Get Some Sleep: CBT-I for Treating Insomnia and Comorbid Conditions

Monday, December 2, and
Tuesday, December 3, 2019

9:00 am to 4:40 pm

Research increasingly shows that CBT for insomnia (CBT-I) has a profound effect on chronic insomnia, works better than drugs and improves treatment outcomes for comorbid conditions such as depression, anxiety, pain and trauma.

Day One will focus on reviewing the basics of assessment and delivery of CBT-I with a more nuanced understanding of the perpetuating factors for chronic insomnia. Day Two will focus on a case formulation approach that can be applied across disciplines and clinic settings. This will enable you to sharpen your understanding of sleep regulation and will complement what you may already be doing in the treatment of a concurrent condition. This approach provides relevant strategies to handle the types of complex cases you are most likely to encounter in clinical practice.

For example, challenging beliefs that vigilance is necessary in trauma-focused therapy can be complemented by strategies that address bed avoidance in PTSD. Or, increasing activity in chronic pain treatment protocols can be complemented by CBT-I advice about stimulus control (how to rest in a way that does not interfere with sleep).  A client-centred, case formulation approach provides the flexibility and efficiency of delivery without compromising on empirical support. In addition to learning how to use case formulation to guide treatment decisions, attendees will learn how to develop suitable schedules for night owls with day jobs, how to work effectively with those with chronic hypnotic medication use, and how to work safely and effectively with those with sleep apnea.

Back by popular demand! This is the fifth consecutive year leading researcher and CBT-I clinician Colleen Carney has presented for us.

*For those who have already completed an introductory CBT-I workshop, you are welcome to take the second day only. Conversely, if you do not want to take an advanced workshop, you are welcome to sign up for the first day only. Please email to register for 1 day.

Who should attend: Therapists, psychologists, counsellors, social workers and other healthcare professionals working with adults with insomnia in non-sleep specialty settings and wishing to learn how to treat insomnia when their clients have comorbid conditions such as depression, anxiety, trauma or chronic pain.

You Will Learn:

  • How to do a sleep assessment in a non-sleep specialty setting
  • How to teach clients to calculate their optimal time-in-bed prescription and determine their optimal “sleep window”
  • Techniques for managing cognitive arousal as well as fatigue
  • Avoiding arguing: How to design behavioural experiments that challenge sleep beliefs
  • How to build a case formulation during assessment, using eight key questions
  • How to adapt treatment to those with multiple comorbidities and medications

Introducing Colleen Carney

Colleen Carney's Path to CBT-I

Helping clients with chronic pain use CBT-I

What are the effects of CBT-I and cannabis?

Can CBT-I be adapted to support individuals with insomnia and PTSD?

Event Detail

December 2, 2019 9:00 am
December 3, 2019 4:40 pm