Sleep is essential for health and wellbeing. Sleep disturbances can worsen symptoms of diagnosed mental illness, including substance abuse, mood and psychotic disorders. Insomnia has been identified as a risk factor for the development of mental illness.
This workshop will explore aspects of sleep and strategies to optimise sleep ‘health’, based on perspectives from neurobiology and the two-way influence of brain and body. It will emphasise the importance of sleep for health and wellbeing and aims to equip attendees with practical strategies for self-management and to help clients.
This workshop is also available to attend in person - register here.
Overview & Learning Intentions
Explore aspects of sleep theory and functions of sleep
Gain an understanding of sleep disorders and effects of poor sleep including mental health factors
Understand physiological arousal and contributing factors
Learn strategies to regulate arousal and normalise sleep-drive/circadian rhythm including neurobiological rationale
Explore body-based techniques
Working with people experiencing Mental Health and Addiction needs
Working with Whānau
Working with Communities
NZRP, Dip Phyty (Otago), BA (Mus) (UC), Certified Lifestyle Medicine Practitioner (ASLM)
Ruth is an experienced Physiotherapist, Leader, Innovator, Supervisor and Educator. She has worked as a Physiotherapist in a range of different clinical areas (such as Older Persons Health, disability, musculoskeletal), with more than half her experience based in Mental Health. In her role as the Clinical Leader Physiotherapy, Specialist Mental Health Services, CDHB (2014-2020) she provided leadership in promoting awareness of neurobiological perspectives, including the integral role of physical health, trauma informed care, wellbeing, and lifestyle practices for mental health.
Workshop Type: Introductory | Workshop Level: Five
Subsidised Rate: Check if you are eligible here. Tick applicable box when registering to apply discount
Early Bird Discount: $10 discount is available on registrations made up to 8 weeks before the workshop date (automatically applied at checkout)
Catering: Refreshments provided
You will need
• Headset and Microphone
• Built-in laptop camera or attachable webcam device (for laptop or PC)
• Stable broadband connection
Minimum System Requirements
• As a guide, if you are able to Skype or watch online videos (eg: YouTube) from your device, your system requirements should be capable
Windows 7 and above
Mac OS X 10.6 and above
Internet Explorer 7 and above
Firefox - Latest version
Chrome - Latest version
Safari - 5 and above
Cancellations made up to 10 working days before a workshop will incur a $39 service fee.
Cancellations (or non-attendance) made 10 working days or less will not be refunded and the full workshop fee will be charged.
No fee applies if you are able to find a replacement participant.
MHERC reserves the right to cancel a workshop at any time due to unforeseen circumstances or insufficient registrations.
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