Welcome to the Home of 

Adult and Child Well-Being 'I Matter' Practice

Discover Joined Up Theory & Evidence and a Practical I Matter Framework to Help You Help Your Child When They are Anxious or Challenging. 
Transform Your Own Confidence for Your Role in Supporting Relationship Health and Your Child's Development at Home, School or in Community.
Build Yourself Steady Solid Foundations for Leading Your Child and Yourself and Others Through Difficult Times

Have you been feeling the pressure or hunting for solutions in relation to a child or a challenging issue, and do you now want more clarity about the way forward - preferably one backed up by good research evidence?  Are you also ready to rise to the challenge of making a meaningful difference?

If so, you could be a parent who is wondering what to do to help your child?  Or a professional - in education or health or community roles -  who is seeing lots of struggling children.  Or you could be a parent AND a professional!   We particularly love working with you! 

FIND OUT MORE ABOUT I MATTER FOR PARENTS-CARERS


FIND OUT MORE ABOUT  I MATTER FOR PROFESSIONALS 


Our I Matter specialism is helping professionals and parents who have had a worry about a child for more than 9 months having tried all sorts of things that haven't yet seemed to help.   Since COVID-19 our adjusted mission is to equip professionals and parents well with I Matter Training, so that they can feel confident in how to help their child through these challenging times.

So...imagine how it will feel to know that investing in your understanding has helped you to help your child and/or others and build your confidence.  This is the truth:  In these times training and support for your own development really matters!   There is no other priority.  I Matter starts with you and with your key role.  

So training in the I Matter Framework can help you make a difference to the future as it provides a practical, carefully structured, results-focused process.  With our progress tracking systems you will be able to support the essential skills for happier and healthier relationships and the longer term confidence needed to thrive in a challenging world.

The important conclusion is if you want the future to look better than it looks right now, the adult role matters more than ever before to children's well-being. ..AND..the learning is fascinating... AND....You can make a difference...BUT...there is some new learning to do first...:)


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LEARN MORE ON THE
RELATIONSHIP HEALTH MATTERS SITE

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When all adults and children know that they matter ...and that relationships are vital but take work...and that ongoing learning is involved... then we can see best results for everyone.  Relationship skills and health are really key. 

Training in the I Matter Framework offers you clear thinking and a structured learning journey that helps professionals and parents to help children and adults who are struggling through challenging times.  The programme provides insight, and a direction and resources to help address the varied linked needs you will be seeing every day.

EMPOWER YOURSELF AND YOUR COMMUNITY  WITH THE KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS YOU NEED TO HELP YOURSELF AND OTHERS

#newthinkingneeded  #imatter  #communitylearningmatters 

 

Imagine what your personal or professional life would be like right now if you had …

-- less confusion and more clarity when deciding how to help the child you worry about

-- 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, your child and others can thrive

-- whatever the challenges happen to be....

We turn concerned professionals, parents and teams into effective relationship health practitioners

PROFESSIONALS PROGRAMME - WEDNESDAYS
An Introduction to I Matter Thinking Weds 1.15-2.15 (anytime online)
Welcome and Getting Started Workshop 
 Weds 1.15-2.45 (1st of month )
I Matter Intensive Study Support Weds 9-10 (weekly - for 4 weeks)
Senior Leaders Network - Weds 4.15-5.15pm (2nd of month)
Senior Leaders Case Review  - Weds 5.15-6.15pm (4th of month)
Professional Members Programme on a Wednesday
PROFESSIONALS COMING START DATES
INTRODUCTION
Register for online introduction anytime or week of 1st and 9th 
GETTING STARTED
 
9th December and 16th December 
6th January 


PARENTS PROGRAMME - TUESDAYS
An Introduction to I Matter Thinking Tues 1.15-2.45pm (anytime online)
Welcome and Getting Started with First Steps Workshop Tues 1.15-2.45pm (1st of month)

I Matter Intensive Study Support Tues 9-10 (weekly - for 4 weeks)
Parent Members Programme on a Tuesday
PARENT - COMING START DATES  
INTRODUCTION
Register for online introduction anytime
GETTING STARTED WORKSHOP
1st December 
5th January 


YOUNG PERSON PROGRAMME (11-2- TUESDAYS
Introduction to I Matter Thinking - 5.15-6.00 (3rd of month or any time online)

Getting Started with First Steps -Workshop 5.15-6.15 (1st of month or anytime online)
First Steps Check in 5.15-6.15 (2nd and 4th of month)

Stage 1 Study Support for I Matter for Young People 6.30-7.30 (weekly)
YOUNG PERSON - COMING START DATES
INTRODUCTION
Register for online Introduction anytime

GETTING STARTED
1st December

5th January



I Matter Training offers back to basics straightforward insights that make a difference.  We focus on core relationship health insights and skills that are relevant for everyone.  Founded in 2011 by Dr Cathy Betoin, The I Matter Relationship Health Network welcomes professionals from all disciplines and parents and carers of children of all ages and stages - especially those parents and carers of children with additional needs.  We are committed to democratising relationship health training so that everyone has access to the insight and skills that help children and adults to thrive

Practical Focus
Community Building 
Science Based
Inclusive and Diverse Community

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Over the last 10 years, professionals, and parents 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
  • “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"
 

If you would like to listen to a short interview with a parent you can listen in here

Now with COVID-19 we are moving into a new phase of 'Rethinking The Way Forward With the Children Who Challenge Us'   This is the title of the I Matter Framework book (coming soon).  So we would love you to join us...

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Dr Cathy Betoin, Clinical Psychologist, Teacher and Parent

CLICK HERE FOR INFORMATION ABOUT THE I MATTER CHALLENGE AND THE I MATTER JOURNEY

 

 So.... Our Mission ... and Your Mission... should you choose to accept it... is to bring your caring and concern about the well-being or mental health of one focus child .... or more.  Following an initial assessment and some recommendations, you will be able to join the I Matter Challenge and take part in a learning journey. This will help you develop insight AND bring about important results in your professional and/or personal roles.  You will explore what important research evidence on children’s mental health and well-being is REALLY saying about how to best help this child - so that in 1-6 months time, you will be moving forward with more confidence, new ways of thinking, clear action steps and supportive community that is helping you make the positive difference that matters.

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

HERE IS WHAT PROFESSIONALS AND PARENTS SAY ABOUT I MATTER TRAINING

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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 work together to help children in their own homes. schools and communities.   Here are some of the schools and organisations that are working with us to build capacity to help parents


I Matter Quick News

A New Way Forward for Children's Mental Health and Wellbeing?

HERE IS THE COMMON PATHWAY WE HAVE SEEN PRE-COVID-19 FOR PARENTS IN THE KENDAL-MORECAMBE BAY AREA AND BEYOND

Dr Cathy Betoin

Sophie, Robin’s mum, approaches her school with a concern about Robin’s behaviour at home.
+ there are frequent tantrums, poor sleep and she is worried someone is going to get hurt.
+ Few issues are seen at school
So school feels it is not their concern or responsibility
+ School advises that Sophie goes to the GP.

+ GP explains Robin’s...

News of I Matter 2021 Winter Studies Programme - Coming Soon!


What a strange and fascinating and challenging time this has been for everyone.

Lots of questions about what the longer term implications of COVID now are

If you would like to spend some time thinking about what the research is REALLY saying about how to improve children's wellbeing - think about the I Matter Winter Studies programme

A stimulating way of preparing yourself for your important roles in the year ahead

 

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

Contact us to discuss your interests.