The Behavioral Sleep Medicine Clinic offers externs the opportunity to gain expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of sleep disorders through clinic consultation, long-term therapy with children, teens and families, and didactic experiences (optional Sleep Seminar Series). Sleep and circadian regulation are complex domains of cutting-edge clinical science that require special training in context of a specialized sleep clinic. Training focuses on the diagnosis and assessment of pediatric sleep disorders and basic circadian and sleep regulation, evaluation of complex cases that often involve sleep disturbances and comorbid medical, psychiatric and developmental disorders as well as evidenced based treatment for sleep disorders.
In addition to leading comprehensive assessment of sleep problems, externs take on short and long-term psychotherapy patients with chronic sleep disturbance as well as sleep and psychiatric disorders using evidence-based therapies including, CBT and mindfulness medicine. In addition to group and individual supervision, externs may provide and receive peer supervision among a very diverse group of specialties including more advanced psychology trainees, sleep medicine physicians and fellows (from disciplines including pediatrics, neurology, pulmonary critical care, family medicine, internal medicine) and psychiatry.