Senior Leaders, Practitioners and Governors: When you stepped into a leadership role in a school or in children's services you did something important!
Whether you are a leader or practitioner or a Governor in Education, or Health or Community Roles an understanding of relationship health can help your organisation address child and adult mental health and wellbeing by putting the science of healthy relationships, based on clear integrated theory and brain-based practice principles, at the heart of what you do, especially with the vulnerable child.
What's the Problem?
- Many children and communities with anxious-challenging behaviour
- Communities with problems that seem huge
- You don't know where to start
- You know your own role is key
- You've explored a variety of approaches
- You want to help both children & adults
- You want to be part of positive solutions
- You have seen the need for new thinking
- You know that working with others is key
- You often feel isolated and want a team
How will a Relationship Health Approach help you to help children and families?
When you understand how to observe what is happening at a deeper level - everything looks different - and your decision-making will change
Relationship Health offers an umbrella concept: a practical way of understanding everyday and complex leadership problems that makes sense to everyone
Theory to Practice coaching helps you to put your learning into practice so that you can work with others for results on the organisational details that matter
Options for longer term support You've got time to find your feet and focus on the details of embedding new thinking over a longer term journey.
This approach rebuilds the hope and confidence of senior leaders as well as 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
The first stages of Relationship Health Leadership Training are all about awareness
First you or someone on your team completes a brief application so we can check we are a fit and can recommend a customised plan via our two Leadership Development options - either a short Relationship Health Book Club or some study of the I Matter Framework
Then you or your team members spend some time studying the foundations of Relationship Health so that you can understand what the research is saying about how to use your leadership role to best help children with challenges or others.
Then we support you through the community as you and your team build your confidence in putting your learning into practice overtime, so as to support healthier happier relationships in your setting and role
What Opportunities Are There for Leaders who Want to Learn about Relationship Health?
Option 1: Join the Relationship Health Book Club AND/OR
Option 2: Join I Matter Framework Core Training
.Join the I Matter Practice Network AND
Relationship Health Practice Resource Lab
Option 1: Relationship Health Book Club:
One way of getting started as a senior Leader is to join the Relationship Health 3 week Book Club. In this structured short course we will look at some of the practice issues in child mental health and ask whether some new thinking is needed. The Book Club is structured to introduce you to the research literature on which Relationship Health Practice is based, and a critical look at policy and practice and invites you to take a critical look at the role that you play in the systems that you work in. The book is structured with the Five Steps and a What Next Question
Section 1: Acknowledge the
Why are so
many children struggling?
the research evidence REALLY say?:
Take Care of You Take Stock:
of Relationship Health
Practical Steps to Improved Relationship Health:
Implications of Relationship Health for Policy and Practice
Option 2: I Matter Framework Stage 1 Core Training
A Carefully Stepped Plan
The first stages of I Matter Training are all about awareness with everyone starting with direct relationships with children. Step 1 and 2 provide an insight into the I Matter Framework. Step 3 and 4 are for those who are working in direct care roles. Professionals who work with parents may wish to start with the Preparation and Prevention Pathway to gain a full understanding of the structure of the course.
Step 1: Acknowledge the
In the First Steps Course you are introduced to an I Matter Approach and to some of the initial starting ideas
The I Matter Intensive :
The I Matter Intensive introduces the core theory on which an I Matter Approach is based
Take Care of You Take Stock:
In the check in process we explore how to use assessments to see what the next steps and priorities are
This is a theory to practice stage with active coaching that gives you feedback on your practice
The Skills of the Wellbeing Wheel
The I Matter Network and Wellbeing Wheel explore the everyday applications and skills
AFTER THE BOOK CLUB OR I MATTER CORE TRAINING YOU CAN
JOIN THE RELATIONSHIP HEALTH NETWORK
and the I Matter Relationship Health Resource Lab
WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THE RELATIONSHIP HEALTH NETWORK?
