Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Insomnia:
The Basics and Beyond

April 24, 2020, 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

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​​​​​​​​​Instructor: Colleen Carney, PhD​
Location: Best Western Plus The Arden Park Hotel,

552 Ontario Street, Stratford, ON
Early Bird Cost: $225 CAD + 13% HST (=$254.25) by March 23, 2020
Regular Cost: $250 CAD + 13% HST (=$282.50) after March 23, 2020
Includes lunch, morning and afternoon refreshments

​**All prices are in CAD$. American Patrons - your dollar goes further! $1 CAD = $0.75 USD (as of November 20, 2019 - check online for current exchange rate) 

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: April 17, 2020 at 4 pm

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​​​​​​​​​​​​Workshop Description

Research increasingly shows that Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I) has a profound effect on chronic insomnia and works better than drugs and other therapies. Insomnia is the single most commonly reported health problem in adults, and it commonly co-occurs with depression, chronic pain, anxiety, addiction and trauma disorders. When insomnia is addressed, success rates for treating co-morbid conditions also improve. However, non-sleep specialist clinicians frequently lack the training in how to assess, diagnose and treat insomnia.

This workshop, led by a leading expert in the treatment of insomnia, will provide detailed instruction about how to effectively implement CBT for Insomnia in those with commonly concurrent problems such as depression, trauma, pain, addiction or anxiety disorders.  Participants will also learn how to teach this information to clients in group and workshop settings.

The workshop will combine didactic and interactive elements including case vignettes, sleep log examples, and experiential exercises including devising behavioural experiments, fatigue attributions and management, and calculating sleep schedule recommendations from actual sleep diaries.

You Will Learn:

  • Causes of insomnia, including behaviours that interfere with the build-up of deep sleep drive and behaviours that cause circadian rhythm dysregulation
  • How to do a thorough sleep assessment
  • How to teach clients to calculate their optimal time-in-bed prescription and determine their optimal “sleep window”
  • How to develop suitable schedules for night owls with day jobs
  • Techniques for managing cognitive arousal
  • Fatigue management strategies
  • How to restore sleep drive with time-in-bed restriction
  • How to trouble-shoot common sticking points in those with comorbid illness
  • Whether or not CBT-I is compatible with approved sleep medication use
  • How to deliver CBT-I with flexibility and adaptation when necessary
  • How to implement CBT-I in both individual and group settings

Who should attend?

This workshop is suitable for mental health professionals, health-care professionals and direct service workers who wish to learn how to treat insomnia with their adult clients who have comorbid conditions such as depression, anxiety, PTSD, addiction or chronic pain.

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About the Presenter

Colleen E. Carney, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the Psychology Department at Ryerson University and the Director of the Sleep and Depression Laboratory.  She is one of Canada’s leading experts in the treatment of insomnia, particularly in the context of co-occurring illness. 

Colleen has over 100 publications on the topic of insomnia, including six books and the only Cognitive Behaviour Therapy workbook written expressly for comorbid insomnias. She is a sought-after speaker and trainer on the topic of CBT-I, teaching audiences across North America and at international conferences.  She also provides long-term consultation in varied treatment settings (e.g. primary, family care, mental health clinics).

Dr. Carney was recently the featured guest on Netflix’s A User’s Guide to Cheating Death (Episode 1, Season 2). She is a passionate advocate for improving access to effective for those with insomnia and other problems.

Cancellation Policy

An administrative fee of $50 will be charged for all cancellations.  Cancellation 14 or more days prior to the workshop date – receive a refund, less $50 administration fee. Cancellation less than 14 days prior to the workshop date – receive a credit, less $50 administration fee, to be applied to a future workshop. No credit or refund will be issued if you do not notify us in advance of the workshop date. You may transfer your registration to another person without prior notice.  The organizers reserve the right to cancel the event due to under-enrollment, instructor illness or inclement weather.  If a workshop is cancelled, any payment will be returned in full.