Course Description

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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I) is a multi-component treatment with significant empirical support for its efficacy in the treatment of insomnia and other sleep disorders. Although developed for primary sleep complaints, CBT-I also is appropriate for clients who suffer from sleep problems in the context of another disorder (such as depression, bipolar disorder, chronic pain or anxiety). Unfortunately, many clinicians do not have the requisite training to target insomnia directly. Thus, Dr. Alisha Brosse, in collaboration with PracticeGround, is excited to offer a 3-session web-based training course for clinicians who want to become proficient in providing CBT-I. 

The course outline includes instruction in the three main phases of CBT-I:  assessment and psychoeducation; behavioral treatment components (e.g., sleep restriction, stimulus control, sleep hygiene); and, cognitive therapy strategies. The course also will emphasize how to enhance traditional CBT-I with strategies from acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), and the importance of individualizing treatment for each client. Worksheets and sleep logs will be provided.

The course is structured as a virtual classroom, and the class will "meet" via live audio each week for 90 minutes. Participants will be able to view a live video feed of the facilitator while simultaneously viewing a PowerPoint presentation, and there will be ample opportunity for questions. Experiential learning will be emphasized (i.e., participants will be asked to practice strategies between sessions), and participants will be encouraged to use a discussion forum to discuss the material between class meetings.

Technical Requirements: You will need a computer with high-speed internet access and either a telephone or speakers/headset for audio to join the live sessions.


Dr. Alisha L. Brosse is a licensed clinical psychologist who specializes in behavioral therapies for a wide range of presenting problems, especially sleep, mood, and anxiety disorders. She operates a private practice in Boulder, Colorado, and directs a bipolar specialty clinic at the University of Colorado Boulder. She has trained hundreds of clinicians in evidence-based treatments for insomnia and bipolar disorders. She is the co-author of End the Insomnia Struggle:  A Step-by-Step Guide to Help You Get to Sleep and Stay Asleep (New Harbinger Publications, 2016).


Registration Ends on:
October 3, 2016

Cost: $150

Learning Objectives

By the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Effectively use assessment tools (e.g., a sleep log) to diagnose insomnia and inform treatment
  • Describe, and use in treatment, the CBT model of how chronic insomnia is maintained over time
  • Describe the 2-Wave Model of arousal and how this informs treatment
  • Describe and differentiate between the core strategies that comprise CBT-I
  • Integrate ACT strategies (e.g., willingness; cognitive defusion; mindfulness) to enhance the traditional CBT-I treatment program



Please note: If class members are not able to attend the sessions live, they will be able to watch a recording the following day and participate in online class discussions. However, members will not be eligible to receive CE credit unless they attend all 3 sessions live. 

There will not be an On Demand version of this course released. If you are interested in the material, you must register for this live course.