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Additional Skills with an I Matter Relationship Health Learning Journey

All successful journeys start with noticing new details that have been overlooked

Additional Training: I Matter Learning Journey


Relationship Health concerns vital long term issues! 

When relationship health is present, we know it.   It feels good
When it is not present, we also know it.  It doesn't feel good

Relationship health and ill-health impacts every single aspect of life.
However we rarely if ever get any training in the skills involved.
The truth is there is a lot involved.

Thankfully, it's never too late to make a difference.
However good preparation can really help avoid common challenges
And good foundations can help turn challenging situations around.

The I Matter Learning Journey equips you with solid foundations:
We work in phases: 
+ First Course
+ Learn I Matter: Learn the Framework (Level 1 with Fundamentals)
+ Living I Matter: Deepen and Extend (Level 2-3)
+ Offer I Matter:   Helping Us Help Others (Level 4-6)

Each person's learning journey is unique with always more to learn

Fivesteps to success

The I Matter® Framework and I Matter® Relationship Health Learning Journey developed out of Dr Cathy Betoins experience of working as a teacher and as a clinical psychologist in Child and Adolescent and Adult Mental Health Services supporting children and adults with a wide range of needs.  So often what was seen was some core confusions.  

In I Matter Training our core focus is developing insight and skills based on an understanding of the dynamic process in relationships.  This includes how relationships have shaped and still shape our everyday experiences, including the key role that we each get to play everyday.  We can use this insight proactively and intentionally to help build the skills we need that assist healing and recovery and the building of healthier homes, schools and communities - even when challenges have been persistent.

Training in the I Matter® Framework is described as a learning journey. 
Bringing about results is described as an I Matter Challenge. 
The I Matter Framework acts like a map with wide applicability but putting things into practice is a lifelong process.
However to help others, at home or at work our first focus must be on our exploring and taking responsibility for our own relational process.  

We are passionate therefore about equipping professionals and parents-carers and young people for their own roles in healthy relationships.   It is in everyday situations that the action takes place and so awareness and skills can make all the difference.

All I Matter training in the UK is overseen by Cathy Betoin. We are currently focussed on building a network of practitioners. No other training or accreditation in the I Matter Framework is approved or recognised by I Matter Training Ltd. 

About the I Matter Framework Learning Journey

The I Matter Learning Journey can support professional development and personal development
It helps participants to build insight and skills for relationship health and resilence

Learn the I Matter Framework
A Relationship Health Approach
Level 1 with Fundamentals

Taught and/or Online study
Progress Milestones
Community discussion
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Living I Matter
Deepen and Extend Your Skills
Levels 2 and Level 3

Online study
Progress Milestones
Community discussion 
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Offer I Matter Study Support
Train to Help Others 
Levels 4 - 6

Learn to facilitate 
Structured Steps
Supported Progression.
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I Matter First Course - Taster

I Matter First Course

The First Course is offered as a taster to the language and style of an I Matter learning Journey.  It is usually offered only via member schools by Lead Practitioners in training.  It engages participants in thinking about an I Matter Informed Relationship Health approach.   The focus is on introducing awareness of the I Matter Framework, Model and Process and increasing conscious awareness of details in everyday interactions with children and other adults and the central importance of their own role. No online study is needed - Provided via members with Leads 

Learning Objectives:  Participants will
a.  Be introduced to key background
b.  Be introduced to the I Matter Model

Initial Consultation: Registration Step

The I Matter Learning Journey is very interesting but our key focus is on helping you get results.
Therefore a key step in the learning process for professionals or for parents-carers is choosing a focus relationship that you find challenging
This will provide a focus as you explore the I Matter Framework and how it can help you develop your relationship confidence.
Our shared focus then becomes the steps needed for this relationship to become healthier and happier.

Level 1 with Fundamentals: Solid Foundations: Learn the I Matter Framework

LEVEL 1 AND FUNDAMENTALS

I Matter Level 1 Online

The Level 1 course includes Online which introduces the I Matter Model and the Pillars of the I Matter Framework .  It engages participants in thinking about an I Matter Informed Relationship Health approach.   The focus is on introducing awareness of the Pillars of the I Matter increasing conscious awareness of details in everyday interactions with children and other adults and the central importance of their own role. This is an online Study Programme

Learning Objectives:  Participants will
a.  Complete a registration step
b.  Be introduced to key background
c.  Be introduced to the Pillars of the I Matter Framework


Level 1 combines online study and supported discussion

Learning Objectives:  Participants will
a.  Complete a registration step
b.  Be introduced to key background
c.  Be introduced to the Pillars of the I Matter Framework
d.  Understand how to observe and describe relational dynamics
e.  Understand the vital role of the adult and the role they play
f.   Be able to describe own learning journey and show understanding via the Gateway assessment



