Cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia (CBT-I) is the gold-standard treatment for chronic insomnia. CBT-I for occupational therapy (CBT-I for OT) is a continuing education course designed to prepare the OT practitioner for the supervised delivery of CBT-I to adults. CBT-I for OT has been delivered to occupational therapists over the past few years in a face-to-face format by Aaron Eakman, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA and Natalie Rolle, MOT, OTR/L. Aaron and Natalie are established occupational therapy researchers and clinical providers of CBT-I in the Occupational Therapy department at Colorado State University. From our face-to face course we have created a self-paced online self-study course that will impart essential understandings of sleep health, insomnia, and CBT-I. CBT-I for OT offers an overview of theories of insomnia, assessment and treatment techniques, clinical stories and a case study demonstrating how an OT can safely and effectively deliver CBT-I to treat chronic insomnia in their clients. CBT-I for OT highlights the unique role of occupational therapy in the ADLs of sleep participation and sleep preparation and offers evidence-based principles and techniques that can be adopted across practice settings.
Upon the successful completion of CBT-I for OT, participants will receive a certificate indicating 16 contact hours of continuing education and be prepared to begin the supervised delivery of CBT-I to adults with insomnia.
Occupational therapy is uniquely situated to promote optimal sleep in the lives of those we serve. Given the prevalence of sleep problems, there is a great need to expand the profession’s role in promoting sleep preparation and sleep participation. This course has been designed to address this need though a comprehensive review of insomnia and its treatment using cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia (CBT-I). CBT-I is the recommended “first line” treatment for chronic insomnia and is highly effective in reducing sleep problems and improving sleep health.
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The 4th Edition of the Occupational Therapy Practice Framework: Domain and Process (OTPF – 4) describes the central concepts that ground occupational therapy practice and includes the distinct contribution of the profession to promoting personal and community health and wellbeing. Sleep is an occupation (day-to-day activity) that is central to human health and wellbeing and an integral part of the OTPF – 4. CBTI for OT will offer occupational therapists the knowledge and resources needed to begin the supervised delivery of CBTI to adults with chronic insomnia.
Participants in the online self-paced CBTI for OT course should achieve the following objectives:
- Describe the role of occupational therapy in promoting sleep preparation and sleep participation.
- Describe the two-process model of sleep, including the homeostatic sleep driver system and the circadian system.
- Identify and demonstrate a basic understanding of factors that may predispose, precipitate, and perpetuate chronic (primary) insomnia in the adult.
- Describe basic differences between the nine categories of sleep disorders in the ICSD 3rd edition and identify up to three reasons why differential diagnosis is important within CBT-I.
- Describe how a daily sleep diary and assessments of sleep problems and daytime functioning are used within the delivery of CBT-I.
- Identify and describe the main components of CBTI and how they are utilized within CBT-I treatment.
- Describe a typical 7 session CBTI treatment and identify a core component to each session.
CBTI for OT consists of over 15 hours of video within 26 distinct modules, including:
- Module 1: Faculty Introductions
- Module 2: Occupational Therapy and Sleep
- Module 3: Daytime Functioning
- Module 4: Differential Diagnoses
- Module 5: Insomnia Diagnosis
- Module 6: Insomnia Subtypes
- Module 7: Models of Insomnia
- Module 8: Hypnogram and Stages of Sleep
- Module 9: Circadian and Homeostatic Sleep Drive Systems
- Module 10: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I) Safety and Efficacy
- Module 11: Medications and Alternative Treatments
- Module 12: Sleep Ability, Sleep Opportunity, and Sleep Need
- Module 13: Decision Tree
- Module 14: Sleep-Related Assessments
- Module 15: Multi-Component CBT-I and Behavioral Sleep Medicine Examination
- Module 16: CBT-I Delivery
- Module 17: CBT-I Treatment Contraindications
- Module 18: Assessment and Orientation (Treatment Session 1)
- Module 19: Treatment Session 2
- Module 20: Treatment Session 3
- Module 21: Treatment Session 4
- Module 22: Treatment Session 5
- Module 23: Treatment Session 6
- Module 24: Sleep Diary Review
- Module 25: Treatment Sessions 7 – 10
- Module 26: Polysomnography & Sleep Labs