Effective solutions for Insomnia Disorder and Major Depression: Integrating Cognitive Behavioural Insomnia Therapy with CBT for Depression

Prof. Colleen Carney, psychologist

Learn the best way to treat insomnia with specific and effective CBT protocols.

Excerpt: reasons to use cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia

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  • 6h of continuing education
  • 35 lessons that last from 5 to 15 minutes each
  • 1 certificate of achievement
  • 1 power-point
  • 1 bibliography
  • 1 course evaluation
  • 4 months unlimited access
  • 7-day money back guarantee


Many clients being treated for depression suffer from a co-occurring chronic insomnia. If the insomnia is untreated, there is a greater likelihood of poorer outcomes and greater relapse, and the assumption the insomnia will remit after depression treatment is not empirically supported. There are many components of CBT for insomnia (CBT-I) that are complementary to other CBT protocols. For example, increased time spent out of bed during CBT-I is compatible with the integration of behavioural activation, as well as cognitive behavioural strategies for fatigue. Providing clients with psychoeducation about the overlap between pro-alertness, pro-sleep, and pro-mood of optimally-timed, manageable activity increases can be helpful across several comorbidities and increase treatment buy-in and motivation. Likewise, the focus on modifying safety behaviours and threat monitoring, as well as challenging perfectionistic and other unhelpful beliefs, is compatible with the focus of providing anxiety strategies. This workshop will provide considerations for decision-making about sequencing and integration of treatments, as well as suggestions for combining treatments. The workshop includes didactic instruction, experiential exercises, demonstrations, and clinical handouts from a leader in the field of cognitive behavioural treatment of comorbid insomnia.

About the expert

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Dr. Colleen Carney is an Associate Professor in the Psychology Department at Ryerson University and Director of the Sleep and Depression Laboratory. She is a leading expert in the treatment of insomnia, particularly in the context of co-occurring illness. She has over 100 publications on insomnia including 6 books. Her recent books for professionals include Treatment Plans and Interventions for Insomnia : A Case Formulation Approach and books for clients Goodnight Mind: Turn Off Your Noisy Thoughts and Get a Good Night's Sleep. Dr. Carney is a lively presenter and a passionate advocate for improving access to effective treatment.

Learning objectives

  • Understand the three causes of chronic insomnia;
  • Match the main components of CBT-I to the three causes of insomnia and Combine CBT-D and CBT-I without adding sessions;
  • Troubleshoot difficulties with getting clients out of bed;
  • Collaboratively devise a new sleeping schedule with clients.

Learning material

The training includes theoretical content as well as clinical examples. This course includes videos that each last 5 to 15 minutes. A power-point is available for download.


  • Powerpoint
  • Clinical handouts
  • 1. Introduction
  • 2. Reasons to use cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia
  • The basics of assessment

  • 3. What is insomnia?
  • 4. How to assess?
  • Other Sleep Disorders

  • 5. The Epworth sleepiness scale
  • 6. Sleep apnea
  • 7. Referral
  • Sleep regulation: Understanding what regulates sleep to understand insomnia

  • 8. Homeostatic mechanism
  • 9. Body clock essential
  • 10. What causes chronic insomnia?
  • 11. Homeostatic perpetuating factors
  • 12. Process C-Cicardian perpetuating factors
  • 13. The arousal system
  • Step-by-Step Guide to cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia

  • 14. Stimulus control
  • 15. Why people can't get up at the designated rise time?
  • 16. People who don't feel like getting up in the morning
  • 17. Bed as an escape
  • 18. Sleep restriction therapy
  • 19. Determine time in bed window
  • 20. Combined SRT-Stimulus control summary
  • 21. Sleep hygiene
  • Counter Arousal

  • 22. Buffer zone
  • 23. Processing strategies
  • Cognitive Therapy

  • 24. Two basic core beliefs
  • 25. Let's try an experiment
  • 26. Session outline
  • Implementation Issues

  • 27. Treat depression, insomnia, or both
  • 28. Combined psychoeducation
  • 29. A study about people with depression and insomnia
  • 30. BABIT
  • 31. The people who can't do it because they feel too tired
  • 32. Case study
  • 33. Adaptation
  • 34. Medication
  • Questions

  • 35. Questions
  • Bibliography

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This course is intended for all professionnals working in mental health.


October discount

  • 6h of continuing education
  • 35 lessons that last from 5 to 15 minutes each
  • 1 certificate of achievement
  • 1 power-point
  • 1 bibliography
  • 1 course evaluation
  • 4 months unlimited access
  • 7-day money back guarantee

What our customers are saying

« Outstanding presenter. Polished, engaging and witty. Learned a lot, but will be reviewing as there was so much new information for me. Thank you for this incredible experience. »

A psychologist (Canada)

« It was an excellent course and the amount of information was extensive so it could have been done in a two-day format. »

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