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.
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
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