How do you judge the impact of I Matter CPD?

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In recent weeks, in the process of submitting the I Matter courses for CPD accreditation via the CPD Standards Office I have had to go through a rigorous process. I have had to supply documentation and evidence to show that the course has been carefully put together and that proper systems are in place to ensure that participants have a good experience.  I have had to demonstrate that feedback on the course is carefully gathered and evaluated.  

In this process I have also been...

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Five Reasons That You Matter

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Have you ever felt that no-one was looking out for you?
Have you ever felt upset or resentful about that?
Or have you just given up asking for your child and others to take you into account?

Of course you matter!  And because you matter, it is important not to just hope that your children and others will one day take you into account.  

SOMEONE needs to be determined to look out for YOU, and though it would be nice if this was your child or someone else, you mustn't leave it to chance...

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7 Ways that I Matter Training Can Improve Your Job Satisfaction

Professional or home life with complex or challenging children can be very demanding.   I know because I have worked in this area for nearly 30 years and I have often found myself often feeling helpless in the face of demands that seem to keep increasing year on year working in services that seem poorly adapted and unresponsive to the scale of the needs at hand.  So I developed I Matter Training in response to my own confusion and because I felt that there was something really...

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What is an I Matter Action Research Project?

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There is a significant crisis in the provision of mental health services for children and families.   The needs are growing and services are being cut.   So maybe there is a need to think laterally?

I think the research evidence is clear:   Strong attachment relationships at home and at school make a profound difference to the way in which a chlld's brain functions and develops and to their ability to understand and work with others to overcome their challenges.   

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What is I Matter Professional-Child Coaching? And Why Does Your School Need it?

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In the I Matter Project we have 3 training pathways: Parent-Child Coaching, Professional-Child Coaching and Professional-Parent-Child Coaching.   Professional-Child Coaching is something that most professionals in schools and residential care settings do without thinking about it.  Coaching involves guiding the child towards the understanding and skills that the professional knows will be useful and helpful to them in their lives.  

I Matter Professional-Child Coaching has many...

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What is I Matter Parent-Child Coaching?

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Parent-Child Coaching is something that many parents do without thinking about it.  It involves guiding the child towards undersatnding and skills that you know will be useful and helpful to them in their lives.  

I Matter Parent-Child Coaching has many similiarites.  There are also 5 key differences:

i)  In comparison to everyday parent-child coaching I Matter Parent-Child Coaches start out with a much clearer map or guide to help you decide what to coach and...

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Jekyll and Hyde Behaviour?  5 Reasons you must use developmental thinking if you have a challenging child?

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Just because your child is 10 years old, does not mean that your child is functioning like a 10 year old

In my work I meet a lot of families of children who have developmental delays. Some of these developmental delays are VERY easy for an uninformed observer to miss and it is these more subtle delays that often lead to the greatest confusions for families and for teachers.   Developmental immaturity is one of the key reasons for that common experience of feeling that your child is like...

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6 Reasons Your School or Service Needs a Parent Education Strategy

 

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Sometimes when I start talking about the I Matter Project I can feel a little embarrassed.  The thing is, the issues the project is addressing are really not rocket science.    It is not as if I am speaking about things that people don't already sort of know.   

The difficulty is that ideas and issues that seem quite straightforward, are not actually happening when it comes to practice.  Everyone knows for example that parenting is important when it...

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Transforming Mental Health and Well-Being in Lancashire and Cumbria?

According to the recently published Lancashire Children and Young People’s Resilience, Emotional and Mental Health and Well-Being Transformation Plan for 2015-2020, it is recognised that:

  • There are increasing numbers of young people between the age of 10 and 24 years being admitted to hospital for self-harming
  • It is anticipated that there will be more than 45,000 (19% to 23%) children and young people in Lancashire who may have an increasingly complex emotional health need...

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