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Sleep: The Dilemma

Sleep:  The Dilemma

Sleep: The Dilemma

This course includes
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Lifetime access after purchase
Certificate of completion


Did you know that there is a positive correlation between disturbed sleep, depression, anxiety, catastrophization, and fear-avoidance behaviors? Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBTI) is the intervention of choice for improving insomnia and decreasing pain. Are you currently implementing this in your practice with patients who have persistent pain?

In this course, you will learn more about the science behind the sleep cycle, the consequences of sleep deprivation, and how to assess and treat sleep problems in patients. The goal is for it to be clinically relevant, immediately applicable, and improve clinical competencies when treating patients with pain and sleep disturbances.

We will study the changes in sleep architecture and review the recommended assessment including CBTI and management strategies to promote sleep drive and healthy sleep exercises for our patients. We will dive into a case study that will be used and applied throughout the course.

It is important to note that helping people change their sleep cannot only change their pain but also address many of the psychosocial factors in persistent pain.



This online course is valuable for any healthcare provider who works with patients with sleep problems.  


What’s Included In This Course?

  • A workbook, which you can download and follow along throughout the course.
  • Over 1 hour of PowerPoint lecture and videos led by Debbie Patterson. Broken down into bite-sized chunks, so that you can easily watch a video on your break, over lunch, or for a few minutes at night.
  • Lifetime access. You can return to this course at any time. If any material is updated or added, you will have access to the new content.
  • Certification of completion. Once you've completed the course, you will receive a certificate for your professional portfolio.
  • Quizzes throughout to help you integrate the knowledge.


The instructors
Debbie Patterson
Registered Physiotherapist

Debbie Patterson is an orthopaedic physiotherapist with a special interest in the treatment of persistent pain. Early in her career she recognized that the medical model of physiotherapy treatment often failed people with persistent pain. This led her on a career path of learning about the current science of pain, and searching for clinical relevance in the treatment of pain.

Debbie Patterson is a registered physiotherapist in the provinces of Ontario and Alberta. She is a founding member of the Pain Science Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association.

Debbie has a clinical practice treating people whose lives are affected by persistent and complex pain conditions. She has worked within the Biopsychosocial model of pain for over 35 years. She sees herself as a physiotherapy coach to help patients relieve suffering, pain and distress and improve their quality of life.

Debbie has used Telerehab to assess and treat patients for over 10 years. She is a trained and certified Progressive Goal Attainment Programme (PGAP) clinician and is trained in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Motivational Interviewing. Debbie has a passion for teaching patients and health care providers about the science of pain in the Biopsychosocial model. She has taught courses in pain science and appropriate assessment and treatment approaches. Now she provides live and recorded webinars. She also mentors other physiotherapists in developing their knowledge and skills to better meet the needs of their patients with persistent pain.

Course Material included in this course
  • Background
  • Science
  • Problems
  • Feedback
  • Understanding the Patient
  • Case Study
  • Assessment
  • Feedback
  • Treatment
  • Education and Stimulus Control
  • Sleep Efficiency Training
  • Feedback
  • Conclusion
  • Post-Course Quiz
  • Conclusion
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