Sharing I Matter:  Intellectual Property:  What you Can and Can't do
Use of Resources, Trademarks, Copyright 

SHARING I MATTER: USE OF OUR INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY
LICENSING CONDITIONS FOR USE OF I MATTER RESOURCES AND FOR SUPPORTING OTHERS

There are four important sections to the question of how you can use I Matter Resources:

First and foremost I Matter Training is not offered as a Train the Trainer offer.   

There is just one way for professionals or parents to take part in an I Matter Journey and that is by working through the programmes offered through this site.  Organisations work towards a series of progressive licences. 

+ I Matter training for professionals is an opportunity to think about the the theoretical foundations of your own practice and about how you support children and families and to deepen your expertise in working with children (awareness and stage 1) and with adults (at stage 2).  
+ I Matter Training for parents can be for everyday concerns and for parents where there area Raised Concerns.  It can be a complement to other interventions that are being offered but the Raised Concerns pathway needs an initial assessment and recommendations process

Trainee Lead Professionals can use resources to support complementary discussions with parents who are on an I Matter Journey but do not themselves teach or deliver I Matter - that is offered by the online training.     Professionals who have completed I Matter Training can describe themselves as offering practice informed by I Matter Principles (to a given stage) but do not train others.

i)   WHY WE PROTECT THE I MATTER RESOURCES Important message 
ii)  HOW YOU CAN SUPPORT I MATTER JOURNEYS FOR OTHERS IN YOUR ORGANISATIONS OR FOR FAMILIES  The training you need 
iii) RESOURCES OFFERED AT DIFFERENT STAGES OF I MATTER TRAINING What will you be offered at different stages
iv) I MATTER RESOURCES COPYRIGHT  Guidelines on use of I Matter resources and on derivatives based on the training and resources

1. OUR PHILOSOPHY AND WHY WE PROTECT THE USE OF I MATTER RESOURCES 
IMPORTANT Message from Dr Cathy Betoin:  Founder and  Developer of the I Matter Training Journey:
 

The I Matter Training Journey was developed over a period of more than 15 years to help professionals and parents to be better equipped for the care of the anxious or challenging or vulnerable child.  The journey is very carefully structured based on years of clinical and teaching experience of what works best to help adults and young people - especially those in overwhelm.  The goal is to help adults to have strong foundations to help them to work together well with others in challenging situations over the longer periods of time that are commonly needed to make a difference - putting the issues of relationship health at the centre.   

One key idea about I Matter Training is that whether you are a professional or a parent I Matter first and foremost involves a personal development journey.  We invite everyone to think about challenges with a focus child or focus relationship with the idea that the best results of your commitment to this training process is a minimum of one healthier and happier relationship.

Whilst some aspects of I Matter look simple, in more challenging and stuck situations the details of the process become very important and require time and the support of highly trained and highly skilled practitioners.   Our learning process is an ongoing one.   So though we want to get I Matter thinking out into everyday practice, we also want to assure a high quality level of understanding for those who need it most.   Therefore our model of sharing is to make it possible for as many as possible to take part in their own I Matter Journey with study support from others who are informed but are not teachers or trainers but fellow travellers.  

In I Matter Training we therefore do not offer a Train the Trainer Programme.   Instead everyone works on their own journey and can then support and encourage others.   We are interested in supporting culture change and this takes time.   The only key distinction between a professional I Matter Journey and a Parent I Matter Journey is that parents-carers complete an indepth registration questionnaire and consultation at an earlier stage.

Therefore it is very important that you do not overestimate or misrepresent your status.  An I Matter Informed Approach can support improvements in practice only when done carefully and thoughtfully.   The ideas are powerful and very important but an I Matter Training Journey does not offer any quick fixes and should never be used in this manner.   

So, when you complete I Matter Training at Everyday Awareness or Stage1, working through the online content, the core principle is that you must travel thoughtfully and carefully remembering that in the first instance, the resources are for your own personal use and personal development only.  Each person has their own personal journey that is important especially if there are or have been challenges in any key relationships.

Therefore you can use the principles learned in the first stages to think about yourself and your own family or work situation but you should not copy or distribute the resources to others, or claim to be offering  I Matter.  Instead you can describe your approach as informed by I Matter Principles and you can encourage others to think about their own I Matter Journey.   

if you are a professional the resources can inform your thinking about your own role and your clients needs, but resources should only be used with clients or colleagues for the purposes of sharing the availability of I Matter Training with them. In a school or organisational setting, you can build an I Matter Informed Core Team and then your wider team can join an Inset session.  

