The I Matter Challenge
..more insight and improved adult-child relationship health with one focus child
THE I MATTER CHALLENGE...
The question of how to help improve a child's well-being and mental health can sometimes feel a little overwhelming.
When it comes to thinking about how many children are struggling - this can be even more difficult to think about
So what if, right now, you just focused on ONE child?
The I Matter First Steps Challenge is a way of thinking about preventing difficulties and of helping children who are struggling
Committing to the course is a way of approaching the initial I Matter learning process with 3-6 weeks of focused intention
All you need to get started on the I Matter First Steps Challenge is....
..... one FOCUS CHILD that you have a mild or more significant concern about
...... willingness to put some time aside to do some thinking about what is happening
..... determination to learn how to use your own role to make a difference.
..... the informed support of a local professional in a member school or service who has themselves completed the challenge
You will aim to complete the I Matter First Steps Course in 3 weeks (fast pace) or 6 weeks (slower pace):
Your aim will be to ensure that these weeks make a real difference...short or longer term
with learning that is designed to be easy to digest and with a bit of fun!
You can read more about the First Steps I Matter Challenge Course here
There are a number of study support options for parents-carers linked to member schools and services:
i) self-paced online with a confidential forum and a personalised response (start any time) OR
ii) an online account with a scheduled online small group for weekly online check and 3 fortnightly 1:1 or group calls OR
iii) an online account with a scheduled local inhouse group with an approved lead professional OR
iv) you can arrange informally to work through with peer support from a family member, friend or colleague
Fascinatingly you will discover that focusing on how to move things forward positively with just one child will offer you so many insights for so many other relationships - with children and with adults...
Here's what people say:
I've enjoyed taking time to look at my relationships with my children and think about situations where stresses occur. It's made me think about behaviour patterns and heightened my awareness. Having tools to navigate situations has been really useful (parent of primary child))
The course has been easy to follow, easy to understand and take in and reflect on. I like how it’s made me realise that there are ways to tackle this situation with my child without a big struggle (grandparent)
I think its easy to follow without being too heavy or time consuming as a taster and the worksheets are relevant and get you to think about what you have just listened to (parent of teen)
After the I Matter Challenge, if you want to go onto the next steps of the I Matter Journey, and have the support of your setting, you can become a member and can progress through the next steps.
If you are someone who is not linked to a member school or service you could talk to a professional who may want to lead the way...with some more in depth training first...
Maybe that professional could be YOU?
This is how when it comes to children's well-being and mental health, we can start with the local and think global!
Feeling curious? ! I hope so!
Dr Cathy Betoin
Clinical Psychologist, Teacher and Parent
Costs of the I Matter Challenge
We offer a Senior leaders I Matter Challenge which includes participation in a 1 year I Matter senior leaders development programme
This package is designed to support those who want to develop I Matter thinking as an embedded part of a whole school-service approach
Senior Leaders may also be interested in the Schools-Service Starter Package
If you are in a member school or service with an approved Link or Lead you can join the Matter Challenge with their support
If you are not in a member school or service you must start with an online Foundation Intensive starter course package
The I Matter Challenge can be offered to parents who are linked to a member school or service where there is a licenced Link or Lead professional
The challenge is suitable for all parents and carers. However an initial consultation is recommended where there are additional challenges
If you are a parent who is not linked to a member school or service you can tell them about this site and about the training that is available.
The I Matter Challenge is run on a half termly basis
It can be taken at a fast pace (3 weeks) or at a slower pace (6 weeks)
Wherever possible it should be taken with a combination of online learning and face to face personalised support
i) Option 1: Self paced only with email reminders and 1:1 local or informal check in arrangements
ii) Option 2: With local study group arrangements
ii) Option 3: With enhanced online weekly support (senior plan only)
Basic First Steps Only £50/£97/ (with a Lead professional) or £97/£147/£197 (with a Link Professional) (£997 for 1 year senior leaders package)
+ use for parents: building partnership or as a pre-early help offer or for professionals: as orientation, induction for staff and governors
With Basic Starter Foundation Online Intensive Package £397 (self-paced) or £597 (scheduled class)
I MATTER Q
FOUNDATION A -
With in house study support
Standard Self Paced Support
Scheduled Enhanced Support
Weekly Progress support 1:1 or group
First Steps Challenge Only
without forum £50
with forum - £97
without forum - £97
with forum - £147
£197 weekly check in & 3 calls
£997 senior leaders 1 year
For Parents facing escalated challenges we recommend an initial discussion about support options
We offer a specific option for professionals who are parents who want to think about both roles at once.
PARENTS-CARERS: PLEASE MAKE SURE YOUR LINK OR LEAD PROFESSIONAL HAS MADE A RECOMMENDATION FIRST