Cathy's I Matter Blog and Podcast

Recent feedback for the Intermediate Course from an experienced social worker

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I am seeing how without the right training or understanding it is easy as a carer or professional working with a complex child to start to feel very negative feelings. I used to work in residential care however I had no training, it left me feeling emotionally drained, stressed, like a failure. Sometimes my responses won't have been great.  I can now see that for parents who have other stresses in their lives it is easy to start responding to negative behaviour in an...

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Recent TA Feedback..

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There has been such a change.  He was totally shut down and not interacting.  1 year on he is playing with other children in the playground and even helping others out.  I love working with him!    Joined up home-school program for an adopted child aged 7yrs with questions regarding autism

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Recent Parent Feedback

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'I'm so grateful to have found support that involves me and my child in our relationship together, and not just one or other of us in isolation. 2 months in, it has already made a huge difference and we are moving forwards after 4 years of confusion and angst. Thank you!'    Parent of 9 year old

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The British Psychological Society - Power Threat Meaning Model

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It is exciting to see that there are others who know that the diagnostic grip on mental health practice in adult and child services is damaging and needs resisting and that this resistance is now coming together via a range of pyschologsits and psychotherapists across the country.  There is the Cumbria Resliience Project and now we are having conferences run in the are of the British Psychological Society Power-Threat-Meaning Model.   I think the The Adult-Child...

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Easter Week in the Life of a Digital Pioneer

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Easter 2019.  It's been quite a week.  I have been developing the next steps for my NHS supported Digital Pioneer process from a location in the heart of the Scottish borders where my family have been helping out with the annual lambing adventures.   

There have been early morning starts, blustery and sunny hillsides, large amounts of food for the working team and lots of good conversations, In between times I have been researching digital options and wrestling with...

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Dear You:   Dear Uma,   Oh That Fog!   Letter #3

Dear Uma, 

The sun is streaming in and I have been sitting here thinking back to the time when I first got to know you.  
That was such a difficult time for you wasn't it and yet you had been actively looking for help for so long.   You had read and rread.   You had taken your child to so many appointments but as the years had gone past your child had got bigger and the meltdowns  had got more and more intense and  actually it was becoming...

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Dear You:  Dear Stan,  Men and I Matter   Letter #2

Dear Stan, 

 It has undoutedly taken me longer to get to know youa as in this wider world of supporting the mental health and wellbeing of children and families there is still such an overdominance of women .  I know I don't need to tell YOU that!    Yet over the years of my practice I have seen that when it comes to the mental health and wellbeing of children men have an absolutely key role to play but they are too often undrerrepresented in the...

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Dear You:  Dear Debbie,  What's an Avatar?    Letter #1

Dear Debbie, 

I know that your time is precious, and that the world you live in is busy. It’s busy for so many of us. So I want to start this letter first of all by saying thank you for agreeing to me to being here in your inbox and thank you for taking the time to read what I want to share and for allowing us to be connected, using the modern wonders of email. I have mixed feelings about technology and its place in our modern world, especially when it comes to our...

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