Extra Sessions:  Fundamentals:  Level 1 Discussion and Consolidation


I Matter Fundamentals Course

I Matter Fundamentals training introduces the content of the Level 1 course through 4 taught sessions with discussion 

Small group consolidation sessions are an important opportunity to listen and learn in a group about the applications of I Matter thinking to the process of improving relationship health.  They usually run fortnightly for 6 sessions.   We aim to match participants with others with similar needs

Learning Objectives:  Participants will
a.  Complete a registration step
b. Be introduced to key background
c.  Be introduced to the Pillars of the I Matter Framework (4 sessions - weekly)
d. Take part in a period of consolidation  (4 sessions - fortnightly)


The Entry Level and Level 1 Programme for Professionals or Parents includes 3 options

Option 1- Level 1 Online Option 2 - Small Group Fundamentals  Option 3 - Level 1 and Fundamentals
 Online Study with worksheets  Fundamentals   Online and Study Group
 Orientation  Orientation  More depth insight


Level 2-3: Living I Matter:  

Level 2:  Theory to Practice Step 3-5 of I Matter Informed Relationship Health Practice

Level Two training builds participants awareness of specific leadership skills they will need in an I Matter Informed Relationship Health approach.  The focus is on learning to observe challenging incidents through a lagging skills focussed lens and on building confidence in the skills needed to support the emergence of new skills in Self and in Children and others being cared for.  Those supporting children with complex needs register for Level 2 and Level 3 together

Learning Objectives:  Participants will
a.  Review their registration
b.  Explore the process of assessment
c.  Explore the skills needed for effective leadership
d.   Be able to describe own learning journey and show understanding via the Gateway assessment

 

Level 3: Deepening + Extending: Applications of I Matter Informed Relationship Health Practice

Level Three is intended for those living and working with children with complex needs where there is a need to sustain a longer term focus whilst skills can progress.   The focus is on gaining confidence as applied to a range of scenarios using development as a primary guide. 

Learning Objectives:  Participants will
a.  Review their registration
b.  Deepen and strengthen understanding of developmental foundations
c.  Explore everyday and complex needs applications
d.  Be able to describe own learning journey and show understanding via the Gateway assessment

Professional participants can apply to join Level 4 Certification and are then are expected to work with at least 3 clients with weekly contact with child and family

Level 4-6:  Offer I Matter 

SUPPORTING OTHERS

Level 4 and 5 can be completed alongside Level 2 and 3 based on specific roles

Level 4 training is suitable for participants with a training in teaching, social work, clinical psychology, educational psychology, occupational therapy or child psychotherapy or health visiting.   Decisions are made on a case by case basis but the key factor is practising in a community hub and multidisciplinary team

Level 4:  Lead Certification

Level Four is for
professionals who are supporting families in supporting children – and includes supervised practice

Learning Objectives:  Participants will
a.  Learn to complete registration steps with families
b.  Learn to facilitate a range of learning groups
c.  Gain experience in supporting learning of parents and professionals at Awareness & Level 1
d.  Be able to describe own learning journey and show understanding via the Gateway assessment



Level 5:  Lead Plus Certification
Level Five is for senior professionals who have responsibility to progressing a relationship health skills development strategy as an organisation


Learning Objectives:  Participants will
a.  Learn to support the organisational development process
b.  Assist with the embedding of a relationship health focussed approach
c.  Gain experience in supporting professionals who are progressing Levels 2-3
d.  Be able to describe own learning journey and show understanding via the Gateway assessment



Level 6:  Advanced Practitioner and Trainer Certification
Level Six is for very experienced professionals who are working in a community hub to support children with complex needs and to develop joined up thinking.


Learning Objectives:  Participants will
a.  Learn to support the organisational development process in their own community
b.  Assist with the embedding of joined up a relationship health focussed approach
c.  Gain experience in supporting children and families with complex needs  
d.  Be able to describe own learning journey and show understanding via the Gateway assessment

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Relationship Health is an idea that has been overlooked.  Talking about these issues has often felt difficult and uncomfortable.   However, Learning about a Relationship Health Approach to improving Child and Adult Wellbeing can be really enriching with the help of an I Matter Five Steps Learning Journey Course because we can be sure that positive change really is possible - if you are willing to work at it.

There can be huge relief and relaxation when you know you have made sure you and family members or your team are well equipped for your important role in your family, professional or leadership roles.    It really is possible to enjoy this and see the changes happen!