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 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!
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 FOUR KEY STEPS OR STAGES:
+ FIRST STEPS
+ SUPPORTING OTHERS
First Steps takes 3-6 weeks and Foundation and Intermediate Training usually take 4-6 months.
We have just introduced a new 24 hour and 1 week Crash course brought in for COVID-19 to offer the big picture fast as the core I Matter ideas are so helpful and relevant at this time. CONTACT US IF YOU ARE INTERESTED
TO ACHIEVE THE I MATTER CHALLENGE AT EACH STEP REQUIRES COMPLETION OF 7 KEY ELEMENTS
1. Clarifying your starting points and agreeing clear goals
2. Studying some I Matter Framework ideas through online learning
3. Joining conversations with family, colleagues and our licensed team about your learning
4. Watching your child and others affectionately with I Matter ideas in mind
5. Developing a complementary skill through an approved workshop with our network
6. Helping out in your community - supporting the organising of an activity
7. Celebrating your learning progress
Wherever possible you will pursue your I Matter Challenge with the help of a local approved Link or Lead Professional who is themselves linked to a licensed school or service.
The Self Help Challenge (currently under trial due to the current situation) includes only 1, 2 and 7
SO: 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 Challenge is designed to offer a gentle introduction to some I Matter Thinking. It is best taken as a supported learning experience with approved professionals. However if you are determined to learn the self help I Matter Challenge maybe a good way to get started though we do not recommend self-help where there are escalated or complex challenges. In the Kendal area we are currently starting an I Matter Challenge weekly so there is a welcome 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 with Cathy and a Parent Mentor
- About 30 mins a day Day 1-5. Exploring some starter ideas
+ 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 to help you steady yourself for your role
+ Recordings of Weekly interviews with 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 FOR PARENTS OR OTHER PROFESSIONALS?
This I Matter Challenge has been explicitly designed to start conversations and reflection about some important questions.
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
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