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Sleep Disorders: What You Need to Know

Mar 21, 2014 09:00am -
Mar 21, 2014 12:00pm

Event Description

Claudia M. Toth, Psy.D., instructor

This program is designed as a Continuing Education course for psychologists, other healthcare professionals, and members of the community.  The primary aim is to provide an overview of sleep disorders with an emphasis on insomnia—the most common sleep disorder.  The program will focus on the role of behavioral sleep medicine—the application of behavioral approaches to improve sleep. The program begins with introducing myself, my training background, and an overview of my professional experience.  Key facts about insomnia and other sleep disorders will then be presented.  This will include basic education about sleep apnea, hypersomnia, circadian rhythm disorders, sleep walking/eating, and restless legs.  Discussion will include how sleep disorders are defined, signs and symptoms of the conditions, prevalence, and risk factors.  Also, participants will be oriented to Practice Parameters for treating sleep disorders– which provide a comprehensive review of scientific literature and evidence-based treatments.  Focus will be given throughout to what role behavioral approaches can play in helping individuals manage these conditions.  Emphasis will then return to insomnia and how it develops.  Options for treatment of insomnia will be discussed.  Focus will be given to the most effective behavioral treatment for insomnia--cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia (CBT-I).  A typical course of CBT-I will be described and includes instruction in the following areas: Sleep Hygiene, Sleep Restriction, Stimulus Control, Cognitive Restructuring, and Relaxation Skills.  Each component of CBT-I will be examined in great detail.  Common challenges to implementation of techniques will be discussed.  Case examples may be used to illustrate how techniques are adapted into actual practice. Participants will be encouraged to ask questions about sleep problems and related behavioral interventions.

Upon completion of the program the participant will be able to:

  • Discuss signs and symptoms of insomnia and other sleep disorders
  • Discuss common causes and prevalence of insomnia and other sleep disorders
  • Describe common roles for behavioral treatment approaches in improving sleep
  • Examine the components of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia
  • Examine a model for the development of insomnia
  • Discuss common challenges to implementation of techniques

Program Code: SD34
3 CE Credits
Location: at MSPP, Newton

Claudia Toth, Psy.D., is currently the Assistant Director of Behavioral Sleep Medicine services at Sleep HealthCenters.  She is appointed as a Clinical Instructor at Harvard Medical School and an Associate Psychologist at Brigham & Women’s Hospital.  She is one of very few licensed clinical psychologists practicing in Massachusetts who has earned certification in Behavioral Sleep Medicine from the American Board of Sleep Medicine.  She has degrees in Psychology from the University of Michigan and the University of Hartford and received clinical training at the Yale School of Medicine, the Northampton VA Medical Center, and Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Toth’s primary clinical role is to provide cognitive behavioral therapy and other behavioral interventions to assist individuals with sleep disorders better manage sleep.  In addition to work in sleep, Dr. Toth’s previous clinical and research experience lay in behavioral medicine, including obesity, eating disorders, and weight management— expertise that lends itself well to improving the quality of life of the typical sleep clinic patient. 

Event Type:Continuing Education Program
Category:Counseling & Psychotherapy
Early registration ends on Dec 28, 2013.
Regular registration starts on Dec 29, 2013 and ends on Mar 10, 2014.
Late registration starts on Mar 11, 2014.



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