Develop Your I Matter Skills so that you can support others with an Adult-Child Well-Being I Matter Approach
Would you like to Work More Confidently With Challenging Adult-Child or Adult-Adult Relationships?
Why not train to become more effective as an Adult-Child Practitioner?
Why not equip yourself to support your community or school or service?
COVID- 19 Update. Due to the urgency of the current needs we are currently looking for professionals who want to support their own community of parents-carers through a fast-track approach. You should be someone with experience who has a natural interest and skills in connecting with parents in a wide range of circumstances, You should have strong references from your employing body or local organisations.
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 in this area of practice.
i) A lack of fit for purpose training - and
ii) A lack of supportive structures for child and family 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 parent 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.
So with I Matter Training 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 you become I Matter Informed
+ First Steps - Taster Course and I Matter Framework Intensive
+ Foundation A - Consolidation of Theory to Practice
+ Intermediate A - Thinking Developmentally
+ Advanced - Applications of I Matter
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
Approved Workshops and Consultations for In-house Staff Team
Approved Workshops and Consultations for In-house Parents and Carers
Approved Workshops and Consultations for Children & Young People
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
MORE ABOUT CERTIFIED ROLES
I Matter Senior Link
I Matter Senior Leadership practitioners are supported in implementing I Matter thinking in the leadership roles in which they’re operating, such as GP's, Heads, Departmental heads etc . To qualify as a Certified I Matter Senior Link you must have completed the First Steps and Foundation Programme and ideally the Intermediate Programme. You will then join a 1 year programme to include an induction meeting and a settings audit followed by a weekly diary and a half termly check in. You will submit a portfolio of work evidencing your Leadership work to support your team and promote adult-child relationship and developmental thinking with a variety of needs and challenges in your setting
SENIOR LINK PROFESSIONALS
Senior Links are key to the success of any local I Matter Project. The expectations are those of the standard Link role. However they hold a position of more influence in the organisation. They supports the Link or Lead Professional and ensures that the I Matter actions are embedded in the school or service development planning
I Matter Child and Young Person Practitioner
I Matter child and young person coaches are trained to use I Matter thinking in the personal or professional roles in which they’re operating, such as teachers, teaching assistants, residential or community and youth workers. The intention of the certification is to equip participants to support children and young people with a variety of ages and challenges using their own relationship with them as the key active element. To qualify as a Child and Young Person coach you must have completed Foundation and Intermediate training. You will then join a certification support group
You will deepen experience:
+ Working with children with a variety of needs and challenges
+ Deepen your confidence in the use of I Matter assessments to inform your understanding of key priorities
+ Evidence your work with 6 young people with varied needs
To qualify as a Certified I Matter Child and Young Person Coach you must take part in a preparation induction, a weekly diary and a monthly check in. You must also gather together a portfolio of work with children and young people in your setting with a variety of needs and challenges. You will need to be working in a setting with informed senior leadership support and commitment.
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I Matter Link Professional
I Matter Link Practitioners work with us to provide an informed referral pathway for parents who are ready to learn whist remaining part of the informal support network around the family. Link Professionals operate at two levels: Link 1 have completed Foundation Training and have a focus on typical parenting with everyday challenges. Link 2 Professionals have also completed Intermediate Training and are equipped to understand the support needs of more complex and escalated situations. Link 1 and Link 2 work with Leads and Advanced Practitioners to support parents who are beginning to explore an i Matter Approach.
In the course of Link training you will gain experience of:
+ Using the informal I Matter Q and readiness for change assessments to help you think about supporting parents
+ Supporting parents informally and in thinking about their own role and in accessing online learning
+ Evidence your work informally supporting 3 parents who are expressing mild moderate concerns
Link Practitioners should usually work with supervision from an I Matter Lead pr Advanced Clinical Practitioner. To qualify as a Certified I Matter Link Practitioner you must take part in a preparation induction, a weekly diary and a monthly check in. You must also gather together a portfolio of your informal work with parents in your setting with a variety of needs and challenges exploring the process of relationship building and engagement. You must have informed senior leadership support.
Link practitioners may apply to support Lead Professionals in running online and face to face study support
LINK OR SENIOR LINK PROFESSIONALS
You can help parents access I Matter training as a licensed referral route.
The role of the Link Professional is therefore to:
i) Be a named person and a referrer for a parent-carer - preferably one who also knows the child
ii) Be someone we could contact if we had any concerns in the course of the referred parents study process
iii) Provide informal interest in progress through the course - a friendly phone call or text or a coffee
iv) Take part in the half termly Link Network sessions to help us ensure high quality practice
v) Be listed on our directory as a Link Practitioner
The role of the Link is NOT to run formal support sessions or in any way teach I Matter
Link professionals can support Lead Professionals.
