Department of Psychiatry
Penn Behavioral Health

2015 Advanced CBT-I Seminar: April 16-18, 2015, Philadelphia, PA

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Upcoming Seminar: Advanced Practice of CBT-I


Thursday, Friday, and Saturday: April 16-18, 2015.


The University of Pennsylvania, Perelman Quadrangle, Houston Hall: Hall of Flags.

This year's conference will be held on the University of Pennsylvania campus for the first time. We hope that conference guests enjoy the vibrant springtime campus life.

Because we are not affiliated with a hotel or external hosting agency, attendees are responsible for securing their own accommodations. Please note that there are a limited number of hotels in West Philadelphia, so please make reservations early.

The following Hotels and Bed & Breakfasts (click for links) are located near the Conference Hall:

The Sheraton Philadelphia, University City Hotel

The Inn at Penn, A Hilton Hotel

Homewood Suites by Hilton

Cornerstone Bed and Breakfast

Spruce Hill Manor, Bed and Breakfast

Houston Hall is located above one of the University's premier dining halls. Visit their website to learn more:



A continental breakfast will be provided free of charge each morning outside of the lecture hall. Lunch and dinner will be on-your-own.

Program Overview

The purpose of this educational activity is to provide advanced training to clinical psychologists, social workers, PhD/NP level nurses and physicians in the practice of CBT-I. This 3 day seminar is only those that have basic training thru Penn or the VA CBT-I Program (or have permission to attend the course). The workshop is split 2:1 in favor of active learning exercises to lectures. The learning exercises (Day 2 & 3) include e.g., case presentations and role plays. The lectures (Day 1 only) cover several advanced topics including Advanced Models of Insomnia, Actigraphy, Interpreting PSG reports, alternative treatment strategies (e.g., sleep compression, bright light treatment, etc.), med titration, etc. For a prospective itinerary, please click here.

The program should position clinicians to more effectively deal with complex issues and cases. This training, along with other CE workshops, supervised practice, a past case load of 10 or more cases, and a reasonable program of self-study (readings and videos) should adequately prepare individuals for the certification exams (e.g ABPP Specialty in "Sleep Psychology.")

Case Submissions

We would like to ask for attendees to consider submitting a case study report for this course. Why should you do such a crazy thing? Well, if you elect to submit a case (and do so on or before the deadline) we will rebate you $50 following your attendance at the Advanced Course. But wait, there's more! If you elect not only to submit, but also to present the case (and field questions and comments at the course) and submit a Power Point presentation outlining the case on or before the deadline, we will rebate you an additional $50 (total $100) following your attendance at the Advanced Course. Please know that these presentations are meant to be instructive for you and the other attendees. There will be no harsh judgements, tomatoes thrown, etc. These presentations form the core of what the Advanced Course is about and we greatly appreciate the effort expended by attendees who join us as presenters. Finally, as a testament to the value of this component of the course, the majority of last year's attendees agreed that the case presentations were the highlight of the Advanced Course. So please don't be bashful. This is not required, but we'd like to have up to 10 attendees submit cases.

The case submission should be:

1) Tendered through the Case Studies Archive Worksheet (8 weeks prior to the course: (see, and 

2) Formatted based on a Power Point template we will provide upon submission/request (email This is due 4 weeks before the course.

It's that simple! If more than 10 cases are submitted, presentations will be selected based upon the date of submission and how the case fits into the teaching mission. So sign up now!


Target Audience

Those with prior training and experience with CBT-I.

Eligible individuals must have taken either the VA or Penn CBT-I workshops and have treated 5 to 10 patients. Others may be eligible but this requires a clear demonstration of formal training (e.g., a rotation during internship that focused on the assessment and treatment of insomnia) and once again the treatment of 5 to 10 patients with CBT-I. Those who wish to establish eligibility should write Dr. Michael Perlis at:

Educational Objectives

Upon completion of this course, participants should be able to:

  1. Describe the relative merits of conducting CBT-I in person, by phone, by Skype and other tele-heath technologies
  2. Describe the advanced models of Insomnia (e.g., The Lundh Model, the Neurocognitive Model, the Harvey Model / Psychobiological Inhibition Model,  etc.)
  3. Describe what actigraphy is; discuss the relative merits of the various equipment alternatives; conduct actigraphy as part of practice; obtain and interpret actigraphic data
  4. Interpret PSG reports and utilize them to good effect as part of regular practice
  5. Review history and physical and clinical chemistries documents and utilize them to assist in the determination of whether CBT-I is indicated  
  6. Present a case from one’s practice and to discuss in detail the case conceptualization, the outcomes, and the strengths and weaknesses of the treatment delivery
  7. Discuss a wide array of common patient resistances and strategies for addressing these issues
  8. Prepare oneself for eligibility for the AASM (ABSM)’s BSM exam


