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Monday, December 3rd 2018 - Tuesday, December 4th 2018

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

Colleen Carney, PhD, CPsych
presented by Leading Edge Seminars

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 not only with depression but also pain, anxiety 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 two-day workshop is designed for non-sleep specialists who want to customize and adapt CBT-I for clients who have multiple diagnoses.

Day One will focus on sleep problem assessment along with the strategies and tools of CBT-I. Day Two will focus on a case formulation approach that addresses comorbid conditions and complex sleep disorders. This will enable you to sharpen your understanding of sleep regulation and will complement what you may already be doing the treatment of a co-occuring condition.

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 co-occurring sleep apnea.

Colleen Carney is presenting for Leading Edge for the fifth consecutive year. She is one of CBT-I’s leading researchers and clinicians and one of our highest-rated speakers. This workshop will provide proven strategies to handle the types of complex cases you are most likely to encounter in clinical practice.

*Participants who have already completed an introductory CBT-I workshop are welcome to attend Day 2 for advance training on its own.

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

About the Presenter:

Colleen E. Carney, Ph.D., 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. She frequently trains students and mental health providers in CBT for Insomnia at invited workshops throughout North American and at international conferences. She is the author of the only Cognitive Behavior Therapy workbook written expressly for comorbid insomnias as well as the only CBT-I case formulation book.


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