What are Pocket Psychology tracks?

Created by Dr Michelle Pain (initially for elite athletes to provide reminders of good thinking strategies that aid performance), Pocket Psychology™ is a collection of short video tracks (each less than 2 minutes duration) that are designed to go on a user’s hand held device so that they can be accessed at any time. 


The General and Health Psychology themes have a range of coping strategies that are suitable for use by the general public.


The Trauma Recovery theme was specifically designed for use by people who may be affected by Post Traumatic Stress Disorder as part of their work, for example, the Defence Forces or Emergency Services personnel (eg police, ambulance, fire, SES), or those in the community affected by a traumatic event (such as a fire, road accident, flood, earthquake etc).


See the demonstration track, Confidence. All tracks commence with the same 90 second relaxation strategy, followed by 20 seconds of suggestions specific to the topic. If your website doesn’t allow the video to play, please search on YouTube or by using the following keywords: Michelle Pain Confidence Pocket Psychology.

Affordable resources for athletes, coaches &
sport psychologists

Pocket Psychology refers to a collection of resources athletes, coaches and student sport psychologists might use to build their knowledge of how to help athletes/coaches improve their performance in the sporting arena (and in life).


‘Sport Psychology Tools For Every Coach and Athlete’ eBook

This conversationally written eBook describes the process one might take to become a sport psychologist in Australia and elaborates on the various tools a sport psychologist uses with clients (teaching you how to use these yourself), as well as describing a few interesting research topics. Click here to be taken to the description of the eBook pages on this website.



Udemy short courses

The Pocket Psychology tracks are now available from www.udemy.com, where they can be downloaded straight to the user’s own equipment. As the tracks are on Udemy (an online short course platform) but set to ‘private’ please email Michelle to be given a link to examine the tracks.

A short course written by Michelle based on the content in the eBook is on Udemy, called Introductory Sport Psychology (see picture, left). It has content that teaches the reader how to use sport psychology tools on themselves, and is recommended for those 15 years and up. 


More recently Michelle and her British colleague Rich Dean have created a course designed to support British students completing Unit 20 BTEC Level 3 ('Applied Sport and Exercise Psychology') called Practical Sport Psychology and includes interviews with three elite level coaches, touching on issues that might be dealt with by sport psychologists working with team and individual members. 


Michelle runs an Annual Sport Psychology Conference in summer. Run over 1 or 2 days (depending on number of presentations), this conference is inexpensive and a great way to network with colleagues. It usually has an applied theme, but theoretical papers are welcome. Delegates are usually practicing sport psychologists, and postgrad students are encouraged to attend and present. Coaches and athletes are also more that welcome to attend and give us their perspective in discussions. It’s usually small and not too formal.

Michelle sees clients (athletes or coaches) to help them think and behave more productively (that leads to better performances and more enjoyment in sport.

Michelle hosts Peer Supervision meetings from her Mentone home  to assist sport psychologists attain Continuing Professional Development points to maintain their accreditation with AHPRA, the body which maintains the register of suitably qualified psychologists.