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The global pandemic of COVID-19 has coincided with increasing reports of individuals suffering from a variety of sleep-related disturbances (e.g., insomnia, hypersomnia, night terrors). This potential escalation in the incidence of sleep-related disturbances emphasizes the need for greater awareness of this topic among professionals working within various helping professions (e.g., mental health professionals, drug and alcohol treatment counselors, telehealth providers, and other related fields). Specifically, professionals working within these settings should understand the complexities of sleep-related disturbances and their impact on a client’s emotional, behavioral, and physical health functioning. Grounded in the available research literature on sleep disturbances and global pandemics like COVID-19, this training (a) identifies possible causes and associated consequences of sleep disturbances, and (b) reviews screening and intervention options appropriate for clients directly and indirectly impacted by COVID-19. Case studies and professional observations will be highlighted throughout this training to enhance the learning outcomes of attendees.



This training will provide participants clinical knowledge and tools to:

a). Review existing empirically based literature examining the role COVID-19-related isolation, stress, anxiety, and worry play in the development of sleep disturbances and disorders. 

b). Develop a working understanding of sleep disturbances and disorders.

c). Explore the role of co-occurring conditions including trauma, substance use, and other psychiatric disorders among client populations impacted by sleep-related disturbances.

d). Describe appropriate screening and intervention options for clients impacted by sleep-related disturbances and disorders.


Target Audience:

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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