Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I) Training

The Boulder Center for Cognitive and Behavioral Therapies, LLP,

is pleased to present

 Alisha Brosse, Ph.D.

“End the Insomnia Struggle: ACT-Enhanced CBT for Chronic Insomnia”

Date:  Friday, January 25, 2019, 9:00 am – 4:30 pm
Location: Hampton Inn & Suites Boulder-North, 6333 Lookout Road, Boulder, 3rd floor “Board Room”
Fee:  $180 professionals/$75 students
CEs for Psychologists:  Additional $25 fee for CE certificates*.
To register,  use this registration form Seating is limited – if you are registering after January 15, confirm availability by emailing
Workshop Description:  This day-long workshop will train practitioners in cognitive behavior therapy for insomnia (CBT-I). 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 cognitive defusion) to optimize adherence to, and the effectiveness of, CBT-I. The workshop will include a mix of lecture, handouts, role-plays and case examples.
CBT-I is widely recognized as the best first-line treatment for chronic insomnia, a condition that is especially prevalent in clinical populations. Yet, there are few professionals trained to deliver this highly effective treatment. Further, there are a number of barriers to successful implementation of CBT-I that can be navigated with the addition of ACT principles and strategies. The goal of this workshop is to make CBT-I more accessible by increasing the number of health practitioners who can competently deliver it.
Learning Objectives:  After this workshop participants will be able to…

  1. Effectively use assessment tools (e.g., a sleep log) to diagnose insomnia and inform treatment
  2. Describe, and use in treatment, the CBT model of how chronic insomnia is maintained over time
  3. Describe the 2-Wave Model of arousal and how this informs treatment
  4. Implement with clients the core behavioral programs that comprise CBT-I — stimulus control therapy and sleep restriction therapy
  5. Target insomnia using cognitive therapy strategies, such as designated worry time and cognitive restructuring
  6. Integrate ACT strategies (e.g., willingness; cognitive defusion; mindfulness) to enhance traditional CBT-I

Program Schedule:

9:00am Assessment & Acceptance
10:00am Psychoeducation
11:00am Behavioral Strategies
12:00pm Lunch on your own
1:00pm Behavioral Strategies (continued)
1:30pm Cognitive Therapy Strategies
2:30pm ACT strategies to increase willingness and decrease physiological arousal
4:00pm Individualizing Treatment: selecting and sequencing treatment components

Intended Audience:  Health practitioners (therapists, nurses, physicians, physician assistants) and trainees who want to provide their patients with something more than sleep hygiene instructions.
Cancellation Policy:If the workshop is canceled, payment will be returned in full. If you cancel your attendance and notify us via email ( at least 14 days before the workshop, we will issue you a full refund less a $20 processing fee. No refunds will be issued after this date.
About the presenter:  Dr. Alisha Brosse is a Licensed Psychologist and co-author of End the Insomnia Struggle: A Step-by-Step Guide to Help you Get to Sleep and Stay Asleep(New Harbinger Publications, 2016). She currently works in private practice and at a bipolar specialty clinic; she 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, in person and on-line, and is passionate about disseminating empirically-supported treatments.  Financial disclosure:​ Alisha receives royalties from​ New Harbinger Publications based on sales of ​End the Insomnia Struggle​.​
What others have said about Alisha’s training:
This was an excellent course! I learned so much, particularly the techniques to use and the forms to use them.
The presenter was (obviously) very knowledgeable. She was also very skilled at presenting (which is to say that the presentations were consistently interesting and engaging). The course provided ample opportunity for practice… [and] supplementary materials.
Very impressive amount of info in a short time!
[This course is a] great way to learn how to do insomnia treatment in a short period of time. Covers all of the basics and beyond. Presented by a clinician who is knowledgeable, warm, flexible and responsive.

*CEs: ​The Association for Contextual Behavioral Science is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Association for Contextual Behavioral Science maintains responsibility for this program and its content.


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.

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 was most recently offered by Dr. Brosse in October 2016. The next offering has not yet been scheduled.