COVID 19 and Sleep Disturbances: A Review for Mental Health Professionals
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.
Participants will gain an increased knowledge pertaining to the impact sleep disturbances have on clients receiving mental health and chemical health treatment services. This includes discussions pertaining to the impact these issues have on children, parents, and the entire family system. Implication for screening and intervention will also be discussed.
Jerrod Brown, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor, Program Director, and lead developer for the Master of Arts degree in Human Services with an emphasis in Forensic Behavioral Health for Concordia University, St. Paul, Minnesota. Jerrod has also been employed with Pathways Counseling Center in St. Paul, Minnesota for the past seventeen years. Pathways provides programs and services benefitting individuals impacted by mental illness and addictions. Through his work at Pathways, Jerrod has extensive experience working with clients diagnosed with neurodevelopmental disorders, serious and persistent mental health (SPMI) conditions, trauma and stressor related disorders, substance use and other addictive disorders, sleep disorders, and criminal justice-involved populations. 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 Brain Health Coach, Trauma Professional, Compassion Fatigue Professional, Youth Firesetting Prevention/Intervention Specialist, an Anger Resolution Therapist (CART), a Thinking for a Change (T4C) Facilitator, a Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) Trainer, an Autism Specialist, Digestive Health Specialist, Gut Health Specialist, Stress and Mindset Coach, Holistic Health 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. Jerrod has published numerous articles and book chapters.