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Turn Relationship Health Around with an I Matter Learning Journey

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

The 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 two phases: 
+ Turn Relationship Health Around (Awareness and Level 1)
+ Deepen and Extend (Level 2 and Level 3)
+ 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 training journey was developed after years of work with children and families.  It was a response to realising that the most commonly observed detail seen in escalated or complex challenges was uncertainty in the adults about how to best help the child who is struggling. 

Therefore the majority of our specialist work combines careful assessment with training and coaching for the adult team, at home and at school.  I Matter Training offers a carefully structured course and learning experience designed to take complex ideas from the research literature and make them very practical and easier to understand.   As needed, I Matter Training for the adults can be combined with training and coaching and additional therapeutic services for the young person at the appropriate stage.   

Our core priority is helping adults and child restore improved relationship health as this is key to the wellbeing of both adult and child.

We love to work with individuals and organisations to help share an understanding of the I Matter® Framework and of a Relationship Health Approach to Improving Child and Adult Wellbeing
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.

All I Matter® steps are delivered through a mixture of study and discussion. Most study support groups are delivered via online groups. 
We partner with individuals and organisations in order to make it possible to offer a supported I Matter Training experience for more people.

I Matter Training is not offered as a Train the Trainer programme.   We explored this route but have concluded that the quality control issues are too difficult to manage.  Therefore our certification process is currently based on working with those we have got to know through the core study programme.  These practitioners are licensed to provide study support groups with a specialist focus and 1:1 coaching as part of the services we offer.  

For information about upcoming I Matter® classes check here 

All I Matter training in the UK is overseen by Dr Cathy Betoin. No other training or accreditation in the I Matter® Framework is approved or recognised by Relationship Health Matters Ltd. 

All resources used to illustrate concepts during training are therefore for your own personal development only and not for display, copying or distributing or use in a professional role unless you become formally registered as a Trainee or Certified Practitioner.   Please read our Intellectual Property Guidelines.   If you have any queries about this, please contact us on.  

Levels of I Matter Training 

Training is available for individuals and via organisations. The core training for most is the Awareness and Level One stages. Bespoke training and ongoing work can also be offered for organisation with different requirements (e.g. education). The training pathway can be seen below. 

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About the I Matter Learning Journey

The I Matter Learning Journey is part of our therapeutic offer and part of professional training.
It helps participants to build their confidence and turn relationship health around .

Turn Relationship Health Around
Awareness and Level 1

Taught and/or Online study
Progress Milestones
Community discussion

Deepen and Extend Skills
Levels 2 and Level 3

Online study
Progress Milestones
Community discussion 

Train to Help Others 
Levels 4 - 6

Learn to facilitate 
Structured Steps
Supported Progression.

Awareness and Level 1 Courses

AWARENESS LEVEL

I Matter First Course

First Course training 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


Option 1:    I Matter Fundamentals

I Matter Fundamentals training is more in-depth than First Course.  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. No online study is needed.

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


Option 2:   I Matter Step 1-2 Online

Step 1-2 Online 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


Extra Sessions:  I Matter Consolidation
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


Comprehensive Level 1:  Fundamentals and Step 1-2 Theory with Consolidation Foundations of I Matter Informed Relationship Health

Level One training engages participants in the lived personal experience of an I Matter Informed Relationship Health approach.   The focus is on increasing conscious awareness of details in everyday interactions with children and other adults and the central importance of their own role. 

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

 

Completion of Comprehensive Level 1 (including Fundamentals, Step 1-2 and Consolidation) and reflections on the I Matter Learning and Personal I Matter Challenge, leads to passing of the Level 1 and opportunities to join Level 2

 

The Awareness and Level 1 Programme for Professionals or Parents includes 4 options

Option 1- Awareness Option 2 - Awareness Option 3 - Level 1 Option 4 - Level 1 Plus
 Taught Fundamentals   Online Only  Online and Study Group  Taught, Online, Group 
 Quick orientation  Orientation  More depth  Complex Needs

 

Level 2 and Level 3

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, Level 5 and Level 6

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!