Cathy Betoin's I Matter Blog and Podcast
So I want to tell you about why I decided to put together I Matter Training and why I think it may be helpful to you. The first and most important reason was that 20 years ago I was trying to understand a very confusing picture myself. I trained at a very interesting time as a clinical psychologist. Ideas were changing and there were fierce disagreements between psychologists about what was the proper task of a psychologist and what was not. How to resolve the confusion was a very persona…
In the face of the plans to expand adoption as an option for children and families, we al…
Key messages for schools embedded in the new code are for joined up planning and for the understanding that knowledge of SEN should not just be limited to a small cohort of specialists. Another key change places a much greater emphasis on meeting the underlying needs of…
It has been one of those weeks. This afternoon I sat with my 18 year old son - we were doing a Debrief after an incident that had started last week.
"What happened?" I asked
"Well I did red and so did you".
We agreed that we hadn't seen i…
The problem with most outcome measures currently in use in mental health services (such as SDQ and RCADS) is that they consist essentially of problem symptom checklists that are additionally - and often problematically - dominantly focussed on the child.
Symptom checklists can have a place as screening tools. It can be…
The sessions went very well and the group caught on quickly to some of the key ideas. The staff at the school have already taken part in an I Matter staff inset and so I was pleased when it was widely …
Yet instead of stopping to take collective stock and ask a few basic questions about what might be happening and why and about our community priorities, the answer seems to be to offer more a…
Children with complex needs are often more challenging to manage because they are developmentally younger. Their responses tend to be more intense and more difficult to make sense of. The level of supervision that is required is h…
"I know it is not very helpful to be angry with my complex child they tell me, but isn't it normal to feel angry if my child is hitting me or hurting their brother or sister?"
In I Matter practice …
Yay! The e-learning Foundation I Matter Class trial is finally running! I am excited that there are 12 participants - most of them professionals from the Kendal and North Lancs area who work in mainstream settings but are nonetheless in touch on a daily basis with one or more (often many more) young people with complex social-emotional needs.
The class will take place over the next 7 weeks and will I hope give participants an opportunity to step back and think about some important - and fascin…
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