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Sep 5, 2019
Developing Expertise in CBT-I
Facilitated by Dr. Gregg D Jacobs

Intended Audience


Clinicians who treat patients with insomnia as a primary or comorbid disorder.




Insomnia is highly prevalent in clinical populations as a primary or co-morbid disorder, and CBT-I is now considered the first-line treatment for insomnia.  CBT-I improves sleep in 70-80% of patients, is more effective than sleeping pills, and reduces or eliminates sleeping pills in the vast majority of patients. It also doubles the remission rates of depression compared to antidepressant medication alone in depressed patients with insomnia, and it improves sleep and other comorbid medical and psychological symptoms in patients with insomnia (pain, PTSD, etc.). As a result, chronic insomnia is now considered an independent disorder that should be treated separately from co-morbid conditions. This workshop will enable clinicians to develop competence in CBT-I using an empirically and clinically validated CBT-I protocol.



Learning Objectives

After attending this workshop, attendees will be able to:

  • Describe the empirical support for CBT-I.
  • Understand basic sleep and insomnia physiology and how the elderly show changes in their sleep patterns.
  • Understand the efficacy, side effects, and risks of sleep medications and why these are greater for women and the elderly.
  • Conduct a sleep-focused assessment of insomnia patients.
  • Understand the rationale for, and be able to implement, CBT-I techniques including cognitive restructuring, sleep scheduling, stimulus control, relaxation, sleep hygiene, and sleep medication tapering and a sleep diary.


Program Format & Schedule 



Empirical support for CBT-I

Sleep and insomnia: basic concepts

Sleep medications used to treat insomnia

Assessment of insomnia patients



Rationale for, and implementation of, CBT-I techniques including cognitive restructuring, sleep scheduling, stimulus control, relaxation, sleep hygiene, and sleep medication tapering and a sleep diary

Sample case studies

Q&A and discussion




Date             Thursday 05 September 2019


Time             9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.


Location      Edmonton, AB





  Dr. Gregg D. Jacobs is a sleep psychologist and has spent thirty years researching and disseminating CBT-I.  His CBT-I research was funded by the National Institutes of Health and published in numerous peer-reviewed journals including the Archives of Internal Medicine. He has taught his insomnia program to over 10,000 patients; HMOs such as Kaiser Permanente; and, Fortune 500 companies such as Reebok, Fidelity, John Hancock, and Raytheon. His CBT-I program has also been used by major insurers such as Blue Cross and Blue Shield. Dr. Jacobs is the author of Say Good Night to Insomnia (New York: Henry Holt) which has been translated into eight languages. He has been described by the Wall Street Journal as a "pioneer in the use of cognitive-behavioral therapy for insomnia”.







The Psychologists’ Association of Alberta (PAA) is approved by the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) to offer Continuing Education (CE) for psychologists.  This workshop is offered for six (6.0) hours of CE Credit.  Full attendance at the workshop is required to receive Continuing Education Credits.  Partial credit will not be awarded, and late arrivals or early departure will preclude awarding of Continuing Education Credits.  PAA maintains responsibility for the program.




Cancellation and refunds may be applied for by writing to the PAA office.  Cancellations received fourteen (14) days prior to the Continuing Education activity will receive a full refund of the registration fee, less a $25.00 + gst processing fee.  PAA reserves the right to cancel any activity, in which case a full refund of the registration fee will be provided.


Non-members please e-mail to register

Registration Fees

Early Bird
(by Jul 25, 2019)
Jul 25, 2019
and after
PAA Members & Affiliate Members $200.00 $225.00
PAA Student Members $140.00 $165.00
PAA Provisional Members $140.00 $165.00
Non-Members $265.00 $290.00

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