Gentle Sleep Coach Programme


Completed in 2013

The Gentle Sleep Coach Programme is the first and most extensive professional sleep coaching certification programme available. The programme involves over 80 hours of training, an exam and participation in case supervision with Kim West, LCSW-C (a.k.a. “the Sleep Lady”) who has been helping tired parents for over 17 years. Clinical supervision and ongoing advanced training are required to maintain certification as a Gentle Sleep Coach. Some of my training topics included:    

  • Basic counselling and child development
  • Sleep science and behavioural modification techniques
  • 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
  • Sensory Processing Disorders and Sleep by Jodi Jennings, OTLR

The GSC Programme also includes an exclusive advanced training series directly centered around how to gently work with babies 4 and 5 months of age. This programme which I have also completed consists of over 40 hours of instruction and mentorship.
Some of the curriculum training topics include:    

  • In depth knowledge of the delicate nature of infants under 6 months of age and how to consider all elements of their well-being.
  • Current evidence based guidelines and instruction on how to evaluate the 4-6 month old child and family and determine if the child is ready for sleep coaching.
  • Gentle sleep solutions and strategies that are effective and developmentally appropriate for the younger baby.

 This specialty training is designed to give coaches the knowledge, education and all the tools and resources they need to successfully work with families of babies 4-6 months of age in a safe, healthy and developmentally appropriate manner.  

Infant Mental Health Community Training Institute

I am currently completing a course in Infant Mental Health

Wonder Weeks Infant Mental Health Program

Completed 2017

I have completed a course run by the Wonder Weeks called  Infant Mental Health and Development Foundation Program  

'Our Foundation Program has been especially designed for  professionals who would like to gain a deeper understanding of the  wonderful world of babies and learn more about The Wonder Weeks. The  program is approved by the British Psychological Society and features  observational movies of babies, short lectures, quizzes, and helpful  hints, tips, and activities for professionals to share with caregivers'

National Diploma in Textile Design

Completed in 1996

I completed a 3 year National Diploma in Textile Design course at the Natal Technikon in Durban, South Africa.