Insomnia is a condition that millions of individuals suffer from at some point in their lifetimes and is associated with many high-mortality medical illnesses. It's also a condition that is commonly evaluated and treated by a variety of health care professionals across all practice settings, from private practices to inpatient units to schools and corporate health centers.

This information-rich online course focuses on using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and other behavioral interventions as the primary components of an effective treatment strategy for patients suffering from insomnia. Expert faculty focus on assessment methods for sleep disorders, differential diagnosis of insomnia, new behavioral and relaxation techniques, critical considerations in patient use of over-the-counter sleep remedies, and best practices for goal setting, treatment structure, and technique implementation.

A variety of resources and content in the course provide an in-depth review of the short- and long-term efficacy of CBT as an effective treatment for insomnia. Several role-play videos address clinical challenges often faced by health care providers and highlight appropriate technique implementation. An interactive discussion board enhances didactic learning and allows you to submit clinical questions and participate in an ongoing dialogue with course faculty and peers from across the globe. Plus, the flexible course schedule lets you participate whenever your busy schedule allows.

Although you must complete the modules in order, you may do so at your own pace until the course expiration date. The course will remain open until December 31, 2014.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this online course, participants should be able to:

  • Recognize the essential determinants of insomnia.
  • List the key components of a CBT treatment package for insomnia.
  • Describe methods to engage patients in CBT treatment for insomnia.

Target Audience

This program is intended for: Psychologists, licensed mental health counselors, social workers


All care providers: $195.00

Cancellation Policy

Refunds will be issued for requests received within 5 business days of purchase, but an administrative fee of $35.00 will be deducted from your refund. No refunds will be made thereafter. Additionally, no refunds will be made for individuals who claim credit, regardless of when they request a refund.



Module 1:

 Insomnia: Essential Elements

  • Sleep Architecture
  • Factors Impacting Sleep
  • Features of Insomnia
  • Assessment of Insomnia
  • Differential Diagnoses
  • Pharmacologic Interventions
  • Over the Counter Hypnotics 

Module 2: Cognitive Behavioral Strategies for Insomnia
  • Sleep Hygiene
  • Relaxation Training
  • Stimulus Control
  • Sleep Restriction
  • Modifying Dysfuntional Beliefs
  • Cognitive Control
  • Thought Blocking

Module 3: Assessment and Intervention Role Plays
  • Assessment of Insomnia
  • Initial Homework Assignment and Review
  • Discussion of Pros/Cons of Use of Prescription Medication
  • Introduction to Sleep Hygiene
  • Teaching of Relaxation
  • Eliciting and Modifying Dysfunctional Beliefs
  • Discussion of Sleep Restriction


  • Director of Research, Depression Clinical and Research Program, Massachusetts General Hospital
    Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
  • Associate Psychologist, Massachusetts General Hospital
    Program Director, The Bulfinch Program
    Clinical Psychologist, Home Base Program
    Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
  • Associate Director, Postgraduate Psychology Education, MGH Psychiatry Academy
    Director, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Program, Department of Psychiatry, Massachusetts General Hospital
    Assistant Professor of Psychology, Harvard Medical School


Through the duration of the course, the faculty moderator will respond to any clinical questions that are submitted to the interactive discussion board. The faculty moderator for this course will be:

Susan E. Sprich, PhD

CME Information

Release Date: May 5, 2014
Expiration Date: December 31, 2014

To receive credit for this activity, view the presentation and complete the post-test and activity evaluation.

AMA PRA credit is not being issued for this course.

Psychologists: The Massachusetts General Hospital Department of Psychiatry is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Massachusetts General Hospital Department of Psychiatry maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This offering meets the criteria for 7.5 Continuing Education (CE) credits for psychologists.

Social Workers: This program has been approved for 7.5 Social Work Continuing Education hours for relicensure, in accordance with 258 CMR. Collaborative of NASW and the Boston College and Simmons Schools of Social Work Authorization Number D 61320.

Licensed Mental Health Counselors: This program has been certified by MMCEP and is approved as a Continuing Education course or activity for Licensed Mental Health Counselors. The Certification Number is 13-0757.

Faculty Disclosure Statement
In accord with the disclosure policy of Partners HealthCare System as well as guidelines of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), planners, speakers and/or their spouse/partner or anyone who may have an influence on the content of the activity have been asked to disclose any relationship they or their spouse/partner have to companies producing pharmaceuticals, medical equipment, devices, etc. that may be germane to the content of their presentation. Such disclosure is not intended to suggest or condone bias, but provides participants with information that might be of potential importance to their evaluation of a given presentation.

Resolution of Conflicts of Interest (COI)
Partners HealthCare System has implemented a process to resolve potential COIs for this CME activity to help ensure content objectivity, independence, fair balance and ensure that the content is aligned with the interest of the public.

Planner Disclosures

The following planners and/or their spouse/partner have reported no relevant financial relationship with a commercial interest:

Tristan Gorrindo, MD, Reviewer
Timothy J. Petersen, PhD
Jane Pimental, MPH

Speaker Disclosures

The following speakers and/or their spouse/partner have reported no relevant financial relationships with a commercial interest:
Timothy J. Petersen, PhD

The following speakers and/or their spouse/partner have reported a relevant financial relationship with a commercial interest:

David Mischoulon, MD

Research Support: Bowman Family Foundation, Bristol-Myers Squibb Co., Cederroth, FisherWallace, Ganeden, Lichtwer Pharma, Nordic Naturals, Laxdale (Amarin), Methylation Sciences, Inc. (MSI), and SwissMedica
Consulting: Pamlab, Bristol-Myers Squibb Co., Nordic Naturals, Virbic, Pfizer, Reed Medical Education, and the Massachusetts General Hospital Psychiatry Academy
Royalties: Back Bay Scientific for PMS Escape and Lippincott Williams & Wilkins for "Natural Medications for Psychiatric Disorders: Considering the Alternatives"

Hardware/Software Specifications
This internet-based CME activity is best experienced using Internet Explorer 8+, Mozilla Firefox 3+, Safari 4+. This Web site requires that JavaScript and session cookies be enabled. Certain activities may require additional software to view multimedia, presentation, or printable versions of the content. These activities will be marked as such and will provide links to the required software. That software may be: Adobe Flash, Adobe Acrobat, Microsoft PowerPoint, and Windows Media Player.

Optimal System Configuration
Flash Player: Adobe Flash Player 10.1+
Browser: Firefox 3+, Internet Explorer 8.0+, Safari 4.0+, or Google Chrome 7.0+
Operating System: Windows XP+ or Mac OS X 10.4+
Internet Connection: 1 Mbps or higher

Minimum Requirements
Windows PC:
500-MHz Pentium II; Windows XP or higher; 128 MB RAM; Video Card at least 64MB of video memory; Sound Card at least 16-bit; Macromedia Flash Player 10 or higher, audio playback with speakers for programs with video content; Firefox 1.1+, Internet Explorer 7.0+, Safari 1.0+, Google Chrome, or Opera
Mac OS X 10.3 or higher with latest updates installed; 1.83MHz Intel Core Duo or faster; RAM: 128MB or more; Video Card: at least 64MB of video memory; Sound Card: at least 16-bit