I Matter at Home
IMPROVING ADULT-CHILD RELATIONSHIP HEALTH AS KEY TO MENTAL HEALTH AND WELLBEING
WHAT IS THE I MATTER LEARNING JOURNEY?
Training in the I Matter Framework via the I Matter Challenge offers parents and primary carers a carefully structured straight forward way of building understanding about what is happening when difficulties are present. Then the aim is to gradually rebuild relationship confidence within day to day interactions through everyday routines and activities. As every family situation is different, the extended journey structure gives each family the time that is needed to make the key changes that are needed for long term results.
With the guidance of an experienced I Matter Lead or Advanced Practitioner and their own I Matter online Training Journey, parents learn to see what the difficulties are and where the relationship has gone off track. The goal is to then create a program of confidence building that is right for themselves and for the child. Parents and Carers learn to re-think their daily lifestyle, restructure routine activities and provide safe but challenging opportunities for positive learning and growth, for themselves and their children.
Parents also learn how to create opportunities that allow for their child’s social development to progress and for relationship health to change and grow in a positive way. The program offers a clear assessment framework and clear and customizable developmental steps so that any parent can learn how to improve relationship health with their child at their own pace.
Assessment An initial I Matter assessment is one of the first things that an Advanced Practitioner and Lead will ask parents to complete. This provides a picture of the relationship as it is currently functioning and each person’s current needs. Based on the initial assessment a comprehensive short term plan for each family is set up which takes objectives from the I Matter Challenge Learning Journey as well as some everyday homework elements. Common initial parent objectives may include: completing the initial Getting Started and First Steps Courses and building in self-care, quality time, reducing screentimes etc as part of making space for healthier relationship to emerge
Orientation to I Matter Thinking: In order for parent-carer confidence to build, it is vitally important for parents and carers to become more informed and reflective about their own role. To support this we offer and actively encourage participation in an I Matter Challenge study programme to underpin and complement any consultations that are offered. This study programme ensures parents and carers can work with professionals with a shared set of ideas. What then happens is that parent-carers progressively gain increasing levels of confidence and effectiveness in their own decision making
Ongoing Training and Support The frequency and format of ongoing training and consultation for each family is individualized and depends on progress and current objectives. It is common that parents and Lead or Advanced Practitioners would meet with the child and parents either face-to-face, or via Zoom or phone consultations. Home visits and activities in the community are also important for an I Matter Lead or Advanced Practitioner to guide parents in their most natural settings.
To help parents understand their next steps, a Lead Professional or Advanced practitioner may use a a variety of methods as well as direct work during follow up sessions. Though we actively encourage locality based practice, online tools are used to organize ongoing communication, feedback, agreements on current and future objectives and progress reviews. In addition, parents have access to the online course library with recordings on a variety of topics as well as opportunities for ongoing discussion groups with other parents.