Intermediate Stage: Thinking Developmentally 

Helping You to Help Children Who are Struggling -  with Theory made Practical


In the Intermediate Stage of training we take a close look at some vitally important details about how children develop.    This knowledge is more and more important and yet there are many professionals and parents who support children and families who do not have a good enough understanding of children's development 


Suitable for:  Parents and professionals in the full range of roles with children with additional social emotional needs in direct and indirect roles where a consistent and longer plan is needed to build skills in a systematic fashion.:  GPs, Paediatricians, Psychiatrists, Heads, Teachers, TA, HLTA, Nursery and College staff, Health Visitor, School nurses, Social workers, Clinical Psychologists, Educational Psychologists, Police, Probation Workers 

Pre-requisites:  Completion of Foundation A as minimum

Intermediate A Learning Outcomes   
The Foundations of Social Emotional Development and How Escalation Happens  
By the end of this course you will:

1. Understand more about the important foundations of child development and how to start to observe these
2. Understand the way complex challenging behaviour and distress can develop from small beginnings
2. Understand how difficulties arise from lack of fit between a child's needs and the environment
4. Understand about male-female differences in early development and their implications
5. Understand how to work with varied child or adult readiness for change
6. Have initial understanding of how to assess developmental needs and the nature of escalation and create a focused plan for intervention

Study Support Options
Self Paced Forum support OR
3 months of Live fortnightly Q&A (min 6 sessions) 
6 weeks of 1:1 short/longer calls (extra fee)

Course based on completion in 1 term or 3-4 months

On completion of this course you will receive:
An attendance certificate for 10 hours I Matter Training for your CPD file or CV

What comes after Intermediate A ?
Intermediate B and Intermediate C are Theory to Practice Courses with a focus on the skills to support the I Matter Process
Intermediate B - Nurturing Growth
Intermediate C - Extension

For Certification: You will submit your completed log book and then complete a 1 hour discussion of your learning.

"The information drawn together in the Intermediate Course has brought I Matter to life.  I am learning so much that is helping me to help my child"  Adopter

"I couldn't believe how much I didn't know.  I would really like more of my colleagues to complete this training" Social Worker


Welcome to an important and exciting learning journey!

Remember that The I Matter Intermediate Stage course is again not just a set of lessons and resources. It is not something just to get done - it is an experience to savour...You can become part of a supportive and enthusiastic group of professionals and parents who are working together in the Kendal and Morecambe Bay area to create a new approach to supporting children and families

Dr Cathy Betoin - Clinical Psychologist, Teacher and Parent


In the Intermediate stage we dive into the details of the foundations of children's social emotional development.  This is an area that is very poorly understood in both education, health care and social care practice but it is vitally important when working for best results with the most vulnerable children.

The Intermediate A covers essential theory delivered through videoed teaching sessions and study support small group webinars and forum 

INTERMEDIATE ONE - Where are We Now? Thinking Developmentally
INTERMEDIATE TWO - How Did we Get Here? How do Difficulties Emerge?

INTERMEDIATE THREE: How Escalation Happens
INTERMEDIATE FOUR - Brain Differences
INTERMEDIATE FIVE - How do we get there? Start with You!
INTERMEDIATE SIX - Building Your Child's Skills

I Matter Q review with email recommendations
Videoed teaching sessions from Dr Cathy Betoin
Questions and worksheets that support reflection


Study support continues to be a really important part of an I Matter Learning Journey.
We encourage everyone to start an I Matter Intermediate Course by joining a Welcome and a Live snall group Taking Stock Plus Workshop

You can then access a dedicated course forum for the course duration - this is the core package

Forum support  can be supplemented by: 
i) scheduled online study support classes - run online by I Matter Direct Lead Professionals 
ii) scheduled local study support classes run by licensed lead professionals
iii) a combination plan of central and local sessions

Time Limits
We provide a time-limit as we find this improves completion rates -
The time limit for intermediate A is based on 2 half terms - 18 weeks

In addition to a Welcome and Taking Stock Plus session you ill have an entitlement to 6 study support sessions and a completion celebration

If you want to extend your access you may take out a basic membership or an enhanced support membership


The Intermediate B course is a 6 week Theory to Practice Intensive.   It is particularly suitable for those with direct face to face caring responsibilities for one or more specific children.

You will log onto a group platform 3-4 x a week to share your reflections on I Matter in practice with a focus child or situation.   Your online coach and group members will provide supportive feedback.

We offer professionals an opportunity to complete this exercise in a parent role.  This is only suitable when relationship challenges are not currently escalated.   It can however be a very powerful learning experience.

Everything you need to get started

The I Matter Intermediate Stage builds on formats introduces in the Foundation stage.

The course is suitable for those in everyday and higher pressure professional and parenting situations.  It is helpful to have a focus child.  However this does not have to be a current relationship


This approach rebuilds the hope and confidence of professionals and parents by providing a language and concepts that we can all work together with that ties elements together. It just makes complete sense

Dr Amy Lee: GP Safeguarding Lead - Kendal Integrated Care Community

Our Money Back Guarantee

Afraid you might make an impulsive decision?  Don't worry. we offer 30 day money back guarantees, no questions asked if you have made an impulsive decision and not started but know you can't commit OR if you have completed the course as it is set out and are sure that you have not got important learning from it  However we're certain you're going to find it interesting - and if there is something you think we could improve please share your feedback!