Seminar Detail

Sleep and Mental Health: Non-Medication Interventions to Restore Sleep Quality and Improve Clinical Outcomes
Thursday, November 7, 2019 at 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

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Course Description:

How many of your clients have sleep issues?

Or maybe the real question is how many of your client don’t?

Where we used to think mental health problems caused insomnia, we now know that the relationship is more circular than casual. Risky and addictive, drugs aren’t the answer. But without addressing sleep issues, and intervening in this vicious cycle, your treatment plans for mental health issues will likely be less effective and yield less successful outcomes.

You CAN help your clients improve their sleep and make your treatment of mental health issues more effective than ever before … and you don’t need to be a sleep expert to do it!

Whether you work with anxiety, depression, trauma, bipolar or any other disorders, this one-day training will give you the sleep assessment tools and treatment techniques you need to guide clients out of their sleep deprived world so you can improve clinical outcomes.

Attend this training and discover how you can:
  • Naturally improve sleep in clients without the use of addictive medication
  • Identify sleep disorders and differentiate them from mental health symptoms
  • Improve sleep for clients of all ages – from kids to adults
  • Snap clients out of sleep-depriving habits with behavior changing exercises
Sign up today, and add a new tool to your toolbox to bring greater healing to your clients through the power of sleep!
  1. Identify which mental health symptoms accompany the many sleep disorders and its clinical implications.
  2. Assess your clients’ symptoms for sleep disorders that impair mental health to improve treatment outcomes.
  3. Teach clients how to identify their optimal sleep quantity and resolve their sleep debt to improve client level of functioning.
  4. Develop an optimal individual sleep treatment plan for your clients and implement skills to help them adopt the sleep healthy lifestyle.
  5. Determine when referral for further sleep disorders treatment is an appropriate approach to manage symptoms.
  6. Evaluate the mechanisms by which insufficient sleep and sleep disorders contribute to mental health problems for purposes of client psychoeducation.

Assessment Techniques to Evaluate Sleep Disorders
  • Sleep mechanisms and importance of circadian rhythms
  • Key clinical interview questions
  • Why your clients need a sleep diary and how to implement it
  • Practical screening questionnaires
Sleep Disorders Associated with Common Mental Health Disorders
  • Differentiate sleep symptoms vs. mental health symptoms
  • Prevalence of obstructive sleep apnea with co-occurring disorders
    • Anxiety
    • Depression
    • Additional other disorders
  • Narcolepsy and its impact on mental health
  • Correlation between nightmares and suicidality
  • Sleep recommendations for PTSD
  • Behaviorally Induced Insufficient Sleep Syndrome
  • Insomnia increases risk of Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Classes of sleep disorders and their associated mental health symptoms
    • Insomnia
    • Circadian rhythm sleep-wake disorders
    • Sleep movement disorders
    • Parasomnia
    • Hypersomnia
    • Sleep breathing disorders
The Bi-Directional Impact of Medications
  • Medications can interfere with sleep
  • Common side effects of hypnotics
  • Melatonin – how to naturally increase & when to use a supplement
  • Nutritional supplements and herbal medicine
Sleep Deprivation and Mental Health: Recognize Symptoms and Implement Solutions
  • 5 domains of sleep deprivation
    • Cognitive performance – decreases simple memory, complex problem solving and verbal fluency
    • Physical performance – increases drowsy driving and auto accidents
    • Physical health – weakens the immune system and increases risks of serious health issues
    • Mental health – intensifies anxiety, impulsivity, and emotional liability
    • Emotional intelligence – impairs moral and ethical decision making
  • Implement behavior-modifying exercises
Interventions to Correct Circadian Misalignment
  • Consequences of desynchrony with natural sleep cycle
  • Treatment plans to protect shift workers from anxiety, depression, and other mental health disorders
  • Manage mania associated with jetlag
  • Mental health risk of night owls
  • Strategies for clients who frequently travel
  • How to regulate circadian physiology
    • Body clock
    • SCN in the brain
    • Cellular mechanisms
  • Balance out melatonin rhythm
Assess Children’s Sleep Issues and Implement Strategies to Improve
  • ADHD, sleep disorder, or both?
  • Obstructive Sleep Apnea often mistaken as other mental health symptoms in children
  • Restless Legs Syndrome
  • Sleep and naps are critical for development and growth
  • Children’s sleep screening and recommendations
  • Step-by-step guide for parents to help kids sleep better
Techniques to Evaluate and Improve Teen Sleep
  • How to determine a teenage client’s natural circadian rhythm
  • Dangers of sleep deprivation in adolescents
    • Increased negative risk taking
    • Correlation between lack of sleep and suicidality
    • Decreased academic achievement and decision making ability
    • Higher rates of juvenile delinquency
    • Driving drowsy and car accidents
  • Tools for increasing teens’ sleep
  • School start time – how to advocate for change
Practical Methods to Create a Sleep Healthy Lifestyle
  • Develop individualized healthy sleep plans for your clients – not a cookie cutter approach
  • Get clients to “yes” in prioritizing optimal sleep
  • Behavior-modifying exercises to help clients snap out of their sleep-depriving habits
  • Address family and couple dynamics to allow everyone healthy sleep
  • Tips and tricks for evening cell phone use to promote better sleep
  • Techniques to reinforce long-term sleep health
  • When to make a referral
    • What clients can expect from sleep disorder treatments
Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Psychologists
  • Psychotherapists
  • Therapists
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Case Managers
  • Nurses
  • Physicians
  • Psychiatrists
  • Other Mental Health Professionals


