2017 CSS Conference
Psychologist Workshop on Insomnia
Friday, April 28, 2016
7:00 amRegistration Open
8:00 am - 4:00 pmWorkshop on Assessment and Treatment of Insomnia for Psychologists
Judith R. Davidson Ph.D., C.Psych., Psychologist, Queen's University

This workshop is for psychologists or psychologists-in-training who wish to offer effective treatment for insomnia, the most common sleep disorder. The workshop will cover the assessment, diagnosis and evidence-based treatment of chronic insomnia. Because the treatment of choice is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Insomnia, or “CBT-I”, most of the day will involve learning about this treatment, its components, and how to do it. This is one of the most rewarding therapies for a psychologist to provide. There will be opportunity to ask questions and to consider, in very practical ways, how you can provide insomnia treatment at your site.

Learning Objectives

Through participation in this workshop, you will: 

  • understand the definition and diagnosis of insomnia 
  • know how to do an insomnia assessment interview
  • explain Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I)
  • understand why it is important for Canadians to have access to CBT-I
  • characterize the homeostatic and circadian processes that regulate sleep
  • apply the CBT-I technique of sleep scheduling (sleep restriction therapy with stimulus control) to “prescribe” and adjust a sleep window
  • apply CBT-I techniques for de-arousal (dealing with racing thoughts)
  • have tools for tracking clinical outcomes