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Excessive screen time exposure can contribute to disrupted sleep patterns by increasing physiological arousal and interference with melatonin secretion. This training is designed for professionals interested in learning how excessive screen time exposure effects overall sleep quality and its associated short and long-term consequences.  A section of this training will examine the impact COVID-19 and excessive home confinement has had on screen time exposure habits and sleep disturbances. Other topics discussed in this training include internalization and externalizing behavioral problems, executive dysfunction, self-regulation issues, psychiatric comorbidity, and poor health outcomes. 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 screen time and its various types. 

b). Develop a working knowledge of the consequences associated with excessive screen time exposure and disrupted sleep patterns. 

c). Examine how COVID-19-related excessive home confinement has contributed to excessive screen time exposure and sleep disturbances. 

d). Learn about screening and intervention options. 

e). Acquire an understanding of the existing empirical research associated with excessive screen time use 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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