Sleep Disturbances & Disorders: Implications for Mental Health Treatment

Sleep Disturbances & Disorders: Implications for Mental Health Treatment

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Achieving adequate sleep quality and duration are imperative to overall emotional, mental, and physical health functioning. When sleep is disrupted or disturbed, many consequences can result.


This online training is designed to increase understanding of the causes, consequences, and interventions for persons who are impacted by sleep-related disturbances.


Empirically-based research findings will be presented throughout this training but most importantly, you will be offered a number of solutions that, if implemented, may improve overall mental health despite of the obstacles that impact the quality of sleep.


The topics covered will include:

  • Trauma Exposure and Sleep Disturbances
  • Neurodevelopmental Disorders (NDD’s) and Sleep Disturbances
  • How Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Impacts Sleep Health
  • How Sleep Relates to Trauma and Promotes Resilience
  • How Sleep Problems Impact Executive Functioning
  • How Excessive Screen Time Impacts Sleep
  • How Disruptive Behaviour & Attention Disorders in Children Impact Sleep
  • COVID-19 and Sleep Disturbances – A Review for Mental Health Clinicians
  • Childhood Bullying and Its Impacts on Sleep Health
  • How Chronic Homelessness Impacts Sleep Function

This training will provide participants clinical knowledge and tools to:

1. Develop a working knowledge of the common causes and consequences associated with sleep disturbances.

2. Learn about intervention and treatment options.

3. Acquire a basic understanding of the existing empirical research related to the interventions that are effective in reducing sleep disturbances.


Target Audience:

Mental Health Clinicians, Social Workers, Psychologists, Marriage & Family Therapists, Counselors, School Personnel, Youth Development Workers, and Healthcare Workers.


Jerrod Brown, PhD, MA, MS, MS, MS


Dr Brown is an Assistant Professor for Concordia University, St. Paul, Minnesota and is the lead developer and program director for the Master of Arts degree in Human Services with an Emphasis in Forensic Behavioral Health. Jerrod has also been employed with Pathways Counseling Center in St. Paul, Minnesota (USA) for the past seventeen years. Pathways provides programs and services benefiting individuals impacted by mental illness and addictions.
Jerrod is the founder and CEO of the American Institute for the Advancement of Forensic Studies (AIAFS) and the Editor-in-Chief of Forensic Scholars Today (FST). Jerrod has completed four separate master’s degree programs and holds graduate certificates in Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Other Health Disabilities (OHD), and Traumatic-Brain Injuries (TBI). Jerrod is also certified as a Youth Firesetting Prevention/Intervention Specialist, an Anger Resolution Therapist (CART), Thinking for a Change (T4C) Facilitator, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) Trainer, an Autism Specialist, Digestive Health Specialist, Gut Health Specialist, Stress and Mindset Coach, Sleep Science Coach, Sex Crimes & Relational Paraphilic Attachments (RPA), Mental Health Integrative Medicine Provider (CMHIMP), and a Problem Gambling treatment provider in the state of Minnesota. In addition to the certifications mentioned above, Jerrod also holds a micro-credential as an Executive Functions Consultant (EFC) and has completed the Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST), Suicide Alertness for Everyone (safeTALK), and the Mental Health First Aid USA certification training courses. Jerrod has published numerous articles and book chapters, and recently co-edited the book Forensic Mental Health: A Source Guide for Professionals (Brown & Weinkauf, 2018) with Erv Weinkauf.  

This online workshop will give you instant access to 11 sessions of video content, accessible via streaming on our website, as well as downloads for supplemental materials. You can view the course content in your own time, there is no time limit on access.


The duration of this workshop is 16 learning hours.


Please click the green ‘Mark Complete’ button on each module as you progress. A certificate of completion will be generated upon finishing the course and completing a short assessment quiz. If the certificate is not showing, please confirm you have marked all sections as ‘Complete’. Please consult your professional organisation/association to confirm whether you are able to claim any CPD points/hours for this online workshop.