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Sleep and Mental Health in Children and Teens: Behavioral Interventions to End Bedtime Problems and Help Kids Fall and Stay Asleep

Catherine Darley, ND
6 Hours 04 Minutes
Audio and Video
Apr 07, 2023
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It’s not just fatigue and decreased energy. Sleep deprivation can have serious negative effects on kids’ behavior, performance, and relationships.

It can show up as inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity ... poor grades ... irritability and argumentativeness ... conflict with siblings and friends ... mood and anxiety symptoms ... lack of energy for sports and other activities.

Miss a sleep disorder and you may misdiagnose your client. If you don’t address sleep, you’ll be unlikely to shift your clients into the relief they deserve - leaving them exhausted and struggling.

Watch Catherine Darley, ND, a leader in integrative sleep medicine who has helped people of all ages sleep well without medication, in this dynamic 1-day seminar designed to help you:

  • Customize an ideal sleep environment for children and teens
  • Get accurate and useful sleep diaries to plan treatment
  • Transition kids between awake and asleep using wind-down activities, light exposure, and cognitive strategies
  • Include the family in treatment, and weigh in on issues like sleep training strategies and co-sleeping arrangements
  • And much more!

Purchase today to get the skills you need to make your treatment plans more effective and get the kids in your practice the rest they need!


Planning Committee Disclosure - No relevant relationships

All members of the PESI, Inc. planning committee have provided disclosures of financial relationships with ineligible organizations and any relevant non-financial relationships prior to planning content for this activity. None of the committee members had relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies or other potentially biasing relationships to disclose to learners.  For speaker disclosures, please see the faculty biography.


PESI Australia, in collaboration with PESI in the USA, offers quality online continuing professional development events from the leaders in the field at a standard recognized by professional associations including psychology, social work, occupational therapy, alcohol and drug professionals, counselling and psychotherapy. On completion of the training, a Professional Development Certificate is issued after the individual has answered and submitted a quiz and course evaluation. This program is worth 6.25 hours CPD for points calculation by your association.



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Catherine Darley, ND, is a leader in integrative sleep medicine. She founded The Institute of Naturopathic Sleep Medicine, Inc in 2003, and since then has helped people of all ages sleep well using behavioral and naturopathic approaches for sleep disorders. Dr. Darley led the Start School Later initiative in Seattle, which succeeded in improving school hours for more than 50,000 students. She teaches at Bastyr University and the National College of Natural Medline and is on the inaugural panel of experts for the Sleep Cycle Institute. Dr. Darley is published in numerous professional journals, has been quoted in several popular magazines, and has appeared on TV to share her expertise. She received her Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine from Bastyr University and completed a preceptorship at the Stanford University Sleep Disorders Center. She is an expert and dynamic speaker, teaching a wide range of groups through engagement, storytelling, and with a clear explanation of the mechanisms of sleep, circadian physiology, and treatment protocols.


Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Catherine Darley has employment relationships with the Institute of Naturopathic Sleep Medicine, Inc and Wellspring EAP. She is a consultant with Symphony Natural Health. Catherine Darley receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc.
Non-financial: Catherine Darley is a member of the Sleep Research Society.


  1. Analyze the relationships between insufficient sleep and cognitive and emotional problems in children.
  2. Integrate an understanding of sleep architecture and circadian rhythms into case conceptualization of clients’ sleep-related complaints.
  3. Conduct a sleep-focused clinical interview with child and adolescent clients.
  4. Analyze data from children’s sleep diaries to plan treatment.
  5. Employ arousal reduction strategies to improve sleep outcomes in children.
  6. Devise strategies to include family members in a plan to improve young clients’ sleep.


Where Things Can Go Wrong in Getting Kids a Good Night’s Sleep
How – and Why – To Get the Information You Need to Intervene
  • Crash course in sleep architecture and circadian rhythms
  • Main classes of sleep disorders
  • Sleep-focused interview and screening questionaires for kids and their parents
  • Get an accurate sleep diary for kids and teens – and know how to use it
Common Misconceptions About Sleep in Early Life
Create an Ideal Sleep Environment to Support Early Child Development
  • Top tips for working effectively with parents to improve kids’ sleep
  • What type of sleep training is best?
  • Pros and cons of the family bed, and other family dynamics
  • How to differentiate nightmares from night terrors
  • Case study: 7yo with difficulty falling asleep due to ruminating about recess
From Early Bird to Night Owl
Late Childhood and Teenage Sleep
  • How to talk with kids about sleep and academic achievement
  • Educate kids and their parents about impulsivity, delinquency, and suicidality
  • Pediatric insomnia and its long-term consequences
  • Screen for obstructive sleep apnea in kids and teens
  • Case study: 9yo with obstructive sleep apnea discovered while on vacation
Tools for Increasing Sleep from Infancy to Adolescence
Interventions to Create a Healthy Sleep Lifestyle
  • What your clients and their parents can expect from sleep disorder treatment
  • Effective wind-down activities and limits to manage arousal
  • Use of light exposure to improve sleep and alertness
  • Cognitive techniques to help children challenge unhelpful thoughts and beliefs about sleep
  • Tailoring treatment for clients with sensory issues
  • What to do when pain interferes with sleep
  • Strategies to reinforce sleep health over time
  • Case study: 11yo with delayed sleep-wake phase disorders struggling with school hours
Clinical Considerations
  • When to consult a sleep specialist
  • How to include parents, siblings, and other family members
  • Communicating with other members of the treatment team
  • Safety and use of melatonin in children
  • Referral resources
  • Limitations of the research and potential risks

Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Psychologists
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Case Managers
  • Physicians
  • Physician Assistants
  • Nurses
  • Speech-Language Pathologists
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Occupational Therapy Assistants
  • Teachers
  • School Guidance Counselors
  • Educational Paraprofessionals
  • School Administrators
  • Other Helping Professionals Who Work with Children

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