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Monday, December 2nd 2019 - Tuesday, December 3rd 2019

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

Colleen Carney, PhD, CPsych
presented by Leading Edge Seminars

YWCA Toronto – 87 Elm St, Toronto, ON M5G 0A8

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

About the Presenter:

Colleen E. Carney, PhD, CPsych, is an Associate professor and 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 concurrent mental health issues. Dr. Carney was the featured guest on the program, Fast Health, “How to Sleep Better”, as well as on 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 America and at international conferences. She has produced over 100 publications on the topic of insomnia, including the only CBT workbook written expressly for comorbid insomnia as well as the only CBT-I case formulation book.


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