I Matter Training for Professionals 

SUPPORTED I MATTER TRAINING CAN HELP PROFESSIONALS WHO SUPPORT CHILDREN WITH RAISED CONCERNS OR LONGER TERM NEEDS
ADD AN I MATTER CERTIFICATION TO YOUR PRACTICE 

WELCOME TO I MATTER FOR PROFESSIONALS 

BECOME AN I MATTER INFORMED PRACTITIONER

Here at the I Matter Practice we have been training professionals and parents in the I Matter Framework since 2010.    Now we have options to support everyday awareness and a supported longer term learning pathway for parents and professionals where there are raised concerns or longer term needs.  This is as a direct result of parents and carers wishing to have better informed networks offering more early intervention and more one to one tailored support for extended I Matter Journeys.   WE HELP STRESSED ADULTS TO BE EFFECTIVE IN HELPING STRESSED CHILDREN

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I Matter Training for professionals offers you an integrated theoretical approach on which to base your practice with children and families.  It explores the WHY not just the WHAT of everyday decisions. It is offered via a step-wise approach. The training steps can be used as CPD and/or can offer a route to our certification and licensed practitioner awards
We are looking for professionals who want to help their own schools and communities by taking forward an locality based programme 

In these COVID-19 times, is your professional practice with children and families appropriately well informed about relationship health? Do you feel equipped with the advanced insight and skills that are needed by adults who care for the sensitive or vulnerable child and their families?  Would you like to help others?

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER INTEREST IN AN INTRODUCTION 
WHAT IS AN I MATTER APPROACH AND WHY IS IT NEEDED? 

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Why Take Part in I Matter Professional Training?

As a professional practitioner, participation in I Matter Training will help you add specialist theoretical and practical knowledge to your current practice.  The I Matter Framework offers you a practical back to basics integration of the research evidence on what supports the healthy development of children.   You can join a professional community who are dedicated to working together to deliver an integrated and collaborative approach for families who are struggling to help children.


The Stages of Training include

1. Awareness (RED)

2. Bridging Link Professional Role (PURPLE)

3. Stage 1 Working with Children's Developmental Needs (YELLOW)

4. Stage 2: Supporting Adults (GREEN)

For more information on certification please click here

We are honoured to work with some amazing people who have encouraged us on this journey. Our Advisory Board and Practitioner Network are testimony to that.

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Awareness Stage: I Matter Training for Professionals and Senior Leaders
Help Improve the Well-Being of Children through Improved Relationship Health
Discover the I Matter Framework and the Relationship Health Practice Network

Professionals taking part in I Matter Training are asked to think about a focus child.   
They do not ordinarily complete the in-depth assessment unless as part of an agreed intervention package or specific request.
The First Steps Nuggets and Gems Course for Professionals is reserved for member schools with Lead Professionals 

I MATTER PRACTICE INTRODUCTION AND GETTING STARTED WORKSHOP  Rethinking the Way Forward with Anxious and Challenging Children and their Families 

The Introduction and Getting Workshop workshop is designed to encourage 
professionals to step back from the
everyday of practice to look at the underlying theory that informs our
practice with children who are anxious
and challenging - why exactly are so
many children struggling and what does the research evidence REALLY say?

90 minutes 
Combined with First Steps or Intensive

Application - Registration
Introduction
Getting Started Workshop

Scheduled Starts

 I MATTER  INTRODUCTION
AND  GETTING STARTED 

I MATTER FIRST STEPS  WITH
ESSENTIALS OF ATTACHMENT EMAIL COURSE


This training is designed to be combined
with the Getting Started Workshop.  This is
a core programme usually offered by I Matter licensed Practitioners for parents and for professionals in their own school or
setting. We sometimes offer it as an extension to inset style introduction workshops.  This is an entry level programme for supporting discussion
and engagement

4 Week Programme

Application-Brief Registration
Introduction
Getting Started Workshop
First Steps with Essentials

£100pp


Scheduled Starts 

Completion of the First Steps Course is needed to join the Relationship Health Practice Network


