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Beyond Sleep Hygiene: CBT Solutions to Improve Outcomes and Resolve Insomnia Symptoms in Clients with Anxiety, PTSD, Depression, and More

Stuck progress. Incomplete treatment gains. Symptom recurrence.

These aren’t the outcomes you want for your clients.

Anxiety, PTSD, and depression share a common problem - sleep disturbance. And you’re likely underestimating its significance.

While old wisdom suggested that insomnia was just a symptom of other disorders that would resolve along with the primary mental health condition...

...new evidence reveals that not only is insomnia a risk factor for numerous behavioral health issues and medical problems - if left unaddressed, insomnia complicates your treatment efforts and diminishes your clients’ recovery.

Insomnia must be targeted directly - and often, simply helping your clients sleep better actually decreases their other symptoms.

In this essential training, Dr. Donn Posner, distinguished Diplomate in Behavioral Sleep Medicine and founding member of the Society of Behavioral Sleep Medicine, will teach you Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I), a powerful evidence-based, gold-standard treatment to help your clients put chronic insomnia behind them. You’ll get the skills you need to:

  • Increase sleep efficiency so your clients consistently get the rest they need
  • Transform your clients’ bed into a cue for sleep so they don’t toss and turn all night
  • Deconstruct unhelpful beliefs to decrease anxiety about sleep
  • Troubleshoot sleep-related problems at any stage of therapy

Purchase today and add to your clinical toolbox the treatment that is more strongly recommended than medications to improve sleep!

Program Information


  1. Distinguish acute insomnia from chronic insomnia and identify treatment implications.
  2. Conduct a thorough sleep assessment.
  3. Analyze data from sleep diaries to inform treatment.
  4. Employ stimulus control to strengthen the association between bed and sleep.
  5. Conduct sleep restriction therapy to improve clients’ sleep drive.
  6. Utilize cognitive strategies to reduce alarming sleep-related thoughts.


Sleep Disturbance Doesn’t Resolve on Its Own
Why Treating a Primary Mental Health Disorder Won’t Cure Insomnia

  • Insomnia as a risk factor for behavioral health and medical disorders
  • Treatment issues when insomnia is comorbid with depression, anxiety, and PTSD
  • Sleep quality concerns with co-occurring chronic pain and illness
  • What weakens sleep drive and disturbs circadian rhythms?
  • Common thoughts and behaviors that contribute to sleep-interfering arousal
  • How to teach clients about the 3 P’s - predisposing, precipitating, and perpetuating factors
Insomnia-Informed Assessment
How and What to Ask Your Clients
  • Top questions for the initial interview
  • Assessments for co-occurring sleep disorders
  • Talking with clients about the impact of medications and drugs on sleep
  • Evaluate sleep continuity, discern bad sleep habits, and identify daytime symptoms of insomnia
  • Sleep diary and other take-home assessment resources
  • How to get clear, useable information about your clients’ sleep patterns
Treatment Planning with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I)
Behavioral Strategies to Improve Sleep and Outcomes for Primary Mental Health Disorders
  • Clinical practice guidelines and the state of research on insomnia treatment
  • Who is a good candidate for CBT-I?
  • Effective sleep hygiene for clients who haven’t addressed the basics
  • Clock watching and its implications
  • Sleep environment concerns
  • Impact of eating, substances, and exercise
  • Strengthen the sleep drive and circadian clock with sleep restriction therapy (SRT)
  • Psychoeducation on rationale and addressing clients’ fears to increase engagement
  • How to set the sleep window and when to extend time-in-bed
  • Rules for before-bed activities and strategies for waking up on time
  • Address conditioned arousal with Stimulus Control (SC)
    • Overcoming obstacles to strengthening the association between bed and sleep
    • Counter-arousal strategies
    • Activities your clients can use during periods of nighttime wakefulness
Cognitive Strategies to Help Clients Change Sleep-Interfering Thoughts & Beliefs
  • Create a buffer zone and worry schedule for your clients
  • Tools to identify thoughts and beliefs that perpetuate sleep problems
  • Combat intrusive thoughts during sleep time
  • Help clients reduce sleep effort and worry about lack of sleep
  • Strategies to restructure expectations and thoughts
  • Behavioral experiments to evaluate sleeprelated thinking
Clinical Considerations
Additional Factors for the Insomnia-Informed Clinician
  • Best practices to address clients’ concerns about interventions
  • Troubleshooting insufficient progress in CBT-I
  • When to refer to a sleep specialist
  • Limitations of the research and potential risks

Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Psychologists
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Physicians
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Case Managers
  • Psychiatric Nurses
  • Nurses
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Other Mental Health Professionals

Copyright : 02/03/2023

Insomnia Treatment: Evidence-Based Strategies to Enrich Sleep & Boost Clinical Outcomes in Clients with PTSD, Anxiety, Chronic Pain & Depression

We all know the necessity of sleep –yet we often overlook addressing it in therapy. Your clients with PTSD, anxiety, depression and chronic pain are struggling with symptoms of those disorders, and everything is made worse when they aren’t able to sleep.

