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APS practice certificate in sleep psychology part 4: Obstructive sleep apnoea and CPAP adherence

Event number: 15300
6 CPD hours
APS Institute CPD

APS practice certificate in sleep psychology

The APS practice certificate in sleep psychology has been developed by the APS Institute in close collaboration with the Australasian Sleep Association (ASA). The content has been selected and assembled to enable psychologists and other sleep practitioners to gain knowledge of, and insight into, healthy and disordered sleep, including the assessment and management of the common sleep disorders. The APS practice certificate program consists of four component courses as follows:

  • Part 1: Introduction to sleep psychology
  • Part 2: Insomnia
  • Part 3: Circadian rhythm sleep disorder
  • Part 4: Obstructive sleep apnoea and CPAP adherence

Courses can be selected and taken individually although the APS Institute strongly recommends Part 1: Introduction to sleep psychology as basic preparation for the three remaining courses that make up the program. Persons who successfully complete a course will receive a certificate of completion for the course they have completed. Persons who successfully complete all four courses above will receive the APS practice certificate in sleep psychology to acknowledge their completion of this extended program of training.

Part 4: Obstructive sleep apnoea and CPAP adherence

This course looks at obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA), its causes, symptoms, and diagnosis. While patients who have OSA experience excessive daytime sleepiness, this sleep disorder has significant implications for long term health including heart function and the risk of stroke. The best treatment for OSA is Continuous Positive Airways Pressure (CPAP). This treatment involves significant lifestyle changes for the patient and his or her bed partner. Psychologists can assist patients to overcome their ambivalence to using CPAP on a regular basis. At the end of this course it is anticipated that participants will: have a thorough understanding of OSA; be able to cite the common reasons for why people may find it difficult to use and/or tolerate CPAP therapy; be able to design and run individual or group CBT programs for increasing CPAP adherence; acquire the ability to manage difficult cases that don't respond well to treatment; and be able to assess thoroughly for other co-morbid conditions.

Duration of enrolment

The course duration is 6 months from the date of your course registration.

What you need to access this online course

Click here to view the technical requirements for accessing this online course.

The APS Institute recommends that persons considering the online training should read its eLearning FAQs.


The 6 hours of APS Institute CPD is supplemented by additional hours of personal research and reading.

Online registration


APS Member $250
ASA Member $250
Non-Member $375


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