Become a Certified I Matter Practitioner

KEY ELEMENTS IN THE I MATTER AWARDS

BECOME A CERTIFIED I MATTER PRACTITIONER

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Thank you for your interest in I Matter Training 
Are you a professional or a parent or both?

Do you usually love your role but are finding yourself feeling stressed and overwhelmed?
Or would you like to help stressed adults and children find their way forward to a happier and healthier place?

Are you interested in

+ improving your confidence in the context of direct relationships with struggling children or adults (stage 1)
+ helping other professionals or parents-carers in their I Matter Learning Journeys via our supporting roles (stage 2)

The I Matter Certification Programme has been designed to have relevance for a wide range of needs, roles and budgets.   It is designed to help you get started and find your way forward step by step.

DEAR FUTURE I MATTER PRACTITIONER, 

If you’re passionate about your professional or parent role and/or about helping children and adults but frustrated with home life or your job or feeling stressed and overwhelmed and if you are wishing for a life filled with more rewarding relationships, meaning, and freedom, then developing your skills with I Matter Practice might be the next step on your path.

Through I Matter Training, we aim to transform participants confidence in matters of relationships - especially for those supporting children or adults who are struggling or challenging.   At Stage 1 we focus on your confidence in the role you have to play in direct relationships with children and with other adults in both personal and professional roles At Stage 2 we aim to equip professionals to support us in extending the availability of an I Matter supported learning pathway in their own communities.

Here’s Why it’s a Great Time to learn I Matter Practice skills:

  • Relationships and Work that Matters. Forget about jobs where you feel bored and unfulfilled. I Matter Practice offers a deep level of meaning and purpose in the context of everyday personal and professional roles. On a typical day, you’ll help children and adults that you support in direct or indirect roles to achieve insight and new skills that will help them, relieve stress, and restore their health using the amazing and practical insights of the I Matter Framework. You’ll be able to play a significant positive role in the lives of others and if you want to progress you can become a leader in your local community.

  • Exciting Career Opportunities. Relationship skills and relationship health have been overlooked as a field of practice but since COVID-19 there is much greater understanding of the centrality of relationships to well-being and a greater understanding that there are skills to learn that can help us in all roles and relationships. There is more demand than supply of qualified practitioners in the area of relationship skills and relationship health, so we are committed to developing rewarding roles and new opportunities

  • Freedom. As an I Matter Practitioner, you can start to be clearer about what you want for yourself because I Matter practice can be a complement to many other skills and competencies. Online learning is booming, which means that we can offer a lot of flexibility around work schedules. However if you prefer to work with groups in person you can work with us with schools, churches or clubs, or if you have an interest in professional training you can help  us introduce these ideas into GP and Teacher and Social Work training.

  • Positive Peer Group. It’s hard to live a life of purpose when your friends and family are on different paths. As an I Matter Practitioner, you’ll have new peer group that is focussed on working together to make a positive difference for children who are struggling or challenging.  We want to work together to make a difference so this new network will bring out the best parts of you that may have been lying dormant for years.

STAGE 1: WHY GET INVOLVED IN TRAINING TO DEEPEN YOUR CONFIDENCE IN YOUR CURRENT ROLE?

Isn't it strange that whilst there is a lot of focus on health and wellbeing right now, we seem to be seeing so many children and young people with mental health and wellbeing concerns.

LETS THINK ABOUT THIS

TEACHERS:  When you go to work as a teacher what is your key professional goal?  Are you there to teach English, or Maths or Art?  Are you there to help children get good grades?    Or is there something else - something a bit deeper?

GP'S: When you to to work as a GP what is your key professional goal?   Are you there to treat patients?  Or prescribe medication?  Or to provide expert consultation?   Or is there something else - something a bit deeper?

SOCIAL WORKERS:  When you go to work as a social worker, what is your key professional goal?   Are you there to safeguard children?  Or support with benefits entitlements?   Or protect the vulnerable?    Or is there something else - something a bit deeper?

TEACHING ASSISTANTS:   When you go to work as a teaching assistant, what is your key professional goal?  Are you there to ensure children complete work set by the teacher?  Or to ensure that they don't disrupt lessons?  Or that they fulfil potential?   Or is there something else?

PSYCHOLOGISTS:   When you go to work as a psychologist, what is your key professional goal?   Are you there to assess children?  Or develop intervention plans?   Or to deliver an expert service?   Or is there something else - something a bit deeper?

POLICE OFFICERS:  When you to go to work as a police offer, what is your key professional goal?   Are you there to protect the public?  Or to arrest criminals?   Or to enforce the law?   Or is there something else - something a bit deeper?

HEADS AND DIRECTORS OF CHILDREN'S SERVICE: When you go to work as a leader in a school or service for children and families what is your key professional goal?   Are you there to to administer well?   Or to motivate your staff?   Or to get data that looks good on someone's spreadsheets?   Or is there something else - something a bit deeper?

PARENTS-CARERS - When you get up in the morning what is your key role in relation to your children?   Are you there to make sure that they have smart clothes, or get good grades, or are polite and friendly?   Or is there something else= something a bit deeper?


So what exactly is the something else when it comes to children's well-being?
What is it that is currently missing?  Or not clear?
What if we could agree at a deeper level what we were all there collectively to do together? 
What if we could agree on a way of thinking - or a Framework - that helped everyone  to find a useful role to play in a collective effort? 

