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Wednesday 9th May 2018, 10am - 4pm, Exeter Community Centre, 17 St. Davids Hill, Exeter EX4 3RG.

Sleep Haven is a simple technique that gives people the power to take control of their dreams and stop nightmares.


Experiencing traumatic nightmares, can be extremely common for those recovering from psychological trauma of any type. However this approach can be used for anyone with nightmares, whatever the origin (even if there is no trauma).

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.

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 normalise their 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.

Devon Rape Crisis and Sexual Abuse Services are pleased to bring Justin Havens to Exeter to help local practitioners work effectively with those with sleep disturbance

Justin is a psychological therapist accredited by the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and EMDR Europe. He has worked within the NHS, the charitable sector and in private practice. Having recognised the potential of this approach Justin has started a PhD at the Anglia Ruskin University to develop and evaluate this technique. He has 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.

Aims - The training will enable you 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
• Teach this approach to clients, using appropriate examples, and utilise it within a therapy session

This training day relevant for Counsellors, psychotherapists and practitioners who support people who experience nightmares and sleep disturbances.


The training event will be held at Exeter Community Centre, 17 St David's Hill, Exeter, EX4 3RG, which is located in the heart of the city, close to public parking and bus and train stations. Directions and bus routes can be found at

The training will run from 10am – 4pm, with registration and coffee from 9.30am onwards. A light lunch will be provided, as well as refreshments throughout the day. Dietary needs can be catered for.

A Certificate of attendance will be provided. Specific learning needs can be accommodated. Please contact us if you have any questions or want to talk anything through.

The cost of the day, including all refreshments, is £95 per person.
A concessionary rate of £80 per person is available for those from third & voluntary sector organisations.

To attend this training event, please complete the booking form and return it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Monday 30th April 2018. Your place on the training will be confirmed once payment has been received.

Attendees of previous Devon RCSAS training days have said:

“Very informative and thought-provoking. Potentially the most useful training I have undertaken.”

“Knowledgeable trainers. I feel more confident now.”

“Lots of information given and sensitive, thought provoking topics covered.”

“The mix of professionals in the room was very valuable in facilitating conversation and understanding the challenges across professions.”


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