CE certificates for six (6) continuing education credits will be awarded to participants who attend the entire workshop and complete the evaluation form.  Partial credits will not be awarded.  Late arrival or early departure will preclude receipt of a certificate.

Registration/Refund Policy:  Registration at the door is welcome, but is on a space-available basis only; all registrations at the door are $195.  No refunds will be offered for this program.

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 The Vermont Psychological Association is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists.  The Vermont Psychological Association maintains responsibility for this program and its content.


The Vermont Psychological Association is approved by the Vermont Board of Psychological Examiners to sponsor continuing education for psychologists.  It is also approved by the Office of Professional Regulations to sponsor continuing education for licensed independent clinical social workers (LICSW).   Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselors (LCMHC) may be able to receive continuing education credit for this workshop from the Board of Allied Mental Health.

CE Workshop:  September 27, 2019

                                           Donn Posner, Ph.D., DBSM

                                                 Clinical Research Psychologist

                                                 Palo Alto Veterans Institute for Research

                                                 Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System

Dr. Donn Posner currently works as a clinical/research psychologist at the Palo Alto VA, and is consulting on a number of grants exploring the effects of CBT-I in Gulf War Veterans and Veterans with insomnia and Mild Traumatic Brain Injury.  In the previous 5 years, he also served as an Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University School of Medicine.

Prior to his role at the VA he spent 25 years serving as the Director of Behavioral Sleep Medicine for the Sleep Disorders Center of Lifespan Hospitals, and was a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at the Warren Alpert School of Medicine at Brown University.  Dr. Posner is a member of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and is one of the first Certified Behavioral Sleep Medicine specialists recognized by that group.  He is also a founding member of the Society of Behavioral Sleep Medicine and he has also now achieved the status of Diplomate with the SBSM.

Course Description

This workshop is designed to provide attendees the core elements of cognitive-behavioral treatment for insomnia (CBT-I). The course starts by grounding participants in the basics of sleep medicine that undergird the practice of CBT-I.  It continues by presenting systematic, empirically validated treatment methods and essential information about the etiology of insomnia necessary to inform assessment, diagnosis, treatment, and the handling of treatment resistance.

Who Should Attend:  Psychologists, mental health counselors, social workers, & other mental health care professionals, psychology students, behavioral sleep medicine professionals

Conference Schedule

8:30 a.m.          Registration

9:00 a.m.          Program Begins

10:30 a.m.       Break (15 minutes)

12:30 p.m.       Lunch
1:30 p.m.          Program Resumes

3:00 p.m.          Break (15 minutes)
4:30 p.m.          Program ends


By attending this conference participants will be able to:

  • Define the basics of sleep nomenclature including sleep period, phase, continuity, and architecture.
  • Cite the evidence for the efficacy of CBT-I for both primary and co-morbid insomnia disorder.
  • Explain the Spielman model of insomnia and basics of sleep regulation, and demonstrate how to utilize these concepts in the deployment of CBT-I.
  • Explain how to obtain useable patient sleep diary data, and how to analyze the data for use in the course of CBT-I treatment.
  • Apply the techniques of Stimulus Control and Sleep Restriction therapy to the treatment of chronic Insomnia.
  • Apply the techniques of sleep hygiene education and cognitive therapeutic strategies to the treatment of chronic insomnia.


It's Not Just About Improved Sleep

Donn Posner, Ph.D., DBSM

Hampton Inn, Colchester