ODW Insomnia and PTSD Webinar: Effective Treatment Strategies with Colleen Carney

ODW Insomnia and PTSD Webinar: Effective Treatment Strategies with Colleen Carney



This is a 6 hour 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 Thursday, June 16, and Friday, June 17, 2022

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Sleep is etiologically important in trauma, as it predicts whether those exposed to a trauma progress to a Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) diagnosis (Short et al., 2020).

Most treatment providers have limited exposure and training to behavioural sleep medicine. As a result, we know that clinicians often use sleep hygiene as a treatment (e.g., Lachowski, Moss & Carney, 2012) for clients with insomnia and PTSD, even though this treatment is a placebo condition in clinical trials and is not recommended by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (Edinger et al., 2021). As a result, there is a knowledge gap in many clinicians’ practices, which could lead to negative outcomes in clients with insomnia and PTSD.

Given that there is a very high prevalence of sleep disorders in those with trauma-related issues and a knowledge gap in those outside the area of sleep medicine, it will immediately enhance the clinician’s practice to know what sleep treatments are empirically supported and how to deliver them in complicated clients suffering from insomnia and PTSD.

This training will teach clinicians:

  1. how to assess for sleep disorders in their clients with trauma histories;
  2. how to deliver Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for Insomnia Disorder in those with trauma;
  3. how to deliver Imagery Rescripting and Rehearsal Therapy for Nightmare Disorder; and 
  4. how to troubleshoot the treatment implementation difficulties that those with trauma. 

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of the workshop, attendees will be better able to —

  • Describe ways to assess/screen for sleep disorders in those with trauma
  • Review how to deliver Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for Insomnia Disorder in those with trauma
  • Discuss how to deliver the major components of CBT for Insomnia Disorder (stimulus control and time-in-bed restriction)
  • Discuss how to deliver Imagery Rescripting and Rehearsal Therapy for nightmare disorder
  • Discuss how to troubleshoot common delivery issues in those with trauma histories


Day 1

Time Topic Covered
First 90 minutes
  • We will review assessment tools and decisions for sleep disorders in those with trauma
  • We will use a case study to enter assessment information into the case formulation sheet
15 minutes
  • Break
Last 90 Minutes
  • We will learn the rationale and how to deliver stimulus control and time- in-bed restriction.
  • We will use breakout rooms to practice delivering the rationale collaboratively.

CE Information

This training offers 6 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 cannot verify 100% attendance of the Live Broadcast or 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 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.  

Who Should Attend?

This training is aimed at all mental health professionals including:

  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Clinical and Counselling Psychologists
  • Psychiatric Social Workers
  • Pastoral Counsellors
  • Psychotherapists
  • Psychiatrists
  • Physicians
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Counsellors
  • Graduate Students in Accredited Programs in the Above Fields
  • case managers
  • licensed professional counsellors
  • all other professionals who would like to develop, update or expand their skills and knowledge in mental health practices

What level of knowledge the attendee should have in this topic?
– Intermediate/Advanced