April 25 – CBT for Insomnia


Helping Clients Improve Their Sleep:

An Intro to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I)


Workshop Information


Date: Thursday, April 25, 2019 – Sign-In: 8:30am – Workshop: 9:00am-4:00pm

Location: MCEA Conference Center: 12 Taft Ct, Rockville, MD

Cost: $129 early registration through April 18, $145 after April 18, 2019

**$110 Group Registration for groups of 3 or more**

Presenters: Virginia Runko, PhD, CBSM

CEU Credits: 6 Maryland and DC Social Work Category 1 CEUs**

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Presenter Bio

Virginia Runko April 2016Virginia Runko, PhD, CBSM is a licensed psychologist and certified behavioral sleep medicine (BSM) specialist.  She completed her BSM fellowship at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.  She has worked on interdisciplinary sleep medicine teams at the Johns Hopkins Center for Sleep at Howard County General Hospital, the Pulmonary and Critical Care Associates of Baltimore, and the Miami VA.  During her BSM fellowship at Johns Hopkins, she also practiced BSM at an outpatient mental health clinic and was the lead therapist for an NIH-funded clinical trial of CBT-I.  She currently practices with a focus on CBT-I at the Ross Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders in Washington, DC.


Workshop Description  

Do you have clients who often complain of insomnia and other sleep troubles?  Are you looking for concrete techniques to help your clients sleep better?  This workshop will provide you with a foundation to understand and begin using a specialized form of CBT for Insomnia, called CBT-I for adults.

Insomnia has both negative medical and psychological consequences.  Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I) has a plethora of research demonstrating its effectiveness, is recognized by the NIH Consensus and State-of-the-Science Statement as a first-line treatment for insomnia as it was found to be as effective as medication for brief treatment and likely more durable over time, and is recommended as standard, first-line treatment for insomnia per published clinical guidelines by the Chronic Insomnia Task Force of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.  Moreover, by treating insomnia with CBT-I, comorbid medical and psychological conditions are more likely to improve.

CBT-I is a tailored, short-term, non-medication approach to treating insomnia and consists of various strategies, including sleep restriction, stimulus control, sleep hygiene, and cognitive therapy.  Each of these CBT-I strategies will be reviewed in detail so that attendees can incorporate these techniques into their practices.  Of note, CBT-I can be used as a stand-alone treatment, in conjunction with sleep aids, or to help patients successfully taper off sleep aids, but the focus of this workshop will be executing CBT-I specifically.  Various cases will be presented to illustrate for whom CBT-I is and is not appropriate, how CBT-I is executed, some of the common resistances to treatment, and strategies for overcoming these resistances.


Workshop Objectives

1. Define common sleep disorders, including sleep apnea, circadian rhythm disorders, parasomnias, and insomnia.

2. Understand the 3P etiological model of insomnia, helping both clinicians and clients understand the different types of factors underlying insomnia.

3. Recognize for whom CBT-I is and is not appropriate.

4. Identify ways clients can obtain CBT-I and other sleep assessment (e.g., sleep study) if needed.

5. Execute the various components of CBT-I, including sleep restriction, stimulus control, and sleep hygiene.

6. Describe common resistances/barriers to CBT-I and how to overcome them.


Workshop Agenda


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** Maryland CEU Institute/Optimal Life Solutions, LLC is an approved sponsor of the Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners (under the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene) for continuing education credits (Category 1 CEUs). Our workshops are also approved for credit through the DC Board of Social Work.  Acceptance of these credits are granted for all trainings by The Maryland Board of Examiners of Psychologists and Maryland Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors through the MD Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.  These credits are also accepted by The Virginia Board of Social Work, the West Virginia Board of Social Work Examiners as well and other state boards.  Our CEU Credit Page provides detailed information about Social Work credit acceptance for the above mental health professionals.  For those individuals licensed in other states or other licensing boards, we suggest that you contact your licensing board to verify that they accept Maryland Social Work Category I Credits or DC Social Work Credits. **