October 30, 2020 1p.m. – 4p.m.
According to the National Institutes of Health, around one third of the population reports experiencing sleep disturbances. Higher prevalence rates of sleep problems are endorsed amongst individuals with psychiatric disorders as compared to the general population. Psychotherapeutic methods for the treatment of insomnia, such as Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I), have been shown to decrease sleep disturbances and improve daytime functioning. This presentation will begin with education about the physiology of sleep and will identify how sleep needs change throughout the course of the lifespan. An in-depth
exploration of insomnia will follow, highlighting both the causes of insomnia and its consequences. Key areas to focus on during an intake with patients seeking services for insomnia will be reviewed along with specific assessment measures for evaluating insomnia. The components of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I) will be outlined and examples will be provided to illustrate the implementation of each intervention within this treatment framework.