The Sleep Haven: from Chaos to Calm
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The Sleep Haven: from Chaos to Calm

Learn a new stabilisation technique to teach to your clients to help them stop nightmares, sleep peacefully through their dreams and reduce trauma symptoms.

Crowne Plaza Hotel, Newcastle Upon Tyne
Full Fee £140.00 (includes lunch and refreshments)

3 CPD Credits from EMDR UK & Ireland (for members only) + 3.5 CPD Points from JTC
6.5 CPD Points from JTC for Non Members

Justin Havens, is a psychological therapist accredited by the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and the UK and Ireland EMDR Association.   After a career in the military and then in commerce as a management consultant, he retrained as a therapist and his sole aim is now to relieve psychological distress in others.

Jesmond Therapy Centre are delighted to welcome Justin to the North East for the first time to present his one day training workshop ‘The Sleep Haven – from chaos to calm’.

 The Sleep Haven – from Chaos to Calm approach is an easy to teach stabilisation technique to help clients stop nightmares, sleep peacefully through their dreams and reduce trauma symptoms.

Nightmares can be very frightening and have a significant impact on sleep quality and overall functioning. They can also be repetitive and linked to traumatic or adverse life events from the past.   The good news is that there is a very effective technique that you can learn and teach to clients that can permanently stop old nightmares, and provide clients with the tools to deal with any future ones.   This skill can be taught to clients in a single 50-minute session enabling clients to implement the approach immediately.


This approach has been tested with several types of sleep disturbance from repetitive dreams based on real events to fictitious dreams, and also with sleep disturbances (ie screaming, sweating) with no dream recall.  It is safe to teach, and at worst will give clients a dose of psycho-education and normalises sleep disturbance.  At best, clients will sleep through the night, which provides both physical and mental health benefits, including the initial processing of traumatic memories.  This approach is usually utilised with other trauma focused therapies to facilitate full recovery. Although there are similarities with existing CBT treatments such as nightmare rescripting, it offers a more targeted, effective and flexible approach with a clear rational that can be easily understood.  Please note that this workshop only qualifies the participant to teach this technique to individuals, and not groups.

Workshop Aims: 

By the end of this workshop, therapists will be able to:

  • Understand the functions of sleep and dreaming, and how nightmares can be conceptualised as a failed dream
  • Learn how to get the dream process back on track and return client to peaceful sleep
  • Maximise the likelihood of success and troubleshooting problems
  • Be able to teach this approach to clients, using appropriate examples, and utilise it within a therapy session

Justin’s research and experience in using this approach

This approach was originally devised by Dr Beverley Dexter, a retired US military psychologist who developed it through her work with combat veterans and her own experience of traumatic nightmares.  After discovering her work in 2013, I recognised its potential and started a PhD at the Anglia Ruskin University to develop and evaluate this approach with UK veterans.  I have now run over 30 groups across the UK, testing this approach on groups of veterans (mostly with PTSD) and the results have been very encouraging.  Of the 62 who have completed pre- and 1 month post-testing, sleep has improved and nightmare distress/trauma symptoms have dropped by an average of 35% (remember these are not therapy clients, but veterans attending a 2hr workshop).  The ‘top’ 31 participants who fully implemented the ideas improved by over 50%, and 2/3’s of them went from a clinical IES score (>33) to below clinical threshold.

I personally use this approach with new clients who are experiencing traumatic nightmares, which are extremely common for those recovering from psychological trauma of any type, and it can be taught in about 20 minutes with brief follow up in subsequent sessions.  Although it may not work fully with every client, reductions in nightmares and trauma symptoms and improvements in sleep (which can occur within days) provides welcome relief, builds confidence in the therapist, and importantly speeds up the overall trauma recovery process.  It can therefore be a very useful ‘tool’ in any therapist’s toolbox, and is especially suitable as a stabilisation intervention in the early stages of therapy.

For further information about this approach, including client testimonials, see this link from Forces TV:


This training event will take place at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in central Newcastle upon Tyne, close to the railway station.   This modern and stylish hotel has excellent conference facilities and car parking nearby.    Refreshments and snacks will be provided through the day together with a buffet lunch.

Preferential Bed and Breakfast rates available for Jesmond Therapy Centre delegates.  Rates are fully flexible and can be cancelled up to 4 pm on day prior to arrival:

Friday 8th November 2019 – £91.00
Saturday 9th November 2019 – £140.00

To book these special rates, please contact the Hotel’s Reservation Team on 0191 562 3333 option 1 and quote block Code ‘Z31’

Click here to view our Training Booking Terms and Conditions.

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Crowne Plaza Hotel, Newcastle Upon Tyne
Stephenson Quarter, Forth Street,, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE1 3PF United Kingdom
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