Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland Coláiste Ríoga na Máinleá in Éirinn

Psychological Approaches to Managing Insomnia

The Faculty of Nursing & Midwifery is delighted to announce a CPD programme for all healthcare professionals who have an interest in sleep and sleep disorders.

This two-day programme will introduce participants to how insomnia disorder is defined, assessed and managed. We will begin by introducing the concept of insomnia and critically discuss how it is diagnosed and assessed. Following this, the theoretical underpinnings of the development of insomnia will be critically analysed, which help us guide its management. Finally, non-pharmacological approaches to managing insomnia, specifically using Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I) will be explored. 

Two, one-hour, online group supervision sessions will be available to participants on completion of this two-day programme, to support their learning.

Programme duration 08:30 - 16:30 on each day
Entry requirements All healthcare professionals who have an interest in sleep and sleep disorders. 
Accreditation Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI) Continuing Education Units: (CEUs) Pending 
Assessment No
Next available programme 15th and 16th November 2018
Programme contact 

Ms Catherine Clune-Mulvaney, Operations and Education Manager, Faculty of Nursing & Midwifery, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland

Tel: +353 1 402 5172, 087 637 4002


Fee Two-day: €180

Programme aims

The aim of this course is to provide the relevant information from which the learner can identify, assess, and diagnose cases of insomnia, and with peer supervision, manage cases using the principles of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I).

Learning outcomes

At the end of this CPD programme, participants will be able to:

  1. 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.
  2. Critically discuss the differences between the various types and subtypes of Insomnia Disorder.
  3. Develop a critical understanding of how to 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)
  4. Develop a critical understanding of how to identify who is and who is not a suitable candidate for CBT-I
  5. Conduct CBT-I under peer supervision, including note and case studies

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