Integrating Evidence-Based Insomnia Treatment into Your Practice with Clients with Depression, Anxiety and/or Chronic Pain

This is an On Demand Webinar. Access information, resources and CEU information will be sent to you shortly after registration and registrants will be given unlimited access to the recording for a full year.

This webinar was broadcasted live on Friday, March 5, 2021

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Sleep problems almost always co-occur with other problems such as depression, pain or anxiety, but few mental health providers have the correct tools necessary to treat this highly comorbid problem. An unfortunate misstep by many experienced therapists is to believe that sleep is a symptom of whatever other disorder they are treating, or that insomnia is treated with an ineffective treatment like sleep hygiene.  Come for a three-hour workshop of insomnia myth-busting and practical tool building from which you and your clients will benefit.   Cognitive Behavior Therapy for insomnia (CBT-I) is a very brief, highly effective treatment across multiple comorbidities.

Moreover, there are several tools in CBT-I that are effective on their own and can be used in conjunction with the co-occurring treatment you are already providing, such as CBT for depression. This is important because research shows that insomnia predicts that your client will have a lower response to the therapy you are providing for conditions such as depression, and the untreated insomnia is predictive of relapse from the other depression. The best news is that treating insomnia is associated with enhanced outcomes for the other condition you are treating, and to provide this important solution to your clients, you do not need to be a sleep specialist to deliver it effectively. You will see that the techniques in CBT-I are highly compatible with what you are already doing (e.g., cognitive therapy techniques are the same and strategies such as time-in-bed restriction is complementary to behavioral activation for depression, paced activity in chronic pain etc.).

This workshop will provide you with the tools to effectively integrate CBT-I treatment into your existing practice. 

By the end of this training, attendees will be better able to—

  • Modify behaviors that interfere with the build-up of deep sleep drive
  • Collaborate with clients on time-in-bed schedules
  • Suggest behaviors that enhance circadian regulation
  • Implement fatigue management strategies 
  • Describe how CBT-I complements other CBT protocols for pain, depression and anxiety
  • Use case formulation to integrate cognitive-behavioural strategies for insomnia with strategies for pain, depression and anxiety

Colleen E. Carney, PhD, CPsych, is on faculty in the Department of Psychology at Ryerson University, where she is Director of the Sleep and Depression Laboratory. She is one of Canada’s leading experts in psychological treatments for insomnia, particularly in the context of co-occurring mental health issues.  Dr. Carney was the featured guest on the program, Fast Health “How to Sleep Better”, as well as Netflix’s A User’s Guide to Cheating Death (Episode 1, Season 2). She frequently trains students and mental health providers in CBT for Insomnia at invited workshops throughout North American and at international conferences.  She has over 100 publications on the topic of insomnia, including the only Cognitive Behavior Therapy workbook written expressly for comorbid insomnias as well as the only CBT-I case formulation book. For more information, please visit

Time Topic Covered
1st hour
  • Causal factors of comorbid insomnia and what to address
2nd hour
  • Components of CBT-I
15 Minute Break
3rd hour
  • CBT-I in comorbid disorders

This training offers 3 hours of direct contact (not counting breaks or lunch). It is the participant’s responsibility to check with their individual state boards/regulatory body to verify CE requirements for their license to practice.

For Attendees of On Demand/Recorded Version

If you are watching the On Demand/recorded version of this webinar, you will need to complete a Post-Webinar Quiz with a pass of at least 80% in order to verify your attendance.

For US Participants

Instructions on how to obtain your Certificate of Attendance showing the hours completed will be distributed either following the Live Broadcast or with On-Demand registration (On-Demand participants must pass a post-webinar attendance quiz).  A CE package will be available which includes the full webinar description and details, the speaker’s CV and references.

For Canadian and International participants

Upon fulfillment of the above requirements, Canadian and international participants will be issued a Certificate of Participation which features:

  • Name of Participant
  • Title of Training
  • Name of Presenter plus their credentials
  • Number of hours of training
  • Date of training
  • Confirmation that you have passed a quiz with at least 80% grade to verify your attendance

Please check carefully with your regulating body/organization that this certificate is sufficient proof for you to claim CEUs.

For general information about Continuing Education for Canadians and International participants, please click here.  

This training is aimed at all mental health professionals including:

  • social workers
  • counsellors
  • psychologists
  • psychiatrists
  • medical professionals supporting mental health patients
  • psychotherapists
  • mental health counsellors
  • marriage and family therapists and counsellors
  • occupational therapists
  • vocational rehabilitation therapists
  • addiction counsellors
  • religious counsellors
  • therapists
  • case managers
  • art therapists
  • licensed professional counsellors
  • all other professionals who would like to develop, update or expand their skills and knowledge in mental health practices

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