The I Matter Stage 1 Practitioner Certification Programme

Helping Parents and Professionals on an I Matter Journey in Your Setting

The I Matter Stage 1 Practitioner Certification Programme

I Matter Stage 1 Licensed Practice is all about supporting children and young people through your direct relationship with them.  This could be: 

Young Children
Young Adults



The I Matter Stage 1 Certification Process is carefully designed to ensure that 

i) You have a good understanding of the I Matter Framework
ii) And that you understand how to deliver I Matter informed practice with anxious and challenging children in everyday situations

The Application Process helps us to ensure that we have the right people registering on the training.
We generally prioritise professionals who are linked to parents and young people who have been referred through our I Matter Journey for Parents and Carers

The design of the training structure aims to ensure that you are exploring theory and theory in practice from the earliest stages.

You can let us know that you are interested in Stage 1 Certification from early on or after the Intensive.

If we accept you on to Stage 1 programmes you will be known as an I Matter Stage 1 Trainee until you have completed all the Certification requirements for your agreed role.


Stage 1 Extended Journey provides opportunities for offering

  1. Preparation for helping all children
  2. Preparation for helping children with raised concerns and longer term needs 

The programme is suitable for those who are working actively with children eg as Teachers, Teaching Assistants, Residential Care workers.

Participation in Stage 1 Training is to inform your own practice with specific children only.  It does not license you to teach others or to distribute resources to others.  The exact terms will be set out in your licence agreement


When we accept you as a Trainee Stage 1 Practitioner, you will be given access to online and printed resources that will help you help your focus child.   At Stage 1 these are intended to inform your thinking in an informal capacity only.  The assessment tools are for your own use only.    If you want to share them more widely then you must progress to Stage 2 Training

An important condition of the license is that you respect the conditions of the I Matter Journey as it has been designed

This is the way that we ensure a consistent learning experience for you and for others.  What this means is that the resources that we provide are to be used for an a specific purpose in our agreed fashion.  We provide audits and checks as a condition of your ongoing licence

Professionals who work with children and families including teachers, psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, therapists, school nurses, health visitors, coaches, senior leaders, professionals, training & development professionals, internal coaches, and business leaders who are responsible for ensuring a more informed approach to supporting children and families especially the most vulnerable within their organizations or communities.  Professionals from a full variety of roles, attend the Stage 1 I Matter Practitioner Program™.


During the Awareness Stage and in Stage 1 training, you will learn and experience:

  • A new way of seeing the world through the lens of the I Matter Framework
  • The I Matter unique 5-step process of working with challenging situations
  • The way that we use assessments to guide the focus and direction of our work
  • Core I Matter skills that support a longer term restorative approach focussed on your own relationship with children and with parents and with colleagues
  • Effective I Matter Coaching practice with specific children and young people including awareness of the needs of parents
  • Opportunities to consider the Bridging Roles of I Matter Link, Senior Lead, or Informed Head, Director or Commissioner.
  • Opportunities to consider the benefits and challenges of being a locality based or organisational I Matter Facilitator


Some Experienced Practitioners will have opportunities to progress to Stage 2 Certification:

Licensed Practitioners s are supported with a variety of neans. Including but not limited to:

  • Help Desk for ongoing support
  • An I Matter Professional and Parent Licensed Practitioners Community Forum
  • Community Wheel and Relationship Health Menmbership

The I Matter Professional and Parent Practioner Program™ provides participants Continuing CPD credits upon completion of the training.

The I Matter Professional and Parenting Training™  can be taken part in by professionals currently in the UK only 
Versions of the I Matter Participant Guides may be made available in multiple languages in future.
Please CONTACT US for more information regarding the options available.


Licensed Practitioners  pay a small membership fee to maintain their right to access their course and take part in community discussions.
Following certification, You are expected to retain your licence in good standing by working with at least one child on a regular basis.  If your membership ceases then your licence will also end or can be placed on pause for up to 12 months,


Please ensure that you read our IMPPLP Enrollment Policy prior to enrolling. By enrolling you acknowledge you have read these policies and procedures.

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