Welcome to the home of the I Matter Framework!
We offer solid foundations for relationship health practice with adults and young people

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Welcome!  Do you want to improve your own understanding and confidence so you can help improve adult and child wellbeing at work or at home, even in these very challenging times? Our mission is to inspire senior leaders,  professionals and non-professionals including adults, parents-carers and young people to rethink the approach to wellbeing so that everyone can work together with more confidence.  

You could be interested in preventing challenges and acting early, or you could have been looking for solutions and answers to questions for a while. If so, we think we can help you gain clarity and confidence that matters - if you are willing to work at it.  

 

My name is Dr Cathy Betoin. I am a clinical psychologist,  teacher and parent. My specialism is in helping you to consider 'the missing link' in challenging situations with adults and children whether in an education, adult or child mental health, physical health or safer communities context.  

The missing link is the knowledge and skills needed to support strong relationship health in adult-child and adult-adult relationships... starting with You. We keep a long view and a results focussed process.

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The I Matter Framework offers a practical and engaging integration of the research evidence on what helps children and adults to thrive.  It supports joined up working and introduces relationship health practice.

Who is an I Matter Relationship Health Learning Journey For? 
I Matter Five Steps Training is for professionals and non-professionals who want to improve their own understanding so as to make a difference in challenging situations.triangle - only2.JPG

The I Matter courses provides everything needed to strengthen confidence in everyday roles. Participants are trained how to recognise the opportunities for effective and therapeutic practices that exist in everyday situations in their own work and home roles so that confidence can grow and adults and children can build stronger skills over time.

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Designed to assist clarity and build confidence in those who support children and adults

Professional CPD in Education
  • Heads, SENCOS
  • Teachers, TA's
  • Learning Mentors
  • Pastoral
  • Educational Psychologists
CPD In Health and Community
  • GP's, Paediatricians
  • HV's, School Nurses 
  • Mental Health Practitioners
  • CAMHS, Therapists
  • Social Workers
Personal Development
  • Helping yourself
  • Helping a child or adult
  • Prep for Adoption/Fostering
  • Early Intervention
  • Addressing escalation
Organisational Development
  • Senior Leaders
  • Policy Makers
  • Governance Bodies
  • Multi-agency teams
  • Integrated working

In these very challenging times, imagine what your professional or personal life would be like right now if you had

- less confusion and more clarity about how to proactively help children and other adults 

- confidence you could work well with others using robust ideas with a strong evidence base

- confidence you can know clearly what the priorities are and how to track progress over time

- confidence that YOU have a really key role to play in your work or home setting

so that key relationships could feel easier and so that you, and others, can thrive whatever the challenges happen to be

About I Matter Training Five Steps Courses

We work with primary care networks and schools to promote a better understanding of the overlooked issue of relationship health and how to support it.   We run two programmes of classes - for professionals and for linked non-professionals.   We start each half term.

I Matter Learning Journey
Getting Started
Step 1 

Preparation
Workshop 
14 short videos 
1 month
Suitable for Getting Started
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£150pp

Equip Yourself for Your Role
The Pillars of the I Matter Framework Step 1-2

Live Taught - 6 x 75mins group
Plus online study - 12 hrs
Over 2 months
Suitable for everyday roles or as orientation
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£390pp

Strengthen Your Confidence 
Theory to Practice - The I Matter Process Step 3-5

Live Taught -6 x 75mins group 
Plus online study - 12 hrs
Over 2 months
Suitable for everyday roles or as orientation
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£390pp

Keep Focused on Results
The Wheel and Extended Journey

Supported online study 
Watching Affectionately 
Over 1 year
For those supporting additional needs
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£990pp

WE START GROUP CLASSES ON A TUESDAY
Monthly - Tuesday Week 2 6.30-7.45pm - Workshop  and email course
Half termly - 6 week group 1-2 and 3-5pm (Parents - 9.15-10.30am or 11-12.15, Professionals 1.30-2.45 or 3.15-4.30pm)

Learning progresses via study of the I Matter Five Steps Online Course
Online study can be supplemented by additional group and 1:1 support options with certified practitioners
Professionals can become certified and licensed as Links or Leads to support a local study support programme 
Parents-Carers actively benefit from work with locally certified professionals CLICK HERE FOR CERTIFICATION INFORMATION


GATEWAY KNOWLEDGE ASSESSMENTS AFTER STEP 2 and STEP 5

HOW TO GET STARTED
You start with an expression of interest (below) and a brief application.
We will agree payment and then there is some preparation online content and a longer registration questionnaire to complete.
You then progress through the online study at your own pace with the agreed study support plan 

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PLEASE NOTE: I Matter Training equips you with a map that helps you progress healthier and happier relationships
It is your responsibility to use the map to work for the results that you want

To take forward Relationship Health Practice we offer Core Training and a Certification Structure for Individuals and Organisations plus a directory

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    “The Kendal Integrated Care Community has adopted the I Matter Framework as a foundation for our thinking about how to work together in our community to help those who are struggling. Professionals and non-professionals are learning together. It feels good.”

