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Managing Sleep Disorders in Chronic Medical Conditions
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When: 09/20.2016
1 - 4 PM
Where: Ohio Provider Resource Association
1152 Goodale Blvd
Columbus, Ohio  43212
United States
Contact: Ohio Psychological Association

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3 CE - Psychologists 
3 CE - Counselors and Social Workers

Registration Opens at Noon - Workshop begins at 1 PM
Snacks and lunch included

Cost: $75 OPA Members; $90 Non-OPA Members; $50 Students


Registration is Now Closed.


This workshop presents the most recent advances in research and clinical practice for the integration of behavioral sleep medicine in the interdisciplinary treatment of chronic illness. This program will give an overview of normal sleep, impact of chronic illness on sleep and modification of CBT-I and sleep therapies for individual with chronic illness and insomnia. In addition, individuals with medical disorders often have complaints of fatigue and this program will address how to modify treatment for sleep issues and fatigue in this population. This workshop will review empirically based behavioral medicine and behavioral sleep medicine strategies for the management of these patients. An estimated 70 million Americans suffer from sleep/wake disorders including insomnia, circadian rhythm disorders, and obstructive sleep apnea. Behavioral sleep medicine is a quickly growing field of behavioral medicine that focuses on understanding the psychological and behavioral aspects of normal and disordered sleep as well as behavioral interventions to improve sleep. In this seminar, experts in the field of behavioral sleep medicine will provide a basic overview of some important areas of behavioral sleep medicine. Presenters will focus on theory driven interventions and clinically relevant research. It will also present research about the clinical management of insomnia in patients with comorbid medical disorders using slightly modified approaches from cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia. As a result of this seminar, participants will have an introduction to both the research and practice in the field of behavioral medicine and behavioral sleep medicine. Finally, practical aspects of integration of a behavioral medicine program into a multi-disciplinary clinic in a large academic medical setting will be discussed at length.

Learning Objectives – Participants will:

  • Be able to identify common psychological conditions in an chronic medical populations.
  • Be able to identify treatment options for psychological conditions in chronic medical conditions
  • Gain awareness of fatigue and its impact in chronic medical conditions
  • Appropriately utilize the tools and strategies that facilitate patient assessment in order to differential between cognitive problems, depression, and related psychosocial issues


About the Speaker:

Dr. Michelle Drerup is Director of Behavioral Sleep Medicine at the Cleveland Clinic Sleep Disorders Center. She completed her doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Indiana State University in 2005, her internship at Cincinnati VA, and a 2 year post-doctoral fellowship in clinical health psychology at the Cleveland Clinic. She has been staff at Cleveland Clinic for the past 9 years and her practice focuses on the treatment of insomnia, circadian rhythm disorders, and other sleep disorders, as well as other health conditions linked to disturbed sleep. Dr. Drerup is a licensed psychologist and is board certified in Behavioral Sleep Medicine. She is involved in teaching, research and clinical services at the Cleveland Clinic. She serves on the Practice Committee of the Society of Behavioral Sleep Medicine and as a Senior Rep for the Women’s Professional Staff Association at the Cleveland Clinic. One of her most recent ventures has been development of Go! to Sleep, a six-week web-based program to help people improve their sleep.

Dr. Amy Sullivan’s favorite quote has always been Henry David Thoreau’s, “Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have always imagined.” When she was young, her parents instilled the confidence and work ethic to achieve whatever she dreamed, with integrity and class. This inspiration helped her to earn a Division I Full Basketball Scholarship to St. Bonaventure University where she earned her BS in chemistry and psychology, and then her doctorate degree in clinical psychology from The Georgia School of Professional Psychology in Atlanta, with a focus on health and medical psychology. From there, she completed her internship at the University of Cincinnati and continued with fellowship training in pain medicine at The Cleveland Clinic. Dr. Sullivan is currently the Director of Behavioral Medicine, Training and Research for the Mellen Center for Multiple Sclerosis at The Cleveland Clinic, and consults with Retired NFL players through The Cleveland Clinic Concussion Program. She is an assistant professor of medicine and holds joint appointments in both the department of neurology and psychiatry and psychology. She is an invited member of a select group of wellness researchers through the National MS Society. In addition, she is a member of The Consortium of MS Centers and is involved with the special interest group for mental health providers. She and her research team are the 2015 recipient of the Robert J. Herndon award for most outstanding IJMSC article in a preceding year. Dr. Sullivan is the 2015 recipient of the Outstanding Early Career Psychologist award by the Cleveland Psychological Association. She was also named an Extraordinary Graduate of St. Bonaventure University and named a Women of Outstanding Leadership in Healthcare.

Three Key Literary References:

  • Clancy M, Drerup M, Sullivan AB. Outcomes of Cognitive Behavioral Treatment for Insomnia on Insomnia, Depression and Fatigue for Individuals with Multiple Sclerosis: A Case Series. International Journal of MS Care, 2015; 17(6): 261-267. http://ijmsc.org/doi/pdf/10.7224/1537-2073.2014-071
  • Drerup M. (2014). Insomnia, Cognitive Behavioral Treatment of. In: Aminoff M.J. and Daroff R.B. (eds.) Encyclopedia of the Neurological Sciences, 2nd edition, vol. 2, pp. 708-710. Oxford: Academic Press
  • Trauer JM, Qian MY, Doyle JS, Rajaratnam SM, Cunnington D. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Chronic Insomnia: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. Ann Intern Med. Aug 4 2015;163(3):191-204.

Questions? Contact OPA at 614.224.0034

The Ohio Psychological Association is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists: OPA maintains responsibility for the program and its content.
Disclaimers/Cancellation and Refund Policy: Attendees needing to cancel must do so in writing before 7 business days prior to the event and will be subject to a $30 service charge. ALL CANCELLATIONS WILL BE SUBJECTED TO THIS SERVICE CHARGE. No refunds will be given for cancellations received less than 8 days prior to the event. The planners and sponsors of this event are committed to providing accurate and up-to-date information. However, they are not responsible for changes, additions or deletions to the services, but will work toward accommodating the needs of the attendees.

Conflict of Interest Statement: As an APA-approved sponsor of continuing education, the Ohio Psychological Association (OPA) is committed to the identification and resolution of potential conflicts of interest in the planning, promotion, delivery, and evaluation of continuing education as is consistent with concepts outlined in the APA Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct. Information regarding financial support, in-kind support or possible conflicts of interest will be included in promotional materials and can be accessed by contacting the Ohio Psychological Association Central Office. 
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Continuing Education Credit Policies: Those individuals wanting CE credits must sign and complete the Workshop Evaluation Form and return the form to OPA at the end of each workshop as instructed. OPA guidelines state that a participant may arrive no more than 10 minutes late or leave more than 10 minutes early to receive credit for a program. No partial credit will be given. The workshop planners will make every effort to ensure that each workshop begins and ends promptly at its designated time.
Continuing Education Credits for Social Workers and Counselors:  The Ohio Psychological Association is approved by the State of Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage & Family Therapist Board to offer continuing education to counselors and social workers. The approval number is RCS070608.
Certificates of Attendance will be distributed at the end of the workshop to all pre-registered participants who meet the criteria specified above.