Managing Sleep Problems In People with Trauma, Depression, Anxiety, or Pain

Presented by Colleen Carney, Ph.D.

On Demand | Available Now


6 Hours | Pre-approved for CEU’s


This online course is available on demand.

Recorded footage and all course content (certificate, videos, quiz) will be available until October 25, 2023. Extensions cannot be granted under any circumstances. 

Registration will close on October 20, 2023

In this program, Dr. Carney provides easy‐to implement Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) strategies for insomnia, especially with those who have co‐occurring trauma, anxiety, pain and depression. The program presents information about sleep regulation, core cognitive & behavioural strategies and adaptations for particularly complex cases.


Assessment: What is insomnia? Practice implications of DSM5—Tips for detecting sleep disorders other than insomnia—Sleep Diaries

Understand how sleep is regulated: How body makes up for lost sleep—Body clock

Step‐by‐Step CBT‐I: Core Elements: How to present Stimulus Control—Mistakes when setting a time‐in‐bed prescription—Differences between night owls and early birds— The myth of sleep hygiene

Cognitive Therapy and Counter Arousal: Beliefs about sleep effort: The primary target of change in CBT— Using

Cognitive Therapy to increase adherence: Behavioural experiments—Changing fatigue‐related cognitions— Addressing worry and rumination

Final Competencies: Session‐by‐session guide—Relapse prevention

Understanding Comorbidity: Pain, anxiety, depression and trauma—Must other conditions be resolved before targeting sleep? Chronic pain, fatigue and sleep: How each treatment exerts positive influences on all three conditions—Medication issues

Participants will be able to describe:

  • How to assess for insomnia, as well as conditions that may be contraindicated for insomnia CBT
  • How sleep is regulated
  • How to calculate a time‐in‐bed prescription
  • How to collaborate with clients on a sleep schedule
  • The rationale for Stimulus Control
  • Cognitive strategies for excessive mentation
  • Treatments that address sleep‐interfering cognitions
  • Ways to adapt treatment components

Clinical Professionals: All mental health professionals including, but not limited to Clinical Counsellors, Psychologists, Psychotherapists, Social Workers, Nurses, Occupational Therapists, Hospice and Palliative Care Workers, Youth Workers, Mental Health Workers, Addiction Specialists, Probation Officers, Police Officers, Speech Language Pathologists, Vocational Rehabilitation Consultants and all professionals looking to enhance their therapeutic skills.

Colleen Carney, Ph.D. received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Louisiana State University in 2003. From 2004 through 2008 she was a professor at Duke University Medical Center, where she established the Comorbid Insomnia Clinic. Since 2008 she has been an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at Ryerson University, Toronto, where she is Director of the Sleep and Depression Laboratory.

Dr. Carney is one of the leading experts in psychological treatments for insomnia, particularly in the context of co-occurring mental health issues. She is President of the Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Therapies Special Interest Group for Insomnia and Other Sleep Disorders. She frequently trains students and mental health providers in CBT for insomnia at invited workshops throughout North American and at international conferences.

Dr. Carney has over 100 publications, including seven treatment books, book chapters and numerous peer-reviewed publications on the topic of insomnia and depression. She authored the first self-help insomnia book for those with comorbid depression, anxiety, and chronic pain.

Her research is funded by such agencies as the National Institutes of Health and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. Her research was recently featured on the front page of the New York Times.

Dr. Carney is a passionate advocate for improving the availability of treatment for those with insomnia and other health problems. She is an experienced and engaging speaker, with a talent for explaining complex processes simply and with humour.

RegistrationEarly bird FeeRegular Fee
Individual Enrollment$249.00N/A
Full-Time Student$199.00N/A

All fees are in Canadian dollars ($CAD).

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