Michael Perlis, PhD
Associate Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry, University of Pennsylvania; Director, Penn Behavioral Sleep Medicine Program, University of Pennsylvania; Adjunct Faculty, School of Nursing, University of Pennsylvania

Donn Posner, PhD
Adjunct Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, Brown University; Adjunct Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Stanford University

Jason Ellis, PhD
Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Northumbria University                               Director, Northumbria Centre for Sleep Research



For registration and conference information, please contact:

Patti Johnson, Course Director
PESI, Inc.
3839 White Ave., Eau Claire, WI 54703
(715) 855-8134 or 800-647-8079 (ext. 8134)


For questions about hotels, UPenn, and general inquiries, contact:

Genevieve Nesom
Clinical Research Coordinator, PI: Dr. Perlis
Behavioral Sleep Medicine Program
University of Pennsylvania, Department of Psychiatry
Phone: (215) 746-4378
Fax: (215) 573-0759



To register, please contact Patti Johnson, Course Director (contact information  listed above).

Please register early so that we can plan for amenities in our new venue accordingly.

Registration Fees

Early Bird Registration (on or before March 16th):  $549.00

Regular Registration (after March 16th): $599.00

*$100 refund available


**Please note that the course is a not-for-profit venture. For information about course costs, see attached PDF. Explanation of Costs

*Attendees who wish to submit and present a case study will receive a $100 refund. If you are interested, please note this in your registration. Case studies must be submitted at least one month in advance to receive the refund. Please see "Case Submissions" (above) for more details.

2015 Seminar Agenda

Download the 2015 agenda:

Click to download PDF

Sponsored by:

Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Hosted by:
The Behavioral Sleep Medicine Program
Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Presented by:
Center for Sleep and Respiratory Neurobiology
Division of Sleep Medicine
Department of Medicine
Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Department of Psychiatry
Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Biobehavioral and Health Sciences Division
University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing

PESI Continuing Education Seminars

Accreditation and Designation of Credit

Continuing Education Information: This activity qualifies for continuing education for the following professionals in every state: Psychologists, Counselors, Social Workers, Case Managers, Addiction Counselors, Marriage & Family Therapists, Nurses, and other Mental Health Professionals. For states that differ from national board approval see details below. For states not listed or do not accept national approvals please contact CMI or your licensing board.

CE Information is based on 100% attendance at all three days of the live event and does not include bonus sessions.

PSYCHOLOGISTS: CMI Education Institute, Inc. is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. CMI maintains responsibility for this program and its content. CMI is offering this activity for 24.5 hours of continuing education credit. Full attendance is required; no partial credits will be offered for partial attendance

NURSES/NURSE PRACTITIONERS/CLINICAL NURSE SPECIALISTS: This activity meets the criteria for a formally approved American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Activity CMI Education Institute, Inc, is an approved provider by the American Psychological Association, which is recognized by the ANCC for behavioral health related activities. Full attendance is required; no partial credit will be awarded for partial attendance.

SOCIAL WORKERS: CMI Education Institute, Provider #1062, is approved as a provider for continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards, 400 South Ridge Parkway, Suite B, Culpeper, VA 22701. ASWB Approval Period: January 27, 2011-January 27, 2014. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval. Social workers will receive 24.75 continuing education clock hours in participating in this intermediate course. A certificate of attendance will be awarded at the end of the program to social workers who complete the program evaluation.

COUNSELORS: CMI Education Institute, Inc, is an approved provider of the National Board of Certified Counselors, NBCC Provider #: 5637. We adhere to NBCC Continuing Education Guidelines. This course qualifies for 24.75 contact hours

ADDICTION COUNSELORS: CMI Education Institute is an approved provider of continuing education by the National Association of Alcoholism & Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC), provider #: 00131. Full attendance is required; no partial credit will be awarded for partial attendance. This course qualifies for 29.5 contact hours.

MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPISTS: This activity consists of 1485 minutes of continuing education instruction. Credit requirements and approvals vary per state board regulations. You should save this course outline, the certificate of completion you receive from the activity and contact your state board or organization to determine specific filing requirements.

This activity qualifies for 24.5 contact hours. No partial credit will be awarded for partial attendance.

Only credits listed are approved. For any other credit inquiries (i.e. state specific or others not listed), please contact or 800-844-8260 BEFORE the event. Additional credit inquiries submitted after the date of the event will not be honored, per board regulations. For all other inquiries, please contact