Become a Lead Practitioner
I Matter Lead Professionals work in schools and/or in the community and in independent practice. They are a key part of a successful I Matter locality based program. They work with other professionals and with parents in a training and coaching capacity to help them to develop new insights and new skills through learning about I Matter ideas and then having support to implement their learning in their own unique situations. The common goal is improved adult-child relationship quality and progress on relationship skills, set wherever possible within a community of practitioners. Improved confidence and wellbeing in home relationships is our top priority followed by confidence in school and community settings. We particularly like to support schools who are wanting to develop their confidence in providing parent education and support.
I Matter Lead Professionals come from a variety of backgrounds and disciplines and qualifications. They have all had extensive experience working with children and families and with other professionals in senior roles so they have worked with a variety of presenting needs and challenges. We particularly like to work with professionals who are themselves parents to a child with some additional needs or challenges or who have had experience working directly with such children. Wherever possible we encourage them to be based in serving a local community as the networking and community building role is a key part of the approach..
This is our advanced program and is accessed by application only after completion of the Foundation and Intermediate stage. It involves a period of additional learning including shadowing and supervised practice.
These experienced I Matter professionals help other professionals and parents by:
+ supporting learning about the I Matter framework through teaching, workshops and consultation
+ assisting understanding and reflection about the bigger picture around challenging behaviour
+ assisting partcipants in reflecting on the relevance of the I Matter framework of ideas to their own home and work situation
+ assisting reflection about how current challenges may have arisen
+ supporting gains in confidence in key relaitonships by guiding the process of choosing the next key steps that will make a difference
+ monitoring the quality of the everyday relationship and understand when adjustments are needed and if so why
+ supporting promotion of the child's social emotional development through attention to small but key building blocks to success
Advanced Training Process NB: As this is a new program, the following is an outline only and still subject to adjustment
The I Matter Advanced Training Program is a carefully designed program with a wide range of applications In the Advanced Training Program we license professionals and highly experienced parent mentors to deliver our workshops and use our handheld and online resources as part of a psycho-education and consultation model. Regular recertification is expected in order to remain part of our professional network.
A bachelor degree
Extensive experience of working directly with complex children and families
Experience of working in education or in schools settings
Experience of working in a therapeutic manner
Completion of the Foundation A and B and Intermediate A and B Courses.
Up to date DBS
Letter of recommendation from a member school or service or I Matter consultant
Advanced Course Steps:
Step 1: Submit an Application (expressions of interest received after the Foundation stage_)
Step 2: Complete a Contract and settle fees and provide evidence of professional liability insurance
Step 3: Advanced Training - Part 1 - Focus on family consultation - biopsychosocial formulation -- and on introducing the I Matter Framework
The core text for advanced training - part 1 will be the Integrated approach to practice
Participants will work through case examples using role play and structured assignments
Step 4: Professional supervision. On completion of advanced training Part 1 participants will be paired with a I Matter certified professional
supervisor. You will need to work over a period of 9 months with a minimum of 2 families and will work through a structured series of
steps that mirror the typical consultation process. Your families should be people who have not taken part in any I Matter training but
who have been seeking help with a complex child who has been presenting with anxiety or challenging behav9our for more than 12
months. Care should be taken in selecting these families as you will need to work closely with them for an extended period. We
recommend that you identify a family who are working reasonably well as a team and motivated and ready to learn. They
should be willing for you to use video and audio recordings in your trainng process.
Your following 3 case study families should enable you to illustrate your ability to work with less intensive support and should show
your ability to work with a range of ages and circumstances
Step 5: Advanced Training - Part 2 - focusses on deepening your understanding of professional practice issues - including aspects of running a
I Matter consultation service, ethical practices and consideration of complex case examples.
In setting up your own practice you will be able to use our trademarked names and logo_( )
Step 6: Recertification requirements: To remain a certified member of our network you must play an active role in our community and uou
must recertify on an annual basis providing evidence of your commitmemt to high quality practice and including examples of your w
work with families and other professionals