My Training

Gentle Sleep Coach Certification



Listed as one of Kim West’s Certified Gentle Sleep Coaches in Arizona (2011)

The Gentle Sleep Coach Certification is the first and most extensive professional sleep coaching certification program available, provided by Kim West, LCSW-C (a.k.a. “the Sleep Lady”) who has been helping tired parents for over seventeen years. Course topics include, but not limited to:

  • Basic counseling and child development
  • Sleep science and behavioral modification techniques
  • Secure attachment theory
  • Support for the breastfeeding mother
  • Postpartum depression
  • Medical conditions and sleep apnea in children
  • Sensory processing disorders and sleep


4-5 Month-old Program




Exclusive advanced 40-hour training series centered around how to gently work with babies 4-5 months of age. Course topics include, but not limited to:

  • In depth knowledge of infants under 6 months-old
  • How to evaluate the 4-6 month-old child and family
  • Developmentally appropriate gentle sleep solutions and strategies  


Independent Mentorship

  • Tutelage with Andrea Strang of Kindersleep,The Child Sleep Institute and the in-home sleep support training program for Kim West.
  • Andrea has over 15 years experience with sleep coaching and is a well-sought after coach in Canada.


Foundation Program Graduate of The Wonder Weeks Academy



Provides an in-depth understanding of the infant mind development and readiness for sleep coaching. Course topics include, but not limited to:

  • Early neurodevelopment from womb to cradle
  • The importance of early relationships
  • The language of babies
  • The science behind the wonder weeks
  • All critical mental developmental phases of infants


Infant Mental Health

Infant Mental Health Community Training Institute

This 15-part, 45-hour training program aims to raise awareness and understanding of the needs of infants and toddlers in order to promote healthy social emotional development in the early years and reduce the likelihood of poor mental and physical health outcomes in the later years. Course topics include, but not limited to:

  • Understanding how critical early mental health is for a child, a community, and society at large
  • Understanding of risk and protective factors that contribute to early mental health and development
  • Promotion of infant mental health practices within a community agency
  • Integration of practices that focus on the prevention of infant mental health trauma
  • Embedding of screening practices
  • Integration of interventions  


Babies In Mind: Why The Parent’s Mind Matters

This online course explores how the mind of the parent influences the developing mind of the child, from conception through infancy and into later life. Course topics include, but not limited to:

  • Long-term impact of the absence of an early relationship on all aspects of their later functioning
  • Aspects of caregiver relationship that are important for infant’s developing mind
  • How the attachment relationship is influenced as a result of the way in which the parent’s emotional and cognitive mind shapes that interaction
  • Impact of parent’s mind on foetal development and long-term consequences of adversity during pregnancy
  • Dyadic and non-dyadic methods to support parents during the perinatal period


Courses with Sleep Experts/Pioneers

Bedtime Battles: Insights from pediatric sleep research

Thomas Heffron
American Academy of Sleep Medicine


Attachment Alpha Children, Making Sense of Anxiety, Relationship Matters

Gordon Neufeld, Leader in the field of child development
Neufeld Institute


Waking Up Dry: Practical Strategies for Managing Nocturnal Enuresis

Dr. Howard Bennett, MDBoard-certified pediatrician with 35 years of clinical experience


Adult Sleep, Pregnancy, Insomnia and More

Dr. Rosenberg, DO, FCCP, Board Certified Sleep Specialist
s for Sleep


6 Essential Skills every Parent Should Teach their Anxious Child

Renee JainAward-winning tech entrepreneur and life-coach


Montessori Principles

Darla Miller. Ph.D., Early Childhood Education expert


Conscious Discipline

Becky Bailey, Ph.D., Founder of Loving Guidance, Inc.
Conscious Discipline program


Sensory Processing Disorders and Its Effects on Children’s Sleep

Jodi Jennings, OTR/L, Expert in Sensory Integrative Therapy


Potty Training

Sally Neuberger
Ready, Set, Go Potty


When Behavior Coaching Isn’t Working

Sarah McAllister- Naturopathic Doctor


Understanding Children’s Temperament

Helen Neville


Child Development and Attachment

Brandi Jordan MSW, IBCLC


SIDS and other Sleep Related Infant Deaths: A Review of the Current Research and Recommendations

First Candle Organization