The key message is that you must focus first only on what small step changes YOU can make in the way you do things in your own role and setting.. in the first instance, this could simply be through changes in your own insight and attitudes and approach in your own immediate relationships and responsibilities.

These strict conditions are to protect the fidelity & quality of the I Matter Journey Experience.  I Matter Assessment Tools should not be used in any professional reports or decision making process unless supported by a Stage 2 Licensed Lead Plus Professional or Advanced Practitioner.  To use the tools in your professional role, or share I Matter actively with others or you will need Stage 1 Certifications and Stage 2 training.  You can apply to become a Stage 2 Trainee on completion of Stage 1 intermediate A training.

Parents and Carers and professionals are advised that the steps of the journey are there for a reason, and these restrictions enable us to protect the details which guarantee consistency and the quality of support needed for best outcomes.  Consequently, finding the right, appropriately informed support is a vital part of the process that should be taken very seriously.

The I Matter Framework was developed as an integrative theoretical approach because in 2021 the models of practice that are currently offered in child and family mental health practice with the anxious or challenging or vulnerable child, still often miss out some very key details of what the research evidence is really saying.   The result has been some huge gaps in professional and parent understanding and gaps in good practice when it comes to the challenges found in implementation of care for vulnerable children. This is notably seen in an everyday lack of recognition of the vital importance of insight into stress and wellbeing states as seen in children and in adults, and gaps in understanding of child development, brain development and the adult role.    

Training in the i Matter Framework therefore  offers a carefully taught back to basics practical integration of this theory and research intended simply to make the research conclusions easier to understand - so as to support better team decision making and clearer oversight of complex care situations.   

The practice of I Matter looks simple but can often be very challenging due to the deep personal journey that it can involve for parents and carers and for professionals, and due to the numbers of people that commonly are implicated.  So we believe in small careful steady steps.   Focus first on your own learning journey.  Explore deep so that you can find out where the gaps in your own understanding are.

A good I Matter Journey is generally full of lightbulb moments! 
So be ready and take your time!  Remember that you can make a difference!
We also all have gaps in our understanding so even an I Matter Trained Professional might not always 'get it'.
Hence the reason that your own journey matters.

Awareness: Informed Practitioners or ParentsInformed Practice Award - resources for own use only with no copying permitted
Bridging: Trainee and Approved Link Professionals. Senior Link and Heads, Directors and Commissioners - focus on implementation implications.
Stage 1  Extended Journey Foundation/Intermediate/Advanced with certification options and  I Matter Mentor Award - Direct roles with children  
Stage 2 Trainee and Approved Lead, Lead Plus, Advanced Practitioners = Working with indirect roles: Parents and Professionals

If it comes to our attention that you are not respecting these Terms and Conditions, we will be obliged to take action.

2. PROFESSIONAL TRAINING REQUIRED TO SUPPORT I MATTER JOURNEY'S IN YOUR SETTING FOR OTHER PROFESSIONALS OR FOR PARENTS OR YOUNG PEOPLE

At the present time we do not provide training for professionals to 'deliver' I Matter Training.  Instead, when you become I Matter Informed we support professionals in reviewing everyday practices and you can become part of a network that is supporting other professionals and parents in undertaking their own I Matter Journey,   Taking part in I Matter equips you with a language that can help your discussions with other professionals and parents

Support for Course Step/Level/Type

Level/Type

Professional Training Required

Skills Required by Professional

Relationship Health Matters Member

Membership – based on  interest in the book:  Relationship Health for Professionals and Parents: The Missing Link in Children's Wellbeing (coming very soon!)

NA

NA

REGISTRATION

 

 

 

Recommendation for a Professional 

Referral/Recommendation

NA - Professional Training is open to all professionals

NA - Useful to be informed yourself

Professional Referral of Parent-Carer and Young Person

Referral/Recommendation

I Matter Intensive
Member of I Matter Network
and Senior Link/ Link Role or Lead Role

Knowledge of services for parents-carers and young people

ASSESSMENT NEEDS




Professional/Senior initial Assessment

N/A

NA

NA

Child Needs

Core I Matter Assessment  tools

Informal use – Stage 1
Formal - S1 Certification

Assessment

Parent-Carer
Prevention-Early Intervention Pathway

Only Informal Assessment and Recommendations needed based on Informed Professional Judgement

Accompaniment via Trainee or Approved Lead Professional with informed organisation and senior leadership

