Upcoming Events


“Sleep-Wake Disorders”

National University of Natural Medicine

June 13, 2019

Open to enrolled students

Sleep plays a critical role in mental health and psychiatric disorders. This dynamic class will cover sleep physiology including the neurotransmitters of sleep and sleep medications. An overview of the sleep disorders and the role of each in contributing to mental health disorders will follow. The class will end with a discussion of insufficient sleep, the most common sleep disorder, and creation of an optimal sleep plan which can be used with patients.

“Melatonin: Actions and Uses”

Institute of Women’s Health & Integrative Medicine

Primary Care in Women Conference

July 26-28, 2019

Register at http://instituteofwomenshealth.com

Melatonin is ubiquitous, and has many actions throughout the body. And then there are a wide variety of ways to take melatonin supplements. This session begins with the secretion of endogenous melatonin, it’s actions by system, norms by age, and causes of melatonin to be abnormally low. The second half will focus on evidence-based melatonin supplmentation doses and timing for sleep and other medical conditions. Contraindications will also be discussed. Get your questions answered on this common popular supplement.

“Secrets to a Good Night’s Sleep”

Snohomish County PUD, for Wellspring EAP

August 20 & 21

For employees

We all need sleep for physical and mental health, performance, and positive relationship. Yet sleep can be elusive. Come learn the top 10 secrets to getting a good night’s rest. You will be glad you did!

“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

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

PESI Healthcare

October 10, 8a-4p in Oakland CA

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

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.