The I Matter: First Steps:  Nuggets and Gems Course 

Helping you to help children who are struggling with theory made practical



Everyone knows that there is a concern about children's mental health but it is often not at all easy for professionals or parents to find the help and guidance you need and then advice can be confusing and contradictory. 

The First Steps Nuggets and Gems Course - sometimes referred to as the I Matter Challenge - offers a gentle introduction to some I Matter core ideas setting out the importance of the adult role.  Caring for children as a professional or parent can offer some of the best and some of the most challenging of experiences.  However there is not much preparation for those challenges even though your role is REALLY important. 

Now in the midst of the COVID crisis your role is more important than ever before.

So First Steps Learning can be part of our Everyday Awareness Pathway or as part of our Supported Learning Pathways.  It is about getting everyone started on learning some essential content because caring - whether for a typical or more complex child - becomes a lot easier when you get curious and build your confidence in your own key role.  After this course, if you want to learn more you can go on to the next steps.

STOP PRESS: The I Matter First Steps Challenge is now a 4 week challenge and open to all on monthly plan.

Your Mission or Challenge.... should you choose to accept it.... is to spend the next few weeks exploring some very important ideas and thinking and reflecting with others about your own key role in relation to one or more children - maybe a child who is struggling - so that you can build your confidence and understanding of what key steps are needed from you to make a difference to their mental health and well-being -- and your own.

"The information drawn together in I Matter Training is like gold dust for teachers and parents and carers of the child who is challenging.  I am loving the training and finding it so interesting!" - Foster Carer


Welcome to an important and exciting learning journey!

The I Matter course is not just a set of lessons and resources. You also become part of a supportive and enthusiastic group of professionals and parents who are working together in the Kendal and Morecambe Bay area to create a new approach to supporting children and families

Dr Cathy Betoin - Clinical Psychologist, Teacher and Parent

The I Matter First Steps Nuggets and Gems Course offers an introduction to I Matter Thinking.   It can be taken as part of the Every Day Awareness Programme or it can be provided through schools and services that are members of the Adult-Child Well-Being I Matter Project with support from professionals who have completed Link and Lead training. 

First Steps is a 3=6 week course that can be completed as a learning challenge: 

The online learning can be supplemented by local supportive workshops via members either online or with a local lead professional

You will: 

+ Complete a brief or more in depth registration process
+ Complete some introductory online learning
+ Watch some short daily videos 
+ Start gathering and organising important ideas (nuggets) that will help you to help your focus child
+ Start exploring what helps you get best contact and connection with your child and others
+ Celebrate your learning successes and claim your First Steps Completion celebration 


WELCOME - Preparation - Choose Your Focus
Getting Started with I Matter Thinking
Essential I Matter ideas for  
Essentials of Attachment #1-7
Essentials of Attachment'#8-14
Completion Celebration - Review of Nuggets and Gems

I Matter Q registration with email recommendations (brief or indepth depending on pathway)
Videoed teaching sessions from Dr Cathy Betoin
Questions and worksheets that support reflection


Study support is a really important part of an I Matter First Steps Learning Journey.
We encourage everyone to start an I Matter Journey by joining two key sessions: a Welcome and a Getting Started Workshop

This can be supplemented by: 
i) scheduled online classes - run online by I Matter Direct Lead Professionals 
ii) scheduled local classes run by licenced lead professionals
iii) a combination plan of central and local sessions
iv) if group support is not available we can offer short 1:1 check in calls

Time Limits
We provide a time-limit as we find this improves completion rates -

The time limit for the First Steps Course is 6 weeks - you will also have a basic study support credit of 2 sessions and 1 celebration

You can top up your study support session credits with an extra portion! if you want more time and/or more discussion

If you want to extend your access period you may also take out a membership plan 


Everything you need to get started

The I Matter First Steps course and I Matter Challenge comes with everything you need to get started on thinking about your own important role in supporting your child's mental health and well-being - from step-by-step easy to follow instructions and a little bit of fun to keep you focused on going for results in your Nuggets and Gems collection process.

The course is suitable for those in everyday and higher pressure parenting situations.


Our Money Back Guarantee

Afraid you might make an impulsive decision?  Don't worry. we offer 30 day money back guarantees, no questions asked if you have made an impulsive decision and not started but know you can't commit OR if you have completed the course as it is set out and are sure that you have not got important learning from it  However we're certain you're going to find it interesting - and if there is something you think we could improve please share your feedback!