I Matter Training for Parents-Carers 

SUPPORTED I MATTER TRAINING CAN HELP YOU HELP CHILDREN WITH RAISED CONCERNS OR LONGER TERM NEEDS

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I Matter Training offers a comprehensive programme that supports relationship health so that parents and carers can confidently play their own key roles. We help parents build advanced insight and skills that matter for young people's healthy development and well-being.   This is especially important where there are additional needs.

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The I Matter Training Journey can be joined by those who want to build their confidence for everyday parenting or for those who want support with a therapeutic parenting approach.

We advise that parents will find the training most valuable when working with professionals in a member school or service so as to be able to work with a shared language and approach.  Parents linked to member schools or services may also be able to access scheduled classes or inhouse learning.


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Welcome to I Matter for Parents and Carers

If you have a child who is struggling or challenging, it can be very hard to know how to help.  Where do you start when waiting lists for CAMHS and other support services are long, and when nothing seems to make sense?  Our I Matter Specialism for parents-carers is in equipping you to understand how to move forward with the child that you have had concerns about for over 9 months having tried all sorts of things that haven't yet seemed to help make the key difference.   I Matter equips you with a way of thinking that starts with YOU and your key role.     

Pathways for Parents-Carers to Improve  Relationship Health

 Introduction to an I Matter Approach:
For Everyday Parenting and Caring and Prevention

Perhaps you have heard a bit about I Matter and would like to learn more.   This session will get you started
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 Introduction to an I Matter Approach:
Parenting=Caring for Raised Concerns & Longer Term needs

Perhaps you have heard a bit about I Matter and would like to learn more.   This session will get you started
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Pathways for Parents-Carers to Improve Confidence and Relationship Health
EVERYDAY AWARENESS                  RAISED CONCERNS AND LONGER TERM NEEDS  

Getting Started with the I Matter Framework

The Getting Started Workshop offers the first Step on an I Matter Journey. 
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30 Day Nuggets  & Gems

Gentle pace course for Everyday Awareness or Raised Concerns. Only via approved Member Schools and Services
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30 Day I Matter Intensive

Online self-paced course for Everyday Awareness or Raised Concerns. Get the big picture fast
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Specialist Assessment & Recommendations

If there are ongoing raised concerns or additional needs then this step will help guide your next steps 
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 Extended I Matter Journey 

The extended journey consolidates and deepens Foundation, Intermediate and Advanced
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PARENT COURSES DATES INFORMATION

We often refer to the I Matter Training Journey as an I Matter Challenge for two reasons.

i) It is challenging to find time to fit the learning in - parents and professionals are busy people!
ii) we want to help you keep focussed on the challenge of improving relationship health with a focus child

The First Steps on an I Matter Journey and Challenge are for you if:

  • You live with children who are struggling or challenging and know that you want to ensure you have solid foundations
  • If you want to learn some practical thinking which will give you a new angle on ideas that are familiar
  • You want support to feel more confident about how to help your child with clear explanations
  • You know that the thinking we are doing now through the ongoing COVID period is really important
  • You want support for better joined up thinking with your school or services or locality and.or family members.
  • You want new thinking about how to support your child who has some additional needs
  • You are committed but are dissatisfied with being sent from pillar to post in the search for help
  • You want to know what the research is REALLY saying about how to help children who are struggling or challenging
  • You want to move forward at home as a team based on clear understandings that can support decision making 
  • You want to know how to support your child's relationships skills 
  • You’ve heard a bit about I Matter but you want to give yourself time to understand the principles and be part of a supportive community 
  • You know that stress levels are high right now and know that to offer your best you need to invest in your own understanding.
  • You have heard that this course will help you to help your child more effectively.
  • You understand that when Dr Cathy Betoin accepts a new group of parents for more advanced training this course will be a required prerequisite before more in-depth support is offered.



Is this course relevant to the full range of children needs?

Yes! This is an opportunity to put some time into understanding the foundations of your parenting or caring role so that you can confidently fine-tune your approach and shift your effectiveness to a new level. You'll learn specific skills to strengthen all relationships with young people, as well as having opportunities to think about a wide range of interrelated issues. By the end of the foundation course, 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.

