Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I)

For: Registered Health Care Professionals

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Duration: Two days

One day of independent study online, one day face-to-face training 

Cost: £695/delegate


We are delighted to be able to offer the Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I) course in partnership with sleep expert Professor Jason Ellis, professor of Sleep Science at Northumbria University and director of the Northumbria Centre for Sleep Research.

Endorsed by the European Sleep Research Society, this introductory course is aimed at registered health professionals with a good standing in their field of expertise (e.g. HCPC), who have an interest in psychological sleep interventions and want to identify, assess, and diagnose cases of insomnia, and with peer supervision, manage cases using the principles of CBT-I within their practice.

Insomnia is a common sleep disorder that makes it hard to fall asleep, stay asleep or causes you to wake too early and not be able to go back to sleep. This occurs despite having adequate opportunity for sleep and causes daytime distress or impairment. With up to 40% of the population reporting insomnia symptoms and between 10-15% of individuals meeting criteria for Insomnia Disorder, the direct and indirect costs of Insomnia Disorder are extensive. Insomnia Disorder is a public health burden and the consequences can be seen at individual, family, community and societal levels.

Following training, we strongly advise you purchase the CBT-I membership. This gives you access to three observation studies and the opportunity to book peer supervision, which are the next steps in being able to practice CBT-I.

This course equates to 12 CPD hours

Professor Jason Ellis delivers the course through a mix of online learning, live session and Q&A to provide the theory and practical training to delegates to use in their practice.

Modules covered include:

  • Defining insomnia
  • Models of insomnia
  • Differential diagnosis
  • Who is a candidate for CBT-I
  • Structure and Tools for CBT-I
  • Sleep hygiene and education
  • Sleep restriction
  • Stimulus control
  • Cognitive therapy I
  • Cognitive therapy II
  • Peer support
  • Acute insomnia
  • Q&A

Learning Outcomes

  • Define Insomnia Disorder according to International Classification of Sleep Disorders (3rd Edition), the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (5th Edition) and the Research Diagnostic Criteria
  • Identify the differences between the various types and subtypes of Insomnia Disorder
  • Conduct a differential diagnostic for Insomnia Disorder, including the assessment of intrinsic and extrinsic sleep disorders masking as insomnia (e.g. Restless Legs Syndrome, Periodic Limb Movement Disorder, Narcolepsy)
  • Identify who is and who is not a suitable candidate for CBT-I
  • Conduct CBT-I under peer supervision, including note and case studies
  • Determine when brief therapies and adjunct therapies are indicated

Format & Location

Two day course

Day 1 – delivered online through our online learning hub

Day 2 – delivered live 9am – 5pm, at Holiday Inn, Warmsworth, Doncaster

A printed workbook is also provided.

Dates for 2024

October Course 2024

Day 1  to be completed no later than 9th October 2024

Day 2  10th October 2024


“The CBT-I course offered me a valuable opportunity to both consolidate my existing knowledge, and gain new skills to really support patients struggling with sleep difficulties. The ability to identify when, how  and actually more importantly, when not to use CBT-i , and to advise signposting to further assessment/clinical intervention has supported a significant number of shared decision making sessions with patients. The course is practical, grounded in “ shop floor” reality and delivered with humour and skill by an expert in his field.  So far one of my most useful CPD courses to date.”

Rachel Wallbank: Prif GPPI Clinigol / AHP Clinical Lead 

“Professor Ellis is a dynamic and enthusiastic speaker who has practical knowledge about delivering Sleep Medicine. The course prepared me for actually delivering CBTi to real patients. We also covered some of the common questions patients may ask and challenges they may face. This was really useful. I feel I have a significantly improved grasp of CBTi and how to implement it in my medical practice.” 

Jonathan Sunkersing, Director of The Insomnia Centre