Professional  and Practitioner Training


I Matter Framework training resonates with a wide community of professionals as it speaks to what many have known deep down has been the missing link in our current service delivery models in education and child mental health practice.

It is designed to build the skills of practitioners working with challenging children and with their parents in health and education settings so that they can to provide joined up effective support within their own community to help families and children in achieving a long term healthy adult-child relationships that support the healthy developmental progression of children especially the most vulnerable.

Messages from research:

+ Practitioners often lack confidence and skills in working with challenging children and parents

+ Telling teachers or parents  they should do things differently does not lead to behaviour change

+ Helping parents and teachers adopt healthier styles depends on high level practitioner skills

I Matter Framework Training leads to more effective practice because we:

+ Draw together evidence-based models into a Framework, Model and Process that makes complete sense to experienced and newly training practitioners

+ we focus on relationships as core to the change process for both teaching and health professionals and for parents and start with the participants own role and own wellbeing

 + We build motivation for change through highlighting strengths and promote self-efficacy and we focus on the direction of travel and the strengths and solutions we need to get there

Practitioner Outcomes:   Our follow-up research indicates that professionals report

+ Greater confidence in their own role

+ Changes and improvements at home and at work

+ More careful attention to their own self-care and wellbeing

+ Greater team work with others

+ More developmental thinking and understanding of the child and parent who is challenging

+ In a recent follow up impact study 97% reported the Foundation training was excellent or very good and very relevant to their role

+ Our Follow-up research indicates that the gains of training persist several months and years later

We can develop bespoke training tailored to your needs, including for community volunteers.

The Structure of I Matter Training:

+ 0: Awareness Training: Orientation to the I Matter Framework

+ 1: Foundation A and B: Confusion to Clarity and Watching Affectionately

+ 2:  Intermediate A and B:  Thinking Developmentally and Nurturing Growth

+ 3-5  Advanced:  Lead Professionals and Advanced Practitioners including Community Quality Marks

The first stages of I Matter Training for informed practice only but are often key to the intention of delivering a shared approach in a community that is understood and supported by senior leadership teams and a wider school or health community.

Key roles 

Senior Strategic Practitioner - member of senior leadership team minimum of 1 day workshop - supporting lead professional

Link Professional - school or community - minimum of Foundation A and preferably B training - Link professionals with experience of presenting can apply to be licensed to deliver our Why Parenting Matters for Childrens Mental Health Introductory Session'.   They can also work with Lead Professionals to deliver inhouse study support for online learning.  They take part in the professional link community programme.

Trainee Lead Professional - school or community - experienced team member - has completed minimum of Intermediate A and B and has place on Lead Professional training

Approved Lead Professional - must have delivered a minimum of 2 foundation A study support groups - one for inhouse professionals and one for inhouse parents

Advanced Practitioner - experienced professional with therapeutic training and experienced of working with parents and across home and school settings.

Independent Roles 

If you are practising as an independent you can add the provision of study support for I Matter online training to your portfolio in the following roles: 

+ Link Professional - you can become part of our community network, share key principles & refer your clients to our training.  You can apply to be licensed to deliver our introductory sessions.

+ Lead Professionals - you can work with us to deliver study support to I Matter online training to groups you run or we run

+ Advanced Practitioners - you can work with us to offer joined up home-school training and complex care co-ordination

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It's quite simple really - we offer resources and encourage people to take time to think and learn about what is happening around them..

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We carefully gather evidence of the impact of I Matter Training using a variety of formats and will be presenting more here very shortly.

Get Started: Learn why healthy adult-child relationships and healthy communities matter for mental health, positive behaviour and healthy child development at home and in school. Then.. Take Stock and Go for Results.


If I had understood these ideas earlier

I could have been a lot more effective

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