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Bullying is a multifaceted, complex experience that increases the risk of a wide range of adverse consequences, including sleep-related disturbances. Developed to increase awareness of the dangers of bullying, this training examines different types of bullying behaviors (e.g., verbal, physical, social, and cyber) along with their implications on sleep health. A section of this training will examine the neurobiopsychosocial factors associated with bullying and their impact on overall sleep quality. Other topics discussed in this training include internalization and externalizing behavioral problems, attachment disruptions, rejection, self-esteem issues, emotional dysregulation, and psychiatric comorbidity. Implications for screening and intervention will be explored. Empirically-based research findings will be presented throughout this training.



This training will provide participants clinical knowledge and tools to:

a). Define bullying and distinguish its various subtypes.   

b). Develop a working knowledge of the common causes and consequences associated with sleep disturbances among persons with a history of being bullied.

c). Discuss screening options to improve the identification of sleep disturbances among clients with a history of being bullied. 

d). Learn about intervention and treatment options. 

e). Acquire an understanding of the existing empirical research on bullying and sleep disturbances.


Target Audience:

Mental health counselors, psychologists, social workers, drug and alcohol counselors, marriage and family therapists, telehealth treatment professionals, and other clinical mental health professionals.


Instructional Level: Intermediate

Instructor(s): Jerrod Brown, PhD, MA, MS, MS, MS

Material Author(s): Jerrod Brown, PhD, MA, MS, MS, MS

Jerrod Brown, PhD, MA, MS, MS, MS 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 for the past seventeen years. Pathways provides programs and services benefiting individuals impacted by mental illness and addictions. Jerrod is also 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. Email:

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