AACBT CBT@Home – Wide-eyed teens

31 Dec 2024
12:00 pm
- 01:00 pm
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This event was recorded live and is now available for on-demand viewing.


Wide-eyed teens: recognising and treating delayed Sleep-Wake Phase Disorder with Bright Light Therapy

Presented by Dr Cele Richardson


This recording is part of the AACBT CBT@Home webinar series – Dr Richardson was the winner of the 2021 Tracy Goodall Early Career Award.

This event was recorded live and is available for on-demand viewing.


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This approx. 58 min CBT@Home webinar was recorded in December 2021.

Teens who sleep in are often labelled as “lazy”. It is rarely considered that they might be experiencing a common sleep disorder known as Delayed Sleep Wake Phase Disorder (DSWPD)? In this webinar, you will learn how to assess and treat DSWPD using bright light therapy.

Adolescents are at particular risk for experiencing sleep problems, such as Delayed Sleep Wake Phase Disorder (DSWPD). To understand why this is, this talk will summarise developmental changes that occur in sleep homeostasis and circadian timing in adolescence. The “perfect storm” model of adolescent sleep will also be discussed, alongside supporting empirical evidence. Diagnostic criteria for DSWPD will be covered, as well as methods for assessing and diagnosing this common sleep disorder. Clinical practice guidelines support the use of bright light therapy for DSWPD in young people. Attendees will learn how to develop a bright light therapy planner. Finally, evidence of the efficacy of bright light therapy for sleep, daytime functioning, repetitive negative thinking and depressed mood will presented.

Key Learning Objectives:

  • Understand how bioregulatory, psychosocial and societal pressures lead to inadequate sleep in adolescence
  • Know how to assess Delayed Sleep Wake Phase Disorder in adolescents
  • Be able to develop a bright light therapy plan for a young client with Delayed Sleep Wake Phase Disorder

This is a free event for all AACBT members; bookings are only required for non-members to receive the link.

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The assumed minimum level of knowledge to benefit from this presentation is “basic” (casual familiarity with topic area; e.g., treated one case).

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