Dr. Martin J. Turner
Dr. Martin J. Turner

Masterclass, 2nd October, 2023, 10.00 to 12.00 BST
Using CBC to enhance performance within work and sport settings
Dr Martin Turner CPsychol PhD

The reported application of Cognitive Behavioural Coaching (CBC) within performance settings such as sport and work has grown in research and professional practice literature. Evidence indicates that CBC is received well and is demonstrably effective in these performance settings. At the core of many approaches to CBC is the challenging of client beliefs, and the development of more helpful beliefs. These tasks are completed in service of helping clients to adapt to pressure and adversity in a healthy and helpful manner.

In this masterclass, Dr. Turner outlines the core theoretical and practical tenets of Rational Emotive Behavioural Coaching (REBC), one approach to CBC, shares research findings concerning the role of irrational and rational beliefs in performance and mental health, and shares how he applies REBC in high-pressure performance settings. Dr. Turner also explores the recent developments in this applied research area, detailing new studies across a range of performance settings.

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. In his work he also examines the psychophysiology of the human stress response, and its relationship to human functioning under pressure. 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, and is now lead Psychologist with Scarlets Rugby. His new book is called “The Sport and Performance Psychologist’s Guide To Practicing Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy”.

Congress Co-sponsors and supporters

The Congress co-sponsors and supporters include the International Society for Coaching Psychology, Society for Industrial & Organisational Psychology of South Africa (SIOPSA), SIOPSA Interest Group in Coaching & Consulting Psychology, British Psychological Society Division of Coaching Psychology, Hungarian Association for Coaching Psychology, Society for Coaching Psychology Italy (SCP Italy), Col·legi Oficial de Psicologia de Catalunya Coaching Psychology Section, Society of Consulting Psychology (Division 13 of APA), and the Singapore Psychological Society Coaching Psychology Special Interest Group (SPS). Their members can use the booking code: ISCPGUEST2023 to attend congress Day 5 (6th October) for free. They can also attend the masterclasses and obtain 50% discount by using the booking code: ISFCP2023


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Fees: Non-members: £20

ISCP and co-sponsoring bodies (see above): Members can obtain a 50% discount by quoting the code: ISCP2023


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