I Matter Foundation Stage: From Confusion to Clarity
Helping you to help children who are struggling with theory made practical
EXTENDED JOURNEY: I MATTER FOUNDATION
The Foundation Stage 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.
Suitable for: Parents and professionals in the full range of roles with typical and more complex children in direct and indirect roles: GPs, Paediatricians, Psychiatrists, Heads, Teachers, TA, HLTA, Nursery and College staff, Health Visitor, School nurses, Social workers, Clinical Psychologists, Educational Psychologists, Police, Probation Workers
Pre-requisites: Parents advised to start with First Steps, some professionals and parents may have completed the Intensive)
FOUNDATION STAGE LEARNING OUTCOMES
The I Matter Framework and the Assessment of Relationship Health By the end of this course you will:
1. Have a new perspective on the challenging or complex child and the meaning of well-being in an I Matter Approach
2. Have a deeper awareness of why challenging children behave the way they do and why you behave the way you do
3. Have a back to basics integrated framework of well-established theory and evidence to inform decisions in your practice.
4. Have increased awareness of the impact of your own attitudes and behaviours on outcomes for children.
5. Have deeper understanding of why self-awareness, and self-care is essential for those who live or work with children.
6. Have an initial understanding of how to informally assess the health of an adult-child relationship and an understanding of why this is important
Please note the I Matter Foundation Course does not equip you to train others in the I Matter Framework or in I Matter Practice. The course prepares you with principles to support your everyday roles and interactions.
Study Support Options
Self Paced Forum support OR
3 months of Live fortnightly Q&A (min 6 sessions)
6 weeks of 1:1 short/longer calls (extra fee)
Course based on completion in 1 term or 3-4 months
On completion of this course you will receive:
An attendance certificate for 10 hours I Matter Training for your CPD file or CV
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
"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
FOUNDATION A: FROM CONFUSION TO CLARITY
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
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
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
We provide a time-limit as we find this improves completion rates -
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 celebration
You can top up your study support session credits with an extra portion! if you want more time and/or more discussionIf you want to extend your access period you may also take out a membership plan
WHAT COMES AFTER FOUNDATION A?
Whereas Foundation A covers essential theory, Foundation B and Foundation C are Theory to Practice Courses with a focus on the skills to support the I Matter Process
Foundation B - Watching Affectionately
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 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. You will be asked to have a focus child. However this does not have to be a current relationship
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
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!