‘The Science of Sleep’: Psychotherapeutic Approaches for Insomnia
A one-day workshop with Dr David Lee
London 18 May 2017
10:00 – 17:00
As therapists, we witness the lack of sleep as comorbid with anxiety, depression, trauma and a myriad of other mental health problems. Clients who are ‘losing sleep’ have a heightened tendency to internalise their feelings and the therapist is continuously challenged in steering the client towards expression of feeling. Recent advances in psychobehavioural and CBT approaches have shown efficacy in approaches that allow therapists to provide enduring relief from the debilitating problems of sleep loss, while allowing for effective compartmentalisation with underlying mental health manifestations. At this unique and practical workshop, Dr David Lee draws on his long experience of training healthcare professionals and his clinical work in the delivery of psychobehavioural treatments for insomnia (specifically CBT for Insomnia - CBTi). The workshop, which is especially relevant for psychotherapists, psychologists, CBT practitioners and counsellors, presents only from the evidence-base using models that have proven efficacy in the effective management and treatment of sleep loss and covers:
The myths about sleep loss – how much sleep is really needed and how does this requirement change over the lifespan of an individual
As therapists, how can we help clients identify and synchronise with their circadian rhythm
Insomnia disorder (DSM V)
The insomnia spectrum – ranging from Apnoea to Chronic Insomnia
The perpetuating, precipitating and predisposing factors for Insomnia and recognising the clinical threshold
Therapeutic approaches including: cognitive models, Sleep Restriction Therapy & considerations for complex presentations
The psychotherapeutic use of dreams
About the Speaker:
Dr David Lee (BSc PhD CertEd CPsychol AFBPsS CSci.) is Clinical Director of Sleep Unlimited Ltd. He is a Chartered Psychologist, Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society (BPS), Member of the British Sleep Society (BSS), Member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) and Member of the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy (BABCP). He trained at the internationally renowned Sleep Centre at Loughborough University where he was awarded his PhD in 2005. He has held academic lectureship posts most recently at Newcastle University. He delivers training in psychobehavioural treatments for insomnia nationally and has presented for the BPS Continuing Professional Development programme for the last 3 years. His workshops are consistently sold-out and he receives excellent feedback from delegates who attend his courses and workshops. He provides expert witness testimony to the Court, as well as practicing his clinical work with people with insomnia of all ages. He has published his original research in international peer-reviewed scientific literature and has made several appearances in the popular media.
10:00 Session 1. An introduction to the Science of Sleep
In this first session we learn about the underlying biology of sleep and how that impacts our psychological functioning. Changes in sleep throughout the lifespan are also explored along with mediating and control factors that can influence our sleep and so quality of life (both positively and negatively).
12:30 Lunch (a light lunch is provided as part of the workshop)
13:00 Session 2: Therapeutic strategies for ‘loss of sleep’
Following on from the first session we briefly explore the various definitions of sleep loss before moving on to examine a number of considerations in the treatment of the condition. This practical session will require delegates to reflect on specific theoretical models before describing several treatment strategies which have stemmed from the clinical application of these models (culminating in the development of CBT for insomnia (CBTi))
15:00 Coffee Break
15:15 Session 3: Management of insomnia in more complex conditions and the use of dreams in therapy
In this final session we will examine sleep loss in more complex mental health presentations, exploring the differential application of the treatment strategies identified so far to more vulnerable clients. We will also examine the use of dreams in the therapeutic environment identifying opportunities for therapists to engage with clients psychodynamically through the use of their dream experiences.
Finally, the workshop will draw to a close with a summary of the therapeutic strategies described and their application in clinical practice in order to enable delegates to identify and treat sleeping problems in their clients more effectively.
16:30 Plenary Discussion
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