The I Matter: Foundation Stage:  From Confusion to Clarity 

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

THE I MATTER FOUNDATION STAGE 


The Foundation A and B Courses can support professional and parent confidence in immediate roles with children with a wide range of everyday and more complex needs and challenges. It can also be a stepping stone to being a licensed link or lead professional supporting the learning of others. 


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Parents and professionals who work in the area of children's mental health and well-being know that many children are struggling.  They also know that these days there is a great deal of emphasis on research and Evidence Based Practice.   So what does 'The Evidence' really have to say for those in everyday caring roles in schools and home and community settings - for those who do most of the everyday caring?  

Working with children and families can be incredibly rewarding.  It can also be very challenging.  So what can you do to help the child who is struggling, or the adults around them?  How can you get some joined up thinking and support from the top when there is so much confusion and stress around, and you yourself may be struggling to manage?

The Foundation Stage is about making some time to do some deeper thinking.  What does the Evidence REALLY have to say for YOU.  What exactly are the implications? 

After this course, if you want to learn more you can go on to the next steps.

So what is the Foundation Stage Journey.  So here is a short video telling you a bit more



Your Mission or Challenge.... should you choose to accept it.... is to spend the next 2-4 months 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 challenging child.  I am loving the training and finding it so interesting!" - Foster Carer

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Welcome to an important and exciting learning journey!

The I Matter Foundation Stage course is not just a set of lessons and resources. It is not something just to get done - it is an experience to savour and take your time with...You can become part of a supportive and enthusiastic group of professionals and parents who are working together in the Kendal and Morecambe Bay area  and beyond    to create a new way forward for supporting children and families

Dr Cathy Betoin - Clinical Psychologist, Teacher and Parent

FOUNDATION A:  FROM CONFUSION TO CLARITY

The Foundation A Course introduces the 6 pillars of the I Matter Framework and focuses on the relationship between adult and child well-being presented in a very practical and back to basics fashion that brings clarity to a wide range of challenging everyday situations.

You will revisit some of the ideas of the First Steps Course and drill into another level of detail to think about the health of adult-child relationships

The course consists of video'ed teaching sessions and and a reflective process supported by questions and live small group webinar offering study support.

STOP PRESS - Since COVID-19 we have added the new        I MATTER FRAMEWORK INTENSIVE COURSE - WHICH CAN BE COMPLETED IN 1-4 WEEKS


CONTENT

PART ONE
WELCOME - Getting Started - Choose Your Focus
FOUNDATION ONE - SYMPTOMS OF STRESS AND WELLBEING and the I MATTER MODEL
FOUNDATION TWO - ESSENTIAL I MATTER IDEAS
BONUS - MORE ESSENTIAL IDEAS

PART TWO
FOUNDATION THREE - AN INTRODUCTION TO ATTACHMENT THEORY
FOUNDATION FOUR - THE ALARM RESPONSE AND THE BRAIN
FOUNDATION FIVE - HOW CHILDREN START THINKING
FOUNDATION SIX - THE POWER OF OUR BELIEFS AND ATTITUDES
FINAL REVIEW


What is included?
I Matter Q registration with email recommendations
Videoed teaching sessions from Dr Cathy Betoin
Questions and worksheets that support reflection

STUDY SUPPORT OPTIONS

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

You can then access a dedicated course forum for the course duration - this is the core package

Forum support  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


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

The time limit for the Foundation Intensive is 1 month - 4 weeks - you will have a basic study support credit of 2 sessions and 1 celebration
The time limit for Foundation A is based on 2 half terms - 18 weeks - you will have a basic study support credit of 6 sessions and 1 celebratiom

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 


FOUNDATION B:  WATCHING AFFECTIONATELY

The Foundation B course is a 3 week Theory to Practice Intensive.   You will log onto a group platform 3-4 x a week to share your reflections on I Matter in practice with a focus child or situation.   Your online coach and group members will provide supportive feedback.

We offer professionals an opportunity to complete this exercise in a parent role.  This is only suitable when relationship challenges are not currently escalated.   It can however be a very powerful learning experience.


Everything you need to get started

The I Matter Foundation Stage for professionals includes the First Steps and I Matter Challenge. The course includes all the key elements you need to get started on thinking about your own important role in taking forward new thinking and new ways of being in your home, work and community roles

The course is suitable for those in everyday and higher pressure professional and parenting situations.  It is helpful to have a focus child.  However this does not have to be a current relationship

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This approach rebuilds the hope and confidence of professionals and parents by providing a language and concepts that we can all work together with that ties elements together. It just makes complete sense

Dr Amy Lee: GP Safeguarding Lead - Kendal Integrated Care Community


I am a Higher Level Teaching Assistant, but also a parent and foster carer. I work with primary aged children, have 3 teenagers, and foster toddlers! This course has been so valuable for each and every relationship I encounter on a daily basis.                                                     

HLTA, Foster Carer and Parent

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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!

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