Special Focus: Applications of an I Matter Learning Journey 

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

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I Matter Training helps strengthen professionals and determined parents-carers who want to feel clearer and more confident in their roles and relationships at work and/or at home via the support of a tried and tested carefully structured learning process.

The core of the I Matter Learning Journey is designed as a universal foundation for relationship health practice.  This means that the core principles that are taught through the study process are applicable to all ages and stages and to a full variety of professional and personal roles.  

However people can join the I Matter Learning Journey for a variety of initial reasons.   These could be determined by a range of factors: 
+ Their own interests and needs
+ The availability of a local programme
+ The availability of a lead Practitioner with a special interest focus
A key starting point for participants is deciding on the primary focus child relationship including therefore the role they have for this child.

A role can be professional or personal
Sometimes there can be elements of both.
We encourage everyone to choose one primary focus child - ideally one where there are some current relationship challenges 

The special interest element of the learning journey can be further addressed through:
+ Membership of a special interest focus study support group (eg by role, age, or type of difficulty)
+ Through 1:1 consultations with a Lead Practitioner
+ Through community membership with a specific focus

We encourage all Lead Practitioners to develop a special area of interest as well as retaining competence with the universal themes.

Examples of Special Focus can be very varied

We make a core distinction between direct relationships with a focus child or adult and indirect relationships
Here are some examples:   It is worth remembering that often we have multiple roles


Professionals - by work role
I Matter in the classroom
I Matter in pastoral roles
I Matter for Leadership roles
I Matter in care roles

Professionals - by work disciplines
I Matter for GP's
I Matter for Teachers
I Matter for Social Workers
I Matter for Parent Educators 
I Matter for Parent-Coaches
I Matter for Child and Family Practitioners

Professionals - by ages and stages
Working with parents-infants
Working with pre-schoolers
Working with primary age children
Working with secondary age young people
Working with young adults

Parents - Carers - Ages and Stages
I Matter for new parents
I Matter for parents of toddlers
I Matter for parents of tweens
I Matter for parents of teens
I Matter for parents of young adults

Parents-Carers Additional Needs
Preparing for Adoption
Preparing for Fostering
Preparing for Special Guardianship

Parents-Carers - Specific Roles
I Matter for grandparents
I Matter for extended family members
I Matter for co-parents

Parents-Carers - Specific Needs Focus
Helping your child with anxiety
Helping your child with depression


Self Care at Ages and Stages
Relationship with Self
Relationships with parents-carers
Relationships with peers
Relationships in couples

Mental Health Focus
Moving on with anxiety
Moving on with depression
Moving on from trauma