Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for Trans-Diagnostic Sleep Problems

This workshop will provide an overview of the major sleep disturbances, particularly insomnia, delayed sleep phase, reduced need for sleep and hypersomnia. Information will be given about sleep that is needed for the fluid presentation of the rationale for the treatment. The complexities of assessing and conducting a case conceptualization for a patient with a sleep problem will be discussed, within a transdiagnostic framework. The nuts and bolts of CBT-I will be discussed, particularly stimulus control and sleep restriction. Special topics to be covered include: cognitive therapy, hypersomnia, teens and sleep problems and adapting the evidence based treatment for sleep problems in other patient groups (using patients with a mood disorder as the primary example).


09:30 Registration/Tea and Coffee
10:00 Workshop starts (there will be a 30min break for lunch)
16:30 Workshop ends


Sleep disturbance is a significant health problem that may present as the sole disorder or comorbidly with another medical or psychiatric condition. Persistent sleeping difficulties are associated with functional impairment, mood regulation and problem solving difficulties, increased work absenteeism, higher health-care costs and heighten the risk of developing future comorbid health and psychiatric conditions. There is an established evidence base indicating that cognitive behavioral therapy is the treatment of choice for many sleep disturbances, even when the sleep disturbance is comorbid with another psychiatric or medical disorder. However, many clinicians are not confident administering CBT in the context of sleep disturbance, perhaps because of the need to answer many questions patients have about the biology of sleep as well as set up rationales for the interventions (that involve being conversant with the ways in which biology, psychology and the social context of sleep interact).

Learning outcomes and objectives

  • Participants will be able to describe key aspects of the biology, psychology and social context of the sleeper.
  • Participants will be able to describe how to assess sleep in their patients.
  • Participants will be able to describe how to complete a case conceptualization for a patient suffering from a sleep problem
  • Participants will be able to describe CBT-I
  • Participants will be able to describe cognitive therapy approaches
  • Participants will be able to think through how to adapt CBT-I for teens and comorbid cases, particularly patients with a mood disorder

Facilitator: Allison Harvey Ph.D 

Allison Harvey is a Professor of Clinical Psychology, Clinical Psychologist and Director of the Golden Bear Sleep and Mood Research Clinic at the University of California, Berkeley. Her clinical training and PhD were completed in Sydney, Australia. Dr. Harvey then moved to England as a post-doctoral fellow and then joined the faculty in the Department of Experimental Psychology, University of Oxford. She was also a Fellow of St. Anne’s College. In 2004 she moved to UC Berkeley.

Dr. Harvey’s research and clinical interests focus on sleep disturbance in psychiatric disorders.  Dr. Harvey holds several NIMH grants.  These are focused on sleep disturbance in teens with depression, in adults with bipolar disorder and in adults with chronic insomnia that is comorbid with depression and anxiety.  She serves on national and international committees such as the Executive Committee of the Academy of Psychological Clinical Science and the Congressional Liaison Group for the Sleep Research Society.  Dr. Harvey has published over 135 research articles and book chapters and has authored two books.  Her research has been acknowledged with various awards including recognition from the International Society of Traumatic Stress Studies (1998), the American Association for Behavior Therapy (2003), the Beck Institute for Cognitive Therapy and Research (2005-2006) and NARSAD (2006-2008).  

Booking information


• DCP members: £25 + VAT
• Society members: £50 + VAT
• Society non-members: £75 + VAT

How to book:

• Register online using the BPS Shop

• To pay by cheque or request an invoice complete and return the registration form


Tue, 29/11/2011 (All day)
Contact Information: 

BPS Learning Centre

+44 (0)116 2529925

BPS Learning Centre, Division of Clinical Psychology