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Become Child Sleep Consultant O: Can't find training

Postby Say_Yes_To_Life » Sun Dec 28, 2008 11:33 pm

I am definitely a scanner! I am going to have several different jobs. I've been a professional nanny/caretaker for over 25 years. I already know a ton about all aspects of child care, sleeping, eating, discipline etc. I would like to become a Infant/Child Sleep Consulant but I have scoured the internet and can't find if training is necessary and where I can take it. I live in Western Canada. Does anyone know how I can find out if I need to be certified or can I just use my own experience to help new, overwhelmed, sleep deprived parents? I hope I have this in the right thread. Thank you very much. :D
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Re: Become Child Sleep Consultant O: Can't find training

Postby skannie » Tue Dec 30, 2008 12:30 pm

I've checked this out a bit and it appears to be a rapidly growing field with an unfulfilled demand. But it's a very new type of service and there don't yet seem to be any standard qualifications or training requirements. A lot of the work is done by phone. Some of the people involved have degrees or advanced degrees in relevant subjects e.g. psychology, child development or clinical social services. At least one is a trained children's nurse. Others don't mention any qualifications, but put the emphasis on years of experience with children and testimonials from happy customers. There is a training course you can do in the UK but I don't know how well recognised it is. They say it's accredited, but it's not at all clear who it's accredited by. Training course for sleep consultants http://www.naturallynurturing.co.uk/Training.htm The National Association of Sleep consultants is run by the same people. http://www.naturallynurturing.co.uk/NASC.htm So I recommend doing the following, not necessarily in this order: 1) Do research on people already providing this service, and find out how they got into it and what training or qualifications they have. You can get some information from websites, but then also contact them and ask them directly for advice, or if you're afraid they might think of you as competition, do a little "industrial espionage" and pretend to be a possible client. Maybe you could even start by working with one of the existing agencies. 2) set up a blog or website giving tips about children and sleeping, and offering your services. Get visitors to sign up to your mailing list and send them newsletters. Print business cards including your site's address. Put posters and flyers in suitable places. 3) If you have already been successful in solving any children's sleeping problems, ask the parents to give you a testimonial for your site. That seems to be more important than qualifications in this business. 4) Continue to research the subject of children's sleep and sleep training, so you are as knowledgeable as possible about it. Read all the books, websites etc. Go to seminars and conferences if there are any. Find out about the important people and methods. 5) Contribute advice on children's sleeping problems to relevant forums, discussion groups or blog comments, to build your status as an expert. Here are lots of bits and pieces of information that might help you. A few of them are from Canada. In some cases there are links but in others just names that you will have to research further yourself. Helen Sands Vancouver Canada http://www.helensands.com/ Dana Obleman - Canada http://www.sleepsense.net/contact B.A. in Psychology (1998) Tracey Ruiz, owner of Sleep Doula, a sleep consulting firm in Toronto Vivian Sonnenberg - http://www.viviansonnenberg.com I have been working with infants/babies for the last 19 years, (not including my own sons) and have had excellent results with my “techniques,” which I have learned from my long experience with babies. That experience has been much more educational than all the books I have read and my nursing training in Argentina. Sleep Nannies (UK) http://www.sleepnannies.co.uk/sleepconsultant.htm Naturally Nurturing UK http://www.naturallynurturing.co.uk/index.html Naturally Nurturing is a UK-based private sleep clinic and training centre founded by psychologist, sleep expert, published author and devoted mother of four, Chireal Shallow. The Sleep Lady http://www.sleeplady.com/index.htm KIM WEST is a mother of two and a Licensed Certified Social Worker-Clinical (LCSW-C) who has been a practicing child and family therapist for more than thirteen years. Kim West received her master’s degree in Clinical Social Work from Simmons College in Boston, Massachusetts. Annapolis, MD-based consultant. Rafael Pelayo, director of pediatric sleep services at the Lucille Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford University and a member of National Institutes of Health sleep research advisory board. Richard Ferber, director of the Center of Pediatric Sleep Disorders at Children’s Hospital, Boston, The Soho Parenting Center in New York City doesn’t specialize in sleep but says it books 25 individual consultations every month with parents worried about sleep. Jodi Mindell, associate director of the sleep clinic at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. In Washington, DC, Suzy Giordano offers comprehensive 'baby coaching' Dr. Judith Owens, director of the Pediatric Sleep Disorders Clinic at Hasbro Children’s Hospital in Providence, R.I. “The Happiest Baby on the Block” DVDs and books, which are written by Dr. Harvey Karp, a pediatrician of 30 years who also trains sleep consultants across North America. Family Sleep http://www.familysleep.com/index.html Pick Nick's Brain - Helping you and your child sleep http://www.picknicksbrain.com/services/ http://www.angeliquemillette.com/index.html http://sohoparenting.com/we-offer/sleephelp.htm A few recommended sleep consultants from Berkeley Parents Network http://parents.berkeley.edu/advice/slee ... .html#more Meg Zweiback - Oakland - 836-1450 Sarah Swales, 652-0774 Rachel Biale UCSF Sleep Program sleep disorders clinic at Stanford
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Re: Become Child Sleep Consultant O: Can't find training

Postby Say_Yes_To_Life » Tue Dec 30, 2008 6:43 pm

WOWWWEEEE!!! Ask and ye shall receive! I can't even tell you how much I appreciate this incredible answer you have me. Thank you very, very much for all the fantastic information and links! I wish I could send you a bouquet or flowers.... :D Your answer was highly researched and very encouraging. Good work! I shall get on it right away!! I know there is a need. I'm working on becoming a workshop leader too. I've also wanted to start a blog (writing is my deepest passion)...even though I am not supposed to use...all the time....LOL!! Bless you, bless you. Wishing you the happiest and most wonderful 2009! :)
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Re: Become Child Sleep Consultant O: Can't find training

Postby Elizabeth818 » Thu Oct 22, 2015 6:20 pm

This is the program I went through to become a sleep consultant.http://violet-sleepbabysleep.blogspot.com/2014/12/sleep-consultant-certification-program.html I learned so much, got help through all my cases and even got help setting up my business.
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