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School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences

University of Birmingham

Edgbaston, Birmingham, B15 2TT

UK

Resources

Welcome to our resources page, here you can find useful tools and documents that can compliment your practice or the tools in our toolkit. 

Delivery style 

If you've worked with us or read our toolkit you'll know how much importance we place on how we deliver content. This is backed up by research and our first hand experience. Being able to effectively communicate with a client and support their psychological needs is likely to result in positive outcomes.  

In the link below you'll find a checklist of behaviours we hold ourselves accountable to when delivering workshops. We recommend using the checklist to guide your delivery style when working in one-to-one or group-based settings. They could also help structure your reflections after delivering an activity, building awareness of your strengths and areas for improvement. 

 

Dream team

The dream team activity can be impactful tool; however discussing your personal support network can be a sensitive subject. This can depend on your client's current support network, previous experience with people close to them or what's currently going on in their lives. When using this tool, professional judgement and knowing your client is essential. 

If you're unsure whether this tool would be suitable for your client, see the link below for common responses we've had to this activity and different ways of delivering it

 

Strengths profile

The strengths profile is our unique take on a tool from sport psychology called performance profiling. In adapting the tool, we've used it to capture young people's perceptions of their strengths. Your can find a step by step guide for using this tool in our toolkit. 

Below you'll find a link the tool, a formatted excel spreadsheet to create a visual depiction of your clients strengths, and a recent publication showing the use of the tool in our MST4Life programme. 

 

Goal Setting

When you're looking to move forward in whatever you're doing, setting goals is a good place to start. Whilst this might be considered common knowledge, how to set effective goals isn't.

Building from evidence-based principles of SMART goals and goal-setting techniques used in sport psychology, below you'll find links to the goal setting tool included in our toolkit and an alternative goal-setting ladder, which may help your client to visualise their plans to progress towards their goals. 

 
 

Emotional

awareness

Based on Dr Miller's book, Mood Mapping, our emotional awareness tool aim to help bring awareness to how we're feeling at different times, in different places and around different people. Building emotional awareness is the first step to being able to manage our emotions more effectively. This can be a sensitive issue to discuss, so it might be worth allowing your client to shape how this tool is used. 

In the links below you'll find the tool itself, a template of the emotional awareness grid and a smaller version, which can be used when you're out and about to map your emotions within a closer time frame of when your experience them.

If/then planning

Originating from behaviour change psychology, the ‘If/Then’ technique is an ideal tool to use when there are perceived barriers in the way of achieving a goal or worries about an upcoming situation.

 

The ‘If/Then’ tool helps young people to use their strengths to plan how to be resilient when facing potential challenges. Eventually, with practice and repetition, the link between the ‘If’ statement and the ‘Then’ statement will become strong enough to help you change how you react. In the links below you can find the tool itself and supporting evidence for its use in sport psychology 

 

Coping strategies

We know from sport psychology that successful athletes are those who use effective and adaptive coping strategies to handle stressful situations. The link between relative success and the ability to handle stressful situations is also seen in many walks of life and in a wide range of different circumstances (work and personal).

With this in mind, our STOP tool pulls from a simple 2x2 grid familiar in sport psychology to help break down different coping styles and strategies. The STOP tool can be a great asset to reflect on how we've handled stressful situations in past and how we could respond to them in the future. Try the tool yourself by clicking on the link below: