Presented by Shanna Willner, LPC, PMP
Having a sleep disorder often feels like living in a haunted house. Everything subtly alters, simple things become complicated, and we can’t tell what’s safe or dangerous. Sleep is such a basic function, but for many people, it goes sideways. The purpose of this workshop is to give you a framework to understand, assess, and treat the most common sleep issues and disorders, with a weighted focus on insomnia. We will discuss the physiological purpose of sleep, the function of each sleep cycle, and the physical and psychological results when we don’t sleep. We will learn to assess the different causes of sleeplessness and how to respond. We will briefly discuss poor sleep versus sleeplessness, and touch on common sleep disorders not related to insomnia. Finally, we will discuss how to work with sleep as a psychotherapist, looking at the layered discussion from a psychodynamic perspective as opposed to getting stuck in a medical model. In addition to providing information and assessment tools, this workshop will seek to give you a framework – paint a picture – give you the context – so you can have a basic confidence in discussing sleep issues and not feel in the dark.
After this training, participants will be able to:
1. Assess for sleep disturbance
2. Utilize a tool kit of treatment techniques for sleep issues
3. Initiate psychotherapeutic discussion related to sleep