Support understanding the research
evidence on child and family wellbeing
explained in a manner that just makes sense
A supportive community that
wants to be part of making the future for
children's mental health look different.
Expert Presentations from Practitioners with
a variety of roles and experience in
working with relationship health
Practical Thinking and Resources that
help you build a new approach and
short cut the time it takes to get help
A carefully structured system to
help you build capacity to
address the missing links in practice.
A language that is non-judgemental and
inclusive so professionals, parents and
Young people can work for shared goals
An understanding of Relationship Health helps you to help the children and families you worry about
Why a Relationship Health Approach is different..?
Our Mission and Your Mission... should you choose to accept it... is to develop your insight and skills as a Senior Leader in helping create communities that put relationship health principles at the centre of your work with children and adults, and communities so as to bring about important results.
Through participation in an I Matter Challenge you will carefully explore what important research evidence on children’s mental health and well-being is REALLY saying - so that in 1-6 months time, you and others will be moving forward with confidence in personal, professional and/or organisational roles to make a positive and sustained difference for one or more children - and for yourself.
How is this different from other programmes that support children's mental health and wellbeing?
Glad you asked...
1. LEADERSHIP BUILT ON CLEAR ROBUST INTEGRATED THEORY
How do you go about making complex decisions when there are so many different ways at looking at the problems? Relationship Health is an overlooked concept of central importance for child and family practice. It offers a powerful practical reference point - that can inform any important decisions.
2. LEADERS AND EXPERTS BY EXPERIENCE IN THE SAME PLACE
Senior leaders are often ill equipped for the job. Not because they lack the skills, but because the role is unclear and relevant training can be hard to come by. Many of our community are also experts by experience and hearing from these members unfiltered has helped so many become better and more effective leaders
3. A WARM AND SUPPORTIVE COMMUNITY
In our community space, you are never alone. You will post something and someone who has had a similar experience will offer you support and ideas or sound advice. We intentionally aim to have a large variety of sectors represented and connections get made which can result in collaborations.
4. RESPONSIVE AND MEMBER DRIVEN
The Relationship Health Network is offered as a mutual learning space. We try things out. experiment, listen, iterate, and respond. So much of the content in our resource library is driven by suggestions and requests made by members.
5. LOTS OF CATHY BETOIN :)
Most weeks Cathy jumps into the Relationship Health Network over coffee to provide advice and assistance. If she’s speaking at an event, she organizes local “meetups” to meet members in person. Hop along for some quick Nuggets and Gems!
6. LINE UP OF EXPERTS
The exciting thing about this community is that it is full of experts. These are practitioners who have tried things out and learned from what works and what doesn't. We regularly offer events and book suggestions that will build all aspects of your Relationship Health Skills Promotion
7. OUR KIND AND ATTENTIVE TEAM
The Relationship Health Network team participates daily in the community and acts as your advocate and champion. We are dedicated to your success. We listen, respond, and help you find what you need. And if we don’t have it, we work hard to get it for you.
8. KEEPING IT FUN AND PRACTICAL
The Relationship Health Network approach aims to keep things fun and enjoyable with a good dose of humour at all the things that can happen in those 'off track' moments when everything is going to pot. We've all been there!
A FINAL NOTE FROM CATHY BETOIN
In my work with hundreds of professionals and parents and leaders supporting children and families where there is anxious and challenging behaviour and through my own experiences in setting up my own company and as a Trustee of a not for profit organisation, I've seen first hand some of the challenges that are faced by leaders when there is a sense of 'making it up as you go along' and feeling isolated and lonely in a challenging role
I created the Relationshio Health Practice Network because I wanted to fill a gap – especially for leaders in organisations that are focussed on making a difference to children and communities. The Relationship Health Network aims to offer you a place where there can be robust advice, suggestions, and a shot in the arm.
What you do, and who you decide to become matters for this beautiful world we live in and for our children who will need to pick up the next steps...