A course designed for occupational therapists, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia for Occupational Therapy, is now being offered online. Aaron Eakman, associate professor and Natalie Rolle, research associate in the Department of Occupational Therapy at Colorado State University have been offering the course on the CSU campus the past few summers; however, due to SARS-CoV-2, the course is now offered in an online format.
Eakman shared that cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia is the gold standard treatment for chronic insomnia and was used as the principal intervention for post 9/11 military veterans at CSU with chronic insomnia. “From our face-to face course we have created a self-paced online self-study course that will impart essential understandings of sleep health, insomnia, and cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia,” continued Eakman. “CBT-I for OT highlights the unique role of occupational therapy in promoting sleep preparation and sleep participation, offering evidence-based principles and techniques that can be adopted across practice settings.”
As active researchers, Eakman and Rolle have had several publications in journals on this topic, including publications in the American Journal of Occupational Therapy, the British Journal of Occupational Therapy, and SLEEP.
Two Participants in the CBT-I for OT online course have shared:
“I really enjoyed it, and I learned a lot from it! What a breadth of info covered, and it was helpful to get a mix of clinical experience and current evidence. You could tell that Aaron and Natalie knew a great deal and cared deeply about the course material and getting more OTs involved in sleep health with the right tools and foundational knowledge.” PO
“I consider this a great value for the time and price and have recommended it to my staff and other Army OTs. We are currently supporting the new Army program called Holistic Health and Fitness where OTs are responsible for mental readiness and sleep readiness of soldiers.” ES
For more information on this course and how to register, please visit the REST website.