Join The I Matter Challenge!
..21 days to get clearer about adult-child relationships with one or two focus children
THE I MATTER FIRST STEPS CHALLENGE...
FOCUS ON ADULT-CHILD RELATIONSHIP HEALTH IMPROVEMENT
INVEST IN YOUR OWN UNDERSTANDING SO THAT YOU CAN HELP YOUR CHILD AND FAMILY DURING VERY CHALLENGING TIMES
The question of how to help improve a child's well-being and mental health can sometimes feel a little overwhelming.
Now, when it comes to COVID-19... where do you start?
So what if, right now, you just focused on ONE OR TWO children?
The I Matter First Steps Challenge is a way of making a commitment - to ensuring good things come out of this time
Committing to the course is a way of approaching the initial I Matter learning process with 3-6 weeks of focused intention
See this logo - it is all about adults and young people learning new skills!
All you need to get started on the I Matter First Steps Family Relationships Improvement Challenge is....
..... one or two FOCUS CHILDREN - children where you want to think about challenges in your own relationship with them
...... 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 right now.
..... where possible - the informed support of a local professional in a member school or service who is supporting the challenge
The core First Steps Course is designed to be essentially Self Help. Please note as a self help course it is not recommended for those where there are escalated or complex challenges. It runs weekly so there is a start group each Monday.
+ Following registration you will receive a log on to a course platform on the following Sunday.
+ The challenge is to complete the I Matter First Steps Nuggets and GEMS Course in 3 weeks (fast pace) or 6 weeks (slower pace):
+ Week 1 - A short Welcome call from Cathy and a Parent Mentor
- About 45 mins a day Day 1-5. You will explore some essential ideas for getting started on family relationships
improvement (if you prefer a slower pace you could complete this content over 2-3 weeks).
+ Week 2-3 - About 10 mins a day (if you choose a slower pace this will be weeks 4-5
- A completion celebration message from the I Matter team
Your aim will be to ensure that these first weeks make a real difference...short or longer term
+ Weekly I Matter Breathe recordings recorded especially for the First Steps Challenge participants
+ Weekly recordings of interviews with other course participants about the impact of their I Matter Challenge
OPTIONAL SUPPORT EXTRAS - CURRENTLY FOR KENDAL PARENTS ONLY
+ An in-depth initial registration stage with recommendations
+ A 90min in depth discussion about registration information
+ An extended period of Getting to Know You with support to implement first steps
+ Options to join an online study support group (capacity permitting)
+ A weekly short call from a Parent Mentor
The First Steps Course is the first stage in a longer I Matter Journey.
You can read more about the First Steps Nuggets and GEMS Course here
HOW CAN PROFESSIONALS SUPPORT THE I MATTER FIRST STEPS COURSE?
This course has been explicitly designed to start conversations and reflection about some important questions.
The course is a much richer experience when it is supported by conversations with others in the local community.
The support calls are most important when things are more escalated or complex
The issue of supporting parent confidence has been so overlooked that there is a lot for everyone to learn!
We have an accreditation process for professionals but due to the urgency of current parent support needs seen in the context of COVID we have decided to fast track this process as follows:
+ All professionals who register for the Foundation stage also complete the First Steps Course first.
+ On completion of the Part 1 Foundation course they can apply to become a Link professional and can start the planning process. They will need a reference from their employing body or a local relevant professional who knows their practice
+ On completion of the Part 2 Foundation course they can provide 4 x 15-45 min study support sessions to individual or small groups of parents already known to them in their own professional role and community. The calls will take place as follows:
+ Week 1 Day 1 Welcome
+ Week 1 Day 5 Celebrate completion of first content
+ Week 2 Day 5 Check in
+ Week 3 Day 5 Celebrate completion
Session guide notes will be provided for study supporters. We use mixed funding plans to keep the training affordable
Fascinatingly, both professionals and parents 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...
You can Join the Next I Matter 21 Day Challenge - it starts on Mon 6th April
OPEN TO PARENTS AND PROFESSIONALS - DO SOME THINKING THROUGH YOUR EASTER HOLIDAYS
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 First Steps I Matter Challenge, parents who want to go onto the next steps of the I Matter Journey, and have the support of their own setting, can register to join the Foundation stage and can progress through the next steps.
If you are someone who is not linked to a member school or service you may want to trial our self-help version of the I Matter Journey.
Or 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 in spite of the challenges, we can make this time something special - act local and think global!
Feeling curious? ! I hope so!
Dr Cathy Betoin
Clinical Psychologist, Teacher and Parent