Insomnia is the second most common chronic health problem in the United States, following only behind chronic pain. The elevated prevalence of insomnia, its associated adverse consequences, and dissatisfaction with pharmacotherapy have led to a high level of interest in nonpharmacologic treatments. Cognitive-behavioral therapy for insomnia (CBT-I) is one safe and effective nonpharmacological alternative. As a multimodal approach, CBT-I targets the behavioral and psychological factors that initiate and maintain insomnia. CBT-I has been shown to be effective in treating insomnia in several different populations and with several comorbid medical and psychiatric illnesses. This online course will describe the behavioral and cognitive techniques used in CBT-I, as well as review the current literature on its efficacy. Practitioner considerations will also be addressed.
This online course is approved for APA CE credit, NBCC CE clock hours, ASWB Clinical CE clock hours, and NYSED CE credit.
After completing this course, health professionals will be able to:
- Define insomnia and recognize at least 3 associated biopsychosocial consequences (e.g., functional impairment, work absenteeism, increased depression/anxiety).
- Discuss CBT-I from a theory- and evidence-based perspective along with its proven utility as a non-pharmacologic treatment of insomnia.
- Identify the 4 behavioral and 4 cognitive components of CBT-I and incorporate these strategies into the treatment of patients with primary, as well as secondary, insomnia.