Early Life Traumatic Experiences & Executive Functioning Deficits

3/19/2021 - 11:00am to 1:30pm CDT

Early Life Traumatic Experiences & Executive Functioning Deficits: Implications for Mental Health and Substance Use Treatment Professionals - MFT CE's Pending

About this Event

Exposure to early life traumatic experiences can precipitate and exacerbate a wide array of consequences across the lifespan. Executive functioning capabilities are one area particularly susceptible to the negative effects of exposure to trauma. Broadly, these capabilities can be conceptualized as the skills that enable an individual to plan, organize, and complete goal-directed behaviors and tasks. Specific executive functioning skills include cognitive flexibility, prioritizing, sequencing, inhibitory control, working memory, and problem solving. The capacity for executive function plays an integral role in the development of learning capabilities along with social, emotional, and behavioral functioning. As such, deficits in executive functioning can have significant implications for clients involved in mental health and/or substance abuse treatment programs. Designed for professionals working in mental health and substance abuse treatment settings, this training provides attendees with a working understanding of the definitions, causes, and consequences of executive functioning impairments among client-based populations. Special emphasis is placed on implications for screening, intake, and treatment and discharge planning throughout this training. Other relevant topics of interest covered include adaptive functioning, adverse childhood experiences, attachment, sleep disturbances, substance use disorders, mental illness, theory of mind, and language development. All aforementioned discussions are grounded in empirical research findings and case study examples.

• Develop a working understanding about the core features of executive functioning

• Learn about the risk factors, warning signs, and red flag indicators of executive dysfunction

• Define early life trauma with common examples of such experiences

• Discuss how exposure to early life traumatic experiences contributes to executive dysfunction

• Examine screening and intervention strategies appropriate for clients impacted by executive functioning limitations

• Consider the role of co-occurring conditions in the assessment and treatment of executive functioning and early trauma

• Highlight cutting edge research findings and illuminating case studies throughout discussions of executive functioning and early life trauma


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. Email:

Jerrod Brown, Ph.D.
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