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Posted 04/19/2022

The Rational Practitioner: Using Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy (REBT) With Athletes and Coaches

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View a 120 minute recorded webinar on demand - by Dr Martin Turner - exploring the use of REBT in sport.  

The Rational Practitioner: Using Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy (REBT) With Athletes and Coaches

High-level sport can be a results-driven and ego-oriented climate for athletes, which can inspire many dysfunctional and distorted beliefs, cognitions, emotions, and behaviours, that often require psychological intervention. One prominent approach to psychological counselling that is growing in sport is Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy (REBT). REBT is a cognitive behavioural approach to consultancy, offering a pragmatic and structured method of helping athletes overcome unhelpful emotional and behavioural reactions to pressure and adversity. This workshop, delivered by a BPS Chartered, HCPC Registered and REBT-qualified Sport and Exercise Psychologist, introduces the theory and application of REBT with athletes. The workshop will define and explore irrational and rational beliefs, developing delegates’ understanding of REBT theory. Also, the applied considerations required for the use of REBT in sport will be covered. Delegates will leave with practical ideas of how REBT is applied in sport and performance settings. Previous knowledge of REBT is not needed for this workshop.


Dr Martin J. Turner

Dr. Martin J. Turner is a Reader in Psychology at Manchester Metropolitan University. He is a British Psychological Society (BPS) Chartered and Health Care Professions Council (HCPC) Registered Sport and Exercise Psychologist. Martin has published his research widely, in over 70 peer reviewed papers, and various book chapters, and books. He is most known for his work applying rational emotive behaviour theory (REBT) within achievement settings, and the effects of stress and adversity on human wellbeing and performance. Most of his research concerns sport, but he also investigates other performance contexts like business, military, and public services. He has received three awards for his research (2018, 2019, and 2020), including an Outstanding Achievement Award from the U.K. Association for REBT. As a practitioner, he has worked within professional football and cricket, as well as within a vast range of sports both at a team and individual level. He also works with non-sporting organisations applying performance psychology to enhance wellbeing and performance. Most notably, Martin worked as England Futsal Psychologist from 2013 to 2020. Some of the work he did with the team came from his book “Tipping The Balance: The Mental Skills Handbook For Athletes”. 


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