 

HUNDREDS OF PARENTS AND PROFESSIONALS HAVE TAKEN PART IN THIS TRAINING OVER THE LAST 10 YEARS.  NOW WE ARE MAKING IT MORE AVAILABLE VIA AN ONLINE LEARNING OPTION

 

HERE IS A SAMPLE OR WHAT PARENTS SAID RECENTLY:

 

FIRST STEPS COURSE IMPACT

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 who has completed the First Steps Course


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 who completed First Steps Course

 INTENSIVE COURSE IMPACT

A 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

FOUNDATION COURSE IMPACT

“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

 


FIRST STEPS, FOUNDATION A AND B IMPACT

I am a HLTA *Higher Level Teaching Assistant) but also a parent and foster carer. I work with primary aged children, have 3 teenagers, and foster toddlers! This course has been so valuable for each and every relationship I encounter on a daily basis.  HLTA, Foster Carer and Parent who completed First Steps and Foundation A and B

 

 

"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.

 

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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What You’ll Get:

You will be working through a carefully structured course that will help you think about elements of your everyday personal and professional experiences in the context of an integration of the research evidence known as the I Matter Framework.   The online course has been developed by Dr Cathy Betoin an experienced clinical psychologist and teacher,   IT offers audio recordings and worksheets that will support you in thinking through some very important issues.   You can join a scheduled group or progress your learning at your own pace.  You have lifetime access! The course includes:

A powerful integration of theory that will help you understand what is happening

Worksheets to support reflection so you can keep focussed on going for results


A supportive community that 
supports a longer term process

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN:

INTRODUCTION

The Background to the I Matter Framework and why it is needed
What your options are

INITIAL REGISTRATION 
Choose Your Focus Child - Initial Registration Questionnaires

GETTING STARTED WORKSHOP AND FIRST STEPS
Getting Started Live Workshop
Complete 30 day First Steps Training - Gentle Taster
Review your understanding with an experienced practitioner


THE FOUNDATION INTENSIVE:  THE PILLARS OF THE I MATTER FRAMEWORK

Online Content - fast paced 30 day course 
FOUNDATION ONE - SYMPTOMS OF STRESS AND WELL-BEING and the I MATTER MODEL
FOUNDATION TWO - ESSENTIAL I MATTER IDEAS
BONUS - MORE ESSENTIAL IDEAS
FOUNDATION THREE - AN INTRODUCTION TO ATTACHMENT THEORY
FOUNDATION FOUR - THE ALARM RESPONSE AND THE BRAIN
FOUNDATION FIVE - HOW CHILDREN START THINKING
FOUNDATION SIX - THE POWER OF OUR BELIEFS AND ATTITUDES
FINAL REVIEW

Worksheets to complete

Weekly Check in Calls
Celebration completion

 
AFTER THE INTENSIVE
Apply to join the I Matter Extended Journey

IN DEPTH ASSESSMENT AND RECOMMENDATIONS 
Review your journey so far 
Discuss your priorities with an experienced practitioner

Stage 1
Foundation A Consolidation - 4 months
Foundation B: Watching Affectionately - 3 weeks
Intermediate A:  Thinking Developmentally - 4 months
Intermediate B: Nurturing Growth - 6 weeks plus
Advanced Application - 4 months

Certification Options
Stage 1 Certification
Stage 2 - Supporting Others
Link Parent
Parent Mentor
Weekly calls and multidisciplinary discussion


PLEASE NOTE:  AT PRESENT I MATTER TRAINING FOR PARENTS-CARERS IS ONLY AVAILABLE TO PARENTS-CARERS IN THE KENDAL AREA WITH AN APPROVED I MATTER LINK PROFESSIONAL.   WE ARE EXPLORING OPTIONS FOR SUPPORTING THOSE WHO ARE FURTHER AFIELD INITIALLY IN THE MORECAMBE BAY AREA ONLY - SO IF YOU ARE INTERESTED PLEASE LEAVE YOUR DETAILS ON OUR WAITING LIST.