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An introduction to CBT for insomnia

10 March 2021 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
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An introduction to evidence-based NICE approved Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Insomnia (CBTi)

Sleep problems are ubiquitous and affect nearly all people who have a problem with their mental health.

As such all members of the society who work with clients across the whole spectrum will have experienced many of their clients presenting with sleeping problems alongside their other co-morbid presentations.

Training in this area is essential for improving practice and delivering patient centred care. 

An enhanced knowledge of the scientific underpinnings and evidence –based approaches to assessing and treating insomnia will have significant benefits for the society’s membership, for their clients and in terms of improving mental health outcomes for the wider population.

Target audience

All psychologists who work with clients who may be experiencing sleep problems. This will inevitably involve psychologists across all disciplines.

The webinar 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, chronic pain, people with acquired brain injury, people with Autism Spectrum Disorder, REM sleep behaviour disorder, night terrors, and alcohol dependency syndrome.

Learning Outcomes

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

Facilitator: Dr David Lee CPsychol CSci 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, was 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... ... and delivered training in this field for the BPS over recent years with each course delivered to date being sold-out.

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.


Start 13:30
Finish 15:30


Non-members £80.00 (£ 66.67 + VAT)
Society members £48.50 (£40.42 + VAT)

Please note: online bookings will close at 13:30 on 2 March 2021

To register for the webinar you need to sign into your BPS user account or create a new account by clicking the ‘create an account’ button.

When signed in, click the ‘register’ button to book onto the workshop.

There is a £15 cancellation fee.

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