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Understanding and Diagnosing Common Sleep Disorders

On-Demand Pre-Recorded Training

Do you have clients who complain of sleep difficulties, but you feel unsure of a diagnosis and next steps? Sleep problems can both be worsened by mental health disorders and can worsen symptoms of those already diagnosed with a mental health disorder. This bidirectional relationship makes it imperative for mental health professionals to have a strong understanding of sleep disorders and treatment options.

This On-Demand training provides clinicians with an overview of common sleep disorders and dives into the diagnosis and recommended treatment options for these sleep disorders. Common disorders including sleep apnea, restless leg syndrome (RLS), periodic limb movement disorder (PLMD), narcolepsy, parasomnias, circadian rhythm disorders, and insomnia are covered in-depth. Finally, participants have an opportunity to put their knowledge to use with an examination of two case studies. One year access to training videos and materials is provided, so you can revisit the information presented to further solidify and enhance your learning experience.

About the Course

On-Demand Pre-Recorded Training

Recorded Feb 2022



NBCC Credit Hours


MD Social Work


Category II

DC  Social Work




1 Year Online Course Access
Downloadable Course Workbook
Continuing Education Credit Hours

Target Audience

Mental health professionals including social workers, licensed professional counselors, marriage and family therapists, psychologists, licensed addictions counselors

Course Level


On-Demand Courses

  • Enroll in the course - click the "Buy Course Now" button above to purchase the course

  • Create an account when you purchase the course and remember your username and password.

  • Go to your course dashboard (Login Here) and open the course to start watching the videos and begin learning.

  • Your course is available to you 24/7.

  • An instructional video is provided at the start of each training.

  • Pause and save your progress as you go and come back later, if needed.

  • Complete the course videos, quizzes, and course evaluation and then get your certificate immediately!

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Course Instructor

Virginia Runko, PhD, CBSM, DBSM

Virginia Runko, PhD, CBSM, DBSM is a licensed psychologist certified behavioral sleep medicine specialist (BSM) and diplomate.  Within BSM, her specialty is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I).  She completed her BSM fellowship at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.  She has worked on interdisciplinary sleep medicine teams at the Johns Hopkins Center for Sleep at Howard County General Hospital, the Pulmonary and Critical Care Associates of Baltimore, and the Miami VA.  During her BSM fellowship at Johns Hopkins, she also practiced BSM at an outpatient mental health clinic and was the lead therapist for an NIH-funded clinical trial of CBT-I.  She worked at the Ross Center then in 2019 started her own practice, DC Psychology and Sleep Services, where she treats sleep disorders.  She also provides supportive psychotherapy and conducts CBT for anxiety, depression, relationship and interpersonal difficulty, and adjustment issues in adults, including college students.  In addition to her clinical work, Dr. Runko also provides consultation for clinicians working towards their certification in BSM.

Course Objectives

After attending this training, participants will be able to...

  • Recognize common sleep disorders including sleep apnea, RLS, PLMD, narcolepsy, parasomnias, circadian rhythm disorder, and insomnia

  • Recall assessment and diagnostic criteria for common sleep disorders

  • Summarize general sleep guidelines such as recommended sleep amounts and typical circadian rhythms

  • Identify recommended treatment options for common sleep disorders

  • Explain the 3P etiological model of insomnia, helping both clinicians and clients understand the different types of factors underlying insomnia

  • Restate the evidence-base for CBT-I as a front-line treatment for insomnia

Course Agenda

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