I Matter Supported Online Learning Challenge for Professionals 

SUPPORTED I MATTER TRAINING CAN HELP PROFESSIONALS WHO SUPPORT CHILDREN WITH RAISED CONCERNS OR LONGER TERM NEEDS

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I Matter training for professionals is offered via a step-wise approach supported by the I Matter Awards Direct Team. The training steps can be used as CPD or as part of our Awards scheme or can offer a route to our certification process.
Professionals can access forum supported or scheduled classes.  Professionals linked to member schools or services can access further benefits and can support an Organisational Award 

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The I Matter Online Supported Learning Challenge is for you if:

  • You work with children and families and know that some new thinking is urgently needed in education and health and community practice 
  • You want support to feel more confident about the theoretical foundations of your professional practice
  • You know that the thinking we are doing now through the ongoing COVID period is really important
  • You want support for better joined up thinking in your setting or locality.
  • You want new thinking about how to support vulnerable children and families
  • You are committed to evidence based practice but are dissatisfied with the language of treatment for disordered children
  • You want to know what the research is REALLY saying about how to help children who are struggling or challenging
  • You want to help your team move forward together based on clear understandings that can support decision making 
  • You want a positive response to the new guidance on relationships education in school
  • You’ve heard a bit about I Matter but you want to give yourself time to understand the principles and be part of a supportive community 
  • You know that stress levels are high right now in staff, parents and young people and know that to offer your best you need to invest in your own understanding.
  • You have heard that this Course will help you support young people and parents and staff more effectively.
  • You understand that when Dr Cathy Betoin accepts a new group of trainees to become certified as I Matter Link or Lead Professionals or Advanced Practitioners in their own settings this course will be a required prerequisite before applications are received.

 

Is I Matter relevant to the full range of children needs?

Yes! This is an opportunity to put guided effort and energy into understanding the foundations of your practice so that you can confidently fine-tune your approach and shift the effectiveness of your practice to a new level. You'll learn specific skills to strengthen all relationships with young people, as well as having opportunities to think about a wide range of interrelated issues. By the end of the foundation course, you'll find that you have a lot more fun and pleasure in your role and a lot more confidence that you are making the difference that matters.

 

HUNDREDS OF PROFESSIONALS AND PARENTS HAVE TAKEN PART IN THIS TRAINING OVER THE LAST 10 YEARS.  NOW WE ARE MAKING IT MORE AVAILABLE VIA AN ONLINE LEARNING OPTION

 

HERE IS A SAMPLE OR WHAT PROFESSIONALS SAID RECENTLY:

 

I listened to a 90 min introduction and thought, 'this is the missing part that was not covered during my teacher training'. We have had so little on child development.  I now have a completely different and critically important perspective on my role as a teacher.  I think all student teachers should be offered this as part of their training." PGCE Student

 

The I Matter framework has had a powerful impact on me personally and on my practice. It has, under one umbrella, drawn together all the research and learning I am familiar with and framed it in a way that is easily accessible to parents and professionals alike. It has proven to be a thought-provoking process and I feel privileged to have been given the opportunity to trial this for my organization.               Senior Adoption Social Worker 

Thoroughly brilliant course. Has made an big impact on my own well-being which has meant that I have been more able to cope better with the expected and unexpected aspects of life in a calmer rational manner!!    Head of Key Stage 4


“I’m looking after myself better at work. It has been brilliant for helping me have more patience with challenging pupils. I’ve developed a bit more tolerance for some staff members too!”   Secondary Teacher

 

I think that if the wider implications of the I Matter framework were taken onboard by the various organisations that actually work with children and young people and we were all singing from the same hymn sheet,  this would have a massive impact not only on the lives of the young children or young people but also the parents as well and that would have a massive knock-on effect as they reached adulthood                    Teaching Assistant  


I think as a pastoral team working in a secondary school we are well placed to try and make some of these changes to try to improve the well-being and mental health of our children to prioritise and value the skills of relationships.   I Matter is about supporting not only the child but the whole community around that child.  We want to look at what we can do to ensure families are given the support they need for feeling confident in their parenting role.    Pastoral Lead - Year Group Head


