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Personalised support to implement a clear plan

Consultations and I Matter Coaching

with Dr Cathy Betoin


In my work with families I make a distinction between I Matter for Everyday Parenting and I Matter for Increased Pressure Parenting.

I am committed to helping schools and services develop their ability to offer Everyday I Matter Parenting Support

I currently work 1:1 with a small number of Increased Pressure Parenting families linked to member schools and services in the Kendal area.   I am also currently working to build up a team of professionals who can support group based learning and personalised support.   

I work with families where children have a wide range of challenges.  My focus is first on how we help restore well-being and health to the adult-child relationship - this starts with the adults - and then on helping you become effective in developing your child's social emotional confidence and skills.

1. 90 minute 1:1  I Matter Q parent-carer consultation 

When there are more complex issues, there is usually a need take some time to think about what is happening and why.  The purpose of a 1:1 consultation or I Matter coaching session is to help you think about your concerns and about the next possible steps.  Depending on your situation and circumstances we will review some assessment information an make some recommendations.

After the initial recommendations about priorities and then there is the option to work together over an extended period through 1:1 or group based work as you put your learning into practice.  My goal is to keep you focused on the Mission and core ambition for a healthier happier adult-child relationships and positive developmental progress for your child.

The first step to discover if this is the best option for you is to speak to your Lead Professional and/or contact us.  We can have a free, no-obligation short phone conversation while we work out together what the most useful next steps are in your particular situation.   (usually online/telephone)

2. Extended initial child-family assessment period

If you feel an extended assessment would be helpful then there is the option for a more in depth process.  The initial consultation can be complemented by reading of other reports, an observation visit, discussion with school staff or other professionals, and a meeting with your child and a further follow-up

Sometimes an extended period of assessment involves a further period of getting to know you and your child over a longer period.    This is usually run hand in hand with your study of the I Matter Framework


3. Intensive 1/2 or 1 Day Parent-Carer Training and Planning Session

The I Matter Framework draws a lot of ideas together into a very practical framework for action.  This informs the way that I carry out an assessment and the recommendations that I make about the next steps.

If you want support to get a fast big picture of your adult-child relationship health and the key priorities as regards how to support your child's development and how the I Matter Framework training can help. then I offer a small number of 1/2 and 1 day intensive programmes in which we will move fast through the process of introducing I Matter principles and setting up a customised plan.

Please contact me via your Lead or Link professional so I can understand a little more about your situation and we can explore what you are interested in together.   Please note that a one day intensive is not intended to be a substitute for engaging in the personal slower study of the core material simply to start off with a fast overview.


4.  Parent-Carer or Family Consultation Package

Once you have a basic plan then you may benefit from support to implement that plan.  Some of that support can be gained through small group learning opportunities.   Some people like to book in for a series of short or longer support sessions with face to face or phone based support.

There is an expectation that you will use these consultations to help you consolidate the learning from the online courses.   Our session focus will be on applying that learning to your specific focus child and about your role.

I will work with young people with families but will usually expect parents-carers to have completed a first stage of their own learning journey first.

Our goal is that you will gain skills and insight that will enable you to become much more confident and perhaps even able to join us to help others.


5.  Consultations for Professionals in Member Schools and Services

I also also offer a consultation option for professionals in member schools and services.  This is intended to support you in developing your thinking and strategy so as to embed the implications of the research evidence that is held in the I Matter Framework into your everyday practices.

My observation is that it is often most useful to start with concerns seen in relation to an individual child with a view to understanding the learning that can be gained for the wider systems that you are operating.


You can learn more about what's involved in the I Matter Training and Coaching Journey here





If you would like to book an initial consultation and are linked to a member school or service then please speak to your Link or Lead professional and then contact us.