Behavioral Health Aspects of Sleep Disorders

6/11/2021 - 11:00am to 1:30pm CDT

Unfortunately, problems associated with sleep are a common issue among individuals in the general population, with even higher rates reported among those diagnosed with a mental illness and/or chemical health disorder. As such, it is imperative for these impacted individuals to receive appropriate supports and services from mental health and substance use treatment professionals who understand the complexities of sleep dysfunction. Designed for professionals working in mental health and substance abuse treatment settings, this training provides attendees with a working understanding of the causes, consequences, and interventions associated with sleep disturbances and disorders among client-based populations. Special emphasis is placed on implications for screening, intake, and treatment and discharge planning throughout this training. Empirically based research findings and case study examples will be highlighted throughout this training.

Below are the training objectives for this presentation:


1. Examine common sleep-related disorders


2. Develop a working knowledge of the behavioral, emotional, social, and physical health consequences associated with sleep disturbances


3. Discuss screening options appropriate for clients impacted by sleep disturbances


4. Learn about treatment and intervention options for clients impacted by sleep disturbances


5. Explore the implications sleep disturbances have on the mental health and substance use treatment systems


6. Acquire a basic understanding of the existing empirical research on sleep disorders


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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