What you get by completing this session

  • 45 mins of CPD

    A 35 minute video lecture with presentation slides, you can stop and start anytime you like. 10 minute quiz is included.

  • Certificate of Completion

    Receive a certificate once you complete the session. Download this from your student dashboard or in your course completion email

  • Easy CPD Documentation

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What you'll learn in this expert session

Are sleep problems a trigger or a consequence of depression? Does treating one help the other or should they be treated as two separate conditions? These are just some of the questions that psychiatrist and sleep expert, Dr Chris Blackwell, addresses as he presents the latest evidence on the interplay between these two conditions and outlines a practical approach to their assessment and management.

Learning Objectives:

  • Recognise the reciprocal relationship between sleep and depressive disorders
  • Identify the signs and symptoms of depression
  • Outline sleep phenotypes, the sleep stages and circadian rhythm
  • Apply current practical, psychological and pharmacological treatments for depression and concomitant sleep disturbances

About the Expert

Dr Chris Blackwell

Dr Blackwell is a Psychiatrist in private practice with a long standing interest in sleep and insomnia and their intimate relationships with all psychiatric illnesses and general psychological development. He trained at the University of Sydney, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital and has worked for the Central Sydney Area Health Service (as it was then) including Rozelle Hospital and in the community, particularly in Canterbury.

Course curriculum

  • 1

    How to complete this course

    • Instructions

  • 2

    Sleep and depression

    • Summary and learning objectives

    • Video presentation (35 mins)

    • Quiz: test your learning (10 mins)

  • 3

    Document your CPD here

    • CPD Documentation and Reflection Activity Tool

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