Relationship health is an issue whose importance has been overlooked by mainstream approaches to mental health and wellbeing. For students of psychology, teaching, medicine, social work, police, or nursing, relationship health is a key issue that crosses personal and professional aspects of a role in both direct work with children and adults and in indirect work. There are some specific insights, skills and competencies that are involved that are vital to effective practice. Clarity about these issues at the start of a professional career will assist an entire career, so we work with training institutions to enable access for students.
Poor relationship health is associated with challenging behaviour, poor mental health increased hyperactivity and inattention and other behavioural problems, as well as longer term damages to physical and mental development. Poor relationships from an early age can lead to longer term relationship problems. However it is never too late to turn things around and so the insight and skills of practitioners is very important.
There are so many different factors which can affect relationships which you can read about below. However this is a personal as well as a professional issue.
I Matter Training can help Professionals in Direct Roles with Children & Young People such as Teachers, Teaching Assistants, Nurses, Carers
I Matter Training will help you to understand what is happening in challenging situations with children and young people you care for who are struggling - at home or at work.
The training will help you understand about the brain and about your own key role in improving relationships and wellbeing including the sorts of attitudes and behaviour changes that you can make to bring about positive changes to support your child’s progress – and your own.
The Learning Journey is supported by a structured and systematic results focussed approach. You will gain increased clarity and skills for your role.
I Matter Training can also help Professionals in Indirect Roles with Children & Young People for example, GP’s, Psychiatrists, Paediatricians, Police Officers, Health Visitors, School Nurses, Psychologists, Therapists, Parent Coaches, Social Workers, Senior Leadership Teams
The I Matter Framework offers a new practical model for understanding what is happening in challenging everyday work and home situations. This integration of evidence shows your own key role and the attitudes and behaviour change you can make to support positive relationship change in those you support.
Participation will also help you understand how to support other processionals and frontline staff. It will enable you to assist parents-carers in accessing training that makes a difference.
You will be able to help with building capacity for effective study support for other professionals through i) the recommendation process and ii) through developing your own skills in supporting others through an I Matter Journey.
Example: Kendal I Matter Relationship Health Service
The first Specialist Relationship Health Service in the NHS has been set up as a pilot collaboration with Kendal Primary Care Network. The service takes referrals from the GP's in the Kendal area and offers iniital consultation, assessment and recommendations, online training and discussion groups. We are currently progressing with continuous evaluation to respond to the variety of needs and interest
In the Kendal area we are developing informed partnerships with schools so as to create an informed network around families who go seeking help.