Certification: Advanced Practice

Learn how to work clinically and at an advanced level with an Adult-Child Well-Being I  Matter Approach

The certification advanced training will be delivered by Dr Cathy Betoin 


Do You Feel Unsure Of How To Work With Challenging Adult-Child Relationships?

Why not Train to Become A More Effective Adult-Child Practitioner?
Why not ensure your school or service takes a lead in improving practices?

The I Matter Advanced Practitioner and Clinical Training Options is a levelled training that certifies you as competent to use interlocking insights, processes and tools  in the context of a specific role to support struggling and challenging children and their families.   

The advanced training is designed to help an organisation that supports children build a team approach and become more effective in addressing the health of adult-child relationships first directly through a focus on staff relationships with children and then through supporting parent relationships with children 

There is a huge problem in the area of adult-child relationship health in the UK which is impacting on a full raft of priority concerns

+ Educational outcomes
+ Physical health outcomes
+ Mental Health outcomes
+ Safer communities

There are two big problems.

i) A lack of fit for purpose training - and

ii) A lack of supportive structures for professionals to practice safely within.


If you're like most practitioners who work with children:  teachers, teaching assistants, therapists and counsellors, you have not received much training at all to work with adult-child relationships.  Often you get none at all!   The focus is commonly on working just with the child - sometimes it is just on managing behaviour - with the adult as a bit of an add on sitting outside in the waiting room...

Have you seen that?


So, given that you've probably not had much training specifically to work with challenging adult-child relationships, it makes sense you and your organisation will feel unsure of how to work with them effectively and anxious when the subject comes up

The truth is that many professionals who work with children turn away from working with challenging behaviour or with adult-child relationship issues because they don't feel confident in working with these issues.

This is a terrible shame as good adult-child relationship health is key and skilled practice is in high demand and your setting will be much more attractive and effective if you have highly developed skills in this area.   Funders and parents are willing to pay generously in order to work with practitioners with these insights skills.


Finding your Way through Complexity

When I first started working with children and families I quickly felt something big was missing from my training

I just didn't know what it was?

I had two choices.  Give up and only see individual children, or find out what was missing.

I chose to go back to the literature to find out what was missing and happily I found the answers I was hunting for.  My work transformed from stressful and anxiety provoking to exciting and deeply fulfilling.

You can transform your own confidence and the confidence of your own organisation too. The Advanced Practice and Clinical Training in I Matter will give you clarity in your child and family work and all the tools you need to become a competent, confident adult-child advanced practitioner in a competent confident I Matter Informed school or service.


In Phase 1 we help you become I Matter Informed

+ Named Senior - I Matter Community Development Challenge

+ First Steps Challenges - I Matter Focus Child 

+ Foundation - Learning the I Matter Framework

+ Intermediate - Thinking Developmentally


In Phase 2 we offer Certification Routes based on supported practice 

In Phase 2 you can gain supervised practice that supports your current employed roles. 

In each role one you will deepen your understanding of how to use our tools and resources to enable you to work flexibly with challenging relationships so as to restore confidence and connection


On completion of each Advanced Certification Stage participants who fulfil the criteria will have a statement of competence as follows

Certified:  Senior Link – Competent to support embedding of an I Matter approach in own setting with children, staff and parents
Certified:  Level 1: Child Coach Certification – competent to use tools and approach in direct roles with children and YP of varied ages  
Certified:  Level 2: Parent Link – as competent to provide a referral pathway & informal support based on using IMQ & readiness for change
Certified:  Level 3: Embedding Practice – as competent to support use of assessments across own setting with staff without I Matter training
Certified:  Level 4: Lead Professional Certification – competent to offer 1:1 & small group support for First Steps, Foundation, Intermedite
Certified:  Level 5: Advanced Practitioner – competent to complete indepth assessments of complex cases and guide LT care package

School and Service Based Practitioners Offer

The training for Level 1-3 practitioners can be funded out of your CPD budgets and pupil premium

Level 1. Child Practitioner: Confident Practice with Children who are Struggling

Level 2. Parent Link: Confident practice developing a parent facing strategy 

Level 3 Link Plus: Confident practice with embedding thinking in your team

Lead Practitioners Offer

 Level 4 Lead practitioners run supported courses for in-house professionals, parents & young people supported by school & parent funds

