CBT-I Clinical Training Manual, Webinar, and Certification for Clinicians
Insomnia is highly prevalent in adults as a primary or co-morbid disorder. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I) is now considered the first-line treatment for chronic insomnia in adults due to its superior long-term efficacy, lack of side effects, and patient preference. It is also the most efficacious psychological therapy for a health problem. It improves sleep in 70-80% of patients, is more effective than sleeping pills and reduces or eliminates sleeping pills in the vast majority of patients, and doubles the improvement rates of depression compared to antidepressant medication alone in depressed patients with co-morbid insomnia. It also improves other co-morbidities including pain and fibromyalgia, substance abuse, PTSD, and menopausal hot flashes. As a result, chronic insomnia is now considered an independent disorder that should be treated separately from co-morbid conditions.
Compared to CBT-I, sedative-hypnotics are associated with significant side effects and dangers, including elevated mortality risk, that have resulted in FDA black box warnings about the potentially fatal side effects of Ambien, Lunesta, and Sonata. As a result of the black box warning, more patients and their physicians are choosing CBT-I as a safe and more effective treatment option for chronic insomnia. However, there is a dire shortage of clinicians and sleep clinics with expertise in CBT-I due to a scarcity of training opportunities in this area.
For clinicians (and professionals or paraprofessionals) who wish to develop expertise and a subspecialty in CBT-I, Dr. Gregg D. Jacobs, a behavioral sleep medicine specialist and one of the principal developers of CBT-I, offers a CBT-I clinical training manual (PDF format), a two hour archived webinar that accompanies the manual , and CBT-I certification. This is the only CBT-I clinical training manual and webinar currently available that provides an empirically validated CBT-I protocol and CBT-I certification.