About Dr Cathy Betoin and Adult-Child Relationship Health

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Welcome to my blog!    I am just in the process of moving it over here from another site.

My name is Dr Cathy Betoin. I am a clinical psychologist , an experienced teacher and a parent myself.

What do you do when something doesn't exist?   Something that seems should be there but isn't?

There is an awkward process of trying to put thoughts into words - of arranging and rearranging ideas.

It is a rather messy process but there are markers on the way.  Ah ha...

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First Online Professional I Matter Class!

Time is running out to register to take part in the first I Matter Online Training Course running in the first half term of 2014.

Due to level of expressed interest, I have decided to open some additional reduced fee places - still offered in exchange for good quality feedback 

On completion of the course participants will:
1. Understand what is meant by a complex child, and what is meant by well-being in the I Matter Project
2. Demonstrate a deeper awareness of why complex children...

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What is an Adult-Child Well-Being Approach and what it is not? 8 key ideas

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Its not rocket science!   An Adult-Child Well-Being Approach to supporting young people with complex needs in any home or work setting, emphasises that there is a close relationship between the well-being and confidence of the adult and the well-being and progress of the young person.  

An Adult-Child Well-Being Approach is not however just a traditional parent training approach.   An Adult-Child Well-Being 'I Matter' Approach is a psycho-educational, community based learning...

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What I plan to write about

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The excitement about having your own blog is that you can write about whatever you want...  And you can go hunting for the perfect picture!   

This one jumped out at me today - she looks a lot younger than me (!) but I liked this image because she looks as if she is enjoying the process of thinking, and is about to enjoy the process of writing and this is how I am feeling right now.   

I have committed myself to writing a regular blog about........well that is the...

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JEWELS IN THE MUD?

PicturePhoto by Satendra Mhatre

Pearls in the mud - raisins in the tea cake!   Have you ever caught yourself knowing deep down that there is a pearl or maybe even several in an experience that you are having but that you DON'T WANT TO LOOK FOR IT OR OPEN TO IT RIGHT NOW - THANK YOU VERY MUCH.  Not only that, but if anybody, DARES to suggest that you might try doing that you might just WOP them one...

The trouble with teaching something as challenging as I...

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The I Matter Framework and elephants!! GOT IT!

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Have you ever woken up with a sudden sense of clarity that meant you had to leap out of bed and take action?!

I find my best moments of clarity arise like that and this morning it was elephants......  and at 5..00 am here is the picture that I found that has me beaming from ear to ear!

In the last few months, I have been studying the language of business.  For years I have been studying psychology - and I know a lot about this - but when it came to running a business I discovered...

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7 REASONS ADULTS SHOULD LEARN MORE ABOUT CHILD DEVELOPMENT

 What issues do you care about? When I first decided that if I really cared about the growing numbers of complex children in our communities, I was going to have to learn a lot of things in addition to the core psychology in which I originally trained, I had no idea of quite what an intense and challenging journey it would become.

Since making the decision to commit to this issue, I have had to learn how to run a business, and how to master a lot of technology - aspects that I cannot...

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THE POWER OF OUR JUDGEMENTS

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Have you ever noticed when you are under significant pressure that your well-being can seem to move between feeling you are doing OK to not feeling OK at all?  

One secret to this underlying instability lies in a particular class of beliefs - the judgements - that hold incredible power over our well-being.    Judgements are important to be aware of, because it is judgements more than anything else that hold the key to moving from stressed out to back in better balance, from not...

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LADY ANNE CLIFFORD - PERSEVERANCE COUNTS

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Who do you turn to as your role models?    This fascinating lady from the 1600's came into my awareness earlier this year when I joined a community theatre company and was unexpectedly offered the main part. (Yikes!)  As the adventure progressed, the more I learned about Lady Anne, the more interested I became in her story.  

Amongst other facts what impressed me most was her sheer conviction and determination to keep working for what she wanted in spite of endless...

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