Sleep and substance use: Effects, assessment and intervention (Workshop 3)

Sleep and substance use: Effects, assessment and intervention (Workshop 3)
Event on 2017-03-20 09:30:00
Alcohol and other drug and mental health clients often experience difficulties sleeping and many drugs are known to negatively impact upon sleep. In this workshop, we will introduce key topics to provide participants with a comprehensive understanding of sleep in relation to AOD use and mood disturbance. The workshop will be interactive comprising theoretical and practical components. Topics include: Why sleep is important Sleep architecture Assessment of sleep Sleep and substance use Sleep disorders and other co-morbid conditions Pharmacological interventions Non-pharmacological interventions Psychological treatment for insomnia Presenters: Dr Vanessa Smithies, Clinical Neuropsychologist, Turning Point Eastern Health. Dr Smithies has experience working across a range of health settings, including hopsital, tertiary mental health services, and community health. Vanessa's role in the Neuropsychology Clinic at Turning Point includes conducting assessments and providing strategies and treatment planning recommendations for clients who present with AOD issues. Vanessa is a published scientific researcher, having completed a doctoral thesis examining the effects of substance use on sleep and cognition; and an honours thesis examing the effects of MDMA/ecstasy neurotoxicity in animals. Vanessa has presented at national and international conferences and workshops. Dr Rowan Ogeil, NHMRC Peter Doherty Fellow, Monash University and Turning Point. Following completion of his PhD at Monash in 2012 examining the drug MDMA “ecstasy” on sleep and circadian rhythms, Dr Ogeil began working at Turning Point in 2013 as part of the Population Health team. Rowan was awarded a prestigious early career fellowship by the NHMRC beginning in 2014 to study the links between sleep and addiction. He has published more than 35 papers in peer-reviewed scientific journals related to sleep and addiction research, and has presented his work at 15 national and international meetings. Dr Damon Ashworth, Clinical Psychologist, Melbourne Sleep Disorders Centre and Victorian Counselling and Psychological Services. Dr Ashworth completed his Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Monash University in February 2014. His research was the first in the world to show that Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I) can successfully treat individuals with insomnia and depression who had previously failed to improve from antidepressant treatment. He has presented these findings at interstate and overseas conferences, and his research was published in the Journal of Counselling Psychology. Damon continues to see sleep as an essential element to optimal physical and mental health, and aims to educate and promote healthy sleeping beliefs and behaviours in his clients and the general population.  Who should register?  This one day introductory workshop is designed for clinicians, nurses and allied health professionals who work within AOD or mental health services. Cost: 0 (Payable by Credit Card Only) Lunch:  A light lunch including a vegetarian selection is provided. Cancellation Policy: If your circumstances change and you no longer can attend this event after you have registered please email no later than one (1) week prior to the event to cancel and/or be issued with a full refund.  A refund will not be issued if notification has not been received within this time frame and you will be required to pay for the event. General enquiries:  Please contact Student Administration Monday – Friday 8:00am – 3:30pm (03) 8413 8700 or email 

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