Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I) Training

Web-based CBT-I Training:

Dr. Alisha Brosse and former BCCBT partner Dr. Colleen Ehrnstrom, in collaboration with Practice Ground, have developed a web-based course for clinicians who want to become proficient in providing CBT-I. The course includes instruction in:

  • the physiology of healthy sleep;
  • the CBT model of what maintains chronic sleep problems over time;
  • various behavioral treatment components (e.g., sleep restriction, stimulus control, sleep hygiene);
  • cognitive therapy strategies;
  • enhancing traditional CBT-I with mindfulness and acceptance-based strategies;
  • decision tree model designed to aid clinicians in deciding which treatment components will be optimal for particular clinical presentations; and,
  • use of worksheets and sleep logs.

This web-based training program will next be offered by Dr. Brosse in October 2016. For more information or to register, visit

Recent Practitioner’s Workshop — Similar Workshop to be Offered Fall 2016 or Winter 2017 (Details Coming Soon!)

Date: Friday, June 12, 2015, 9 am – 4:30 pm
Location: Hampton Inn & Suites Boulder-North, 6333 Lookout Road, Boulder, Colorado
Fee: $175 (please inquire about student or group discounts)

To register, download this pdf or word document. For more information, email abrosseATbouldercbtDOTcom or call 720/252-0611.

Workshop Description: This day-long workshop will introduce practitioners to cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) for insomnia. Workshop participants will learn the basic elements of a 6-session CBT-I protocol, including assessment, behavioral strategies (e.g., stimulus control and sleep restriction), and cognitive strategies (e.g., cognitive restructuring and designated worry time). Participants also will learn how to incorporate principles and strategies from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (e.g., mindfulness, acceptance, and defusion) to optimize CBT-I. The presentation will include a mix of lecture, handouts, role-plays and case examples.

CBT-I is widely recognized as the best first-line treatment for insomnia, and has been shown in multiple research trials to be as effective as medication in the short-term, with better long-term outcomes. Yet, there are few professionals trained to deliver this highly effective treatment, despite insomnia’s prevalence. The goal of this workshop is to make CBT-I more accessible to the greater-Boulder community by increasing the number of health practitioners who can deliver CBT-I.

Intended Audience: Health practitioners (therapists, nurses, physicians, physician assistants) who want to provide their clients/patients with something more than sleep hygiene instructions.

About the presenter: Dr. Alisha Brosse is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist who provides both individual and group CBT-I. She currently works in private practice and at a bipolar specialty clinic, and has previously worked as a consultant providing CBT-I at a sleep disorders clinic. She has trained practitioners in CBT-I in both individual and group formats, and is passionate about disseminating empirically-supported treatments.

CBT-I Self-Study

To learn our hybrid CBT-ACT approach to insomnia on your own schedule and at your own pace, you can use our workbook, End the Insomnia Struggle: A Step-byStep Gide to Help You Get to Sleep and Stay Asleep, in conjunction with the bonus chapter for clinicians that will be available on the New Harbinger website for this book.