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.
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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