CBT-I Clinician Training Manual and Certification

CBT-I Clinical Training Manual, Webinar, and Certification

Insomnia, which is highly prevalent in adults as a primary or co-morbid disorder, is significantly more prevalent as a consequence of Covid-19.  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 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 new 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 will be choosing CBT-I as a safe and more effective treatment option.  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 all clinicians and professionals who see clients or patients and wish to develop expertise in CBT-I, Dr. Gregg D. Jacobs,  a behavioral sleep medicine specialist and CBT-I expert, 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 manual and webinar currently available that provides a state-of-the-art, empirically validated CBT-I five session protocol and CBT-I certification.

Clinicians who purchase the manual and webinar and who are accepting patients will be listed on Dr. Jacobs’ website (www.cbtforinsomnia.com/cbt-i-treatment) as a resource for patients seeking CBT-I therapists after passing a 25 question posttest exam. His website is one of the top websites in search engines for patients searching for CBT-I.

Upon passing the posttest exam, clinicians will also receive a frameable certificate showing they have been certified as a CBT-I clinician, have  completed Dr. Jacobs’ CBT-I training manual and webinar, and have demonstrated proficiency in his CBT-I program that was developed and tested at Harvard Medical School. PLEASE NOTE: CE credits are not available for the manual and webinar.

The CBT-I Clinical Training Manual and Webinar enables clinicians and other professionals to develop competence in CBT-I using an empirically and clinically validated CBT-I protocol for adults. It is based on over 30 years of clinical practice at Harvard Medical School and the University of Massachusetts Memorial Medical Center by Dr. Jacobs involving over 10,000 insomnia patients. The manual and webinar are also based on extensive empirical research on CBT-I, including a landmark federally-funded study conducted at Harvard Medical School by Dr. Jacobs and colleagues demonstrating that the same CBT protocol described in the CBT-I manual and webinar was more effective than Ambien ((Jacobs, GD, et al. Cognitive Behavior Therapy and Pharmacotherapy for Insomnia: a Randomized Controlled Trial and Direct Comparison. Archives of Internal Medicine, 2004, 164: 1888-96)

The CBT-I clinical training manual is a detailed, 180 page PDF manual that is updated annually and is intended for all clinicians and professionals who see clients or patients and wish to develop expertise in CBT-I. It contains modules on:

  • Sleep and insomnia: basic concepts
  • Sleep medications
  • Assessment of insomnia patients
  • Theory and rationale for the CBT-I techniques used to treat insomnia including cognitive restructuring, sleep scheduling, stimulus control, relaxation, sleep hygiene, and medication tapering techniques
  • Step-by-step 5 session treatment manuals for groups and individuals
  • Fees and billing information for mental health professionals.
  • Potential clinical issues

The CBT-I manual also includes all program materials (relaxation techniques MP3, sleep diaries, progress summaries, sleep history questionnaire, and sample brochures) and extensive focus articles. It is available for solo clinicians for $195, sleep clinics and group practices for a discounted price of $295 (maximum of two clinicians), and institutions for a discounted price of $395 (maximum of three clinicians).

The CBT-I manual, webinar, and program materials are delivered electronically at purchase.