Practice Certificate for Health Professionals
Blunden Responsive GeMSS Method

APPROVED BY THE AUSTRALIAN PSYCHOLOGICAL SOCIETY AND REVIEWED BY THE AUSTRALIAN SLEEP HEALTH FOUNDATION.

Doctors, paediatricians, community health nurses, psychologists and other allied health professionals are often sought out by families who need help to improve their children’s sleep.

Due to increasing demand for experts sleep services for struggling families and individuals, Professor Sarah Blunden has launched her “Gentle Methods of Self Soothing (GeMSS) program.

This is one of the first evidence-based practice certificates designed for health professionals for professionals who wish to assist families with responsive sleep intervention methods.

The GeMSS has been manualised into a comprehensive Practice Certificate developed and utilised by during her years as the Founder and Director of the Paediatric Sleep Clinic in Australia. The GeMSS method is a recognised, published and evidence-based treatment for Behavioural Insomnia of Childhood as described by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. This Practice Certificate requires a graduate level of knowledge with a level of clinical expertise. Hence the GeMSS training is for any health, medical and/or allied health professional with at least an undergraduate degree.

In published research studies, The GeMSS method is shown to be a successful and gentle method of teaching infants and young children to sleep alone and to re-settle themselves when they wake overnight. The method does not involve leaving a child to cry, (often called cry-it-out, controlled crying or controlled comforting) but is based on “responsive” strategies rather than “ignoring” or “extinction” strategies. The responsive method is based more on the psychological theories of attachment and learned behaviour rather than extinction theory for those families who do not wish to ignore their child.

Steps to accreditation in The GeMSS practice certificate

Steps to gaining competency in delivering the Blunden Responsive GeMSS Method

Practitioners need to learn detailed information about the physiology and psychology of sleep before learning the step by step behavioural approach to helping parents to teach their infants, toddlers and young children to sleep independently. The Practice Certificate is designed for a sequential progression through the content, as each module will assume mastery of the knowledge and skills presented in the previous modules. For example, Module 1 will be assuming the knowledge and capacity of a fully registered allied health professional and this must be with a mastery test before progressing to Module 2.

The content of the learning experience has been developed using adult learning principles and active learning approaches. These include reading, writing, reflections, checking of learning quizzes/activities and videos to aid learning.

Steps to gaining competency in delivering the Blunden Responsive GeMSS Method

Those who wish to undertake the training will be asked to register their interest in training in this method, must supply details of qualifications and await approval before completing payment, and enrolling in the course.  

Once practitioners have completed training and assessments in all four Modules, they will certified and registered as a practitioner of the GeMSS method. Certificates will be issued.

Yearly updates to keep abreast of new research developments in the areas of children’s sleep will be offered by webinar to all international GeMSS providers.

Course Information:

Course instructor:

Professor Sarah Blunden – Author
Read more about Professor Sarah Blunden

Cost of training:

AUD $895.00.
(1 year of access)

Included in course:

Membership of GeMSS license holders (AUD $75.00 /year)
Pre-reading manual
Copies of five seminal academic papers on the GeMSS method
Infant treatment manual
Toddler treatment manual
Marking and re-marking of assessment one, two and three.
Ongoing access to 3x training video presentations of Professor Blunden
Certificate of completion
Ongoing support

Not included in course:

The cost of The Boss of My Sleep Book AUS $27:49
The cost of the Sensible Sleep Solution infant book AUS $29.95.

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The Course Outline

Click here to begin the GeMSS Course

Welcome to the GeMSS Course:

Module One:

  1. Prior to assessing, diagnosing and treating sleep problems in this age group, it is imperative to read the Pre-reading Manual. It is necessary that you read “The Sensible Sleep Solution: a guide to sleep in your baby’s first year” and “The Boss of My Sleep Book” to complete this Module. Links and resources presented in the Pre-Reading Manual are also recommended reading.
  2. Viewing of Module 1 introduction video.
  3. Further reading is available on:
    sleepeducation.net.au
    snoozeforkids.com.au
  4. Undergo a brief assessment of knowledge about sleep in infants and young children. The assessment will be based on the readings, including the optional readings and the video presentations. You will submit your assessment online and it will be assessed by the GeMSS team for 85% pass rate. Participants will be notified if they need to redo their assessment before they can progress to the next module.

Module Two:

  1. Systematically go through the Treatment Manuals for both Infants and Toddlers. Purchase and reading of the Boss of my Sleep Book and the Sensible Sleep Solution is expected (see below for costs) as the manuals DO NOT cover the detail of information necessary to understand the GeMSS method. Assessment tasks will include questions from each of the books.
  2. View the video of Module 2a (Infants) and 2b (Toddlers).
  3. Undergo a brief assessment of acquisition of knowledge about the GeMSS sleep intervention method in infants and young children, either online or at the workshop. You will need to achieve 85 % pass rate to continue onto the next module. You can repeat the assessment as many times as you wish in order to achieve that goal. The assessment will be based on the readings, including the optional readings and the video presentations. Participants will be notified if they need to redo their assessment before they can progress to the next module.

Module Three:

  1. View the final video of Module 3.
  2. Complete the final assessment for certification
  3. You will need to achieve 85 % pass rate to continue onto the next module. You can repeat the assessment as many times as you wish in order to achieve that goal. Participants will be notified if they need to redo their assessment before they can progress to the next module.
    Issue of certificate of competency in the GeMSS method and registration with the GeMSS license holder registry.

Ongoing professional development

Registered and qualified practitioners of the GeMSS method will be made aware through email contact of new research findings and new information. A yearly licence fee (see cost) will cover any new training materials necessary to keep GeMSS practitioners up to date with the latest evidence based sleep information relevant to sleep intervention delivery.

