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The Importance of Teen Sleep

Date(s) - March 23, 2022
11:00 am - 1:00 pm


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Pillars of Wellness
The Importance of Teen Sleep

About the Topic
Sleep can impact thinking, emotional health, physical health and development, decision-making and risky behavior, and accidents and illnesses. Almost all teenagers are not receiving an adequate amount of sleep due to a variety of reasons. This workshop will highlight these reasons and provide interventions and techniques to help promote healthy sleep.

Learning Objectives:

1. Participants will learn the importance of sleep and how it relates to the adolescent population.
2. Participants will learn the impact of healthy and unhealthy sleep patterns with adolescents.
3. Participants will learn sleep hygiene techniques to promote healthy sleep patterns in teenagers.
4. Participants will learn and be able to implement mindfulness skills to improve sleep.

Break-out Group Discussion Points

1. Thinking about the adolescents you work with, what are common concerns you see with teens navigating sleep hygiene?
2. Which technique(s) discussed would be most beneficial for the teens you work with, and how do you plan on applying it to your program?
3. Were there any surprising consequences of healthy or unhealthy sleep patterns?
4. How have you seen social media impact adolescent’s sleep hygiene?
5. How have you seen the pandemic impact adolescent’s sleep hygiene?

About the Speakers

Dr. Ashley Michalski (Psy.D. Clinical Psychology, Adler University) is a Licensed Psychologist (Indiana/Illinois) and Clinical Addictions Counselor with a specialization in assessment psychology. In her current role as the Chief Operating Officer at Pillars of Wellness, she serves as an agency expert on psychological evaluations and assessments. She currently manages clinical and forensic services to thousands of clients and nearly sixty mental health professionals on staff. She has extensive experience treating anxiety, depression, relationship issues, work-related stress, and addictions. Her experience in assessments and therapy includes children, adolescents, and adults across an array of settings including, correctional, community based, and private practice settings.


Ms. Earle is a graduate of Valparaiso University, receiving a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Sociology with a criminology concentration. She continued on to complete her Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Ball State University. For the past three years, she has been working with pre-teens, teens, and young adults with varying mental health concerns including, but not limited to, depression, anxiety, trauma, victims of sexual abuse, adjusting to life transitions, school avoidance, social skills, and juvenile delinquency. Ms. Earle works primarily using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, mindfulness strategies, and strengths-based techniques.



Dr. Daniels is a post-doctoral resident and graduated from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology’s Doctorate of Clinical Psychology Program. She has completed clinical training in hospital, day school, and community mental health settings. She completed her internship at Family Service and Guidance Center, a community mental health center, where she also received specialized training in play therapy and worked with children, adolescents, and families from ages 2-18 years old. Dr. Daniels has many years of experience working with children and adolescents which includes 12 years as an educator and coach before pursuing a career in psychology. In the clinical realm, she has experience with treating anxiety, depression, diminished self-esteem, and behavioral issues in children and adolescents, as well as concerns related to family dynamics and parenting skills, utilizing an integrative approach.


Jason is a graduate of Purdue University, West Lafayette, where he received his Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling.  Jason is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC), Licensed Clinical Addictions Counselor (LCAC), and Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC).  In addition to these credentials, Jason underwent a 2-year training in Hakomi Body-Centered Psychotherapy (a Mindfulness-Based Technique) along with multiple mindfulness and meditation workshops and retreats. Jason has been in the mental health field for over 20 years, with over 15 of those as a licensed therapist.  Throughout these years he has provided mental health services in a variety of settings, providing supervision and instruction to masters counseling students and pre-licensed therapists, running residential and outpatient addictions groups, and conducting mindfulness and meditation workshops throughout Indiana, Illinois, and Michigan.  During this time, he has also counseled clients over 15 years of private practice.