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Professional Feedback and Stories


Please note:  as a matter of general policy we do not use names linked to quotes on this site as many of our professionals are also parents and are involved in both capacities in ongoing relationships with young people. This seems to us the best way to appropriately preserve privacy. 


Lillian came to the I Matter Project as both a professional and as a parent or a young person with a diagnosis of autism.  As she now recounts, she had done a lot of training and attended a lot of appointments. but nothing had prepared her for the intensity of her son's behaviour and life had reached a point in which life at home was dangerous and out of control. Today Lillian and her son have a good relationship and he is thriving at University, getting on well with a wide range of people.  Lillian  says she does not believe this would have happened without the ideas she learned through the I Matter Project. 

Sally is an experienced carer support professional and parent of three children.  She joined I Matter Training with a concern about her youngest daughter and also with a concern for many families caring for children with additional needs who are presenting with challenging behaviour.   Sally had seen many professionals but she explains that it was as a result of her I Matter Training that she managed to draw her learning together and take the action that was needed. Her relationship with her daughter has become much more enjoyable and Sally is exploring next steps in her professional role as regards supporting others.


EVERY parent and teacher would benefit from this course. Parent carers are a group of people I would like to get this to. This would be a fantastic opportunity to bring a very isolated group of people together to improve the situation they are in.          Carer support professional

Thanks to I Matter Training, lots of families including mine will have a lovely happy Christmas.  I am looking forwards to making further progress with you in 2018.            GP and Parent                                                                                                                                       

IMatter training fits perfectly with my therapeutic training.  It has many areas of commonality with family therapy training, eg helping families to correct relationship dynamics which have gone askew, enabling all family members to be heard, valued & responsible.      Family Therapist 

I think all teachers should do the course. I have learned SOOOO much that I can and will apply to my professional and personal relationships..  It has definitely made me more tolerant/understanding of children when they are showing complex behaviours in class.      Teacher 

The course has definitely met all the Learning Outcomes.  I have enjoyed learning online and found the modules manageable with enough to be stimulating.  I really enjoyed the dynamic of the group - it was interesting hearing everyone's varied experiences.   I have made changes that have benefited me personally, and my family and my professional role.  I want to carry on and learn more.             General Practitioner

I am a HLTA 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

As the weeks are moving on I am thinking about theory and strategies from this course on a daily basis in my professional role.  Teaching Assistant

I have found the Foundation B very valuable, it really helped with ideas and advice. It's been extremely helpful!  It's a real journey.   Teaching Assistant 

I would highly recommend trying this training.  I took part in this course as both a parent of a complex child with medical and behavioural issues and a professional working in a secondary school.   As a professional I was taking part in this with a view to helping parents of our students that ring me when they are at their wits end with their child. We learnt about the model of IMATTER and then went on to discuss how we look after ourselves.  We met regularly and this helped being able to talk though some ideas which can either be new to you or recap what you may have already known. The computer part of the course was easy to complete and backed up the meetings with videos. I look forward to becoming a study supporter and taking this further.  As  a parent it has made me take a step back and look at how my family interact and put little key words into place and become more conscious about sticking to a strategy. The results speak for themselves and I can see improvement in my own child over the weeks I have working with this approach.    It is easy to understand and its something that you can add into your life as its not a 'do this do that when that happens approach'. Instead it gives you the tools you need to look after all the family and their wellbeing and guides you with certain issues so you understand why they are happening.In the B course,

I really enjoyed being able to implement what I had learnt through IMatter with support from Cathy and the group It has been a privilege to learn more about other people's experiences through reading about their particular situation, how they interact with their children and manage their own feelings and wellbeing. Our group was very varied in terms of age groups and family set ups. Everyone was very honest and open but it was anonymized to protect the children which felt very safe  I valued how it also helped me to create a daily practice of making time to connect with my child and spend time quality time with my family  GP

I have really enjoyed both courses and am keen to be involved further in supporting other parents. Thanks very much Cathy for all your support, ideas and great resources!     SENCO



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If I had understood these ideas earlier

I could have been a lot more effective

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