An introduction to the science of sleep: Psychobehavioural assessment and treatment strategies for people with insomnia.

The course will begin with an introduction to the science of sleep and then go on to described the various types of insomnia, backed up by use of case examples; before introducing a range of assessment and treatment options. The course aims to: raise awareness about sleep and sleeping problems in various client-groups; inform participants about the various issues that accompany insomnia; and provide them with a range of skills including an introduction to assessment approaches and various treatment options that have proven efficacy.

Participants will then be able to recognise the presence and importance of sleep disturbances in their various clients, and also provide them with some initial strategies to manage their client's sleeping problems more effectively - broadening their skill and knowledge-base, and leading to more effective therapeutic outcomes for their clients.

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


This workshop is intended for all psychologists who work with clients who may be experiencing sleep problems. This will inevitably involve psychologists across all disciplines. The course presents case examples across a range of clients from those who have experienced trauma, those with depression and anxiety, paediatric and geriatric populations, as well as normal groups and those presenting primarily with idiopathic insomnia. Other case examples include: people with dementia, carers, people with acquired brain injury, people with Autism Spectrum Disorder, REM sleep Behaviour disorder, Night terrors, and alcoholism.

Learning outcomes and objectives

  • Participants will gain insight and understanding in to the structure and organisation of sleep
  • Participants will understand and recognise normal changes to sleep with advancing age
  • Participants will appreciate the importance of psychological, behavioural and environmental factors in good and poor quality sleep
  • Participants will be able to recognise the various types of insomnia
  • Participants will be able to apply basic assessment and treatment interventions for clients presenting with sleeping problems

Facilitator: Dr David Lee CPsychol AFBPsS

Originally a Human Biologist, but then conducted a PhD in Sleep Psychology at Loughborough University's internationally renowned Sleep Research Centre examining sleep and associated quality of life in vulnerable, clinical groups. Since then he has held academic posts at Bradford and Newcastle Universities, lecturing in Psychobehavioural Treatments for Insomnia and holds a certificate in higher education practice. 

He has trained in the delivery of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Insomnia (CBTi) and Good Clinical Practice, is registered as Newcastle University's Sleep Expert; has made several appearances on local and national radio; and presented as 'Dr Sleep' at recent Newcastle ScienceFest events in 2010 and 2011. He has delivered training and teaching workshops / seminars to a range of healthcare professionals including: Psychiatrists, Psychologists, GPs, Nurses, Midwives, Counsellors, Psychotherapists, Physiotherapists, Osteopaths, Occupational Therapists, etc... 

He provides consultation to companies and individuals relating to sleep and has provided expert witness testimony to the court. Findings from his own research have been published in international, peer-reviewed journals. 

Booking information


  • Non members £90 (£75 + VAT)
  • Society members £60 (£50 + VAT)
  • DCP members £30 (£25 + VAT)

From 1st January 2013:

  • Non members £95 (£79.17 + VAT)
  • Society members £63 (£52.50 + VAT)
  • DCP members £33 (£27.50 + VAT)

How to book:

Registration closes at 12:00 on 21 March 2013. 

This event is now fully booked

Mon, 25/03/2013 (All day)
Contact Information: 

BPS Learning Centre

Tel: +44 (0)116 252 9925

Division of Clinical Psychology & BPS Learning Centre