Join The I Matter Challenge!
..21 days to get clearer about adult-child relationships with one or two focus children
THE I MATTER 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 Challenge is a way of making a commitment - to ensuring good things come out of these difficult times
Committing to a course is a way of approaching the initial I Matter learning process with focused intention
There are two key elements to every I Matter Challenge:
i) Completing a programme of study
ii) Using your learning to bring about improved adult-child relationship health with one child
See this logo - it is all about adults and young people learning new skills!
We run 4 types of I Matter Challenge:
+ An I Matter Senior Leadership Challenge - focused on shifting organisational thinking and culture
+ An I Matter Professional Practice Challenge - focused on rethinking practice with children who are struggling and parents
+ An I Matter Parent-Carer Challenge - focused on family relationships improvement and confidence building
+ An I Matter Young Person Challenge - only once the adult programmes are working well
THE I MATTER CHALLENGE HAS SEVERAL KEY AWARD STEPS OR STAGES:
+ REGISTRATION AND RECOMMENDATIONS
+ FIRST STEPS
+ SUPPORTING OTHERS
PARENTS: We often refer to the First Steps Course as a Family Relationships Improvement Challenge
Most parents start here - the First Steps course takes 3-5 weeks.
PROFESSIONALS: Since COVID-19, we have introduced a new 1 week Crash course in the I Matter Framework to offer the big picture fast as the core I Matter ideas are so helpful and relevant at this time. We encourage most professionals to start with this
Foundation and Intermediate Training can take 4-6 months. The active intention is to support a longer term learning journey.
SO: All you need to get started on the I Matter First Steps Course or the I Matter Intensive 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 First Steps Course Challenge is designed to offer a gentle introduction to some I Matter Thinking.
The Intensive Course is designed as a fast paced method of gaining the big picture
Both are best taken as a supported learning experience with approved professionals so that there is time made for discussions. In the Kendal area we are currently offering a start for an I Matter First Steps or Intensive Challenge on a weekly basis so there is a welcome each Monday.
+ Following initial registration you will receive a log on to a course platform with some introductory content.
+ On completion of the Introductory content you will usually also complete an indepth questionnaire thinking about a focus child who is struggling or challenging.
+ After this your I Matter Challenge will start with a Welcome session and a Getting Started Workshop
The Challenge is to then complete your course in the specified time limits and to use your learning to have positive impact on your relationship with one focus child.
Your aim will be to ensure that these first weeks make a real difference...short or longer term
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)
This is how in spite of challenges, we can make special things happen - act local and think global!
Feeling curious? ! I hope so!
Dr Cathy Betoin
Clinical Psychologist, Teacher and Parent