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Mental Skills Training is a commonly used sport psychology technique to help athletes perform at their best. Building from this strengths-based approach, our toolkit has adapted common mental skills training tools to help young people build their mental skills for life - built from our programme My Strengths Training for Life. 

A RESOURCE FOR STRENGTHS-BASED DEVELOPMENT 

This part of the toolkit is for any staff or practitioners that want to foster positive outcomes in the young people they work with but aren't always sure how. 

Our toolkit offers a range of resources to help you support your client with proven, evidence-based tools.

ENSURING PSYCHOLOGICALLY INFORMED DELIVERY

To accompany our main toolkit, we've also developed a guide for staff and practitioners to help build confidence and competence to deliver the toolkit content in a psychologically informed way.

Our guide was created in response to feedback from staff and experts in the field who attended our toolkit launch.

COMMISSIONERS TOOLKIT

In this resource we give practitioners and commisioners useful tips for planning and evaluating strengths-based development programmes.

We build from evidence-based frameworks and our first hand experiences. 

Essential reading if you want to deliver an impactful programme.

What is an accessible pdf?

To ensure our toolkit is accessible for all we also have a pdf which adheres to government guidelines of making documents more accessible and inclusive. 

GUIDING PRINCIPLES TO OUR TOOLKIT

The toolkit is built from 6+ years of research with our partners, St Basils, on the MST4Life programme.
 

Our work is also informed by current literature and evidence for best practice.

Evidence

Theory

Tools and tips for delivery are all underpinned by psychological theory:

Self-Determination Theory

Psychologically Informed Environments

Solution Focused Brief Therapy

Sport Psychology 

Co-design

Our partners have been instrumental in the development of the toolkit. Their experience and expertise have informed the design and content of the toolkit.

Find out more about this process below.

Young People

Young people from Youth Voice & St Basils contributed their views on the toolkit.

Young people's well-being is central to our work. This is why we've included a guide for how to deliver - to maximise growth and minimise harm.

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