fails to attend the workshop without notifying the BASES Office, then the candidate will be liable to pay the delegate fee to attend that workshop when it is next scheduled.

  • BASES Safeguarding workshop £50
  • BASES Ethics in Professional Practice workshop £100
  • BASES Reflective Practice workshop £100
  • BASES Case Study workshop £50
  • BASES Counselling Skills Workshop £250
  • BASES Practice and Philosophy workshop £100
  • BASED Equity Diversity and Inclusion workshop £100
These workshops are compulsory as part of the SEPAR and are an expectation of the HCPC requirements.


09:00-9:15 Introductions to team and schedule for the day
09:15-10:15 Equality, diversity, and inclusion
10:15-10:30 Break
10:30-11:30 Conscious and unconscious bias
11:30-12:30 Lunch
12:30-13:30 Representation, diversity and cultural competence
13:30-13:45 Break
13:45-15:00 Understanding our roles in sport and exercise psychology
15:00-15:30 Closing thoughts and Q & A


December 4
9:00 am - 3:30 pm UTC+0
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