Cognitive Behavioral Treatment for Insomnian 2013
October 3-5, 2013

Seattle, WA
Featuring Michael Perlis, PhD; Donn Posner, PhD; Marnie Shanbhag PhD, PA

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Cognitive Behavioral Treatment for Insomnia (CBT-I) is an effective alternative to sleep medication and works with severe and chronic sleep problems. CBT-I is an empirically validated approach that can lead to positive results long after treatment has ended.

While this course is primarily focused on CBT-I, 2-3 hours will also be spent on the medical management of insomnia and will provide a comprehensive overview of what it takes to practice Behavioral Sleep Medicine (BSM). The program should position clinicians to be ready to conduct practicum cases with supervision from credentialed BSM individuals (or established experts). Following this course and an additional period of practice and training in sleep medicine (the equivalent of 30-100 hours), the individual will be eligible to sit for the credentialing exam administered by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.

  • CBT-I can help clients who have taken sleep medication for years
  • CBT-I is as efficacious and effective as pharmacotherapy in the short run, and is more durable in the long run
  • CBT-I is effective because it treats the cause of insomnia, not the symptoms as medication does

Day One
Thursday, October 3, 2013

The first day is largely dedicated to an orientation to Sleep Medicine, the definition of insomnia and a review of etiology and pathophysiology, and a review of treatment approaches.

7:00 AM - 8:00 AM PST

  • Registration and Continental Breakfast / Exhibits
  • Welcome Announcements / Orientation
8:00 AM - 12:30 PM PST
  • Sleep 101: Overarching Framework
  • Signs and Symptoms of Sleep Disorders

  • Coffee Break / Exhibits

  • Definition of Insomnia
  • Etiology & Pathophysiology of Insomnia (Basic models)
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM PST
  • Lunch (on your own)
1:30 PM - 5:00 PM PST
  • Treating Insomnia Part I
    (Review of Pharmacologic & CBT Options)

  • Coffee Break / Exhibits

  • Treating Insomnia Part II
    (Overview of CBT-I)
  • Determination of Whether CBT-I is Indicated
    (vs. Diagnosis Based Assessment)
5:00 PM - 5:45 PM PST
  • Additional time for above components Dedicated time for Questions and Answers

Day Two
Friday, October 4, 2013

The primary focus of the second day will be the implementation of the core elements of eight-session CBT-I (Sleep Restriction, Stimulus Control, and Sleep Hygiene).

7:00 AM - 8:00 AM PST
  • Continental Breakfast / Exhibits
8:00 AM - 12:30 PM PST
  • CBT-I Session-by-Session Review Orientation
  • Session I - Intake Evaluation

  • Coffee Break / Exhibits

  • Session II - Treatment Initiation
    1. Sleep Restriction Procedures and Rationale
    2. Stimulus Control Procedures and Rationale
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM PST
  • Lunch (on your own)
1:30 PM - 5:45 PM PST
  • Session III - Sleep Hygiene
    Sleep Hygiene Procedures and Rationale

  • Coffee Break / Exhibits

  • Session IV, V, & VI - Titration and Compliance

  • Coffee Break / Exhibits

6:00 PM - 7:00 PM PST
  • Informal Get Together Hotel-Happy Hour

Day Three
Saturday, October 5, 2013

The primary focus of the third day will be Cognitive Therapy, Relapse prevention, Practice Management, and case examples.