I MATTER FIRST STEPS
AND THE NETWORK 

I MATTER FIRST STEPS AND INTENSIVE:  
GET THE BIG PICTURE ON THE I MATTER FRAMEWORK

THE INTENSIVE SETS OUT THE CORE OF THE I MATTER FRAMEWORK It is designed to support improved multi-agency collaboration between professionals with a wide range of disciplines and roles - and better joined up practice with parents.  It is delivered through live sessions and a structured online programme.  The same training is the core of of our training for families of children with raised concerns and longer term needs.
Completion of the online Intensive is the Gateway to the Certification and Licensed Facilitator Training.  Times given are estimates as people study at varied pace

6 Week Programme
Application Registration
Introduction
Getting Started Workshop
First Steps Course with Essentials
I Matter Intensive

£300pp

I Matter Intensive:
Pillars of the Framework
MORE INFORMATION
4x75min calls - in 1 month
10 hours online study 

Scheduled Starts


 I MATTER  FIRST STEPS AND
I MATTER 30 DAY INTENSIVE

I MATTER EXTENDED JOURNEY STEPS FOR PROFESSIONALS

If you get interested in learning more after the Awareness Stage you can progress to being a Link Professional or to a Stage 1 or Stage 2 Journey.

In the Extended Professional Journey we aim to provide you with a nourishing professional network that supports you in the everyday challenges of observing accurately and then embedding I Matter Principles in practice.   PLEASE NOTE: The Extended Journey can be a route to Certification but it is not a full I Matter Certification.

Our vision involves supporting many individual practitioners through a confident mind-shift about the models and thinking we use to inform Everyday Practices

BRIDGING ROLES - SUPPORTING ORGANISATIONS
Bridging:  Link Role

STAGE 1 TRAINING AND CERTIFICATION - WORKING WITH CHILDREN
Foundation A:  From Confusion to Clarity
Foundation B:  Watching Affectionately

Intermediate A:  Thinking Developmentally
Intermediate B:  Nurturing Growth

Advanced A:  Everyday and Specialist Applications
Advanced B:  Specialist applications

STAGE 2:  SUPPORTING OTHERS - SUPPORTING ADULTS
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THE I MATTER CHALLENGE

We often refer to the I Matter Journey as an I Matter Challenge because

i) It can be 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 I Matter Professional Journey and I Matter Challenge is for you if:

  • You work with children and families and know that some new thinking is urgently needed 
  • You want support to feel more confident about the theoretical foundations of your professional practice
    You want opportunities to think and train with colleagues from other disciplines

  • You know that stress levels are high right now in staff, parents and young people
    You know that to offer your best you need to invest in your own understanding.
  • You know that the thinking we are doing now through the ongoing COVID period is really important
  • You want support for better joined up multiagency thinking in your setting or locality.
  • You want new thinking about how to support vulnerable children and families
  • You are committed to evidence based practice but are dissatisfied with the language of treatment for disordered children
  • You want to know what the research is REALLY saying about how to help children who are struggling or challenging
  • You want to help your team move forward together based on clear understandings that can support decision making 
  • You want a positive response to the new guidance on relationships education
  • You’ve heard a bit about I Matter but you want to give yourself time to understand
  • You have heard it will help you to improve your practices with children and families
  • You want to be part of a supportive community 

  • You understand that the Intensive course will be a required prerequisite for a Certification Journey

 

Is the I Matter Framework relevant to the full range of children needs?

Yes! Participation in I Matter Training is an opportunity to commit to understanding the foundations of your practice so that you can fine-tune your approach and confidently shift the effectiveness of your practice 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 Intensive 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 PROFESSIONALS AND PARENTS 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 PROFESSIONALS SAID RECENTLY:

 

I listened to a 90 min introduction and thought, 'this is the missing part that was not covered during my teacher training'. We have had so little on child development.  I now have a completely different and critically important perspective on my role as a teacher.  I think all student teachers should be offered this as part of their training." PGCE Student


The I Matter framework has had a powerful impact on me personally and on my practice. It has, under one umbrella, drawn together all the research and learning I am familiar with and framed it in a way that is easily accessible to parents and professionals alike. It has proven to be a thought-provoking process and I feel privileged to have been given the opportunity to trial this for my organization.               Senior Adoption Social Worker 

