CBTI Training – Summer 2019


Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia:
A Basic Course for Occupational Therapists (CBTI for OT)

This two and one-half day training will pair case studies with basic knowledge and tools to help prepare the occupational therapy practitioner to begin the supervised delivery of CBTI to adults. CBTI is now recommended as the first line treatment for chronic insomnia by the American College of Physicians1.

The CBTI for occupational therapy faculty—Aaron Eakman, Ph.D., OTR/L, FAOTA and Natalie Rolle, M.O.T., OTR/L—are established occupational therapy providers of CBTI2 who will offer opportunities for peer consultation, combined with targeted readings of treatment manuals and practice papers, to position established occupational therapists to safely and effectively deliver CBTI. Upon successful completion of the CBTI for OT course, attendees will receive a certificate of completion indicating 18 hours of continuing education.

Some of last year’s CBTI for OT 2018 attendees commented:

  • “Amazing enthusiasm from Natalie and Aaron, I loved being able to problem-solve potential barriers/life scenarios for this amazing training.”
  • “I’d give this workshop a very solid A.”
  • “This was amazing! You both are awesome teachers/mentors!”
  • “Thank you so much!! This course is amazing and I learned so much that gets me even more excited about sleep practice and research.”
  • “You Rock! I am inspired and excited to continue my education and training and adapt it to my passion population!”
  • “This was a wonderful course. Well prepared! Excellent presenters who were able to share your knowledge in an understandable way. Thank you!”

Day 1 – Foundational Knowledge for Sleep Interventions:

  • Occupational therapy’s role in sleep
  • Insomnia diagnoses and differential diagnosis
  • Treatments for insomnia
  • Models of insomnia
  • Circadian and sleep drive systems
  • Hypnogram and sleep stages
  • Physiological aspects of sleep
  • Functions of sleep – Why sleep is important
  • Impacts of insomnia on daily functioning
  • Sleep-related assessments

Day 2 – Basics of CBTI, Part I

  • Overview of multicomponent CBTI
  • CBTI vs CBT
  • CBTI treatment decision tree
  • 3 & 4 P models of chronic insomnia
  • Sleep diaries, sleep restriction, and stimulus control therapies
  • Treatment of chronic insomnia with comorbid diagnoses
  • Clinical reasoning and case studies in CBTI

Day 3 – Basics of CBTI, Part II

  • Titration in sleep restriction therapy
  • Behavioral experiments in CBTI
  • Using activities/routines/habits to promote sleep
  • Sleep hygiene
  • Clinical reasoning and case studies in CBTI
  • Ethical occupational therapy practice of CBTI into the future


Transportation and Amenities

1Qaseem, A., Kansagara, D., Forciea, M. A., Cooke, M., & Denberg, T. D. (2016). Management of chronic insomnia disorder in adults: A clinical practice guideline from the American College of Physicians. Annals of Internal Medicine, 165. 125-133. doi: 10.7326/M15-2175

2Eakman, A. M., Schmid, A. A., Henry, K. L., Rolle, N. R., Schelly, C., Pott, C. E., & Burns, J. E. (2017). Restoring effective sleep tranquility (REST): A feasibility and pilot study. British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 80(6), 350-360.

The Department of Occupational Therapy is part of CSU’s College of Health and Human Sciences.