Sleep and Mental Health


Event type Day Conference

Ashling Hotel Dublin

Sleep difficulties are common in children and adolescents, especially in some high-risk groups, such as young people with developmental difficulties or mental health problems. Clinicians working in paediatric or child mental health settings need an understanding of sleep disorders. It is important to know how sleep disturbance impacts on a young person’s physical and cognitive development, and mental health.

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Are you a trainee member of the College of Psychiatrists, the Psychological Society of Ireland, or Irish Society of Social Workers? If so, book your place by the 30 May and only pay £52.50 – saving over £100! To secure your place please call the office on 0044 207 403 7458.

Learning Outcomes

  • Understand the physiology of sleep and how it changes over time and in different contexts
  • Understand the relationship between sleep, behaviour and mental health.
  • Understand the principles of management and the adaptations that may be required to these.
  • Gain insight into delivering interventions in the management of sleep issues in CAMHS, paediatric and primary care settings

Approved for 5 CPD points from The College of Psychiatrists Ireland
This event has been approved for 4 Learning Credits for the members of the PSI
CPD approved Irish Society of Social Workers

About the day

The ACAMH Ireland Branch presents an insightful and engaging event on Sleep and Mental Health. This all-day conference presents you with the perfect opportunity to increase your understanding of the topic through a series of lectures and presentations.

Who should attend

This day would be beneficial to those who work both in a clinical and non-clinical setting, who are looking to expand their skills and knowledge, specifically around sleep and mental health. In particular; paediatricians, sleep consultants, GPs, psychologists, psychiatrists, allied health professionals, social workers, speciality doctors, educational psychologist, therapists, and those that work with children affected with mental health issues.

About the Speakers

Dr Michael Farquhar – Paediatric Sleep Consultant

Dr Michael Farquhar trained in general paediatrics, respiratory medicine and sleep medicine at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children (Glasgow), Nottingham Children’s Hospital, The Children’s Hospital at Westmead (Sydney), Sydney Children’s Hospital and Great Ormond Street Hospital (London). Dr Farquhar has been a consultant in sleep medicine at Evelina London since 2012. He works in both the general and hypersomnia clinics, and the diagnostics sleep study service. He also works with other departments to assist colleagues in caring for children experiencing sleep difficulties due to complex medical issues.

Dr Farquhar is also involved in educating healthcare professionals on the importance of sleep, with a focus on sleep for staff working night shifts. External departments wishing to request teaching in these areas should contact Dr Farquhar’s secretaries to discuss this. Dr Farquhar is a member of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, The British Paediatric Sleep Association, the British Sleep Society, the European Sleep Research Society and the British Paediatric Respiratory Society.

Dr Max Davie – Community Paediatrician

Max Davie is a consultant community paediatrician, working in Lambeth as part of Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital NHS Trust Community services. He has a special interest in the assessment and diagnosis of neurodevelopmental conditions in school-age children, and in the mental health of paediatric patients more generally. He is convenor of the Paediatric Mental Health Association. He is involved with the RCPCH MindEd and disability e-portal projects.

Dr Sally Hobson Associate Specialist Community Paediatrician

Dr Sally Hobson is a community pediatrician working in the London borough of Lambeth.
She is passionate about understanding the presentations and needs of children with complex neurodevelopmental and behavioural difficulties in the context of their families schools and communities. Having recognised sleep difficulties as frequently significant and hugely impairing in this population she undertook training and increased clinical experience in diagnosis and management. Alongside a colleague she worked to demonstrate the significant frequency and impact of sleep difficulties in the children who present to community paediatricians and to design and set up a multidisciplinary cross borough sleep clinic in Lambeth and Southwark (2 inner London boroughs). This service aims to assess diagnose understand and support children’s sleep problems and to demonstrate improved outcomes when sleep problems are tackled.
Sally regularly teaches professionals and parent groups about sleep and has authored a best practice paper on managing sleep difficulties in children with ADHD (currently under peer review).

Dr Jenna Vyas-Lee Clinical Psychologist at Evelina Children’s Hospital

Dr Jenna Vyas-Lee is a Clinical Psychologist who splits her working week between the Complex Autism National and Specialist CAMHS at the Michael Rutter Centre, and leading the psychology service in the Lambeth and Southwark Community Sleep Clinic in South London. Jenna has also spent time working in the Evelina Sleep medicine department where she set up and evaluated a sleep and mood group for teenagers with sleep difficulties.
Jenna regularly holds workshops and teaching sessions for professionals and parents about sleep difficulties and best practice interventions. Of particular interest is helping professionals understand the nature of sleep difficulties in the context of the bio-psycho-social model. Jenna has an interest in sleep and exercise in vulnerable groups and is currently leading on a study to understand the impact of exercise on sleep and wellbeing in a population of children with neurodevelopmental disabilities.



Platinum Member – £110.00
Gold Member – £126.00
Silver/Bronze Member – £142.00
Publications/Digital – £52.50*

Non Member – £158.00

*NB there are no tickets left for Publications/Digital Members using a discount voucher