Improve Your Sleep with CBT for Insomnia
What you'll learn
- People will learn all of the knowledge and skills that they need to improve their sleep and sleep better on a more regular basis.
- All of the empirically supported interventions for insomnia, including four sessions of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Insomnia.
- How to successfully assess their sleep and other important symptoms and monitor these over time.
- Individuals will learn why sleep hygiene is not the thing that you need to focus on if you want to make the biggest improvements to your sleep
- To be able to understand English.
Improve your sleep with Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I) encapsulates all of the understanding, knowledge and skills about sleep, insomnia and psychology that I have learnt since I first began researching and working in the areas of sleep and psychology in 2010.
It will teach you exactly what you need to do to track your sleep and assess how well you are sleeping and the impact that this is having on your life. It will teach you how to get the most out of your fitness or activity trackers. It will also teach you which sleep diary is the best to use, and all of the great information that you can get from these sleep diaries. It will introduce some of the most important sleep questionnaires that you can use to assess how you are going in these areas and be able to monitor your progress.
It will go through the four main components of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Insomnia. These are:
Session One: Psychoeducation about sleep and insomnia and sleep hygiene recommendations
Session Two: Behavioural strategies for sleep and the five empirically supported interventions for insomnia
Session Three: Cognitive strategies to change your thinking, reduce your arousal and sleep better
Session Four: Relapse prevention and self-management strategies to become a good sleeper for life
Lastly, it will help you to determine which strategies are most effective for you. It will help you to clarify no more three goals to focus on between each session. It will help you to test them out in your life, track your sleep and anything else that you want to measure, and see what impact they have on you. By knowing what sleep strategies really work well for you and why, you will have all of the knowledge required to become a good sleeper for life!
Who this course is for:
- Anyone with difficulties sleeping. If you take longer than 30 minutes to fall asleep at night, spend more than 30 minutes awake during the night, or wake up feeling exhausted and/or unrefreshed, this course may be just what you are looking for.
- Any health professional or allied health worker that wants to learn more about how to better assist people with their sleep difficulties.
Dr Damon Ashworth completed his Bachelor of Behavioural Science and Bachelor of Psychological Science in Honours at La Trobe University. He then completed a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Monash University.
For his Doctoral thesis, Damon conducted research that was the first in the world to show that Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I) can significantly improve both sleep and mood in individuals with depression and insomnia who had previously been unable to eradicate these conditions with antidepressant treatment.
He also showed that only four sessions of CBT-I over an eight week period is enough to produce these significant improvements in mood and sleep.
Damon has worked as a Clinical Psychologist since September 2013 and has helped to treat hundreds of people with sleeping problems during this time.
Damon looks forward to sharing everything that he has learnt about sleep and psychology with you so that you too can improve your sleep.