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Sleeping Soundly and Sedative Free: The Clinical Mental Health Counselor’s Role in Treating Insomnia

  • 25 Jan 2019
  • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  • Online (Gotowebinar)


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Description: According to the DSM-5, 1 out of every 3 Americans report symptoms of insomnia, and 40-50% of individuals with insomnia have a co- occurring mental disorder. The American College of Physicians recommends Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I) over pharmacological treatment because it is safer with a "better overall value," yet the single most common treatment for insomnia in the U.S. is prescription medication that is likely to create tolerance, withdrawal, and a number of aversive side effects. Something is terribly wrong with the status quo treatment for sleep disorders in this country, which often slaps a Band-Aid on a symptom while neglecting the core causes of sleep problems. Fortunately, with an increased emphasis on integrative care, opportunities for sleep disorders to be treated holistically through a biopsychosocial model are increasingly within our grasp. This presentation provides counselors with an overview of the DSM-5 sleep disorders with an emphasis on Insomnia Disorder, a summary of the research on psychosocial interventions vs. medication, and an overview of the CBT-I protocol. Finally, counselors who attend will be provided with a tool they can use for treatment planning with clients who suffer from sleep disorders.

CE Broker Tracking #: 20-690478

This event is sponsored by FMHCA, an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider. FMHCA NBCC Provider# 2058. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified.  NBFE is solely responsible for all aspects of the program. This course is approved by the Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling, LMHC, LMFT, LCSW – FMHCA CE Broker #: 50-748; CE Broker Course Tracking # 20-690478. Exp. 3/31/19


Learning Objectives:

1.       List some of the problems associated with a "medication-only" approach to sleep-wake disorders

2.       Describe DSM-5 sleep-wake disorders and their diagnostic criteria

3.       Summarize psychosocial interventions for sleep-wake disorders

4.       Explore the Sleep Improvement Treatment Planner as a cognitive behavioral therapy tool for treating Insomnia Disorder.

About the Presenter: Aaron Norton, LMHC, LMFT, MCAP, CCMHC, CRC, CFMHE             

Aaron Norton is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with certifications in addictions, alcohol and drug counseling, rehabilitation counseling, clinical mental health counseling, forensic mental health evaluation, and forensic behavioral analysis. He serves as Executive Director of the National Board of Forensic Evaluators and is an adjunct instructor at the University of South Florida's College of Behavioral and Community Sciences and a doctoral candidate in the Counselor Education and Supervision program at USF. He serves as Southern Regional Director for the American Mental Health Counselors Association and President-Elect and Chair of Education, Training Standards, and Continuing Education for the Florida Mental Health Counselors Association. He also works in a private practice specializing in both therapy and forensic and clinical evaluation, as well as providing clinical supervision to mental health counselor and marriage and family therapist interns as a Qualified Supervisor. He has more than 15 years of experience in the counseling profession. He was awarded Mental Health Counselor of the Year by the American Mental Health Counselors Association and Counselor Educator of the Year by the Florida Mental Health Counselors Association in 2016 and has been published in Addiction Professional, American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, Journal of Gay and Lesbian Social Services, Journal of Individual Psychology, and The Advocate Magazine.

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