Workshops and consultations for Children & Young People

Workshops and consultations for In-house Staff, Parents and Carers

Workshops and consultations for Other Teachers and Schools

 Advanced Practitioners offer

Advanced practitioners - Level 5 - are recruited carefully with the support of community engagement from a locality patch

In depth assessments for children who are struggling and families

Opportunities for extended support with a experienced Guide

Help to Join up School and Home Thinking with Children who Struggle

Find a Local I Matter Practitioner

Gill Mason, Reception

Lead Practitioner.

Region: Kendal
Practice Areas covered: Ghyllside School

Amy Lee, GP

Community Link Practitioner

Region: Kendal, Cumbria
Practice Areas covered: Kendal ICC

Could this be You?

Find out how to start training here

Become an I Matter Practitioner and help your school or community 


Level 0: I Matter Senior Link Leader

Level 1: I Matter In-house Child and Young Person Practitioner



What Can Advanced Practice and Clinical Training In an I Matter Approach Offer You?

  • A clear model for working in complex school-home systems with challenging adult-child relationships
  • A locality based method of addressing deep divides in health and education and community practice
  • A deep theory of the interconnected nature of relationships, health and development
  • A tried and tested method for helping adults and children into better healthier connection successfully
  • A way of extending your existing practice into more effective work with families
  • An opportunity to become a highly sought after and respected adult-child I Matter practitioner
  • A certification as a qualified adult-child I Matter practitioner
  • An opportunity for self improvement and growth
  • A mechanism for improving your own personal relationships
  • Membership of a growing community of I Matter Advanced Practitioners in the UK and World Wide



What Are The Entrance Requirements?

For all of our certificates and for the advanced practice roles you must be working with small groups of adults and with adult-child dyads.  You will need to complete a scheduled series of study support sessions for your Foundation and Intermediate training.  So you need to be working with children and families eg in a school pastoral role (non-clinical) or a practicing therapist or counsellor with experience of working with children (clinical role).   In organisations it is ideal to have professionals with clinical and non-clinical roles working together.

Before you start the Foundation course you will need to attend a Getting Started workshop.  This is best done with a member of your team  but if you don't have one or they won't come you can attend individually.

In order for you to qualify at the end of the course you will need to be employed to work with children and families or a member of a nationally recognised regulating body with standards of training, supervision and ethics e.g, BACP, UKCP, NCS etc.



Training schedule

Entry to the training program for the advanced stages is based on an application that you can submit anytime after completion of the Foundation Course.   

Advanced training involves joining a group of practitioners who are learning to implement I Matter ideas in the context of specific rolesusing I Matter tools.  You will need evidence of achieving required level of competence for certification through a portfolio. 

By the end of this Advanced Practice Training you will be confident to work with any adult-child and adult-adult relationship that walks through your door and you will give the families that work with you a positive, life changing experience that moves them towards connection and growth.

If you are unsure of how to work effectively with challenging adult-child relationships then this is the course for you.


How much does Advanced training cost?

The advanced training programmes is a new programme and as such we are still refining key details. 

Our commitment is to setting up processes that are able to deliver competent practitioners and so we are still exploring how this can best be achieved.

At present. all Certification levels are 12 months long based on a 4 month intensive (fortnightly calls) and then half termly check in with time to gather together a portfolio for submission for certification purposes

Senior Leadership Development (this one does not require Foundation and Intermediate Training) 

Adv 0: Senior
Adv 1: Child and Young Person Practitioner Training:    (suitable for TA, HLTA) 
Adv 2: Link Practitioner 
Adv 3: Link Plus Practitioner Training:   (suitable for those with a leadership/staff support role)
Adv 4: Lead Practitioner Training:  (suitable for those with a pastoral role)   
Adv 5  Advanced Clinical Practitioner Training:  

MORE INFORMATION COMING SHORTLY - In a small school the Link and senior link roles may be combined

The cost is based on our concept of Units.  Levels 1-3 are one unit and senior and level 4 and 5 are 2 units


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