Our Values

Sensitive Sleep Consultants trained through the Institute align their values of:

 

  • Being respectful of all parenting styles

  • Supporting a nurturing relationship between parent and child

  • Encouraging breastfeeding where possible and supporting the mother's choices

  • Staying up to date on safe sleeping recommendations in particular how to support co-sleeping families who wish to continue co-sleeping

  • Attentive listening and empathising with families going through sensitive issues

  • Maintaining a high level of professionalism and close support to the client

  • Considerate of attachment theory and parenting values

  • Guiding clients through tailored solutions born from a place of understanding and respect

 

About the Founder
Our Mission
  • To be a lighthouse of hope and understanding to professionals and families who need solutions to sleep issues yet do not wish to partake in traditional sleep training (cry it out, controlled crying etc).

  • Provide quality evidence-based training and education to professionals on sensitive sleep approaches.

  • Provide quality coaching and support to parents on sensitive sleep approaches.

  • Provide individualised mentoring to students of the Institute 

  • Link and network professionals in the sleep industry to support eachother.

Kel Whittaker founded the Institute of Sensitive Sleep Consulting after identifying a need in the child sleep industry to support and educate professionals who identify themselves as respectful of attachment parenting values, positive parenting principles and other parenting styles that nurture the parent-child bond, whilst guiding clients to respectful solutions to their sleep issues.  This has led to an industry movement, with other course providers following.

 

Kel worked one on one with clients on the Gold Coast and leads a team of sensitive sleep consultants.  Kel feels her understanding gained through her Bachelor of Psychological Science (including attachment theory and cognitive development) have been fundamental in adapting her approach.  Kel also completed a Master of Social Work (Q).  She holds a certificate in Insomnia Diagnosis and Treatment and certificate in Infant Mental Health Foundations (University of Auckland) and is trained in crisis counselling (Lifeline Australia),  and is a Happiest Baby Educator.  Kel is the Australian Representative for the International Association of Child Sleep Consultants. She is also a Professional Associate of Attachment Parenting International, and is a member of the Association of Professional Sleep Consultants, a published contributor to the International Maternity & Parenting Institute and a featured Wisdom Expert for the Birth Institute. Kel is proud to share her thoughtful program approved with International Institute for Complementary Therapists. She also has a background as a Childrens Ministry Leader (ages 1-4 years). Prior to her relocation to the Gold Coast, she was recommended by Pediatricians at Royal Darwin Hospital and invited to present to their board. Throughout her experiences with assisting parents, she has shaped her practice of assessing and coaching parents with sleep issues to one that ultimately listens to the client and guides and counsels them to find their own solutions from a place of love and understanding. Kel does not claim to be an 'Expert' - the world does not need more Experts, it needs Encouragers.

 

Kel Whittaker personally holds these memberships

© Institute of Sensitive Sleep Consulting

Founder: Kel Whittaker

Sleep Consultant Certification Program 2015

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