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Help Teens & Young Adults Sleep Well: Practical, Evidence-Based Strategies

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Join us for this exciting one-day workshop, presented by the Structured Therapy Training and Research Center (STAR Center)

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Help Teens and Young Adults Sleep Well: Practical, Evidence-Based Strategies

PRESENTER: Dr. Colleen Carney, Associate Professor of Psychology and Director of the Sleep & Depression Laboratory at Ryerson University.

This workshop will use didactics, experiential exercises, & breakout room role-plays to teach the evidence-based Transdiagnostic Sleep and Circadian Rhythm (TranS-C) Intervention which addresses arousal, insomnia, hypersomnia and delayed phase problems.


Dr. Colleen Carney is a leading expert on Cognitive Behavioural insomnia treatment for those with comorbid illnesses. With over 20 years of experience in behavioural sleep medicine, Dr. Carney is a dynamic, experienced speaker who has trained students and professionals from various disciplines in CBT for insomnia.

Dr. Carney is an Associate Professor in the Psychology Department at Ryerson University and the Director of the Sleep and Depression Laboratory.  She is one of the leading experts in the treatment of insomnia, particularly in the context of co-occurring illness.  Her research has been funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, the National Institute of Nursing Research, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, the Ministry of Research and Innovation and the Canadian Institute of Health Research. She is a Fellow of the Canadian Association of Cognitive and Behavioural Therapies, the Canadian Psychological Association and the Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT). In the past year, Dr. Carney was the featured guest on the program, Fast Health “How to Sleep Better”, as well as Netflix’s A User’s Guide to Cheating Death (Episode 1, Season 2). She has over 100 publications on the topic of insomnia, including two ABCT Self-Help Books of Merit. She is a recognized trainer of professionals internationally and a passionate advocate for improving access to effective treatment.

What attendees can expect to learn:

  • What causes sleep problems and how to identify targets in young adults
  • How to use motivational interviewing techniques to help set beneficial goals
  • How to collaborate with teens on stabilizing their schedule
  • Tips to address sleep-related worry
  • How to manage difficulty waking up, fatigue and sleepiness
  • Why the bed must be associated with sleep (and strengthen the association)
  • Why too much time in bed can be as damaging as too little
  • How to use free sleep app to capitalize on teens' natural inclination towards self-management
  • How to talk to parents about supporting change

Date & Times

January 22, 2021, from 9:00 AM-4:30 PM

Course rates:

Early Bird Registration Fee: $240 + HST

Full Registration Fee: $299 + HST

Student Registration Fee: $220 + HST


Course attendees will receive a certificate of attendance from the Department of Psychiatry, University of Ottawa.


Registrant Cancellation Refund Policy:

  • A full refund minus a 50$ administration fee will be issued for all cancellations requested at least 2 weeks prior to the course
  • A 50% refund will be issued for all cancellations that are within 2 weeks of the course
  • All tickets are transferable; to transfer your ticket to another person please contact us at:

Unified CBT Cancellation:

Unified CBT reserves the right to cancel this workshop at its discretion. In the unlikely event, a workshop must be cancelled or rescheduled, workshop fees will be refunded at 100%. Unified CBT including its coordinators, agents and/or trainers, hold no financial responsibility for any related additional costs including travel or accommodation costs incurred by the registrant. Thank you for your understanding.

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