I Matter Training for Parents-Carers
WE HELP PARENTS-CARERS HELP ANXIOUS AND CHALLENGING CHILDREN THROUGH A RELATIONSHIP HEALTH FOCUSSED APPROACH
ADULT-CHILD AND ADULT-ADULT
I MATTER TRAINING FOR PARENTS-CARERS
HELPING YOU TO HELP YOUR CHILD WITH THEIR CHALLENGES
Welcome to I Matter Training for Parents-Carers.
Our services for parents-carers are offered via member schools and services. This is because we know that when it comes to parenting and caring local community really matters. So if this approach looks interesting, please speak to a professional in your area who could help you explore the way forward.
Here at the I Matter Practice we have been offering training for parents and professionals in the I Matter Framework since 2010. The I Matter focus is on strengthening or restoring relationship health between adults and children and between adults and adults.
This is because the health of relationships is key to the wellbeing and best outcomes for the child, especially when a child has challenges. Our work is attachment focussed and built on an understanding of interpersonal stress regulation and trauma and the power of our beliefs and attitudes.
The truth is some rethinking is generally needed in the way that we care for children who are anxious or challenging
I Matter for Parents and Carers has three key strands for
i) Everyday I Matter Awareness Taster training or Preparation for the Parenting-Caring role focussed on the important adult role and skills involved in supporting healthy relationships
ii) For parents and carers where there are raised concerns about a child helping you to find a practical and effective way forward
iii) For parents and carers where there are complex and additional needs for a child and a need for a longer term bespoke home-school results focussed plan
The I Matter focus is always on helping adults to build the insights and skills to restore relationship health. All parents-carers taking part in the I Matter Core Journey start with an I Matter Clinic.
We help you deepen your understanding of what is happening in challenging times so that you can find a confident way forward. You will finish your training with a strong understanding of what is happening and why - including what to do that is most helpful.
I Matter Training for Parents and Carers can be a complement to other interventions as the focus is on building adult understanding and confidence.
We also provide specialist assessment and intervention services which will offer you a clear view of the steps needed to make a difference to help your child. This will include a focus on adult-child relationships and on adult-adult relationships as needed.
We strive to provide high quality services offering a welcoming environment that guides you in a step wise fashion towards confidence in helping yourself and your child - and the other adult-adult relationships that matter in this process.
Is this training relevant to the full range of children needs?
Yes! Participation in I Matter Training is an opportunity to put time into understanding the foundations of your parenting or caring role so that you can fine-tune your approach and shift your confidence and effectiveness with your child to a new level.
You'll learn specific skills to strengthen all relationships, as well as having opportunities to think about a wide range of interrelated issues. You'll find that you have a lot more fun and pleasure in your role and a lot more confidence that you are making the difference that matters.
HERE IS A SAMPLE OR WHAT PARENTS SAID RECENTLY:
I MATTER CLINIC: The first steps clips are not very long so easy to fit in to my day. I like a person talking to me rather than reading it. It makes it more personal, more supportive and more reassuring. I like the reflective question at the end which makes me look back on what has happened recently in a positive way. They have helped me to reflect on my day/ Each 'thought for the day' has been very relevant in my day-to-day work and at home with my family. Parent and Teacher - First Steps Course
I MATTER CLINIC We were in a state of crisis or overwhelm but ready to learn. I have liked how clear & simply put together the whole course is. it is so well delivered for anyone to understand and highly informative. I enjoyed every bit of it. It has been game changing for our family. Parent of child with additional needs - First Steps Course
I MATTER CLINIC AND CORE JOURNEY: As someone who has worked with young people for 20 years and is now an adopter myself, it is so refreshing to actually have a framework that really works and is a concrete process. I have always wanted to make a difference, but not always known how. I think the potential for the framework to be help communities is enormous. Adoptive parent and Youth Worker
MORE FEEDBACK ON THE I MATTER CLINIC AND CORE JOURNEY
“This course has been so much more than I expected it to be. I have learned so many things that have changed my understanding of myself and of my child. I have worked with many services before this but this has really made the difference. Now I know why I Matter ” Parent of a Complex Child
The I Matter approach of dealing with the adults before the children is such a useful way to look at things and has turned the dynamics on its head for me. I realised my stress levels are having a huge impact on all of us as a family and learning to change this is starting to make a difference. Parent of Challenging Teen
"The information drawn together in I Matter Training is like gold dust for parents and carers and teachers of the child who is challenging us. I am loving the training and finding it so interesting!" - Parent and Foster Carer.
It has been an excellent course. I liked how it showed compassion to parents and children. I am making lots of changes! Parent of 2 and 5yr old who completed First Steps and Foundation A
I will admit that when I started this programme I expected to have heard it all before because I have done so much of my own research...and attended so much training. However the clarity of this programme has struck me as if for the first time, which is fantastic. Thank you. Adoptive Mum and Teacher
“This course has been so much more than I expected it to be. I have learned so many things that have changed my understanding of myself and of my child. I have worked with many services before this but this has really made the difference. Now I know why I Matter ” Teacher and Parent of a Child with an ASD diagnosis
"The experience of learning online has been really good and I have been quite surprised by that as I thought I would miss the interaction with other participants more than I have. I appreciated the on-line consultation and was able to work on the things you suggested with my child. I also think that being able to 'try out' my learning with my child as the course has gone along has also really helped make the course have an immediate impact in a way that many courses don't. The time and energy invested by me have been very worthwhile.” Adoptive Dad and social worker,
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