AACBT National Workshop – Sydney: CBT for transdiagnostic sleep problems

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22 Oct 2018
09:00 am
- 05:00 pm
The Grace Hotel
114 Smith St, Collingwood VIC 3066, Australia
  • Allison Harvey
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Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for Transdiagnostic Sleep Problems in Clinical Practice: Basics & Beyond

Workshop with Professor Allison Harvey

Professor Harvey is a keynote speaker at our 39th National Conference, and has a special pre-conference workshop in Sydney – if you can’t make it to Brisbane for #AACBT18, then check this workshop out.

Sleep and circadian problems are among the most prevalent problems. They undermine our emotional functioning, our health, our cognition and they contribute to behavioural problems such as risk taking and substance use. Much research on sleep and circadian problems has been disorder-focused—treating a specific sleep problem (e.g., insomnia) in a specific diagnostic group (e.g., depression). However, real life sleep and circadian problems are not so neatly categorized. Insomnia often overlaps with hypersomnia, delayed sleep phase and irregular sleep-wake schedules. This core observation was one of the factors that motivated us to develop the Transdiagnostic Sleep and Circadian Intervention (TranS-C). The goal of TranS-C is to provide a treatment approach for a variety of sleep problems comorbid with a variety of psychological and physical disorders, and that can be used confidently by a variety of mental health professionals.

TranS-C draws from and combines CBT-I (e.g., Morin et al., 2006) with elements from three existing evidence-based treatments: Interpersonal and Social Rhythm Therapy (Frank et al., 2005), chronotherapy (Wirz-Justice et al. 2009) and Motivational Enhancement (Miller & Rollnick, 2012).

TranS-C is a modular approach to reversing and maintaining psychosocial, behavioural and cognitive processes via 4 cross-cutting modules, 4 core modules and 7 optional modules. The four Cross Cutting Modules are: case formulation; education; behaviour change and motivation; goal setting. The four Core Modules are: establishing regular sleep-wake times including learning a wind-down and wake-up routine; improving daytime functioning; correcting unhelpful sleep-related beliefs; and maintenance of behaviour change. The Optional Modules are: improving sleep efficiency; reducing time in bed; dealing with delayed or advanced phase; reducing sleep-related worry/vigilance; promoting compliance with CPAP/exposure therapy for claustrophobic reactions to CPAP; negotiating sleep in a complicated environment and reducing nightmares.

Seats are very limited at this location, so be sure to book your seat now!

(For group bookings please contact AACBT direct on info@aacbt.org.au)

8:30am check-in on the day for a 9:00am start – we look forward to seeing you at this workshop.


  1. Participants will be able to describe key aspects of the biology, psychology and social context of the sleeper;
  2. Participants will be able to describe how to assess sleep in their patients;
  3. Participants will be able to describe how to complete a case conceptualization for a patient suffering from a sleep problem;
  4. Participants will be able to describe the cross-cutting and core modules of TranS-C;
  5. Participants will be able to think through how to adapt CBT-I for teens and comorbid cases, particularly patients with a mood disorder.


This workshop has 7 hours CPD, and the ticket includes lunch, and morning & afternoon tea.

Early bird pricing for AACBT Members finishes on 23 August 2018.