Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I) Training

Dr. Alisha Brosse offers training in CBT-I in person and on-line. Visit this page for details on upcoming training opportunities, or contact Alisha directly if you are interested in 1-on-1 training or consultation.

Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Insomnia: A Practitioner’s Workshop

Date: Friday, February 24, 2017, 9 am – 4:30 pm
Location: Hampton Inn & Suites Boulder-North (6333 Lookout Rd, Boulder, Colorado)
Fee: $175 for professionals; $75 for students who register by 02/10/17; $125 for students who register after 02/10/17

Accommodations: A block of discounted rooms is available at the venue for those wanting to spend the night in Boulder. Follow this link to the hotel website: Hampton Inn North Boulder

Hurry! The first 20 registrants will receive a copy of End the Insomnia Struggle: A Step-by-Step Guide to Help you Get to Sleep and Stay Asleep (New Harbinger Publications, 2016).

To register, complete this form and follow the instructions for submission.

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 cognitive 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 competently deliver it.

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

Date: TBD, within 6 weeks of workshop
Fee: $75
Description: The day-long workshop provides a great foundation, but there often isn’t time to answer questions about how to adapt CBT-I to specific environments (e.g., primary care) or populations (e.g., people with bipolar disorder). This half-day follow-up will address these issues. It also will include case consultation. This will only be offered if a minimum number of people register.

About the presenter: Dr. Alisha Brosse is a Licensed Clinical 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.

What others have said about Alisha’s CBT-I training:

Dr. Alisha Brosse is a compassionate leader and a gifted psychotherapist who combines her vast expertise, experience and gifts in such a way that her clients and workshop attendees receive just what they need in order to make changes in their lives that make THE difference. From the beginning to the end of making [her] acquaintance, I always felt [she was] speaking to me from a wise mind and compassionate heart.

This was an excellent course! I learned so much, particularly the techniques to use and the forms to use them.

Alisha was an engaging speaker.

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.


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.