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Trauma-Related Insomnia: Effective Sleep Strategies for Military Personnel and Veterans

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Colleen Carney, PhD |  Meg Danforth, PhD, CBSM
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Nov 14, 2022
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Untreated sleep problems wreak havoc on your ability to effectively treat patients, particularly when it comes to trauma-related insomnia in the military service members and veterans. Though contributing factors aren’t well-understood, higher rates of sleep disorders in these populations means that you must be prepared. Learn how to go beyond sleep hygiene – and why you should – to provide your military and veteran clients with simple, evidence-based interventions to improve their sleep. 


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This online program is worth 1.0 hours CPD.



Colleen Carney, PhD's Profile

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Colleen E. Carney, PhD, is on faculty in the department of psychology at Toronto Metropolitan University, where they are the director of the sleep and depression laboratory. They are a leading expert in psychological treatments for insomnia, particularly in the context of co-occurring mental health issues. Their work has been featured in The New York Times and they have over 100 publications on insomnia.

Dr. Carney frequently trains students and mental health providers in CBT for Insomnia at invited workshops throughout North America and at international conferneces. Dr. Carney is a passionate advocate for improving the availability of treatment for those with insomnia and other health problems. For more information, please visit www.drcolleen

Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Dr. Colleen Carney has employment relationships with Toronto Metropolitan University and Duke University. They receive a grant from Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Team Research, and Sleep Research Consortium and received Faculty of Arts Travel Award. Dr. Carney receives royalties as a published author. They receive a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. Dr. Carney has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Dr. Colleen Carney is a member of the Canadian Association of Cognitive and Behavioural Therapies, the Canadian Psychological Association, the Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT), the Canadian Sleep and Circadian Network, the Canadian Sleep Society, the Sleep Research Society, and the Canadian Association for Cognitive Behaviour Therapy.

Meg Danforth, PhD, CBSM's Profile

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Duke University Medical Center

Meg Danforth, Ph.D., CBSM, is a licensed psychologist and certified behavioral sleep medicine specialist who provides advanced clinical care to patients with sleep disorders and comorbid medical and mental health issues. She is a clinician and educator at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, NC. As the Director of the Duke Behavioral Sleep Medicine Clinic, she has been helping people sleep better without medication for the past 15 years. She also provides clinical training and supervision to psychology graduate students, interns, and fellows. Dr. Danforth is committed to teaching clinicians from a variety of backgrounds to deliver CBT-I in the settings in which they practice. Her work has been featured in the Associated Press and CBS News.


Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Margaret Danforth has an employment relationship with Duke University Medical Center. She receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Margaret Danforth is a member of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies and the Society of Behavioral Sleep Medicine.


  1. Analyze the three causal factors of chronic insomnia.
  2. Assess the impact of fear of sleep has in traumatized clients.
  3. Utilize three CBT strategies to alleviate symptoms of insomnia. 


  • Sleep problems in military and veteran populations: possible causes and consequences 
  • Three causal factors of insomnia: low deep sleep drive, body clock input, conditioned arousal 
  • Impact of trauma and trauma symptoms on sleep in military and veteran populations 
  • Cognitive Behavioral Insomnia strategies: stimulus control, sleep scheduling, cognitive therapy 
  • Limitations of the research and potential risks 

Target Audience

  • Counselors 
  • Social Workers 
  • Psychologists 
  • Psychiatrists 
  • Marriage & Family Therapists 
  • Addiction Counselors 
  • Nurses 
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Other mental health professionals


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