Catherine Darley, ND, is a leader in integrative sleep medicine. She founded The Institute of Naturopathic Sleep Medicine, Inc in 2003, and since then has helped people of all ages sleep well using behavioral and naturopathic approaches for sleep disorders. Dr. Darley led the Start School Later initiative in Seattle, which succeeded in improving school hours for more than 50,000 students. She teaches at Bastyr University and the National College of Natural Medicine and is on the inaugural panel of experts for the Sleep Cycle Institute. Dr. Darley is published in numerous professional journals, has been quoted in several popular magazines, and has appeared on TV to share her expertise. She received her Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine from Bastyr University and completed a preceptorship at the Stanford University Sleep Disorders Center. She is an expert and dynamic speaker, teaching a wide range of groups through engagement, storytelling, and with a clear explanation of the mechanisms of sleep, circadian physiology, and treatment protocols.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Catherine Darley founded The Institute of Naturopathic Sleep Medicine, Inc. She is on faculty at Bastyr University and the National College of Natural Medicine. Dr. Darley receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Catherine Darley has no relevant non-financial relationship.
Credits listed below are for full attendance at the live event only. After attendance has been verified, pre-registered attendees will receive an email from PESI Customer Service with the subject line, “Evaluation and Certificate” within one week. This email will contain a link to complete the seminar evaluation and allow attendees to print, email or download a certificate of completion if in full attendance. For those in partial attendance (arrived late or left early), a letter of attendance is available through that link and an adjusted certificate of completion reflecting partial credit will be issued within 30 days (if your board allows). Please see “live seminar schedule” for full attendance start and end times. NOTE: Boards do not allow credit for breaks or lunch.

If your profession is not listed, please contact your licensing board to determine your continuing education requirements and check for reciprocal approval. For other credit inquiries not specified below, or questions on home study credit availability, please contact or 800-844-8260 before the event.

Materials that are included in this course may include interventions and modalities that are beyond the authorized practice of mental health professionals. As a licensed professional, you are responsible for reviewing the scope of practice, including activities that are defined in law as beyond the boundaries of practice in accordance with and in compliance with your professions standards.

PESI, Inc. offers continuing education programs and products under the brand names PESI, PESI Healthcare, PESI Rehab and Psychotherapy Networker.

Addiction Counselors
This course has been approved by PESI, Inc., as a NAADAC Approved Education Provider, for 6.0 CE in the Counseling Services skill group. NAADAC Provider #77553. PESI, Inc. is responsible for all aspects of their programming. Full attendance is required; no partial credit will be awarded for partial attendance.

This intermediate activity consists of 6.25 clock hours of continuing education instruction. Credit requirements and approvals vary per state board regulations. Please save the course outline, the certificate of completion you receive from the activity and contact your state board or organization to determine specific filing requirements.

Washington Counselors:
CE credit is available. This training has been approved for 6.25 CE’s for Washington Licensed Mental Health Counselors, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists and Licensed Clinical Social Workers. WMHCA Provider #1504.

Marriage & Family Therapists
This activity consists of 380 minutes of continuing education instruction. Credit requirements and approvals vary per state board regulations. You should save this course outline, the certificate of completion you receive from the activity and contact your state board or organization to determine specific filing requirements.

Washington Marriage & Family Therapists:
This training has been approved for 6.25 CE’s for Washington Licensed Mental Health Counselors, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists and Licensed Clinical Social Workers. WMHCA Provider #1504.

Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, and Clinical Nurse Specialists
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PESI, Inc. is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. Nurses in full attendance will earn 6.3 contact hours. Partial contact hours will be awarded for partial attendance.

Psychologists & Psychiatrists & Physicians

Psychiatrists & Physicians
PESI, Inc. is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. PESI, Inc. designates this live activity for a maximum of 6.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The following state psychologist boards recognize activities sponsored by PESI, Inc. as an approved ACCME provider: Alaska, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Wisconsin. This activity consists of 6.0 clock hours of continuing education instruction. Certificates of attendance will be issued for you to submit to your state licensing board to recognize for continuing education credit.

Social Workers
PESI, Inc., #1062, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. PESI, Inc. maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: January 27, 2020 - January 27, 2023. Social Workers completing this course receive 6.25 Clinical Practice continuing education credits. Course Level: Intermediate. Full attendance is required; no partial credits will be offered for partial attendance. A certificate of attendance will be awarded at the end of the program to social workers who complete the program evaluation.

Washington Social Workers:
This training has been approved for 6.25 CE’s for Washington Licensed Mental Health Counselors, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists and Licensed Clinical Social Workers. WMHCA Provider #1504.

Other Professions
This activity qualifies for 380 minutes of instructional content as required by many national, state and local licensing boards and professional organizations. Save your course outline and certificate of completion, and contact your own board or organization for specific requirements.

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