If your clients aren’t sleeping, do you know what to do about it?

In this recording, I’ll show you successful, proven techniques I’ve developed over the last decade on how to optimize your clients’ sleep – without medication! You don’t need to be a sleep specialist to implement these strategies in your office.

Discover evidence-based strategies to help your clients increase energy during the day, sleep more deeply and re-initiate sleep after it’s been disrupted. In addition, you’ll learn how to easily integrate these strategies into existing treatment for trauma, anxiety, depression and chronic pain.

Watch and discover:

  • New tools to assess for sleep quality & sleep disorders other than insomnia
  • Strategies to address conditioned wakefulness and restore your clients’ sleep drives
  • Sleep logs, worksheets and other tools to use in your clinical practice
  • Specific interventions for clients with comorbid PTSD, anxiety, depression or chronic pain

Add insomnia treatment to your therapeutic toolbox! 

Program Information


  1. Identify sleep disorders which require referrals to a sleep center.
  2. Integrate strategies to build a stronger drive for deep sleep.
  3. Discuss why CBT-I is effective for clients with co-occurring issues such as pain, depression, anxiety or trauma.
  4. List treatment strategies clients can easily implement to manage their fatigue.
  5. Design behavioral experiments for clients to test unhelpful beliefs about sleep.
  6. Identify conditional arousal and teach clients strategies to reverse it.



  • Sleep regulation
  • The elements of insomnia
  • Goals of assessment
  • Diagnostic criteria
  • Comorbid conditions
  • Other sleep disorders
  • When to make a referral to a sleep clinic
  • Take-home assessment tools
  • Limitations of the research & potential risks
  • Case Study: Sleep phase delay vs. insomnia

Stimulus Control (SC): Address Conditioned Arousal to Reduce Wakefulness

  • Psychoeducation for your client
  • Rules for reassociating the bed with sleep
  • Fatigue management strategies to eliminate napping
  • Ideas for late-night activities
  • Case Study: Is the client a candidate for stimulus control?

Sleep Restriction Therapy (SRT): Restore the Sleep Drive to Improve Sleep Quality

  • How to present rationale to your client
  • Calculate time-in-bed prescription
  • Placing the time-in-bed window
  • Identify & overcome obstacles to adherence
  • Sleep extension
  • How to combine SC & SRT effectively
  • Sleep hygiene
  • Case Study: Would you increase time in bed?

Counterarousal Strategies: Five MustKnow Strategies to Quiet an Active Mind

  • Establish a buffer zone
  • Scheduled thinking time
  • Combat excessive rumination
  • Mindfulness strategies
  • Relaxation therapies

Cognitive Therapy: Identify and Change Distorted Thoughts about Sleep

  • Thought records
  • Behavioral experiments
  • Socratic questioning
  • Case Study: Interpreting thought records

Modify Insomnia Treatment for Clients with Comorbid Disorders


  • Fear of silence
  • Fear of loss of vigilance
  • Delayed bedtime
  • Sleep avoidance
  • Prolonged nightmare awakenings
  • Is hypnotic discontinuation necessary?


  • When stimulus control rules can’t be tolerated
  • Combat hastiness to get out of bed
  • Sleep compression: An alternative to SRT
  • Identify sleep anxiety vs. high arousal in bed
  • Considerations for panic disorder


  • Sleep’s impact on mood
  • Distorted time-in-bed to time sleeping ratio
  • Use of coping cards
  • Troubleshoot adherence problems
  • Worsening moods
  • Case Study: Struggling to get out of bed

Chronic Pain

  • Pain meds & sleep
  • Considerations for use of stimulus control
  • Break the association of bed & pain
  • When it’s physically difficult to get out of bed

Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Psychologists
  • Psychotherapists Therapists
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Case Managers
  • Nurses
  • Other Mental Health Professionals

Copyright : 06/25/2019

Sleep and Mental Health: Non-Medication Interventions to Restore Sleep Quality and Improve Clinical Outcomes

How many of your clients have sleep issues?

Or maybe the real question is how many of your client don’t?

Where we used to think mental health problems caused insomnia, we now know that the relationship is more circular than casual. Risky and addictive, drugs aren’t the answer. But without addressing sleep issues, and intervening in this vicious cycle, your treatment plans for mental health issues will likely be less effective and yield less successful outcomes.

You CAN help your clients improve their sleep and make your treatment of mental health issues more effective than ever before … and you don’t need to be a sleep expert to do it!

Whether you work with anxiety, depression, trauma, bipolar or any other disorders, this one-day training will give you the sleep assessment tools and treatment techniques you need to guide clients out of their sleep deprived world so you can improve clinical outcomes.

