Insomnia is a condition that impairs our clients’ quality of life. It is an independent predictor of suicide and predicts future onset of PTSD after trauma exposure, depression, anxiety disorders and substance use disorders. Many believe that the insomnia that occurs along with another disorder, such as depression, will go away after we treat the other disorder. Sadly, that is rarely the case, and unaddressed insomnia is predictive that depression will relapse. Moreover, insomnia is likely negatively impacting your current therapy outcomes, as insomnia predicts greater treatment resistance. Cognitive behavior therapy for insomnia (CBT-I) is a very effective tool for those with or without co-occurring conditions.
Although many clinicians report knowing how to do CBT-I, there have been updates to the diagnostic criteria for insomnia disorder as well as updates to CBT-I itself, and studies suggest that most clinicians are unaware of these updates. Gaps in knowledge include believing that “we don’t diagnose or treat insomnia when there is a comorbid condition”, “we all need 8 hours of sleep” or “sleep hygiene is effective”. Join a sleep specialist for a practical, clinical webinar that provides updates and guides you through step-by-step CBT-I in the context of comorbid insomnia. Replacing sleep hygiene advice with the powerful tools of CBT-I, and learning how to adjust strategies with those who suffer from complex issues, helps your clients sleep and feel better.