Trauma Associated Sleep Disturbances: Implications for Mental Health - 2 CE's

5/21/2021 - 11:00am to 1:30pm CDT

One common consequence associated with trauma exposure is sleep-related disturbances. 2 CE's MFT pending

About this Event

Persons exposed to traumatic experiences at any stage in life can experience a wide array of consequences. One common consequence associated with trauma exposure is sleep-related disturbances. In fact, individuals with a history of trauma are disproportionately likely to suffer sleep disturbances relative to the general population. Regardless of the cause, achieving adequate sleep is imperative to optimal cognitive, mental health, and physical health functioning, especially for individuals impacted by mental health and substance use disorders. 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 trauma and its impact on overall sleep health. With complete diagnostic information, awareness, and understanding of the interrelationship between trauma exposure and sleep disturbances, mental health and substance use treatment professionals can better develop treatment, intervention, case management, and family education plans to address sleep disturbances in impacted populations. Other relevant topics of interest covered include executive function, adaptive functioning, adverse childhood experiences, attachment, substance use disorders, and mental illness. All aforementioned discussions are grounded in empirical research findings and case study examples .

Participants will gain an increased knowledge pertaining to the impact trauma has on a client’s sleep who is 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.

Participants will also:

1. Define trauma and other related terms

2. Develop a working knowledge of the common causes and consequences associated with sleep disturbances among clients with a history of trauma

3. Discuss screening options to improve the identification of sleep disturbances among clients with a history of trauma exposure

4. Learn about intervention and treatment options.

5. Acquire a basic understanding of the existing empirical research on trauma and sleep disturbances


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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