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The Science of a Meaningful Life: Keys to a Better Night’s Sleep (X-UCB-18)

This day-long seminar will offer strategies for understanding and improving sleep in yourself and others. It will be led by two renowned sleep researchers, Allison Harvey and Matthew Walker, professors of psychology at UC Berkeley. Drawing on their research of the sleeping brain, they will discuss how normal and disturbed sleep patterns affect emotions vital to health, well-being, and happiness.

Dr. Walker will first discuss the physiology and neuroscience of sleep, exploring the science-based links between sleep and social-emotional well-being. His presentation will cover the connections between sleep, memory, and emotions, the links between PTSD and sleep, and the good news about daytime naps, among other topics. He will then discuss how important sleep is to one’s happiness and health.

In the afternoon, Dr. Walker will be joined by Dr. Harvey, who will describe the significant health problems associated with sleep disturbance. These include difficulties with mood regulation and problem-solving; high rates of absenteeism from work; higher health-care costs; greater risk of developing health and psychiatric conditions; and one’s general inability to function normally.

Dr. Harvey will also discuss the complexities of assessing a client with sleep problems, and identify the treatments that research has deemed most effective. She’ll explain why cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is the treatment of choice for many sleep disturbances, covering the nuts and bolts of CBT. She will also cover a range of sleep disorders and some of the best practices for treating them, including: hypersomnia, treating teens with sleep problems, how to motivate clients, chronotherapy, and interpersonal and social rhythms therapy.



Matthew P. Walker, PhD

Allison Harvey, PhD

This event will be webcast live! Attend in-person or online.

With the webcast, you’ll watch real-time video of the event, including slides, be able to submit questions to the presenter online, and receive CE credits —all from the comfort of your home, office, or anywhere with an Internet connection. You will be emailed prior to the event with course materials and a login and password for the webcast.

*Attendees can receive 6 CE credit hours for attending in-person or online.*

Attendees will be able to:

  • Identify key aspects of the biology, psychology, neuroscience, and social context of the sleeper
  • Assess sleep disorders in one’s clients and oneself
  • Describe cognitive therapy approaches to treating sleep disorders
  • Summarize the process of completing a case conceptualization for a client with sleep problems
  • Adapt cognitive behavioral therapy for teens and other complicated cases, particularly for clients with a mood disorder
  • Practice Implementation Intention and Mental Contrasting techniques for sleep problems


8:30 - 9:00 Registration and check in
9:00-10:30 (Matt Walker) Background: Sleep, Memory & Emotion
10:30-10:45 Break
10:45-12:00 (Matt Walker) Functions of Sleep on Memory & Emotions
12:00-1:00 Lunch (on your own)
1:00-2:30 (Allison Harvey) Circadian Rhythms & Sleep Disorders
2:30-2:45 Break
2:45-4:30 (Allison Harvey) Sleep Interventions: Simple & Powerful


Continuing Education

Continuing Education is co-sponsored by R. Cassidy Seminars.

Presented by the Greater Good Science Center, and co-sponsored by the International House at UC Berkeley

The Science of a Meaningful Life seminar series is made possible through a generous grant from the Quality of Life Foundation.

Psychologists: R. Cassidy Seminars is approved by the American Psychological Association to offer continuing education for psychologists. R. Cassidy Seminars maintains responsibility for this program. (6) CE hours.

Social Workers CA: Course meets the qualifications for (6) hours of continuing education credit for MFTs and/or LCSWs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences, Provider #PCE418.

Marriage and Family Therapists CA: Course meets the qualifications for (6) hours of continuing education credit for MFTs and/or LCSWs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences, Provider #PCE418. This course provides 6 CE hours.

Occupational Therapists: Occupational therapists will receive a certificate of completion for (6) CE hours.

Nurses CA: Provider approved by the CA Board of Registered Nursing, Provider #CeP12224, for (6) contact hours.

Satisfactory Completion: Participants must have paid tuition fee, signed in, attended the entire seminar, completed an evaluation, and signed out in order to receive a certificate. Failure to sign in or out will result in forfeiture of credit for the entire course. No exceptions will be made. Partial credit is not available.

Cancellation Policy: Refund (minus $25 administrative fee) when canceling prior to 7 days before the workshop. No refund within 7 days of the seminar.

Disability Access: If you require ADA accommodations please contact our office 30 days or more before the event. We cannot ensure accommodations without adequate prior notification.

Please Note: Licensing Boards change regulations often and while we attempt to stay abreast of their most recent changes, if you have questions or concerns about this course meeting your specific board’s approval, we recommend you contact your board directly to obtain a ruling.