Thoroughly brilliant course. Has made an big impact on my own well-being which has meant that I have been more able to cope better with the expected and unexpected aspects of life in a calmer rational manner!!    Head of Key Stage 4


“I’m looking after myself better at work. It has been brilliant for helping me have more patience with challenging pupils. I’ve developed a bit more tolerance for some staff members too!”   Secondary Teacher

 

I think that if the wider implications of the I Matter framework were taken onboard by the various organisations that actually work with children and young people and we were all singing from the same hymn sheet,  this would have a massive impact not only on the lives of the young children or young people but also the parents as well and that would have a massive knock-on effect as they reached adulthood                    Teaching Assistant  


I think as a pastoral team working in a secondary school we are well placed to try and make some of these changes to try to improve the well-being and mental health of our children to prioritise and value the skills of relationships.   I Matter is about supporting not only the child but the whole community around that child.  We want to look at what we can do to ensure families are given the support they need for feeling confident in their parenting role.    Pastoral Lead - Year Group Head


The course was truly fascinating. Having worked in education for 16 years it’s given me a new angle and so much food for thought!  The only negative is that I want to know more!  I think the I Matter framework could have a huge impact on how we support families. I often feel slightly powerless to help stressed families and despite wanting to, feel limited in what practical solutions I can offer. The I Matter framework, I feel, will definitely be of help and I look forward to learning more about it and putting it in to practice.    Year Group Head


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


"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, 


What You’ll Get:

Over a one month intensive period (or over 1 week if you are feeling brave) you will be working through a carefully structured course that will help you think about elements of your everyday professional and personal experience 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 and 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

Worksheets to support reflection


A supportive community

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN:

INTRODUCTION

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

GETTING STARTED WORKSHOP
Choose Your Focus Child
Getting Started Live Workshop


THE FOUNDATION INTENSIVE:  THE PILLARS OF THE I MATTER FRAMEWORK

Online Content - fast paced summary 
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

Lunch time check in call
Celebration completion

 
AFTER THE INTENSIVE
Apply to join the I Matter Extended Journey

Stage 1
Review your Focus Child

Foundation A Consolidation - 2=4 months
Foundation B: Watching Affectionately - 3 weeks
Intermediate A:  Thinking Developmentally - 2=4 months
Intermediate B: Nurturing Growth - 6 weeks plus
Advanced Application - 4 months

Certification Options
Stage 1 Certification
Stage 2 - Supporting Others
Link Professional
Lead Professional
Advanced Practitioner


Weekly calls and multidisciplinary discussion

I Matter Training supports professional roles with children and families in education, health, social work and community (including Teachers, Teaching Assistants, GP's, Paediatricians, Psychiatrists, Health Visitors, School Nurses, Social Workers, Child Protection Teams, Community Development Workers as well as Headteachers, Service Leads and Governors) as the training takes participants through a carefully designed practical integration of what decades of research evidence is telling us makes most difference when children are struggling or challenging. 

In an I Matter Training Journey you will be learning about stress, brain development, child development and the adult role and the power of our beliefs and attitudes - whilst keeping a focus child in mind.  This understanding will help support you at home, as well as with direct work with children. It will also offer the insight and a structured development process to support questioning about everyday details and much more effective practice with struggling children and their parents and carers. 

TO SUPPORT BEST PRACTICE WE OFFER INDIVIDUAL I MATTER TRAINING AND THE ORGANISATIONAL AWARD 

 I MATTER TRAINING CAN COMPLEMENT
EDUCATION HEALTH CARE PLANS,
ADOPTION SUPPORT PLANS
AND CHILD LOOKED AFTER PLANS

 

PLEASE NOTE:  WE ARE A SMALL PROJECT BASED IN THE KENDAL AREA.   AT PRESENT WE ARE GIVING PRIORITY PLACES ON I MATTER TRAINING FOR PROFESSIONALS IN THE KENDAL AREA.   WE ARE STARTING TO EXTEND THE OFFER INITIALLY TO PROFESSIONALS IN THE MORECAMBE BAY AREA.  IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN BEING CONSIDERED FOR A PLACE PLEASE LEAVE YOUR DETAILS ON OUR WAITING LIST