The Science of a Meaningful Life: Keys to a Better Night’s Sleep

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  • Venue: International House, UC Berkeley Campus

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This day-long seminar will offer strategies for understanding and improving sleep in yourself and others. It will be led by two renowned sleep researchers, Allison Harvey and Matthew Walker, both professors of psychology at UC Berkeley. Drawing on their research of the sleeping brain, they will discuss how normal and disturbed sleep patterns affect emotions vital to health, well-being, and happiness.

Dr. Walker will first discuss the physiology and neuroscience of sleep, exploring the science-based links between sleep and social-emotional well-being. His presentation will cover the connections between sleep, memory, and emotions, the links between PTSD and sleep, and the good news about daytime naps, among other topics. He will then discuss how important sleep is to one’s happiness and health.

In the afternoon, Dr. Harvey will describe the significant health problems associated with sleep disturbances. These include difficulties with mood regulation and problem-solving; high rates of absenteeism from work; higher health-care costs; greater risk of developing health and psychiatric conditions; and one’s general inability to function normally.

Dr. Harvey will also discuss the complexities of assessing a client with sleep problems, and identify the treatments that research has deemed most effective. She’ll explain why cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is the treatment of choice for many sleep disturbances and review the nuts and bolts of CBT. She will also cover a range of sleep disorders and some of the best practices for treating them, including: hypersomnia, treating teens with sleep problems, how to motivate clients, chronotherapy, and interpersonal and social rhythms therapy.

This event will be webcast live! Attend in-person or online.

With the webcast, you’ll watch real-time video of the event, including slides, be able to submit questions to the presenter online, and receive CE credits—all from the comfort of your home, office, or anywhere with an Internet connection. You will be emailed prior to the event with course materials and a login and password for the webcast.

*Attendees can receive 6 CE credit hours for attending in-person or online.*

Attendees will be able to:

  • Identify key aspects of the biology, psychology, neuroscience, and social context of the sleeper
  • Assess sleep disorders in one’s clients and oneself
  • Describe cognitive therapy approaches to treating sleep disorders
  • Summarize the process of completing a case conceptualization for a client with sleep problems
  • Adapt cognitive behavioral therapy for teens and other complicated cases, particularly for clients with a mood disorder
  • Practice Implementation Intention and Mental Contrasting techniques for sleep problems

8:30-9:00am Registration and check in
9:00-10:30 (Matt Walker) Background: Sleep, Memory & Emotion
10:30-10:45 Break
10:45-12:00 (Matt Walker) Functions of Sleep on Memory & Emotions
12:00-1:00pm Lunch (on your own)
1:00-2:30 (Allison Harvey) Circadian Rhythms & Sleep Disorders
2:30-2:45 Break
2:45-4:30 (Allison Harvey) Sleep Interventions: Simple & Powerful

Continuing Education
This seminar is approved for 6 CE hours.

Course approval for Psychologists, Social Workers, Therapists, Counselors, and Nurses. More details on continuing education here. Continuing Education is co-sponsored by R. Cassidy Seminars.

Event presented by the Greater Good Science Center, co-sponsored by the International House at UC Berkeley

The Science of a Meaningful Life seminar series is made possible through a generous grant from the Quality of Life Foundation.