They can also apply to be part of our study support team for centrally run study support
A parent taking part in a course with support of a Link Professional will
i) Provide the name of the Link professional
ii) Access the study support element directly via us
iii) Payments can be settled through a variety of options
Training expectations of Link Professionals
i) Link 1 Professionals must complete Foundation A and B training and Link Training
ii) Link 2 Professionals must complete Intermediate A and preferably B and Link 2 Training
ii) They must take part in the Link Professionals network (half termly session and forum)
iii) Links should have an outline plan setting out the intended focus of their Link role for the coming year that has been agreed with us and with senior links if in an organisation setting and reviewed regularly
iv) Links can refer a maximum of 3 parents-carers in any one half term to the First Steps or Foundation training
How to become a Link 1 or Link 2 Professional
You should have fulfilled the pre-requisite course requirements and then make an application using our application form (please request) providing clear information about the members of your SLT support team and the focus area that you want to work on. Link professionals must have an active annual membership (which can be included in the cost of Link Training
I Matter Link Plus - embedding developmental thinking
I Matter Link2 -Link Plus Practitioners work with us to use their I Matter training to take a life span view of their own organisations and to support colleagues with their adult skills and developmental thinking with children who challenge. The focus is on embedding developmental thinking and on supportig staff. Level 3 practitioners must have completed Foundation and Intermediate stages and Advanced Level 1 and 2. You will gain experience:
+ Working with staff supporting children with a variety of needs and challenges
+ Learn how to use I Matter assessments to help adults in your setting focus on key priorities
+ Evidence your work with 3 other inhouse professionals who are supporting children
To qualify as a Certified LInk Plus Practitioner you must take part in a preparation induction, a weekly diary and a half termly check in. You must also gather together a portfolio of work demonstrating how you are embedding developmental thinking with children and staff with a variety of needs and challenges. You must have informed senior leadership support.
Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3 training can be taken one after the other or synchronously
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I Matter In-house Lead Practitioner
I Matter Lead Practitioners are trained to offer 1:1 and small group face to face study support for other professionals, parents and young people who are beginning to explore an I Matter Approach. Most adult participants who are working with a Lead Practitioner should also have an online account. This is the key method by which we ensure some consistency of experience and quality control.
Lead Professionals will gain experience:
+ Running in-house study support for online learning at First Steps and Foundation stage
+ Supporting parents in thinking proactively about their own key role with children
+ Evidence their work informally supporting parents who are expressing mild moderate concerns
Lead Professionals should work with supervision from an I Matter Advanced Clinical Practitioner. To qualify as a Certified I Matter Lead Practitioner you must take part in an induction and weekly online check in and monthly check in sessions - 1 with Links and 1 just with Leads. You must gather together a portfolio of work demonstrating your work providing study support for online learning for parents with typical and more escalated needs in your setting. You must have informed senior leadership support.
You can offer in-house small group study support for the First Steps training
The role of the Lead Professional is to:
i) Lead inhouse study support sessions for professionals and for parent-carers on an agreed plan
ii) Liase with us and deliver courses according to our guidelines
iii) Work with the Senior Leadership team to ensure that the project is embedded in school development thinking
iv) Leads should run study support for inhouse parents and professionals with group sizes of 6 or less.
The Lead should NOT to act beyond their own professional credentials. Study support is not therapy.
Lead professionals can be supported by Link Professionals but are ALSO Link professionals.
They can therefore also refer parents or professionals and can apply to be part of our study support team for centrally run study support
Courses accessed by parents-carers with the support of a Lead Professional are charged at a substantial discount as the cost of the study support is provided inhouse
A parent taking part in a course with support of a Lead Professional will
i) Provide the name of the Lead professional at registration
ii) Access the online course
ii) Pay the cost of the course direct to us or via the school
iv) Access group support sessions via the Lead
Training expectations of Lead Professionals
i) Lead Professionals must complete Foundation A and B training, Link Training and Intermediate training and have an active participation in Lead training network
ii) They must take part in the Link and Leads Professionals network (2 x each half term plus forum)
How to become a Lead Professional
To become a Lead Professional you should have fulfilled the pre-requisite course requirements and then should make an application using our application form (please request) providing clear information about the members of your SLT support team and the focus area that you want to work on
I Matter Advanced Practitioner
Advanced Clinical I Matter Practitioners enter into training by application. They have obtained the UK requirements for a degree and license in psychotherapy or counselling, and are certified in I Matter Advanced Practice. You must have completed your Level 4 I Matter Training.
In advanced practice training you will gain experience:
+ Completing a careful developmental assessment complemented with I Matter assessment tools
+ You will support families experiencing escalated challenges through the journey to healthier relationships
+ Evidence your LT work supporting 6 families where there are complex and/or escalated challenges
To qualify as a Certified I Matter Advanced Practitioner you must take part in an induction and a practice audit and then a weekly check in session. You will assist with the delivery of the other phase 1 and phase 2 training and must gather together a portfolio of work with parents and professionals in your setting who are supporting young people with a variety of escalated needs and challenges. You must have informed senior leadership support. Link Plus, Lead and Advanced Practice Training can be taken synchronously by professionals with advanced clinical practice experience.
Our intention is that Lead and Advanced Practitioners will be able to apply to run a local hub network
What Can Advanced Practice 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