APACS SA: Improving Depression in Teens by Targeting Sleep
May 13 @ 4:15 pm - 6:00 pm$30 – $40
Presented by Dr Michelle Short
Psychologist, Headstart Intervention Services
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, School of Psychology, Flinders University
Summary: Treating sleep problems improves depressed mood, with the largest improvements in depressed mood found in individuals experiencing mental health problems. Given the wide-spread nature of sleep difficulties, and their role as a core feature of many mental health disorders, sleep offers clinicians a target for intervention, especially among those children and teens who are not comfortable talking about their mental health. This talk will present the state-of-the-art in research relating to adolescent sleep and how technology, biology, families and schools help or hinder teen sleep and mental health. Practical advice will be given on how best to identify and work with students with poor sleep or common sleep disorders such as Insomnia and Delayed Sleep/Wake Phase Disorder.
About the Speaker: Dr Michelle Short has spent the last 10 years researching adolescent sleep and has published over 50 scientific papers in this field. Her research focuses on how much sleep teens need, the causes and consequences of insufficient or disordered sleep, and evidence-based therapies for treating sleep disorders. She works with clients with a range of presentations and has a particular interest in working with clients on the Autism Spectrum.