7:00 AM - 8:00 AM PST
  • Continental Breakfast / Exhibits
8:00 AM - 12:30 PM PST
  • Session VII Cognitive Therapy for Insomnia Related Catastrophic Thinking
  • Session VIII Relapse Prevention
  • Practice Management & Billing
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM PST
  • Lunch (on your own)
1:30 PM - 5:45 PM PST
  • Case Examples
  • General Discussion

At the conclusion of this workshop participants should be able to:

  1. Define sleep continuity variables and understand how to define chronic insomnia with regard to diagnostic criteria, severity and chronicity.
  2. Discuss the consequences of insomnia as they relate to medical and psychiatric co-morbidities of insomnia as well the cost to public health, personal safety, and quality of life.
  3. Explain the two process model of normal sleep wake regulation and describe the 3 key treatment implications of the model.
  4. Explain both the 3 and 4 factor versions of the Behavioral Model (Spielman Model) of insomnia and discuss the key implications of the model and its relevance for treatment.
  5. Summarize the various pharmacological approaches to insomnia and discuss the relative efficacy of CBT-I and pharmacotherapy.
  6. Conduct a thorough sleep assessment, understand how to use a sleep diary and when polysomnography is needed, and discuss other available assessment tools in insomnia.
  7. Discuss how insomnia evolves into a primary and co-morbid condition, how it requires specific and targeted treatment, and who is a good candidate for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I).
  8. Discuss and describe the major components of CBT-I and begin to understand how to handle some basic resistances, as well as describe the existing literature that supports CBT-I as a well-established, efficacious, and front line treatment for primary and secondary insomnia.

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Psychologists, Social Workers, Counselors, Nurses and Other Allied Health Professionals includes CE Credit

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  • Michael L. Perlis, Ph.D.
  • Associate Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • Director, Penn Behavioral Sleep Medicine Program
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • Adjunct Faculty
  • School of Nursing, University of Pennsylvania

Dr. Perlis is internationally known for his work in the area of Behavioral Sleep Medicine (BSM). He is a coauthor of the first text book in this field and he is the senior author of a published CBT-I treatment manual and a larger text summarizing all BSM treatments. His research includes neurocognitive phenomena in insomnia, the cognitive and/or behavior effects of sedative hypnotics and placebos, the development of alternative treatment approaches for insomnia, and sleep in depression. His work has been, and continues to be, funded by the National Institutes of Health and he has published nearly 100 articles and chapters on the sleep research related topics.

In addition to his academic endeavors, he has served on the editorial boards of Sleep, the Journal of Sleep Research, and the Journal of Behavioral Sleep Medicine. Dr. Perlis has also served as a member, or chair, of several committees and task forces of the Sleep Research Society and the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. Currently, he is a founding member of the Society of Behavioral Sleep Medicine and serves as the society's first president (2010-2011).

  • Donn Posner, Ph.D.
  • Discussant
  • Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior
  • Brown University
  • Providence, RI
  • Director, Behavioral Sleep Medicine
  • The Sleep Disorders Center of Lifespan Hospitals

Dr. Posner has been actively engaged in the treatment of sleep-disordered patients for the past twenty-one years. He sees a wide variety of patients, including those with Primary and Co-morbid Insomnia, Circadian Rhythm Disorders, Sleep Apnea, and Narcolepsy. In addition, half of his practice is involved with anxiety disorders and the behavioral treatment of such problems as Panic Disorder, GAD, OCD, PTSD, and Social Phobia. For the last sixteen years, he has served as the lead supervisor and mentor for a sleep medicine and anxiety disorders rotation in the Behavioral Medicine track of the Brown Clinical Psychology internship. He is a member of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and became one of the first certified Behavioral Sleep Medicine specialists recognized by that group.

  • Marnie G. Shanbhag, Ph.D., PA
  • Consultant and Lecturer

Marnie Shanbhag is a licensed psychologist in private practice in Winter Park, Florida. Dr. Shanbhag specializes in health issues and corporate psychology and divides her time between counseling individuals, couples, and employees and providing consultation services to local companies. Prior to private practice, Dr. Shanbhag served as the Executive Director of a nonprofit agency coordinating maternal and child health systems and taught at the University of Florida.

Dr. Shanbhag graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and earned her doctorate from the University of Florida after completing her psychology residency at the South Texas Veteran's Health Care System in San Antonio, Texas. She is a member of the American Psychological Association, the Florida Psychological Association, and serves on the Board of the Central Chapter of area psychologists.

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