The I Matter Framework takes the load out of this process of deciding what the priorities are for improving outcomes for children and families - especially the most vulnerable - through providing individuals and teams a carefully structured synthesis of what the research evidence on children's mental health is really saying.  Then I Matter Training helps parents and professionals and young people to agree on some shared starting points

The I Matter Framework is taught in a manner that makes sense and offers a proven stepped process - set out in the I Matter Awards and these are designed to enables different people and organisations with different roles to work together more effectively over a longer view to improve children's mental health and wellbeing.  These steps have been carefully developed by Dr Cathy Betoin based on years of experience in teaching, clinical psychology and CAMHS servies, and in community focused practice.  The steps are carefully designed to ensure that adults better understand the needs of children and better understand the subsequent steps they must take in everyday scenarios to support collective effective actions and better results.

So at Stage 1 we offer certification that helps you to evidence your competence in an I Matter Approach for the following

FOUNDATION STAGE - COMPETENCE IN SUPPORTING TYPICAL CHILDREN USING AN I MATTER APPROACH
INTERMEDIATE STAGE - COMPETENCE IN SUPPORTING CHILDREN WITH RAISED CONCERNS OR LONGER TERM NEEEDS
ADVANCED STAGE - COMPETENCE IN SUPPORTING CHILDREN WITH COMPLEX OR ESCALATED CONCERNS


STAGE 2:   WHY GET INVOLVED IN SHARING I MATTER WITH OTHERS?

One of the key conclusions of the research on improving wellbeing is that relationships matter and that relationships are a community based experience.   Pointing critical or judgemental fingers at professionals and parents who are feeling overwhelmed doesn't work.

What does work is when communities pull together to support early supportive interventions that demonstrate informed care and concern.

So we can look around and hope that someone else can take action to make caring communities happen.

Or we can decide to play our own part.

This is the key power of an I Matter Journey.

An I Matter Journey doesn't depend on anyone else  It depends just upon you being determined to make a difference and being willing to take action

I Matter Stage 2 therefore offers a Think Global Act Local Approach.

By investing in further deepening your own skills and confidence you can help children and adults in your own community.

QUITE SIMPLE REALLY.

So at Stage 2 we offer a Certification process that develops your skills and evidences your competence in the following roles:

LINK PROFESSIONAL- Making informed referrals as part of a informed community and network of support
LEAD PROFESSIONAL - Offering study support for the I Matter online journey and for families and young people in your setting 
ADVANCED PRACTITIONER - Supporting the assessment & recommendations process for children and families where there are complex or specialist needs 


OUR CERTIFICATION PROCESS

An I Matter Journey comes to life when you share your learning and reflections with others and consider what the ideas mean for you in your own roles.   Certification for Stage 1 and Stage 2 Awards therefore involves a clearly staged process

i) You complete the course work in the online course (and earn the relevant Certificate)
ii) You complete additional tasks in the way of log book and reflective practice and specific additional award requirements
iii) You submit this evidence of your insight and competence to a log book review (Current charge £100)
iv) You have a one hour discussion with an experienced member of our team about your learning and progress on the I Matter Challenge (charge £100)

Some courses which do not require a further log book are completed with a review of your learning by conversation only

 

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD AN OVERVIEW OF I MATTER CERTIFICATION

  • I Matter Training

    “Introduction: This awareness session will introduce you to why the I Matter Framework is needed and what it can offer to those who work with children and adults who are struggling or challenging.”

  • I Matter Training

    “Stage 1 First Steps shows you have just completed a taster introduction to I Matter Principles”

  • I Matter Training

    “Stage 1: Intensive Level Certificate. This level shows you have had a fast paced introduction to the pillars of the I Matter Framework”

  • I Matter Training

    “Stage 1: Foundation A Level Certificate. This level shows you have been introduced to the Principles set out in the I Matter Framework”

  • I Matter Training

    “Stage 1: a Foundation B Certificate shows that you have completed a Theory to Practice short intensive course introducing the i Matter Process in relation to your focus child”

  • I Matter Training

    “A Stage 1: Foundation C Everyday Applications Certificate shows that you have been introduced to the details of the I Matter Coaching process and the application of I Matter thinking to a range of everyday applications”

  • I Matter Training

    “Stage 1: Foundation Level Certification. This level shows you have demonstrated a strong grasp of the concepts and applications of the I Matter Framework”

  • I Matter Training

    “Stage 1 Intermediate A Certificate shows that you have been introduced to key developmental concepts that are vital to good practice with vulnerable children”

  • I Matter Training

    “A Stage 2 Intermediate B certificate shows that you have been introduced to the process of assessing a child's developmental needs and to creating a focused skills development plan”

  • I Matter Training

    “Stage 2: Intermediate Extension shows that you have worked over an extended period to support the development of your child's social emotional progress via the provision of targeted opportunities.”

  • I Matter Training

    “Stage 1: Intermediate Certification. This stage shows you have demonstrated a strong understanding of the application of Intermediate Stage principles in everyday settings”

  • I Matter Training

    “The Advanced level Certification shows that you have demonstrated a strong grasp of the application of I Matter thinking to a wide range of specialist practice issues”

  • I Matter Training

    “The Approved I Matter Link Professional Certification shows that you have an understanding of the basic principles of the I Matter Framework and are working wtih us as an informed referrer and part of the locality support network”

  • I Matter Training

    “The Stage 2 Certification as a Trainee or Approved Lead Professional certification shows that you are working with us to help offer study support to professionals and parents and young people who are taking part in a Stage 1 I Matter Journey. You will practice with the support of an Advanced Practitioner.”

  • I Matter Training

    “The Stage 2 Certification as a Trainee or Approved Advanced Practitioner shows that you are working with us with a very strong grasp of the application of I Matter practice in complex scenarios and are supporting the assessment and recommendations process.”