Introduction to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I)

Introduction to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I)

CE Credit

3 CE's for Psychologists Nationwide, 3 CE's for Social Workers in NY, Washington, DC and VA.

Intended For

Licensed health clinicians and trainees who want to better understand and treat insomnia symptoms in their clients


Recorded Webinar - 3 hours

The estimated prevalence rates for insomnia symptoms and chronic insomnia are 30% and 10%, respectively. These rates are substantially higher in psychiatric populations, with estimates of approximately 85% in depression and 70-90% in anxiety disorders. Insomnia has both negative medical and psychological consequences.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I) has a plethora of research demonstrating its effectiveness. This therapeutic modality is is recognized by the NIH Consensus and State-of-the-Science Statement as a first-line treatment for insomnia as it was found to be as effective as medication for brief treatment and likely more durable over time, and is recommended as standard, first-line treatment for insomnia per published clinical guidelines by the Chronic Insomnia Task Force of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and by the American College of Physicians. Moreover, by treating insomnia with CBT-I, co-morbid medical and psychological conditions are more likely to improve.

This beginner level workshop will cover CBT-I for adults. CBT-I is a tailored, short-term, non-medication approach to treating insomnia and consists of various strategies, including sleep restriction, stimulus control, sleep hygiene, and cognitive therapy. Of note, CBT-I can be used as a stand-alone treatment, in conjunction with sleep aids, or to help clients successfully taper off sleep aids, but the focus of this workshop will be on CBT-I specifically.

Clinical Objectives: 

  • Define common sleep disorders, including sleep apnea, circadian rhythm disorders, and insomnia.
  • Identify the components of CBT-I, including sleep restriction, stimulus control, sleep hygiene, relaxation, and cognitive therapy.
  • Understand the 3P etiological model of insomnia, helping both clinicians and clients understand the different types of factors underlying insomnia.


  • Individual with CE credit: $75
  • Student/Non-CE participant: $50


CE Information:  

  • 3 CEs for psychologists (all states)
  • 3 CEs for Social Workers – New York, Washington, DC and Virginia.

Presented by: Virginia Runko, PhD, CBSM, DBSM

Dr. Runko is a licensed psychologist and board-certified in behavioral sleep medicine (BSM) by the Board of Behavioral Sleep Medicine and the American Board of Sleep Medicine – these are the highest credentials in BSM.  Within BSM, her specialty is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I).  She completed her BSM fellowship at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.  She has worked on interdisciplinary sleep medicine teams at the Johns Hopkins Center for Sleep at Howard County General Hospital, Pulmonary and Critical Care Associates of Baltimore, and the Miami VA.

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“I felt that the presenter was knowledgeable and well organized. She presented information clearly and provided excellent examples.”
“I learned practical clinical tips on implementing CBT-I from someone who is experienced in the field, that I can use when working with older teens around their sleep problems.”
“Excellent overview of sleep disorders and how they interact w/ insomnia, plus the basics of CBT-I.”
“I learned about sleep disorders in more detail than I did in my higher education!”
“I enjoyed the CBT-I training. Virginia was very knowledgeable. I appreciated learning about interventions and tips to improve sleep quality.”

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APA Approved Sponsor ImageThe Ross Center is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Ross Center maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

The Ross Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders LLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Psychology as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed psychologists #PSY-0105.

Ross Management Services, LLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0701

There is no conflict of interest or commercial support for this program. 



  • Virginia Runko, PhD, CBSM, DBSM


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