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Behavioural sleep interventions in children: the good, the bad and the ugly.

Event number: 17419
3 CPD hours
Presenter(s): Professor Sarah Blunden, MAPS, MCCLP

Why should we care if new parents have sleep disturbed infants?


  • 80 % of new sleep deprived parents show signs of Post Natal Depression
  • Behavioural sleep interventions can avoid this
  • 70% of parents do not want to undertake the standard available interventions and so are left at risk
  • Sleep interventions can assist with sleep but also can be used as a general parenting strategy and help parents fell more confident about the tricky parts of parenting.

Learning outcomes

Upon completion of this presentation, participants will have developed an understanding of:

  • The theoretical basis for behavioural sleep interventions in young children.
  • The literature on stress in babies and parents in relation to behavioural sleep interventions in children
  • The connection between sleep interventions and behaviour management in children.

About the presenter(s)

Professor Sarah Blunden (MAPS, BAPsych (Hons), MSocSc, PhD) has a dual role as an academic and a clinical psychologist. She heads Paediatric Sleep Research at the new Adelaide campus of Central Queensland University and is also Director of the Clinical Masters Program for CQUniversity Australia. As well, she is the Founder/Director of the Australian Centre for Education in Sleep and the Paediatric Sleep Clinic where she practices as a clinical psychologist in private practice specialising in the treatment of children’s sleep problems. Sarah is also chair of the newly formed Indigenous Sleep Working Party of the Australasian Sleep Association which aims to promote awareness of the importance of sleep in Indigenous populations. Sarah has published over 100 academic papers and books including The Sensible Sleep Solution for Infants and the Boss of my Sleep Book for Toddlers, which present non-extinction based methods of behavioural sleep intervention. She has presented at over 70 national and international sleep and psychology conferences, presents regularly to health and education professionals throughout Australia, has won awards for academic and research excellence and is a recognized expert in her field both nationally and internationally


Registrations open from 1pm. The seminar starts at 1.30 and ends promptly at 5pm.

Online registration


Education Development Centre
Milner Street
Hindmarsh, SA 5007
Venue is wheelchair accessible
Start date: 26/5/2017
End date: 26/5/2017
Time: 1.00pm - 5.00pm


APS College of Clinical Psychologists Member $45.00

APS College of Clinical Psychologists Student Member $30.00

APS Member: $70.00
APS Student: $40.00
Non Member: $90.00


APS - College of Clinical Psychologists - SA
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