Sleep Counsellor Training

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I have really enjoyed this course and am very eager to go back and put everything I have learned into practice. Thank you!

Sleep counsellor training is a five-day training course, which equips professionals with the skills and resources necessary to set up and run a sleep counselling service for children and young people with autism and other additional support needs.

Who can apply?

Our sleep counsellor training is a course is aimed at professionals working with children and young people with additional support needs. This includes social workers, doctors, health visitors, psychologists, teachers, specialist nurses, youth workers, residential workers, occupational therapists etc.

After completing the training, professionals will be ready to set up and run a sleep counselling service.

Sleep Scotland expects professionals to commit to a minimum of 2.5 hours per fortnight for providing a sleep counselling service. Those who have trained with us cannot charge parents, carers or young people for any support they provide regarding sleep.

Further information

View a sample programme for the Sleep Counsellor training course.

You can also visit our Trainer profiles page for a list of the experts who present these courses.

How do I apply?

To apply for a course, please complete the online application form for your chosen course on our Upcoming training dates page. Contact the training team at if you require this form in an alternative format.

What are the objectives of the Sound Counsellor training course?

During this training course we will deliver the following:

  • Give participants a comprehensive knowledge of sleep processes and the psychology and physiology of sleep
  • Give participants a thorough understanding of the range of sleep issues that children and young people may experience
  • Introduce participants to applying cognitive and behavioural principles and techniques to manage the sleep problems of children and young people
  • Explain and demonstrate how to set up and run a sleep counselling service

What are the expected outcomes of the Sleep Counsellor training course?

At the end of the course, participants will be able to do the following:

  • Apply cognitive and behavioural principles to managing sleep problems in children with additional support needs
  • Set up a sleep counselling service in conjunction with Sleep Scotland to help parents, carers, children and young people with sleep issues
  • Provide a sleep counselling service for a minimum of 2.5 hours per fortnight, which is free at the point of contact

Sample course notes

Two-tier training

Sleep Scotland believes that the two-tier model is the best way of providing a sleep service.

In the two-tier model, a small number of your team will attend the five-day Sleep Counsellor training. As trained sleep counsellors, they will then go on to provide intensive sleep counselling to families of children with additional support needs and those with more complex sleep problems.

A larger number of the team will attend two-day Sleep Awareness Training. As sleep support workers, they’ll be trained to provide sleep interventions to families of typically developing children and those with less complex sleep problems, with the support of the fully-trained sleep counsellors. In this way all families will be able to access the level of support they require.

The two-tier model can be implemented through commissioned training or, on a smaller scale, through individuals attending our open Sleep Counsellor and Sleep Awareness courses.

Course fees

The cost of attending a course is £790 (including VAT) for delegates working within Scotland and £990 (including VAT) for delegates working in the rest of the UK. The difference in cost is due to statutory funding received for delegates working in Scotland.

Can I commission a local training course?

As with all Sleep Scotland training, Sleep Counsellor Training is available for commission. This is suitable for any team in Health, Education, Social Work or the Voluntary Sector who wish to train between 12 and 24 members of staff. This will be the most cost-effective way of training a number of people and we would encourage you to invite other teams in your locality, where appropriate, to share the cost.

For more information, or to request a costing, please contact us at or on 0131 258 1258.

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