Sleep Education Programs for Schools and Teachers

International estimates of sleep problems in young people range between 10% and 45%. This suggests that approximately one in four children report significant sleep disturbance. How can we reduce that and/or prevent sleep disturbance from becoming a real problem in students at school? Sleep education is an obvious answer.

The first step is to increase awareness through sleep education in schools. Changing sleep patterns, through dedicated sleep education programs in schools, may be a potentially effective preventive health model. Teachers and schools are in a prime position to deliver sleep education to young people. Helping teachers and training them in sleep, is an imperative part of improving sleep in our young people.

Professor Sarah Blunden developed sleep education programs through The Australian Centre for Education in Sleep (ACES©) back in 2006. ACES programs for primary and senior schools have been written, trialled and adopted in schools in Australia and internationally and are still available in hard copy for teachers and schools.

The junior school program is available as hard copy and has also been adapted online in the free junior school program SimplyHealthy@Schools and is available free for teachers and schools with lesson plans and age appropriate activities.
The Senior School program has been adapted online into a state of the art sleep education program especially for teachers in the Healthy Sleep for Healthy Schools (HS4HS) which is now in final trials in Australia and Canada.

Finding ways for teachers to embed this important information into existing curricula on an ongoing basis, may result in more significant inroads into increasing the sleep health of the children in our classrooms so that changes can be achieved in meaningful and long lasting ways.

ACES Junior and Senior Sleep Education Programs

ACES Junior School Sleep Education Package:

  • For children aged 8 – 11 years.
  • Trialled and researched in South Australian primary schools.
  • Contains 3 x 35 minute sessions presented in power point presentation.
  • Has accompanying Teacher’s Manual that has sleep background information and explanations of every power point slide.
  • Has an accompanying Student Workbook with interactive exercises and web based activities for student engagement. Here is a sample of the Junior School Sleep Education ACES junior school workbook.
Contact us to find out more about the Junior Schools Program

ACES SimplyHealthy@Schools Online Junior School Sleep Education Program

In conjunction with Philips, we have developed the online version of the ACES junior school program called  Simply Healthy@Schools package, this includes:

  • Adapted from the ACES program
  • Free for junior schools
  • Banner for healthy Heroes of Sleep
  • Teacher interaction manual
  • Sleep assignments for students
  • Sleep education slides
  • Sleep Sticker
Download the free Simply Healthy@Schools Sleep Education Module

ACES Senior School Sleep Education Package:

100% of students who attended the ACES high school program said the ACES program should be in all high school curricula. A trial of this program funded by the South Australian Health Department and Australian Government has shown that this sleep education package improved sleep in middle school students (Rigney et al 2015).

  • For children aged 11 years and older.
  • Trialled in and integrated into South Australian high schools.
  • Contains 4 x 55 minute sessions presented in power point presentation.
  • Has accompanying Teacher’s Manual that has sleep background information and explanations of every power point slide.
  • Has an accompanying Student Workbook with interactive exercises and web based activities for student engagement. Click here to download an example of what is in the high school student workbook.
  • Has opportunities for data collection and homework activities.
Contact us to find out more about the Senior Schools Program
Check out our free resources for teachers and schools

Group Sleep Education Sessions

INTERESTED IN OUR SENSIBLE SLEEP GROUP SESSIONS?

The Paediatric Sleep & Psychology Clinic run regular group sleep education sessions across a number of locations in Adelaide, as well as online via Telehealth. This gives us the opportunity to deliver our sessions to those outside of metropolitan centres.

Our sessions are run by our experienced sleep psychologist Brooke Michell and Sarah Blunden.

These group sleep education and therapy sessions are run for:

Parents and carers of children with sleep problems
Adults with sleep problems
Health Professionals and Community centres

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Parents and carers of children with sleep problems

These sessions of between 4- 10 families  are now being run online and typically run for 1-2 hours and cover important information about children and sleep, followed by ‘question time’ to allow attendees to obtain advice about their own situation. The sessions aim to give parents enough basic strategies to overcome the most common sleep problems in children.

After the Sleep Solutions Session there are opportunities for parents and carers to decide whether they would like to further engage with the Sleep Specialists for individualised follow-up support and assistance.

SESSION COST – $80.00 per family

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Adults

Sessions for adults are run as required and available throughout the year. Session are run by either Professor Sarah Blunden or Brooke Michell.

SESSION COST – $75.00 per participant

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Health Professionals and Community Centres Community centres.

Child care centres, schools and any other organisation can book a video link sleep education sessions for their families or their staff.

Session content and length can be tailored to the audience and we will run these sessions for any organisation that wants to host this educational session for their families in their care.

SESSION COST – $250/hour.

Course Information

Estimated Time: 4-6 hours per module

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Course Instructor

Professor Sarah Blunden Professor Sarah Blunden Author

Professor Sarah Blunden has developed and delivered the GeMSS sleep training over several years to many groups of health professionals including psychologists, paediatricians, general practitioners, teachers, child care workers, child and youth health nurses and occupational therapists. She is an experienced presenter and lecturer in the University system in Australia (Flinders University, University of South Australia and Central Queensland University), where she has lectured in face to face and online courses in Clinical Psychology, Assessment, Chronic Health Conditions and Ethics for the past seven years.

The GeMSS modules and/or resources (The Sensible Sleep Solution and The Boss of My Sleep Book) have been recommended and reviewed by The Australian Sleep Health Foundation and The Australian Psychological Society.

To ensure the integrity and the quality of the competency based assessments, assessments for each Module were written with the guidance and assistance of qualified adult education and training consultants at PC Consulting, Australia, https://www.linkedin.com/in/philippeclement/

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