The American Institute for the Advancement of Forensic Studies - Webinar

COVID-19 and Trauma and Stressor-Related Symptoms   (MEMBERS ONLY)

Presented by Jerrod Brown, Ph.D, MA, MS, MS, MS

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Webinar Objectives:

  • Describe how COVID-19 related stressors and traumas can negatively impact psychological and physical health
  • List external stressors that amplify traumatic symptoms during the era of COVID-19
  • Identify the negative impact COVID-19 related stressors and traumas can have on child development
  • Identify the impact COVID-19 has had on the entire family system
  • List screening and intervention strategies appropriate for use with clients impacted by the psycho-social stressors and traumas associated with COVID-19


The COVID-19 pandemic has contributed to significant stress, anger, shock, fear, confusion, uncertainty, and loss on a global scale that will likely have long-lasting societal consequences. As a result, this has contributed to an increase in traumatic stress symptoms that has significant implications for psychological and physical health. To make matters worse, external stressors such as economic hardship, unemployment, housing instability, homelessness, intimate partner violence and child maltreatment, and isolation and loneliness have been amplified in the era of COVID-19. Designed for professionals, this training provides attendees with a working understanding of the psycho-social consequences associated with COVID-19-related stressors and traumas. Topics such as child development, adverse childhood experience (ACEs), toxic stress, complex trauma, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), sleep disturbances, grief and loss issues, intrafamilial violence, addictive behaviors, executive functioning challenges, screen time overuse, and professional burnout and compassion fatigue will be discussed throughout this training. Screening, intervention, and protective factors, including a review of trauma-informed care (TIC) approaches will also be examined. Case studies and professional observations will be highlighted throughout this training to enhance the learning outcomes of attendees.

Presenter Biography:

Jerrod Brown, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor for Concordia University, St. Paul, Minnesota and has extensive experience teaching courses at the undergraduate and graduate level. Jerrod has also been employed with Pathways Counseling Center in St. Paul, Minnesota for the past seventeen years. Pathways provides programs and services benefiting individuals impacted by mental illness and addictions. 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 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, and a Mental Health Integrative Medicine Provider (CMHIMP).

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