Needs Experience of working with parents with variety of needs

Parent-Carer
Raised Concerns – Longer Term Needs

In-depth online Assessment and Recommendations and 1:1 consultation required

Referral via Link or
Referral via Trainee or Approved Lead or Advanced Practitioner 

Experience of working with parents of children with complex or escalated concerns

INTRODUCTION COURSES




Professional/Senior

Introduction, Getting Started Workshops and Essentials

Online Webinar with email course  OR
Online registration with local face to face workshops

Can be supported by inhouse Trainee or Approved Lead Professional small group only

Study Support Role Building safe relationships, helping registration and discussion groups

Parent-Carer Introduction,

Getting Started Workshops and Essentials for Prevention/Raised Concerns

Online Webinar with email course

Online registration with local face to face workshops

Prevention: Can be supported by Trainee or Approved Lead Professional small group in-house only –

Raised Concerns can be supported inhouse by Trainee or Approved Lead but needs assessment and recommendations first

Study Support Role Building safe relationships, helping registration and discussion groups with variety of needs

I MATTER INTENSIVE

 

 

 

Professionals
I Matter Intensive Online or Face to Face

Online course with local study support OR
Online registration with local face to face support

Trainee or Approved Lead Professional small group in-house only

Study Support Role Building safe relationships, helping registration and discussion groups

Parent-Carer/YPerson
I Matter Intensive Online or Face to Face

for Prevention or Raised Concerns

Online course with local study support OR
Online registration with local face to face support

Trainee or Approved Lead Professional

– Raised Concerns needs oversight w. Advanced Practitioner

Study Support Role
Building safe relationships, helping registration and discussion groups with variety of needs

I MATTER NETWORK




Professionals

Monthly or Weekly

Intensive online + mem

Personal Implementation of principles

Parents

Monthly or Weekly

Intensive online + mem

Personal Implementation of principles

Young Person

Monthly or Weekly

Intensive online + mem

Personal Implementation of principles

BRIDGING IMPLEMENTATION




Named Senior

Monthly

Intensive online + mem

Organisational  Implementation of principles

HEADS/DIRECTORS

Monthly

Intensive online + mem

Organisational Implementation of principles

SENIOR LINK

Monthly

Intensive online + mem

Organisational Implementation of principles

LINK

Monthly

Intensive online + mem

Organisational Implementation of principles

EXTENDED JOURNEY – STAGE1




PROFESSIONALS
Foundation A+B
Intermediate A+B
Advanced A+B

Online with webinar support and online coaching

Employed role working with children
or I Matter Direct Team Member

Hosting supportive small group discussion or 1:1

PROFS STAGE 1 CERTIFICATION

Certified Use of assessments-own clients

Stage 1 Certification OR Trainee Stage 2 Interest

Assessment of individual needs

PARENTS-CARERS

Foundation A+B
Intermediate A+B
Advanced A+B

Online with webinar support and online coaching

Employed role working with children
or I Matter Direct Team Member

Hosting supportive small group discussion or 1:1

EXTENDED JOURNEY -STAGE2




TRAINEE STUDY SUPPORTER

Supporting Others Online via I Matter DIrect

Stage 1 Intermediate A
+ Trainee Stage 2 licence

Supporting core online programmes

TRAINEE LEAD

Supporting Profs and Parents and young people face to face complement

Stage 1 Intermediate A

+ Trainee Stage 2 licence

Supporting face to face programmes complement

TRAINEE LEAD PLUS

Using I Matter Assessments inhouse

Stage 1 Intermediate A

+ Trainee Stage 2+ licence

Supporting assessment + IEP

TRAINEE ADVANCED

Overseeing assessment and recommendations

Stage 1 Intermediate A

+ Trainee Stage 3 licence

Overseeing complex cases, advanced coaching

APPROVED PRACTITIONER-
STAGE2




STUDY SUPPORTERS

Supporting Others Online via I Matter DIrect

Advanced B
+Approved Stage 2 licence

Supporting core online programmes

LEAD PROFESSIONAL

Supporting Profs and Parents and young people face to face in house

Advanced B
+Approved Stage 2 licence

Supporting face to face programmes complement

LEAD PLUS PROFESSIONAL

Using I Matter Assessments inhouse

Stage 1 Intermediate A

+ Trainee Stage 2+ licence

Supporting assessment + IEP

ADVANCED PRACTITIONER

Overseeing assessment and recommendations

Advanced B
+Approved Stage 3 licence

Overseeing complex cases and advanced coaching

ORGANISATIONAL
MEMBERSHIP

LEVEL

REQUIRES

SKILLS

MEMBERSHIP

GETTING STARTED

A minimum of two staff members to have completed the I Matter Intensive including 1 Senior Lead
Organisation Subscription

