Zzz's to A's: Supporting Sleep for Better Functioning

9:00 AM - 12:15 PM
CEUs: $50.00
No CEUs: $25.00
3.0  CEUs available for:

  • LSW/LISW/SWA (CSWMFT #: RSX069601)

  • LPC/LPCC (CSWMFT #: RCX031303)

  • Nurses ​(via reciprocity with the CSWMFT board)

  • LNHA (BELTSS #40620-SS-23)



Sleep has historically been viewed as a passive activity with little value, yet research in the last several decades has shown that sleep is a dynamic process vital to physical and mental health. Chronic deficient sleep has been correlated with increased risk of suicide, depression, anxiety, substance abuse, aggression, and a host of medical disorders. The purpose of this course is to educate social service professionals on sleep needs, the effects of chronic sleep deprivation, and how to better support healthy sleep for their clients. 


  • Understand the sleep needs of children, adolescents, and adults; and current statistics regarding typical sleeping patterns of Americans
  • Understand the myriad negative physical and psychological effects of chronic sleep deprivation
  • Identify barriers to sleep, including changes in circadian rhythm that occur during puberty and older adulthood
  • Identify interventions to support healthy sleep

About the Speaker:  Stacy Simera MSSA, LISW-S

Stacy Simera, MSSA, LISW-S is a clinical social worker in private practice. Stacy also serves as Chair of the Sleep Committee for the Ohio Adolescent Health Partnership – the first state-wide public health collaborative in the nation to identify sleep as one of its core focus areas; and she serves as Health Policy Director for the Ohio chapter of the national nonprofit Start School Later.

Stacy has been interviewed on the topic of child and adolescent sleep by myriad news outlets including CNN, is featured in a documentary by Korean public television, and was asked to write a guest editorial on American school start times for the British journal Education and Health.


Class sizes are limited, so register early.  Classes with low registrations may be canceled.  If the class is canceled or moved, participants will be contacted via email at least 24 hours in advance.

Classes start and end on time.  To ensure a quality experience for all, please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the class start time and find a seat.  CEU credits will be adjusted 0.25 credit hours for every 15 minutes not in attendance; adjusted certificates will be emailed to participants within 3 business days after the training.  Hard copies of certificates will be mailed upon request.

It is difficult to control room temperature to everyone's comfort level.  We suggest you dress in layers that can be adaptable to warm and cool temperatures.

For auditing purposes, arrival and departure times and signature are required on attendance sheets.