Workshop Program 2018

The AACBT National Conference Committee are pleased to announce the following concurrent workshops will be taking place 9.00am – 5.00pm, Saturday 27 October.

Ticket cost: AACBT Student Member $110, AACBT Member $295, Non-member $455.


Allison Harvey

Professor Allison Harvey

University of California

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for Transdiagnostic Sleep Problems in Clinical Practice: Basics & Beyond

Sleep and circadian problems are among the most prevalent problems. They undermine our emotional functioning, our health, our cognition and they contribute to behavioural problems such as risk taking and substance use. Much research on sleep and circadian problems has been disorder-focused—treating a specific sleep problem (e.g., insomnia) in a specific diagnostic group (e.g., depression). However, real life sleep and circadian problems are not so neatly categorized. Insomnia often overlaps with hypersomnia, delayed sleep phase and irregular sleep-wake schedules. This core observation was one of the factors that motivated us to develop the Transdiagnostic Sleep and Circadian Intervention (TranS-C). The goal of TranS-C is to provide a treatment approach for a variety of sleep problems comorbid with a variety of psychological and physical disorders, and that can be used confidently by a variety of mental health professionals.

TranS-C draws from and combines CBT-I (e.g., Morin et al., 2006) with elements from three existing evidence-based treatments: Interpersonal and Social Rhythm Therapy (Frank et al., 2005), chronotherapy (Wirz-Justice et al. 2009) and Motivational Enhancement (Miller & Rollnick, 2012).

TranS-C is a modular approach to reversing and maintaining psychosocial, behavioural and cognitive processes via 4 cross-cutting modules, 4 core modules and 7 optional modules. The four Cross Cutting Modules are: case formulation; education; behaviour change and motivation; goal setting. The four Core Modules are: establishing regular sleep-wake times including learning a wind-down and wake-up routine; improving daytime functioning; correcting unhelpful sleep-related beliefs; and maintenance of behaviour change. The Optional Modules are: improving sleep efficiency; reducing time in bed; dealing with delayed or advanced phase; reducing sleep-related worry/vigilance; promoting compliance with CPAP/exposure therapy for claustrophobic reactions to CPAP; negotiating sleep in a complicated environment and reducing nightmares.


  1. Participants will be able to describe key aspects of the biology, psychology and social context of the sleeper.
  2. Participants will be able to describe how to assess sleep in their patients.
  3. Participants will be able to describe how to complete a case conceptualization for a patient suffering from a sleep problem
  4. Participants will be able to describe the cross-cutting and core modules of TranS-C
  5. Participants will be able to think through how to adapt CBT-I for teens and comorbid cases, particularly patients with a mood disorder

Stefan Hofmann

Professor Stefan Hofmann

Boston University

Process-Based CBT

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) has been an enormous empirical and practical success over its more than 50+ year history. The situation surrounding evidence-based care has dramatically changed, however, and it is important for CBT to change as well.

For decades, evidence-based therapy has been defined in terms of scientifically validated protocols focused on syndromes. That era is now passing away.

This workshop will feature didactic presentations, demonstration of practical strategies and exercises how to utilize the core competencies of CBT in a pragmatic way that honors the behavioral, cognitive, and acceptance and mindfulness wings of the tradition in a new form of process-based CBT. Additional goals include gaining an up-to-date understanding of the transdiagnostic core processes; using a functional diagnostic system that has treatment utility; and establishing more progressive models and theories in clinical practice.

Image Credits: University of California; Boston University