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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. A group with particularly higher rates of sleep disturbances include persons experiencing homelessness. This training is designed to increase understanding of the causes, consequences, and interventions for persons experiencing homelessness who are impacted by sleep-related disturbances. Other relevant topics of interest covered include potential shelter accommodations, barriers to obtaining housing, resilience, children who are homeless, trauma exposure, traumatic-brain injury, executive function, adaptive functioning, adverse childhood experiences, substance use disorders, and mental illness. Empirically-based research findings will be presented throughout this training.



This training will provide participants clinical knowledge and tools to:

a). Define homelessness.

b). Develop a working knowledge of the common causes and consequences associated with sleep disturbances among persons experiencing homelessness.

c). Discuss screening options to improve the identification of sleep disturbances among clients who are experiencing homelessness.

d). Learn about intervention and treatment options.

e). Acquire a basic understanding of the existing empirical research related to persons who are homeless 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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