The Gentle Sleep Coach (GSC) Program is the first and most extensive professional sleep coach training and certification program available. The program involves over 90 hours of training with a faculty panel that includes 2 medical doctors, a psychologist, an attorney, lactation counselor, postpartum doulas and a family therapist. Each coach must pass an exam and participate in case mentorship with Kim West, LCSW-C (a.k.a. “the Sleep Lady”) who has been helping tired parents for over 20 years. Clinical mentorship and ongoing advanced training are required to maintain certification as a Gentle Sleep Coach.
Some of my training topics included
Basic counseling and child development
Sleep science and behavioral modification techniques to help parents of children ages 0 to 6 years old.
Secure attachment theory
Support for the breastfeeding mother
The training also consisted of lectures from top specialists, including
Postpartum Depression from Dr. Shoshana Bennett, author and leading specialist on Postpartum Depression
Medical Conditions and Sleep Apnea in Children led by Dr. Lewis Kass, Director of Children’s Sleep Center
GERD and Sleep led by Dr. Anthony Loizides, pediatric gastroenterologist
The GSC Program also includes an exclusive advanced training specifically focused on how to gently work with babies 0-5 months of age.
Some of the curriculum training topics include
In-depth knowledge of the importance of attachment and infant mental health
The sleep science behind the first six months of life
What special considerations need to be taken when working with and supporting families during this delicate period.
Specialized instruction on how to evaluate families in the first six months
Guidance on how to assess when the baby is ready for sleep coaching based on current research and evidence-based strategies
Review of gentle sleep solutions and strategies that are developmentally appropriate, breastfeeding and attachment friendly and promote a solid foundation for sleep learning and long-term healthy sleep patterns.
This specialty training is designed to give Gentle Sleep Coaches the knowledge, education and all the tools and resources they need to successfully work with families of newborns through 5 months of age in a safe, healthy and developmentally appropriate manner.
As a Gentle Sleep Coach, I work with every family to:
✅ Figure out their sleep goals for their entire family (this includes co-sleeping, room sharing and breastfeeding older children).
✅ Create an action plan that works for their family around sleep and general scheduling.
✅ Work with every family to become comfortable and empowered in helping their child learn to sleep on their own.
✅ Educate parents on sleep science, developmental milestones, brain development, cognitive, physical, social and emotional development.
✅ Address any developmental concerns with family and coach family on how to support child or how to get the outside help they might need.
✅ Discuss and address feeding issues and concerns (breast, bottle and solids).
✅ Discuss and address any other social or behavioral concerns the family has in regard to their child/ren.