Please note this important information about the structure of our courses:


  • Immediate access to pre-recorded learning modules & resources for ONE YEAR from date of purchase (increased from 120 days)
  • Complimentary access to 1 x 60 Minute Zoom Q&A Session with Kim & Team as outlined below
  • 100% completion of course content + participation or viewing of Q&A session required for certificate
  • Ability to attend subsequent future Q&As on this topic for a small additional fee to continue to engage with Kim & Team
  • Financial support and group discounts are available via application links below


  • 10 Total Hours (including Q&A).

    Sleep Matters is a regularly-delivered series available for ongoing enrolment. Upon registration here, participants receive immediate access to the pre-recorded learning modules, handouts and resources. Access to this content expires in one year from the date that you purchase your registration.

    In addition to the immediately available pre-recorded content, this course includes one complimentary live on Zoom 60-minute Q&A session with Kim & the Relationship Matters Team. The event calendar date currently displayed reflects the date of the next upcoming Q&A session. You will be automatically assigned the next upcoming Q&A date for your complimentary session, based on the date of your registration.

    These Q&A sessions are scheduled to take place approximately every 6-8 months, with the recording of this session available for an additional year upon the date that it is made available. Course certificates are available upon request in the form provided in the course after the live Q&A session has taken place – live participation or viewing of the Q&A recording is required for your certificate (if this is an issue for you due to funding or other deadlines, please contact us here to discuss options). Registrants are encouraged to submit questions in advance and ask them live. Even if registrants are unable to make the Q&A date and time, they will still be able to see the Q&A’s recording. Upon completion of the pre-recorded lessons as well as their complimentary Q&A, registrants then meet the prerequisite of attending any future Q&A for a small fee ($30 CDN) should they wish to further engage with Kim & the team or have new questions on this topic.

    As always, financial support and group discounts are available. Please find links to apply for these below.

    If you have any questions about our courses, please contact our team here.

    We look forward to supporting you in your learning journey.

  • Course Content

    By appreciating the science of sleep, we can begin to problem-solve relevant strategies and adaptations in support of sleep dysregulation across the lifespan. While this course was originally designed for occupational therapists asking for help in supporting their clients, it is now being made available for anyone who is interested in making the most of how we spend 1/3 of our life.

    Over 9 hours of recorded lessons + a 60 minute Q&A session with Kim & the Relationship Matters team.


  • The Science of Sleep
  • Sleep Dysregulation across the Lifespan
  • Treatment and Adapting the Environment to Support Sleep (Part 1 and Part 2)
  • Tools, Strategies and Alternatives in Sleep Interventions

    In addition to the 365-day access to the pre-recorded materials, students will have the opportunity to participate in one 60 minute Zoom Q&A.

    Q&A: July 22, 2024 @ 6:00 pm PT

    Disclaimer: None of the information in this series is intended to be construed or taken as medical advice, and Relationship Matters is not benefiting financially from the sale of any of the sleep products or services mentioned herein.

    Any questions? Please reach out to [email protected]

  • Course Objectives

    Clinicians who evaluate, support and enhance daily life function are constantly questioned by their clients, “How do I help my child or myself sleep?”. This series addresses this important question. Quality of sleep deeply impacts every single one of us, professionals included. Participants will be able to:

    • Develop a preliminary understanding of the science of sleep

    • Develop skills for assessment and analysis of sleep dysregulation across the lifespan

    • Develop an appreciation of the relevance of treating sleep challenges through regulatory interventions

    • Develop a rationale for and a repertoire of sensory strategies to support sleep challenges

    • Develop an understanding of posture and movement challenges related to sleep

    • Develop a toolbox of environmental adaptations to support sleep dysregulation

    • Develop a preliminary understanding of alternative sleep interventions

    Financial Support & Group Discounts


      Group discounts are available (not to be combined with scholarships) for groups of 3-5 @ 15% off and groups of 6+ at 25% off.

      TO APPLY FOR THE GROUP DISCOUNT, please submit the application form: Group Discount Application Form


      Some financial support available (upon request) from people in developing countries (Countries at Category B @ 50% off, Category C @ 55% off, Category D @ 60% off). Financial assistance is also possible for individual registrants from Category A countries @ 25% off when truly needed.

      TO APPLY FOR THE SUPPORT, please submit the application form: Financial Assistance Application Form

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    A message from Kim regarding Sleep Matters


    Kim Barthel

    Hi, I’m Kim – I’m humbled by your interest in what I’m up to, and inspired by the work that countless people are doing to support others – and yourselves. If this kind of thing were easy, it would be a different world we live in. Which tells me we need to nurture our relationships through attunement, compassion, humour, and mindfulness. Remember, when it works it’s treatment, and when it doesn’t it’s assessment. This means we aren’t expected to get it right the first time. I’ve been doing my best at this for over 35 years, and still learning and repairing every day. For anyone who doesn’t know what I especially like to study and teach, the hot topics that I wake up thinking about are understanding complex behaviour, neurobiology, sensory-processing, movement, trauma informed practice, attachment theory, mental health, and anything that will support people in being their best selves. Thank you for being part of the great momentum globally towards understanding, interdependence, and compassion. Please connect with our team at Relationship Matters if that’s an interest for you, and importantly, thank you for doing whatever it is that you do to help others. We may never know the fruit of the seeds we plant through our smallest gestures, but just by caring we are more connected than we know. I feel great hope.