Sickness Behavior

Presented By Jerrod Brown, PhD
Jerrod Brown, PhD

3 Hours | 3 CEs

This on-demand professional training program on Sickness Behavior is presented by Jerrod Brown, Ph.D. This badge-earning program can be shared digitally on platforms like LinkedIn or your resume and counts towards a certificate. Enroll in this program to earn credit towards the Integrated Behavioral Health Certificate and share your new digital credentials with prospective employers and colleagues.

Sickness behavior is a coordinated set of behavioral changes (e.g., depression, cognitive impairment, irritability, fatigue, sleep disturbances, social withdrawal, and decreased appetite) that can occur in physically ill individuals.

Although considered an adaptive response, persisting symptoms may negatively impact overall health and wellness. Intended for professionals, this program is designed to increase awareness of sickness behavior, including its implications for screening and intervention through a behavioral health lens. Empirically based research findings are highlighted throughout this program.

Relevant topics covered will include:

  1. Comorbid unhealthy lifestyle behaviors
  2. Psychopathology
  3. Trauma and psychological distress
  4. Burnout, cognitive dysfunction
  5. Hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis dysfunction
  6. Problematic coping strategies
  7. Inflammation
  8. Somatization
  9. Burnout, cognitive dysfunction
  10. Chronic pain syndromes
  11. Sleep disturbances
  12. Emotional dysregulation
  13. Loneliness and social isolation
  14. Substance misuse

Intended Audience

This on-demand professional training program is intended for mental health and other allied professionals

Experience Level

This on-demand professional training program is appropriate for beginner, intermediate, and advanced level clinicians.

CE / CPD Credit

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Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this program you will be able to:

Describe sickness behavior and other related constructs

Identify the symptoms and red flag indicators of sickness behavior

Describe the role of sickness behavior in co-occurring cognitive, emotional, behavioral, and physical health conditions

Describe screening and intervention techniques and approaches for sickness behavior through a behavioral health lens

Describe relevant and up-to-date research findings


Presented By

Jerrod Brown, PhD

Jerrod Brown, Ph.D., M.A., M.S., M.S., M.S., is a professor, trainer, researcher, and consultant with multiple years of experience teaching collegiate courses. Jerrod is also the founder and CEO of the American Institute for the Advancement of Forensic Studies (AIAFS). Jerrod has also provided consu...


1. Introduction

2. Sickness Behavior Pt. 1

3. Sickness Behavior Pt. 2

4. Important Topics to Consider

5. Screening Considerations

6. Intervention Considerations

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