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    GP Safeguarding Lead Kendal Integrated Care Community

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    “The I Matter approach of considering the adults needs alongside those of the children is such a useful way to look at things and has turned the dynamics on its head for me. I have realised my stress levels are having a huge impact on all of us as a family and learning to change this is starting to make a difference.”

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    “EVERY teacher and parent would benefit from this course. Parent carers are a group of people I would like to get this to. This would be a fantastic opportunity to bring a very isolated group of people together to improve the situation they are in. ”

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    Children and adults of all ages

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    “I am a HLTA but also a parent and foster carer. I work with primary aged children, have 3 teenagers, and foster toddlers! This course has been so valuable for each and every relationship I encounter on a daily basis. ”

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    Trained for work and home purposes

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    “This course has had a big impact on my own well-being which has meant that I have been more able to cope better with the expected and unexpected aspects of life in a calmer rational manner!! ”

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    Key Stage 4 Leader and Parent

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    “As an I Matter Lead Practitioner, I work flexibly - sometimes just with the parents and sometimes with the parent and child together.. We use the posters and I can see the moments when the pennies start to drop. I find it exciting to see the changes that happen. ”

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    Teacher - Lead Professional

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    “The registration questionnaire really got me thinking. I realised how isolated I had let myself become and that this was not helping me or my child. I took action the next day and phoned a friend. I also made another follow-up appointment to speak with my GP. ”

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    Parent

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    “This course has been so much more than I expected it to be. I have learned so many things that have changed my understanding of myself and of my child. I have worked with many services before this but this has really made the difference. Now I know why I Matter ”

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Everything in I Matter Progresses in Steps.  Here is how to get started:

THINK ABOUT
YOUR COMMUNITY
AND YOUR ROLES

COMPLETE SOME
PREPARATION AND
SELF-ASSESSMENT

STUDY
THE I MATTER
FRAMEWORK

JOIN GROUP
AND 1:1
SERVICES

BUILD A TEAM
REVIEW PROGRESS
AND PRIORITIES

LISTEN TO THE FOLLOWING VIDEO TO UNDERSTAND THE OUTLINE OF I MATTER TRAINING

FOR MORE ANSWERS TO COMMON QUESTIONS CLICK HERE

Feedback from professionals and non-professionals about I Matter Training

Over the last 10 years, professionals, and non-professionals in a wide variety of situations have taken part in our CPD accredited I Matter training programme.  Here is the sort of thing they say...

  • “I Matter Training completely changed the way I feel about my role at work
  • “I Matter Training gave me the confidence that I can help my child and have a better relationship with him.  Even my relationship with my partner has improved!
  • “I Matter Training gave me tools that I wish I had been given so many years previously
  • "The I Matter Framework and Training has been adopted by our Integrated Care Community to support our local strategy for work with children and families"

Now we are moving into a new phase of sharing the ideas more widely. So we would love you to join us...

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MORE ABOUT US


Dr Cathy Betoin is a practising clinical psychologist, an experienced teacher and a parent.  

The I Matter Framework emerged gradually over more than 20 years in clinical practice in response to a sense that something important was missing in our appraoch to helping children and families.  Then we discovered the issues involved all relationships.

The I Matter Learning Journey is designed as a training programme that can help professionals and non-professionals work together across home and school and community.  The language of the I Matter Framework helps to bring disparate initiatives together into a practical cohesive approach to inform some shifts in our decision making and approach.

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This approach rebuilds the hope and confidence of professionals and parents by providing a language and concepts that we can all work together with that ties elements together. It just makes complete sense

Dr Amy Lee: GP Safeguarding Lead - Kendal Integrated Care Community

'Children's well-being is important to us.  We knew what we wanted -but not how to get there.  I Matter Training is helping our schools pull various disparate initiatives into an organised approach putting adult-child relationship health and children's development at the heart of our school development planning    

Huw Davies and Pete Barfoot  -  Kendal Headteachers

 Training in the I Matter Framework helps adults and young people work together to help themselves and others in their own homes. schools and communities.   Here are some of the schools and organisations that have been working with us to build capacity to help parents

Our Mission is Healthier and Happier Schools, Homes and Communities:  One Important Relationship at a Time

You came into your role to make a difference - and this can help!

Contact us to discuss your interests.