An Introduction to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia

An Introduction to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia
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Intended For

Mental health providers who are familiar with CBT


Friday May 31st, 2019 - 8:45am - 12:00pm

About the Session

The Ross Center is offering a training session for therapists with CBT experience to learn more about how to use CBT for Insomnia.  This session will be led by Virginia Runko PhD, CBSM, a behavioral sleep medicine specialist who completed her BSM fellowship at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and has vast experience treating insomnia and sleep disorders. You can expect to gain techniques to use CBT to treat insomnia more effectively.

Participants will review the literature on assessing and identifying various sleep disorders and discuss evidence-based, behavioral sleep medicine interventions to address them. The course includes an in-depth review of CBT-I treatment.  At the end of the training, participants will be able to:

• Conduct a thorough sleep assessment, evaluating for insomnia, and other sleep disorders.

• Identify the components of CBT-I, including: sleep restriction, stimulus control, sleep hygiene, relaxation, and cognitive therapy.

• Apply the CBT-I components (as described above).

• Utilize sleep logs to guide treatment.

• Identify behavioral sleep medicine strategies to assess and treat other sleep disorders.

This intermediate-level training is geared towards mental health providers who are familiar with CBT. The program will be offered in an interactive lecture format, with ample opportunities for questions.

Instructor Credentials

Virginia Runko, Ph.D., CBSM, DBSM is a licensed psychologist specializing in treating sleep disorders.  She has extensive training in health psychology and behavioral health, and she is board-certified as a behavioral sleep medicine specialist and a behavioral sleep medicine diplomate.  Dr. Runko also is approved to consult with clinicians working towards their certification in behavioral sleep medicine.

Cost: $953 CE credits awarded for psychologists

Water, tea, and coffee will be provided

Location: The Ross Center – Northern Virginia

1595 Spring Hill Road, Suite 520
Vienna, VA 22182


Please contact Stacy Coyle, Psy.D. at: with any questions or to make a request for special accommodations.


The 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. For information about our grievance procedure relating to CE programs, click here. There is no commercial support for this program.

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