A core I Matter informed team who are starting to think about inhouse practices and connecting with wider network


LINK ORGANISATION

A minimum of 1 senior lead who has completed Stage 1 Intermediate A and is taking part in network meetings
Staff Getting Started inset completed

Exploring organisational systems around attitudes and culture and development of referral pathways


LEAD ORGANISATION

Hosting a minimum of 1 Trainee Lead Professional with an action plan in school development plan to develop study support for an I Matter Journey

Exploring methods of developing capacity to invest in more depth training for profs and parents



3.  RESOURCES PROVIDED AT DIFFERENT STAGES OF AN I MATTER JOURNEY

RESOURCES PROVIDED AT DIFFERENT STAGES OF I MATTER TRAINING
Printed Resources will be available to purchase with each stage of the I Matter Journey, within the course platform

STAGE

PROVIDED

NOTES

Publications

I Matter Logo (trademarked)

Not to be used without consent based on our guidelines

Relationship Health for Professionals and Parents

Book Shortly in publication

Open to all

Website

I Matter Triangle – the missing link

This triangle can be used with attributions

Five Steps To Success
Free email course

5 days of videos

Five Steps Poster

This poster is for personal use of anyone who takes part

Essentials Course

14 days of videos
Essentials Course

Downloadable summary for personal use

AWARENESS

 

 

Introduction

Introduction -Background

Restricted
Provided at registration

Getting Started and Essentials

Live or Recorded Teaching Sessions Getting Started Workshop introduces first concepts and graphics

Restricted
I Matter Model Poster download to those on course
Black and White outlines to fill in own symptoms of stress and wellbeing

I Matter Intensive

Live or Recorded Teaching Sessions Getting Started Workshop with first concepts and introduction to graphics

Summary workbook – Please note The posters and full colour workbook are not provided for the Intensive

On completion of the online Intensive you can purchase the I Matter Framework book

STAGE 1

 

 

Foundation A

Recorded teaching sessions provide discussion of content  

Downloadable posters and assessments for personal use or informal professional use only  Option to purchase Full colour A4 course notes For Foundation A stage

Foundation B

Online coaching – no new content


Intermediate A

Recorded teaching sessions provide discussion of content

Downloadable posters and assessments for personal use or informal professional use only.  Option to purchase Full colour A4 course notes

For Intermediate A stage

Intermediate B

Online coaching – no new content


Advanced A

Applications of I Matter to specialist areas Live and Recorded Sessions

Session summary notes

Advanced B

Online coaching – no new content


STAGE 2 TRAINEE

 

 

LINK PROFESSIONAL

Network Member

I Matter Referral Information pack

LEAD PROFESSIONAL

Network Member

A3 Posters for running groups

LEAD PLUS

Network Member

Licensed  use of agreed core assessments in house

ADVANCED  PRACTIONER

Network member

Licensed use of online I Matter Q assessment

STAGE 2 - APPROVED

 

 

LINK PROFESSIONAL


I Matter Referral Information pack

LEAD PROFESSIONAL


Licensed use of A4 Posters and teaching vidos

LEAD PLUS


Licensed  use of agreed core assessments in house

ADVANCED  PRACTIONER


Licensed use of online assessment

ORGANISATIONS

 

 

ORGANISATIONAL AWARDS

Org Award Scheme
I Matter Charter

Stepped process to support organisational change
Use of agreed posters for display


To support sharing of I Matter Principles in an organisation, Limited I Matter Derivatives may be created by Trainee Lead Professionals if they are registered for Stage 1 or Stage 2 but should have the wording: Based on training on the I Matter Framework – original training  found at www.imattertraining,com  FOR INTERNAL USE <YOUR NAME/SCHOOL NAME>


4. USE OF I MATTER RESOURCES AND CREATION OF DERIVATIVES

The following conditions are intended to protect the fidelity of the approach to sharing and teaching the I Matter Framework;
The resources can and should be used by those with appropriate training and licence to do so,

If in doubt please contact us to discuss your questions



Can I Use the I Matter Trademarks  or Names  and Logo

To highlight that your own approach or derivative training is substantially influenced by or aligned with I Matter and Relationship Health principles as the primary methodology though you are not affiliated with I Matter. This is PERMITTED if you as the author have completed Stage 1 Extended Journey and obtained our consent and if you give full attribution and non affiliation statements.  Derivative Training and Derivative Resources should include the following statements:  Derivative work based on training in the I Matter Framework - Original training found at www.imattertraining.com  The author/website is not affiliated, associated, authorized, endorsed by, or in any way officially connected with I Matter Training or any of their affiliates or subsidiaries.   