The course was truly fascinating. Having worked in education for 16 years it’s given me a new angle and so much food for thought!  The only negative is that I want to know more!  I think the I Matter framework could have a huge impact on how we support families. I often feel slightly powerless to help stressed families and despite wanting to, feel limited in what practical solutions I can offer. The I Matter framework, I feel, will definitely be of help and I look forward to learning more about it and putting it in to practice.    Year Group Head

 

I am a HLTA *Higher Level Teaching Assistant) but also a parent and foster carer. I work with primary aged children, have 3 teenagers, and foster toddlers! This course has been so valuable for each and every relationship I encounter on a daily basis.       HLTA, Foster Carer and Parent who completed First Steps and Foundation

 

"The information drawn together in I Matter Training is like gold dust for parents and carers and teachers of the child who is challenging us.  I am loving the training and finding it so interesting!" - Parent and Foster Carer.

 

I will admit that when I started this programme I expected to have heard it all before because I have done so much of my own research...and attended so much training. However the clarity of this programme has struck me as if for the first time, which is fantastic.  Thank you.          Adoptive Mum and Teacher

 

 

“This course has been so much more than I expected it to be. I have learned so many things that have changed my understanding of myself and of my child. I have worked with many services before this but this has really made the difference. Now I know why I Matter ”    Teacher and Parent of a Child with an ASD diagnosis

 

 "The experience of learning online has been really good and I have been quite surprised by that as I thought I would miss the interaction with other participants more than I have.  I appreciated the on-line consultation and was able to work on the things you suggested with my child.  I also think that being able to 'try out' my learning with my child as the course has gone along has also really helped make the course have an immediate impact in a way that many courses don't.  The time and energy invested by me have been very worthwhile.”     Adoptive Dad and social worker, 


What You’ll Get:

Over a one week intensive or over an extended period you will be working through a carefully structured course that will help you think about elements of your everyday professional and personal experience in the context of an integration of the research evidence known as the I Matter Framework.   The online course has been developed by Dra Cathy Betoin an experienced clinical psychologist and teacher and offers audio recordings and worksheets that will support you in thinking through some very important issues.   You can join a scheduled group or progress your learning at your own pace.  You have lifetime access! The course includes:

A powerful integration of theory

Worksheets to support reflection


A supportive community

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN:

INTRODUCTION

The Background to the I Matter Framework and why it is needed
What your options are


FIRST STEPS NUGGETS AND GEMS
An introduction to the I Matter Framework
The Essentials of Attachment


THE FOUNDATION INTENSIVE:  DISCOVER THE I MATTER FRAMEWORK


Choose Your Focus Child - In-depth Registration Questionnaire

WELCOME live session
Getting Started Live Workshop

Online Content - fast paced summary 
FOUNDATION ONE - SYMPTOMS OF STRESS AND WELL-BEING and the I MATTER MODEL
FOUNDATION TWO - ESSENTIAL I MATTER IDEAS
BONUS - MORE ESSENTIAL IDEAS
FOUNDATION THREE - AN INTRODUCTION TO ATTACHMENT THEORY
FOUNDATION FOUR - THE ALARM RESPONSE AND THE BRAIN
FOUNDATION FIVE - HOW CHILDREN START THINKING
FOUNDATION SIX - THE POWER OF OUR BELIEFS AND ATTITUDES
FINAL REVIEW

Worksheets to complete

Lunch time check in call
Celebration completion

 


FOUNDATION A CONSOLIDATION:  FROM CONFUSION TO CLARITY

Online content - based on a group teaching series
Worksheets to complete
Weekly calls and multidisciplinary discussion


FIRST STEPS, FOUNDATION INTENSIVE AND FOUNDATION A BUNDLE
Includes First Steps Course
Intensive Course
Foundation A Course

OPPORTUNITIES TO PROGRESS TO FOUNDATION B WATCHING AFFECTIONATELY
Theory to Practice Course

OPPORTUNITIES TO PROGRESS TO INTERMEDIATE AND ADVANCED STAGES