Dr. Davidson provides workshops for health professionals who want
to learn more about treating insomnia.

Current Workshop Series

Insomnia Interventions: First-Line Treatment for Insomnia in Primary Care

On-Demand Course | Registration

An interprofessional team of healthcare providers, educators, and sleep researchers has developed this on-demand professional development course on Insomnia Interventions. You will learn effective sleep therapy techniques that reverse chronic insomnia and lead to sustained improvements in sleep quality without sleep medications. The team has extensive experience with Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I) and the deprescribing of sedative-hypnotics. Because of the success of these methods and the satisfaction of patients, the team is passionate about sharing these effective strategies. Using an engaging, interactive format, the program highlights practical approaches and resources for how to implement CBT-I and deprescribing of sleep medications into your clinical practice.

Topics include:

  • Setting the Stage: Insomnia Assessment & Treatment Overview
  • CBT-I: Sleep Scheduling
  • CBT-I: Calming the Racing Mind
  • Sleeping Pills and How to Safely and Effectively Stop their Chronic Use
  • Case-Based Approach to Developing Abilities for Stopping Long-Term Use of
  • Sedative-Hypnotics
  • Brief Appointments to Support CBT-I and Deprescribing of Sedative
  • Hypnotics
  • Running a CBT-I-Group Program
  • Applying the Strategies to your Setting

Program Date: Not applicable – available online and on-demand. Registrants will have access to the program immediately and can complete the 8 modules, in a sequential order, on their own time. Learners will have access to the On-Demand Modules until April 24, 2024

Cost: $250 Discounts are available for groups of 5 or more. Contact Jenny DeBruyn at  to setup a group discount code

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Learning Hours: This 3 credit-per-hour Self-Learning program has been certified by the College of Family Physicians of Canada and is provided through Queen’s University for up to 30 Self-Learning Mainpro+ credits.

This event is an Accredited Self-Assessment Program (Section 3) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification program of The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and is approved by the Office of Continuing Professional Development, Queen’s University. You may claim a maximum of 10 hours.

Who is this course for? Anyone who is interested in helping their patients or clients reverse their chronic insomnia and experience long-term benefits of sound sleep. Past learners have included family physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, pharmacists, psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, occupational therapists, residents, and clinical psychology students.

Previous Workshops

Workshop for Psychologists on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I) – Canadian Sleep Society Virtual Conference.
October 28, 2021, 9:00 AM – 12:30 PM.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I) for Counselling Services, Queen’s Student Wellness
For the staff of Queen’s Counselling Services. One-day workshop. Kingston, Ontario, February 20, 2018.

Interventions for Insomnia: What really works
For family physicians and other health professionals. One-day workshop for the Continuing Professional Development program at Queen’s University. Kingston, Ontario, December 1, 2017.

Assessment and Treatment of Insomnia for Psychologists
One-day workshop at Conference of the Canadian Sleep Society. Calgary, Alberta, April 28, 2017

Recent Invited Talks

Taking Care of your Sleep
Presentation and question-answer session by videoconference for the public. The Psychology Clinic at Queen’s. March 3, 2021.

Sleep in 2020
Presentation and question-answer session by videoconference for medical, interdisciplinary, administrative and support staff of Maple Family Health Team, Kingston, ON, December 17, 2020.

Sleep and Insomnia
Presentation by video conference for staff at Queen’s University, organized by Queen’s Human Resources. April 29, 2020.

Taming the Restless Pillow: Treating Insomnia in Primary Care
Grand Rounds, Department of Family Medicine, Queen’s University. Kingston, ON, December 11, 2018.

With Dr. David Gardner: Sleep Medicine Update: What’s New in the World of Sleep Medicine
Video interview. 92nd Dalhousie Fall (Medical) Refresher Course. Halifax, NS, November 6, 2018.

Sleep! Healthy Sleep and Sleep Problems
Canadian Life and Health Insurance Association staff. Invited Speaker. Toronto, ON, November 13, 2018.

I Couldn’t Get Comfortable: Arthritis and Insomnia
Arthritis Society (Northern and Eastern Ontario) meeting. Invited Speaker. Kingston, ON, October 11, 2018.

Treating Chronic Insomnia: Psychology Leads the Way
Ontario Psychological Association’s 70th Annual Conference.
Invited Speaker. Toronto, ON, November 3, 2017.