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Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I)

by Andrea L. Cincotta, MS 2 CE Credits

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.


Continuing education for this online course is offered through the following approvals:


  • HealthForum is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. HealthForum maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
  • HealthForum (ACE Provider #1156) is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org, through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) Program. HealthForum maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: (6/20/2017 to 6/20/2020). Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits. Social workers participating in this course will receive 2 Clinical continuing education clock hours.
  • HealthForumOnline, LLC, SW CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0355
  • HealthForum has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6216.  Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. HealthForum is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.


Course Sections/Outline:

  • Brief Overview of Insomnia
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia
  • Efficacy of CBT-I in Treating Primary Cases
  • CBT-I for Secondary Insomnia
  • Considerations for Practitioners
  • Web Resources
  • References


Learning Objectives:

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.