ACT for insomnia & sleep difficulties

Strategies to address cognitive & behavioural factors inhibiting sleep

6 hours (6 CE credits)
Introductory level skills workshop
Recording available for 6 months
Psychologists, BCBAs, medics, social workers, coaches and therapists

Course Description

One key difficulty that gets in the way of our sleep is the pressure to go to sleep. Many experience an associated fear of what might happen should they not sleep well. So how do we help people with a healthy desire to protect their sleep and well-being yet who continue to have sleep difficulties?

Besides the cognitive binds we find ourselves in, we’re faced with a myriad of confusing messages. What should and shouldn’t we do if we have insomnia? The fear of sleeplessness and the increased pressure to sleep can contribute to us engaging in behaviours which do, in fact, get in the way of improving our sleep patterns.

Many clients refer to a ‘racing mind’ they experience when trying to fall asleep, and which becomes more prominent when they wake up during the night or the early hours of the morning. This racing mind is difficult to shift with traditional cognitive strategies.

 

About this workshop

In this workshop, you will learn the main techniques and strategies to help your clients

  • fall asleep faster
  • reduce awakenings during the night
  • improve the quality of their sleep.

Dr Maja Schaedel is a clinical psychologist who specialises in sleep difficulties. She works in an NHS Sleep Disorder service and in private practice. Her training helps people understand the mechanisms which perpetuate sleep difficulties. She teachers her clients a whole bunch of new strategies which actually work at improving sleep.

 

Who would benefit from this workshop?

Meant for practitioners who have little to no previous experience training in ACT, we recommend this workshop for mental health professionals including psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, nurse practitioners and mental health counsellors.

 

In this workshop, you’ll learn:

  • what goes wrong with sleep with reference to the two main drivers impacting on sleep – sleep homeostasis and circadian rhythm
  • how insomnia can ‘take root’ and become a chronic problem
  • how insomnia relates to the ACT hexaflex model
  • how to help clients understand how behaviour around engagement with thoughts can get in the way of sleep
  • how to help clients to tackle the ‘racing mind’ with ACT strategies such as thought defusion
  • how to help clients address the issues around feeling pressure to sleep
  • how this feeds into insomnia with focus on perspective taking & present moment work
  • how to help clients identify what’s getting in the way of behaviour change and gently explore any ‘payoffs’ (reinforcing consequences)
  • how to modify the CBT for Insomnia (CBT-I) behavioural techniques to become ACT-concordant
  • how to help clients know whether to get out of bed or to stay in bed if they can’t sleep
  • how to help clients identify their Values and plan moves towards behaviour change
  • how to use present moment work and mindfulness strategies to break out of the perpetuating vicious cycles involving engagement with thoughts, hyperarousal & insomnia.

 

Group booking discounts

Contextual Consulting offer discounts for groups of people from the same organisation e.g. an NHS Trust that does not have a contract arrangement with us.

Please email us here  to arrange a group discount or find out more about our CPD contracts here.

In this workshop you will learn:

  • what goes wrong with sleep with reference to the two main drivers impacting on sleep - sleep homeostasis and circadian rhythm
  • how insomnia can ‘take root’ and become a chronic problem
  • how insomnia relates to the ACT hexaflex model
  • how to help clients understand how behaviour around engagement with thoughts can get in the way of sleep
  • how to help clients to tackle the ‘racing mind’ with ACT strategies such as thought defusion
  • how to help clients address the issues around feeling pressure to sleep
  • how this feeds into insomnia with focus on perspective taking & present moment work
  • how to help clients identify what’s getting in the way of behaviour change and gently explore any ‘payoffs’ (reinforcing consequences)
  • how to modify the CBT for Insomnia (CBT-I) behavioural techniques to become ACT-concordant
  • how to help clients know whether to get out of bed or to stay in bed if they can’t sleep
  • how to help clients identify their Values and plan moves towards behaviour change
  • how to use present moment work and mindfulness strategies to break out of the perpetuating vicious cycles involving engagement with thoughts, hyperarousal & insomnia.

This program is sponsored by Contextual Consulting and is approved for 6 CE credits for psychologists. To find out more, including attendance requirements and how to access your certificate, go to our continuing education information page.

If you have disability and require adjustments or accommodation, please email us at to discuss your needs and we will do our best to help you.

Booking cancellation 

The registration fee will be refunded minus a administration charge if cancellations are received at least two weeks before the workshop date.

Cancellations within two weeks of the event date are charged the full registration fee, other than in exceptional circumstances that can be verified.

Event cancellation 
In the event of cancellation of the course outside of our control we will not be held accountable for travel and/or accommodation costs incurred. However, the workshop fees will be refunded.

All workshops will be subject to minimum delegate numbers being met; in the event that a workshop should be cancelled delegates will be given no less than 2 months’ notice.

Replacing delegates

If a delegate is unable to attend and a replacement is nominated there may be a charge depending on the individual circumstances, this will be advised at the time. Please contact the us to request a replacement of delegates at least a week before the workshop date.

Contextual Consulting is committed to the identification and resolution of potential conflicts of interest in the planning, promotion, delivery, and evaluation of continuing education. Potential conflicts of interest occur when an individual assumes a professional role in the planning, promotion, delivery, or evaluation of continuing education where personal, professional, legal, financial, or other interests could reasonably be expected to impair their objectivity, competence, or effectiveness.

There was no commercial support for this event. None of the planners or presenters for this educational activity have relevant financial relationship(s) to disclose with ineligible companies whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients.

ACT for insomnia & sleep difficulties
2 sessions: 24th - 25th Apr 2024
Starts: 24th Apr 2024: 10:00 AM (New York time)
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FAQs

To find out more, including attendance requirements and how to access your certificate, go to our continuing education information page.

To access this workshop you will need a stable internet connection and a set of smart phone ear buds with built in microphone. Your internet speed should be a minimum of 1.5mbs  DOWNLOAD & UPLOAD. You can check that here at www.speedtest.net

We will have dedicated technicians on hand throughout the entire duration of the workshop. They will be there to help you manage any issues that may come up and get you back in to the workshop again. Also, if you think there may be a problem, be it with your work access or anything else, you can log in early to check if things are working for you, and be prepared. There may of course be technical issues that come up on your end, which will be your responsibility to look after. But these are rare and we have an extra handy troubleshooting guide that comes with tips and tricks to deal with any problems.

Yes! As long as you have access to a web browser and you’re connected to the internet, you will be able to attend. It’s that simple – all you need to do is go to the webpage link, login and you’re set to go. You can join the workshop on any device including your home computer or iPad. You can even join in using your smart phone.

Yes, we have a special portal in the system to allow you to connect with other participants joining via the workshop.

You just need a computer (PC or Mac), laptop or tablet that can access the internet. You need a good broadband speed that would allow you to comfortably stream a movie (such as a video on YouTube).

Yes, a video of the presentation will be available to you for up to 6 months after the workshop is finished.  You’ll be able to go back over any part of the workshop to review or check anything that you missed. You also don’t actually have to attend the live workshop – if you’re not able to make it on the actual date, you can still login afterwards and watch the recorded version.

Yes, you will receive a CPD certificate.

Absolutely. You will be able to ask the presenter questions, just as you would in any workshop. You’ll also have the extra benefit of being able to interact with other colleagues who have also joined the workshop.

It’s super simple. All you need to do is follow a link that you will be provided prior to the course, along with instructions.

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