Learning from the I Matter Pilot - Spring 2014
Thanks for your interest! I learned a lot of useful things during the trialling of the I Matter Online Foundation course last year. For example,
- Professionals and parents found the online course challenging, stimulating, and relevant.
- Some missed face to face discussions, but many actively liked the flexibility of the online learning
- The reflective questions focussing in on one specific child really engaged both professionals and parents
- The added reflective questions significantly extended the course duration from 6 to sometimes 30 or more hrs
- Some completed as an intensive 8 week course, many chose to extend their time - very few dropped out.
- Participants felt that they had had really good value and many still wanted more.
- Many professionals and parents worked on the course in the small hours of the night as the only quiet time they had.
- The course worked really well on an ipad and even sometimes on a smart phone
- The sound quality - hearing what the group (not me) was saying - was the issue that attracted most negative feedback
- People often got to the course when they could, slotted into odd moments of free time - the short modules supported this
- Many wanted to learn more when it ended
- When working with organisations the simplest thing was to set up a contract with the organisation first, allowing individual staff to subsequently enrol more flexibly
For those of you who have not taken part in I Matter Training, this course provides affordable adult-child mental health education for professionals and parents who live and work with children.
I Matter Training is relevant for all professionals, parents and carers but it is particularly important if the children concerned have any complex social-emotional needs. The training provides a framework to build ideas from different psychological traditions into a back to basics, up-to-date, practical whole.
This I Matter Foundation course is released over 8 weeks but demands a lot of reflection and so some people have chosen to complete the course at a much slower pace, though I try to encourage people to complete within a full term. Each participant has a personal and confidential log on which includes space for confidential reflections. The course content includes
· Videos to watch
· Reading material
· Visuals to communicate complex ideas
· Questionnaires to complete
· Additional questions to support reflection
By the end of the course, participants have a foundation set of ideas to make sense of a wide range of challenging behaviours in home, school and community settings. Participants receive a completion certificate at the end for their CPD log.
In future I am planning to launch this course just 3 times a year but am still tweeking, so I would like to know what you think is important
PLEASE CLICK HERE TO SHARE YOUR IDEAS
If you represent an organisation who is already keen to invest, please contact me so that we can set up a basic contract in advance – this will make your registration process for your staff just that bit more straightforward.
There is a gap in the understanding of the children’s workforce about child development Maggie Atkinson (2013) Children’s commissioner
In a guardian article (16/2/13) the Children's Commissioner for England Maggie Atkinson was quoted as saying ....there is a gap in the knowledge of the children's workforce in what ordinary child development should look like and what child development looks like if there is a delay or a physical condition... I would add that there is a gap in knowledge about the impact of relational developmental trauma and loss too. Atkinson goes on to state that in their training and once in their posts, teachers should ensure that they understand what brain development looks like, what social difficulties look like and what emotional difficulties look like