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Insomnia Interventions On-Demand Course

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Queen's University offers an 8 module on-demand Continuing Professional Development course for healthcare professionals on insomnia interventions. This practical program focuses on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia or CBT-I, the first line treatment of chronic insomnia, and safe and effective methods for deprescribing sedative hypnotics. Register for Insomnia Interventions On-Demand Course now!

Learn more about insomnia and CBT-I with a free video featuring the Insomnia Interventions educators. This 16-minute video was created from the first module in our Insomnia Interventions On-Demand Course. After registering for the free video you will be sent a discount code for 10% off the full professional development course.


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On-Demand Course Details


Taught by an interprofessional team of healthcare providers, educators, & sleep researchers


Learn the evidence-based, first-line treatment for chronic insomnia

Online & On-Demand

Complete the 8 interactive modules from anywhere and at any time

Accredited Learning

Certified by the CFPC for up to 30 Self-Learning Mainpro+ credits

Register for Insomnia Interventions On-Demand Course

An interprofessional team of healthcare providers, educators, and sleep researchers has developed this on-demand professional development course on Insomnia Interventions. You will learn effective sleep therapy techniques that reverse chronic insomnia and lead to sustained improvements in sleep quality without sleep medications. The team has extensive experience with Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I) and the deprescribing of sedative-hypnotics. Because of the success of these methods and the satisfaction of patients, the team is passionate about sharing these effective strategies. Using an engaging, interactive format, the program highlights practical approaches and resources for how to implement CBT-I and deprescribing of sleep medications into your clinical practice.

Topics include:

  • Setting the Stage: Insomnia Assessment & Treatment Overview
  • CBT-I: Sleep Scheduling
  • CBT-I: Calming the Racing Mind
  • Sleeping Pills and How to Safely and Effectively Stop their Chronic Use
  • Case-Based Approach to Developing Abilities for Stopping Long-Term Use of Sedative-Hypnotics
  • Brief Appointments to Support CBT-I and Deprescribing of Sedative-Hypnotics
  • Running a CBT-I-Group Program
  • Applying the Strategies to your Setting
  • Judith R. Davidson, Ph.D., C. Psych., Clinical and Health Psychologist, Somnologist (ESRS): Behavioural Sleep    Medicine & Adjunct Professor, Queen's University, Department of Psychology
  • Erin Desmarais, MSW, RSW; Clinical Social Worker, Queen's Family Health Team, Department of Family Medicine, Queen’s University
  • Katherine Fretz, MSc, PhD Candidate in Clinical Psychology, Queen’s University
  • David Gardner, PharmD, MSc, Professor of Psychiatry & Pharmacy, Dalhousie University
  • Cynthia Leung, RPh, BScPhm, PharmD, CDE, Former Pharmacist, Queen's Family Health Team, Program Development Officer, Pharmaceutical Review, CADTH
  • Stephanie Lynch, PharmD, BCACP, Pharmacist, Department of Family Medicine, Queen's University
  • Eileen Sloan, PhD, MD, FRCPC, Psychiatrist, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto
  • Shayna Watson, MEd, MD, CCFP, FCFP, Assistant Professor, Department of Family Medicine, Queen’s University

This 3 credit-per-hour Self-Learning program has been certified by the College of Family Physicians of Canada and is provided through Queen’s University for up to 30 Self-Learning Mainpro+ credits.

This event is an Accredited Self-Assessment Program (Section 3) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification program of The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and is approved by the Office of Continuing Professional Development, Queen’s University. You may claim a maximum of 10 hours.

Anyone who is interested in helping their patients or clients reverse their chronic insomnia and experience long-term benefits of sound sleep. Past learners have included family physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, pharmacists, psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, occupational therapists, residents, and clinical psychology students.

$250 CAD per learner  - Register online

This program is non-refundable

After registering, you will be able to access the Insomnia Interventions On-Demand Course until April 2024. You can complete the 8 modules (approximately 10 hours of learning) at any time before this date.

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Jan 02, 2023 - National Post

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Jan 26, 2021 - CBC

Sleeping pill use 'very high' among Atlantic Canada seniors

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October 10, 2017 - Chatelaine

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