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The 'I Matter' Learning Journey

TURN HEALTH AND WELLBEING AND RELATIONSHIP HEALTH AROUND WITH THE POWER OF TRAINING IN THE I MATTER FRAMEWORK

WE HELP PROFESSIONALS AND PARENTS IMPROVE THEIR INSIGHT AND SKILLS SO AS TO IMPROVE THE WELLBEING OF CHILDREN AND THEMSELVES

I Matter Training gives you strong foundations for helping children and yourself.  It takes well-evidenced ideas in psychology that are key to children's well-being and teaches these ideas carefully and systematically via a step by step system. It can support preventative education and clinical interventions.  We aim to help professionals and parents work better together based on strong clear foundations to improve relationships as it is this that improves health and educational outcomes, especially for the vulnerable child.

You could be i) a parent who is wondering what to do to help your child or other adults in your family, or ii) a professional in a classroom or care setting or iii) a professional in a GP or specialist clinic or iv) a professional in a therapeutic or parent coaching roles, or v) a leader wondering how to improve results. Or vi) you could be a parent AND a professional!   

We specialise in helping professionals and parents who have had a worry about a child for more than 9 months and who have tried all sorts of things that haven't yet worked.   

Training in the I Matter Framework can help you make a difference with a practical, carefully structured, results-focused process.  

I Matter Training is for professionals and parents and carers of children and young people of all ages and types of needs and challenges who want to do or support the work needed to improve relationship health for children who are struggling.  

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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..... then we can see best results for everyone.  Relationship skills and health are really key. 

#newthinkingneeded  #imatter  #relationshiphealthmatters 

Your Mission... should you choose to accept it... is to improve the wellbeing and confidence of at least one focus child.  Through participation in an I Matter Learning Journey and I Matter Challenge you will carefully explore what important research evidence on children’s mental health and well-being is REALLY saying - so that in 1-6 months time, you and your child and your team can be moving forward with confidence and clear results - in  personal, professional or organisational roles.

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....

What are you looking for?

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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.  Now we have further developed a licensing structure so we can share the thinking more widely.  Here is the sort of thing participants 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"

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

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

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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

HERE IS WHAT PROFESSIONALS AND PARENTS SAY ABOUT I MATTER TRAINING

  • I Matter Training

    “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 children and young people and families. Professionals and parents are learning together. It feels good.”

    GP Safeguarding Lead Kendal Integrated Care Community

  • I Matter Training

    “The I Matter approach of dealing with the adults before the children is such a useful way to look at things and has turned the dynamics on its head for me. I 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.”

    of challenging teenager

  • I Matter Training

    “EVERY parent and teacher 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. ”

    Children and adults of all ages

  • I Matter Training

    “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. ”

    Trained for work and home purposes

  • I Matter Training

    “Thoroughly brilliant course. Has made an 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!! ”

    Key Stage 4 Leader and Parent

  • I Matter Training

    “The Headteacher and other staff now come to me. They are starting to spot the families who would be helped by some I Matter Training. 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. This is a new way of working for us. I find it exciting to see the changes that happen. ”

    Teacher - Lead Professional

  • I Matter Training

    “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. ”

    Parent

  • I Matter Training

    “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 ”

    Parent of complex child

I Matter Quick News

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

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 challenging behaviour is not thei…

News of I Matter 2021 Autumn Studies Programme!


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 Autumn 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.