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CBT for Insomnia: Conceptualization, Treatment Planning and Intervention (6CE)
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Presented by Donn Posner, Ph.D. This workshop will provide attendees instruction on the core elements of cognitive‐behavioral treatment for insomnia. Dr. Posner is an Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor at the Stanford University School of Medicine. His work has focused on the clinical practice of CBT-I, and instructing clinicians in the use of this therapy for the treatment of chronic insomnia.

When: Saturday, 9/23/17
9:00am - 4:30pm
Where: Regis College
Upper Student Center Lounge, Student Center
235 Wellesley Street
Weston, MA  02493
United States
Presenter: Donn Posner, Ph.D.
Contact: Lynne Casey
781-263-0080 ext 10

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 Saturday, September 23rd, 2017 from 9:00am to 4:30pm
Regis College in Weston, MA
(directions here - please be sure to look at these, they have important on-campus driving instructions)

$170 for MPA Members - $105 for Life Members - $65 for Student Members
$235 for Non-Members - $85 for Non-Member Students*
(*Online registration is not available for non-member students, please use this form for correct pricing)

Fee includes a light breakfast and parking is free.  Lunch is on your own.

Sustaining Members always receive 50% off!

This workshop is designed to provide attendees with the core elements of cognitivebehavioral treatment for insomnia. The course starts by grounding participants in the basics of sleep medicine that undergird the practice of CBTI. It goes on to present systematic, empirically validated treatment methods and essential information about the etiology of insomnia necessary to inform assessment, diagnosis, treatment, and the handling of treatment resistance.

Upon completion of this program, participants will be able to:

Define the basics of sleep nomenclature including sleep period, phase, continuity, and architecture.

Define and distinguish acute insomnia from Insomnia Disorder and discuss the importance of treating the chronic form as a specifically targeted co-morbidity.

Cite the evidence for the efficacy of CBT-I for both primary and co-morbid insomnia disorder.

Explain the Spielman model of insomnia and basics of sleep regulation, and demonstrate how to utilize these concepts in the the deployment of CBT-I

Explain how to obtain useable patient sleep diary data, and how to analyze the data for use in the course of CBT-I treatment

Apply the techniques of Stimulus Control and Sleep Restriction therapy to the treatment of chronic Insomnia

Apply the techniques of sleep hygiene education and cognitive therapeutic strategies to the treatment of chronic insomnia.


Dr. Donn Posner is an Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Stanford University School of Medicine. He is working as a clinical/research psychologist at the Palo Alto VA.

 Prior to his role at the VA he spent 25 years serving as the Director of Clinical Behavioral Medicine for Rhode Island and Miriam Hospitals. and was also the Director of Behavioral Sleep Medicine for the Sleep Disorders Center of Lifespan Hospitals. For 20 of those years Dr. Posner had served as the primary supervisor for a rotation of the Behavioral Medicine track of the clinical psychology internship at Brown. The rotation focuses on the assessment and treatment of Sleep and Anxiety Disorders, and was one of the few rotations of its kind in the US. He also mentored post-doctoral fellows and lectured on Behavioral Sleep Medicine and Anxiety Disorders to interns, fellows, and residents in internal medicine and psychiatry. In addition, he was a consultant for the Veteran’s Administration roll out of CBT-I and trained VA clinicians across the country in the implementation of this treatment.

Dr. Posner is one of the authors of Cognitive Behavioral Treatment of Insomnia: A Session-by-Session Guide (New York: Springer/Verlag). The book is intended for clinical trainees, and non-insomnia sleep specialists, as well as more experienced clinicians from outside the sleep medicine field, who wish to learn how to provide empirically validated cognitive behavioral treatment for insomnia (CBT-I).

Dr. Posner is a member of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and is one of the first certified behavioral sleep medicine specialists recognized by that group. He is also a founding member of the Society of Behavioral Sleep Medicine and was recently awarded the society’s Peter Hauri Career Distinguished Achievement Award.



This program is sponsored by the Massachusetts Psychological Association.  MPA is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists.  MPA maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Please note that this event must be attended in its entirety in order to receive credit.  Partial credit will not be granted, no exceptions.

Cancellation and Refund Policy: Fee minus $30 administrative charge if cancelled 5 or more business days prior to event.  No refund if cancelled less than 5 business days before event. 

This continuing education event is appropriate for psychologists, psychiatrists, licensed social workers and other licensed mental health professionals, though credit is only available to psychologists.  Please contact MPA if you have any questions.

Neither MPA nor the presenter have any conflicts of interest to report in regards to this event or its content.

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