Watch this training and discover how you can:

  • Naturally improve sleep in clients without the use of addictive medication
  • Identify sleep disorders and differentiate them from mental health symptoms
  • Improve sleep for clients of all ages – from kids to adults
  • Snap clients out of sleep-depriving habits with behavior changing exercises

Purchase today, and add a new tool to your toolbox to bring greater healing to your clients through the power of sleep!

Program Information


  1. Analyze which mental health symptoms accompany the many sleep disorders and its clinical implications.
  2. Assess your clients’ symptoms for sleep disorders that impair mental health to improve treatment outcomes.
  3. Practice psychoeducation with clients to help them identify their individual optimal sleep needs for improved mental health and daily functioning.
  4. Develop an optimal individual sleep treatment plan for your clients and implement skills to help them adopt the sleep healthy lifestyle.
  5. Determine when referral for further sleep disorders treatment is an appropriate approach to manage symptoms.
  6. Evaluate the mechanisms by which insufficient sleep and sleep disorders contribute to mental health problems for purposes of client psychoeducation.


Assessment Techniques to Evaluate Sleep Disorders

  • Sleep mechanisms and importance of circadian rhythms
  • Key clinical interview questions
  • Why your clients need a sleep diary and how to implement it
  • Practical screening questionnaires
Sleep Disorders Associated with Common Mental Health Disorders
  • Differentiate sleep symptoms vs. mental health symptoms
  • Prevalence of obstructive sleep apnea with co-occurring disorders
    • Anxiety
    • Depression
    • Additional other disorders
  • Narcolepsy and its impact on mental health
  • Correlation between nightmares and suicidality
  • Sleep recommendations for PTSD
  • Behaviorally Induced Insufficient Sleep Syndrome
  • Insomnia increases risk of Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Classes of sleep disorders and their associated mental health symptoms
    • Insomnia
    • Circadian rhythm sleep-wake disorders
    • Sleep movement disorders
    • Parasomnia
    • Hypersomnia
    • Sleep breathing disorders
The Bi-Directional Impact of Medications
  • Medications can interfere with sleep
  • Common side effects of hypnotics
  • Melatonin – how to naturally increase & when to use a supplement
  • Nutritional supplements and herbal medicine
Sleep Deprivation and Mental Health: Recognize Symptoms and Implement Solutions
  • 5 domains of sleep deprivation
    • Cognitive performance – decreases simple memory, complex problem solving and verbal fluency
    • Physical performance – increases drowsy driving and auto accidents
    • Physical health – weakens the immune system and increases risks of serious health issues
    • Mental health – intensifies anxiety, impulsivity, and emotional liability
    • Emotional intelligence – impairs moral and ethical decision making
  • Implement behavior-modifying exercises
Interventions to Correct Circadian Misalignment
  • Consequences of desynchrony with natural sleep cycle
  • Treatment plans to protect shift workers from anxiety, depression, and other mental health disorders
  • Manage mania associated with jetlag
  • Mental health risk of night owls
  • Strategies for clients who frequently travel
  • How to regulate circadian physiology
    • Body clock
    • SCN in the brain
    • Cellular mechanisms
  • Balance out melatonin rhythm
Assess Children’s Sleep Issues and Implement Strategies to Improve
  • ADHD, sleep disorder, or both?
  • Obstructive Sleep Apnea often mistaken as other mental health symptoms in children
  • Restless Legs Syndrome
  • Sleep and naps are critical for development and growth
  • Children’s sleep screening and recommendations
  • Step-by-step guide for parents to help kids sleep better
Techniques to Evaluate and Improve Teen Sleep
  • How to determine a teenage client’s natural circadian rhythm
  • Dangers of sleep deprivation in adolescents
    • Increased negative risk taking
    • Correlation between lack of sleep and suicidality
    • Decreased academic achievement and decision making ability
    • Higher rates of juvenile delinquency
    • Driving drowsy and car accidents
  • Tools for increasing teens’ sleep
  • School start time – how to advocate for change
Practical Methods to Create a Sleep Healthy Lifestyle
  • Develop individualized healthy sleep plans for your clients – not a cookie cutter approach
  • Get clients to “yes” in prioritizing optimal sleep
  • Behavior-modifying exercises to help clients snap out of their sleep-depriving habits
  • Address family and couple dynamics to allow everyone healthy sleep
  • Tips and tricks for evening cell phone use to promote better sleep
  • Techniques to reinforce long-term sleep health
  • When to make a referral
    • What clients can expect from sleep disorder treatments

Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Psychologists
  • Psychotherapists
  • Therapists
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Case Managers
  • Nurses
  • Physicians
  • Psychiatrists
  • Other Mental Health Professionals 

Copyright : 07/22/2022