Upcoming Events


“Sleep Health Master Class”

September 3 to October 1, 2019


Sleep complaints are found in about 35% of people, however are often not addressed by the patient, or the clinician. This comprehensive class will include diagnosis and treatment of the broad range of sleep disorders with an emphasis on a holistic approach and patient centered care. Treatment modalities including herbs, nutrients, lifestyle and cognitive behavioral will be presented. This class will enable you to identify and treat sleep disorders in your patients with material presented over 9 sessions.

  • Sleep: Relevance in Primary Care
  • Insomnia and Behavioral Treatment
  • Insomnia Treatments
  • Circadian Rhythms and Disorders
  • Sleep Disordered Breathing
  • Environmental Sleep Medicine
  • Women’s Sleep
  • Pediatric Sleep Disorders
  • Unusual Sleep Disorders: Parasomnias and Hypersomnias

“A Pain Management Case Study: Continuing the Collaboration”

Webinar for Integrative Practitioner

September 24, 11a

Register: https://www.integrativepractitioner.com/resources/webinars/a-pain-management-case-study-continuing-the-collaboration 

“Sleep from A to Z: Relevant for Conditions throughout the Body”

CHP Group annual conference

Oct 3, 10a in Beaverton OR

Sleep is a foundation of health, yet for many patients may be the missing link in optimal treatment. For arthritis sufferers, sleep deprivation increases inflammation. For those with diabetes, obstructive sleep apnea impairs glucose metabolism. A contributing factor for hypertension can be insomnia. And the interrelationships go on.

In the general practice setting, understanding the role sleep plays will improve your patient outcomes. This dynamic class will highlight the most common disorders and their connection with sleep. Then we’ll discuss how to treat those sleep disorders using a variety of modalities, giving you skills to use with your patients the next day.

“Sleep and Mental Health: Beyond Insomnia: Addressing the impact of sleep on mental health

PESI Healthcare

October 9, 8a-4p in Sacramento CA

October 10, 8a-4p in Oakland CA

October 11, 8a-4p in Palo Alto CA

November 7, 8a-4p in Lynnwood WA

November 8, 8a-4p in Tacoma WA

Register https://healthcare.pesi.com/events/detail/74300/sleep-and-mental-health-beyond-insomnia

Sleep complaints are rampant, affecting about 35% of patients. These concerns can have a global impact on health and quality of life. Yet, the impact of sleep on anxiety, depression, panic, and psychotic episodes is often overlooked by both patients and clinicians. Join me, Dr. Catherine Darley, to learn how the various sleep disorders (in addition to insomnia) shape mental health, and how to assess and intervene as necessary. How are sleep problems manifesting in your practice, and how can you use the power of sleep to promote mental health? Leave this seminar with this knowledge, and effective strategies to help your patients get the sleep they need for the foundation of mental health.

“Robust Sleep: Beyond Sleep Hygiene”

Bastyr Center for Natural Health

October 15, 6:30-8:30pm

Register: https://bastyr.edu/continuing-education/course-calendar?event_type_1%5B0%5D=9

We now know that sleep is an essential foundation of health. And poor sleep has tendrils contributing to dis-ease in mental and physical health, emotional intelligence and relationships. Yet it can still be difficult to know exactly how to build a lifestyle and habits that promote robust, healthy sleep. Dr. Darley will discuss some of the fundamental physiologic principles that guide sleep health recommendations, so you can understand the reasoning behind them. The class will then go through making individual sleep plans, taking into account individual sleep needs, circadian preference, sleep environment and lifestyle commitments. You will leave with a sleep plan you can use right away.

“Sleep Medicine – Tools for Primary Care”

Bastyr University

Continuing Education for Healthcare Professionals

October 19, 8:30a-5:30p

Register: https://bastyr.edu/continuing-education/course-calendar?event_type_1%5B0%5D=9

The hours that patients sleep have a profound impact on their overall health, yet sleep and circadian rhythms are rarely taught in medical school. This course will begin with current knowledge of sleep and circadian physiology, a rapidly evolving field. Each of the six categories of sleep disorders will be discussed in depth, with an emphasis on those conditions most often seen and treated in the primary care setting. A wide range of treatment modalities will be discussed, behavioral to herbal and nutritional interventions, to pharmaceutical care. There will be an emphasis on behavioral techniques that may be new to naturopathic physicians, including how to provide Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I). Just as we include diet and exercise as part of the holistic treatment plan, sleep is an essential (though often missing!) component to strengthen health.

“Timing is Everything: The circadian system, disorders and their treatment”

October 26, 2019 1:30-4:30p

Nova Scotia Naturopathic Conference

Human physiology evolved in a rhythmic world, with daily changes in light exposure, temperature, and seasonal changes too. Now we can control our environment, but is that a good thing when our physiology is programmed to function with these environmental fluctuations? Each week research shows additional ways that human circadian rhythms impact health and disease, which will be discussed in this class. There is also a category of circadian rhythm disorders which includes shift work disorder, jet lag and delayed sleep wake phase, and others. We will learn how to diagnose and differentiate these disorders from other sleep and medical conditions. Then conclude with treatment protocols to treat these circadian disorders.

“Sleep: Essential in the treatment of the Top 10 conditions in Primary Care”

November 16, 2019 10:30a

Oregon Association of Naturopathic Physicians

Sleep health impacts every organ system, yet is often overlooked by patients and physicians alike. The most common disorders seen in primary care offices are all under its’ influence. This class will discuss the ways in which sleep disorders contribute to common conditions including: hypertension, Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, obesity, pain, injuries, anxiety, respiratory illness, heart disease and cancer. We will then cover the recommended, evidence based, treatments for these contributing sleep disorders, including obstructive sleep apnea, sleep movement disorders, insomnia, shift work sleep disorder, and insufficient sleep, among others. You will leave with the knowledge of how sleep may be contributing to your patients’ chief complaint, and how to address these sleep problems. Make sleep a part of the comprehensive, holistic treatment plan.