Healing Sleep and Dreams: An Integrative Approach to Insomnia

Presented by Rubin Naiman, PhD on 10-26-2012 at 9 a.m. Pacific

Mental health is not just a matter of waking life. Given the untenable demands for productivity in modern life, sleep and dreams have become increasingly devalued. As a result, sleep disorders are epidemic and have become one of the most widespread health concerns in the U.S. today. For example, more than sixty million American adults struggle with insomnia. Extensive research has confirmed critical links between sleep loss and a broad range of health concerns. Approximately 80% of psychiatric patients have sleep disturbances, and virtually all people with clinical depression have some form of sleep trouble. The unfortunate reality of this sleep problem is that many people might actually receive the most benefit from napping on their therapist’s couch.

Despite the fact that healthcare professionals frequently encounter sleep issues in their practices, most are ill-prepared to address them. Consequently, significant numbers of people with insomnia remain undiagnosed and untreated. Constraints upon modern medical practice make it difficult for physicians to offer anything beyond stopgap and potentially dangerous sleeping pills. Because sleep problems are largely rooted in psychological, social, and lifestyle factors, psychotherapists are ideally positioned to fill this critical treatment niche.

This Web Conference introduces a new, integrative, mind/body approach to the evaluation and treatment of insomnia in adults. Specific treatment strategies will focus on evidence-based alternatives to sleeping pills including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), the use of light and darkness as medicine, complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) substances such as melatonin and valerian, sleep environment management, dream promotion, and the key process of psychospiritual surrender to sleep.



This Web Conference is designed to help clinicians:

1) Describe basic approaches for screening and evaluating insomnia;

2) Identify the key features of the noise reduction model;

3) List three effective CAM interventions for insomnia;

4) Discuss the foundations of CBT-I techniques.

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How the Web Conference Works

In short, participants will be able to listen to the event by calling in to our teleconference center. Prior to the event, all participants will be sent an email with instructions on how to login to the teleconference center. This event will include lecture, interaction, and question and answer periods.

388CE hours and counting!

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Continuing Education (CE) Information

1.5 CE credits will be provided by GoodTherapy.org for attending this web conference in its entirety.

GoodTherapy.org is also an Approved Education Provider by NAADAC, The Association for Addiction Professionals (provider #135463). Of the eight counselor skill groups ascribed to by NAADAC, this course is classified within counseling services.

GoodTherapy.org is an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEPTM) and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements.

GoodTherapy.org, provider #1352, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org, through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. ASWB Approval Period: March 30, 2016 through March 30, 2019. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval. Social workers participating in this course will receive two clinical continuing education clock hours.

GoodTherapy.org is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. GoodTherapy.org maintains responsibility for this program and its content and is solely responsible for all aspects of the program.

GoodTherapy.org, SW CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0395.

Registration Information

This Web Conference is available for free to GoodTherapy.org members.

This event has already taken place. An audio recording for this event may be available in the Member's Area.

Meet the Presenter

Rubin Naiman, PhD

Rubin Naiman, PhD

Rubin Naiman, PhD, is a clinical psychologist specializing in sleep and dream disorders. He is the assistant professor of medicine at the University of Arizona. The University of Arizona is world-renowned for its Center for Integrative Medicine, which is directed by Dr. Andrew Weil. Dr. Naiman is the director and founder of Circadian Health Associates, which offers sleep related services, training for professionals, and international consultations.



Dr. Naiman has been leading the field in developing integrative medicine methodolgies for sleep and dreams and interlacing medical and neuroscientific perspectives with spiritual and psychological practices. He is the author of distinguished works such as Healing Night and the co-author of The Sleep Advisor and Healthy Sleep with Andrew Weil. His most recent publications include The Yoga of Sleep and ToSleep ToNight: First Aid for Insomnia. Dr. Naiman served as a dream specialist for the Miraval Resorts and the Canyon Ranch and Miraval Resorts for over ten years. He currently has a practice in Tucson, AZ working with a diverse population of clients including homemakers, entertainers, class athletes, statesman, and CEOs.

For more information about Dr. Naimain and his work, please visit his website.

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    GoodTherapy.org has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6380. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. GoodTherapy.org is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.
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    This course has been approved by GoodTherapy.org, as a NAADAC Approved Education Provider, for educational credits. NAADAC Provider #135463. GoodTherapy.org is responsible for all aspects of their programming.
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    GoodTherapy.org, provider #1352, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) Program. GoodTherapy.org maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 03/30/2016 – 03/30/2019. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits. Social workers participating in this course will receive 2 clinical continuing education clock hours.
  • GoodTherapy.org, SW CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0395.