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2019 IPA Fall Conference
Des Moines University
3200 Grand Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50312

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Friday, October 11, 2019, 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM CDT
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This workshop is designed to provide participants the core elements of cognitive-behavioral treatment for insomnia. The course starts by grounding participants in the basics of sleep medicine that undergird the practice of CBT-I. It goes on to present systematic, empirically validated treatment methods and essential information about the pathophysiology and etiology of insomnia necessary to inform assessment, diagnosis, treatment, and the handling of treatment resistance.

Insomnia is widely recognized to be the most common sleep problem and is also a leading complaint in primary care settings. The consequences and morbidity associated with chronic insomnia can be substantial across several domains and can include increased health care utilization, impaired quality of life, increased risk of falls and hip fractures, increased risk of medical and behavioral disorders, and ultimately worse outcomes for all co-morbid disorders.

Effective treatment of insomnia not only improves sleep quality and daytime functioning but has also now been shown to have direct beneficial impact on depression, anxiety, PTSD, chronic pain, and other behavioral and medical disorders. In addition, cognitive-behavioral treatments for insomnia have been shown to be of equal or greater effectiveness when compared to sedative hypnotic medication. These findings suggest that CBT-I should be considered a trans-diagnostic therapy that should be in every clinician’s tool box.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Define the basics of sleep nomenclature including sleep period, phase, continuity, and architecture.
  2. Define and distinguish acute insomnia from Insomnia Disorder and discuss the importance of treating the chronic form as a specifically targeted co-morbidity.
  3. Cite the evidence for the efficacy of CBT-I for both primary and co-morbid insomnia disorder.
  4. Explain the Spielman model of insomnia and basics of sleep regulation, and demonstrate how to utilize these concepts in the deployment of CBT-I
  5. Explain how to obtain useable patient sleep diary data, and how to analyze the data for use in the course of CBT-I treatment
  6. Apply the techniques of Stimulus Control and Sleep Restriction therapy to the treatment of chronic Insomnia
  7. Apply the techniques of sleep hygiene education and cognitive therapeutic strategies to the treatment of chronic insomnia
  8. Apply a decision-making algorithm to case conceptualization.
  9. Explain the steps necessary to aide in good relapse prevention.

About the Speaker

Dr. Donn Posner works as a clinical/research psychologist at the Palo Alto VA and consults 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.

Event Details

Registration: Registration is to be completed online. Please add $25 for late registration. Registration fees are:  

IPA Lifetime Member                                      $150

IPA Member                                                   $175

IPA Student Member                                      $0

IPA Retired Member (No CE Credits)            $100

Non-IPA Member                                            $225

Non-IPA Student                                             $60

Please complete the online registration process. Registration will close on October 3, 2019 at 9am. There will no refunds or cancellations after October 3, 2019.

Individuals needing special assistance (ADA, allergies, etc.) should notify Suzanne Hull, Executive Director, Iowa Psychological Association: [email protected] or 515-250-6366.

Continuing Education: This activity is available for 6 continuing education credits, spread into 4 sessions, each worth 1.5 continuing education credits. Participants must attend 100% of the session to receive credit for that session. Upon completion of an evaluation and learning assessment, a certificate of attendance will be issued. This serves as documentation for all participants. The Iowa Psychological Association is committed to accessibility and non-discrimination in continuing education activities and will conduct all activities in conformity with the American Psychological Association’s Ethical Principles for Psychologists. If participants have special needs, reasonable efforts will be made to accommodate them. Please contact Suzanne Hull (515-250-6366, [email protected]) with questions, concerns or to request special accommodations. There is no commercial support for this program nor are there any relationships between the CE Sponsor, presenting organization, presenter, program content, research, grants or other funding that could reasonably be construed as conflicts of interest.

Accommodations: Hotel rooms are reserved at the Holiday Inn Downtown at Mercy Campus (1050 6th Ave, Des Moines, IA 50314) at the group rate of $109/night plus tax for the night of October 10, 2019. Hotel rooms may be reserved by calling 515-283-0151. Reservations need to be made by September 19, 2019 to receive the block rate.

Conference Parking: Please park in the “Parking Ramp” and proceed north through Des Moines University Clinic to Olsen Centerhttps://www.dmu.edu/about/campus/.

Social Hour: IPA will be hosting a social on Friday, October 11 from 5-7pm at Star Bar (2811 Ingersoll Ave, Des Moines, IA 50312). Your first drink and appetizers will be hosted by IPF and IPA. Please email your RSVP to [email protected]. by October 9.

8am – 8:20am

Registration opens

8:20am – 8:30am

Welcome and opening remarks

8:30am – 10am

Introduction/ Sleep 101 (1.5 CEU)

10am – 10:30am

Morning break

10:30am – 12pm

Treatment- Sleep Restriction and Stimulus Control (1.5 CEU)

12pm – 1pm

Lunch Presentation of Ann Ernst and Michele Greiner Awards. Recognition of Heiser Award Recipients, Membership Activity

1pm – 2:30pm

Treatment- Sleep Hygiene and Cognitive Therapy (1.5 CEU)

2:30pm – 3pm


3pm – 4:30pm

Assessment, Conceptualization and Relapse Prevention (1.5 CEU)