GSC Training Summary

The Gentle Sleep Coach® Program is the first and most extensive professional sleep coach training and certification program available. The program involves over 80 hours of training with a faculty panel that includes two medical doctors, a psychologist, an attorney, a lactation counsellor, 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. I completed my GSC training in August 2023. 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 age 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

Orla GSC Training Summary

0-5 Month Old Training Summary

The GSC Program also includes an exclusive advanced training specifically focused on how to gently work with babies 0-5 months of age using the Baby-Led Sleep Shaping and Coaching.

This gentle approach aids families to first shape their baby's sleep and then when appropriate (and according to their baby's unique temperament) offer alternatives to the "cry it out" method for newborns, based on an infant's developmental readiness to self soothe.

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Orla GSC Training Summary

Some of the curriculum training topics include:

How feeding, attachment, soothing, and temperament all factor into your infant's sleep

The key developmental milestones from birth through five months and how to encourage sleep at every stage.

Safe co-sleeping guidelines

Guidance on how to assess when the baby is ready for sleep coaching based on current research and evidence-based strategies

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.