To name a programme or service NOT PERMITTED unless program  is run by an approved Trainee or Lead Prof  by our guidelines and has our written consent

To describe your own school or service  NOT PERMITTED unless your org is a member and you have an Approved Lead with a current licence

As a Credential: You can state the level of your certificate or Award as I Matter Aware or using I Matter principles but you must not use I Matter Practitioner  as a title unless you have completed approved training for Stage 2 accreditations as Lead,  Lead Plus  or Advanced Practitioner roles

In a book or product title
NOT PERMITTED unless part of a resource that has had explicit consent from us and is agreed as part of our resource toolkit

To promote an event or workshop NOT PERMITTED unless specifically offered by an approved I Matter Lead


Can I teach or train <others> with I Matter materials or versions ?

Sharing with Parents-Carers or Young People via face to face sessions. At Awareness or Stage 1, Permitted for informal discussion only with intent to discuss training availability  COURSE NOTES ARE - NOT FOR COPYING OR DISPLAY OR DISTRIBUTION  You can offer training with I Matter Resources only if you are a Stage 2 Trainee or Approved Lead Prof or Adv Practitioner (clinical assessment)

Sharing via Face-to-face Feedback to Professionals in my own org setting BRIEF FEEDBACK PERMITTED. More depth only permitted if  an approved Stage 2 Trainee Lead or an Advanced Prof 

Sharing via face to face with General public in my locality NOT PERMITTED unless you become licenced as a Stage 2 Trainee Lead or Advanced Practitioner with agreed plan

Sharing with Parents-Carers or Young People for online sessions   NOT PERMITTED unless approved as a Trainee Lead Professional or Advanced Practitioner and with clients having own dedicated online learning account and explicit agreement to offer online supported learning

Sharing via online with Professionals in my own org setting  BRIEF FEEDBACK PERMITTED+ ONLY IF PASSWORD PROTECTED 

Sharing via online with General public using digital resources NOT PERMITTED unless you are licenced as a Stage 2 practitioner with an agreed action research plan


Can I use the I Matter Assessment tools in my home or practice?

For my own informal use at home.   PERMITTED FOR YOUR OWN USE
You may download single versions labelled (for personal use only) from the Extended Journey courses.   You must not copy or distribute these versions. You may only use the tools professionally if you complete the agreed stage 1 and stage 2 certifications.

Sharing with professionals.  You can show informally via a display version  but must not copy or distribute unless your school has a Lead Plus licence

For distributing to public NOT PERMITTED.  For giving to clients Only if you have a Stage 2 certification and they are registered..


Can I display, copy, convert into digital or audio or translate or adapt or create derivatives of I Matter resources?

Printed Adaptations to use For Parents-Carers or Young People NO COPYING OF ORIGINAL RESOURCES PERMITTED.  CREATION OF DERIVATIVES PERMITTED FOR FACE TO FACE USE ONLY IF CONSENT obtained from us for versions that support your direct work. Only for Stage 2 Trainee or Approved Lead or Adv Practitioners.  All derivative works should include the statement: Derivative work based on training in the I Matter Framework - Original training and resources found at www.imattertraining.com  Organisational members and individual members may display our agreed list of selected posters only to highlight engagement in the development process.

Printed Adaptations for profs in own setting  You can share BRIEF SUMMARY OF KEY ETHOS but only with our agreed formats unless you are an Advanced Prof - with agreed consents


Printed Adaptions for sharing with general public face to face NOT PERMITTED WITH ANY VERSIONS without full written consent.


Digital Adaptations For Parents-Carers or Young People  DIGITAL COPIES OR DERIVATIVES ARE  NOT PERMITTED for sharing for online support for clients unless you are a Stage 2 Trainee or Approved Lead or Advanced Practitioner with full consent to create an adaptation.- Users should have their own I Matter approved online account with direct access for personal use

Digital adaptations for professionals in own setting You can share a BRIEF SUMMARY ONLY with agreed formats  As needed and only if on password protected site


Digital adaptations For general public online eg on blog  NOT PERMITTED WITH ANY VERSIONS without FULL Written consent


If it comes to our attention that you are not respecting these Terms and Conditions, we will be obliged to take action.