Transgender and Gender Nonbinary Youth: Clinical Tools for Working with Youth Across the Gender Spectrum – July 31, 2020

Presenter: Caroline Carter, PsyD This generation of youth are profoundly expanding our understanding of the possibilities available for gender identity and expression. In light of this, many clinicians who work with youth, despite their specializations, may find themselves working with a young client who holds a transgender or gender nonbinary (TGNB) identity and/or expression. COURSE OBJECTIVES Attendees will be able to delineate two current research findings for treatment of TGNB youth Attendees will be able to identify, at minimum, three key clinical best practices for working individually with TGNC youth. GENERAL DESCRIPTION This training will focus on providing practitioners with…

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Effective and Compassionate Clinical Work for Gender-expansive Children, Teens and Families – part 2 (July, 2020)

New Video Format! Postponed from March, 2020 Presenters:  Susan P. Landon, LMFT and Aydin Olson-Kennedy, LCSW This generation of youth is profoundly expanding our understanding of the possibilities available for gender identity and expression. In light of this, many clinicians who work with youth, despite their specializations, may find themselves working with a young client who holds a transgender or gender nonbinary (TGNB) identity and/or expression. Many of us have little training or experience working with these children, teens or their families. These presenters have many years of experience working to understand and help us understand the challenges faced by…

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Sex, Desire, Intimacy and Connection: Your Whole Relationship

New Video Format! Friday, July 17th and 24th and Saturday, July 18th and 25th, 2020 We welcome same-sex and opposite-sex couples of all genders who have either participated in EFT couples therapy, read and practiced the Hold Me Tight® book, or participated in the Hold Me Tight® Couples Workshop. Presenters: Lisa Blum, PsyD and Silvina Irwin, PhD In Hold Me Tight® or EFT Therapy, you learned and practiced nurturing a deeper and more secure emotional connection. In this next-step workshop, you will learn how to enhance your sexual connection, cultivating intimacy, safety, healing, playfulness, and fun! When:  There will be…

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Effective and Compassionate Clinical Work for Gender-Expansive Children, Teens and Families – Part 1

Presenter:  Susan P. Landon, LMFT Ms. Landon has been working with gender expansive youth and their families – particularly children (ages 3 and older) – for many years. She is a wealth of wisdom and experience on development, family, working with schools, etc.  While Susan will be providing training on working with both teens and young children, her emphasis will be on working with children and their families.  The gender journey for these young ones is a specialized and unique area. Susan is interested in sharing her knowledge to those who will be expanding this work as it becomes more…

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Hold Me Tight® : 7 Conversations for a Lifetime of Love – February 7-9, 2020

Presenters: Lisa Blum, PsyD and Silvina Irwin, PhD Drs. Silvina Irwin and Lisa Blum are offering this educational and experiential workshop which teaches you the core concepts of Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), heralded as one of the most effective couples therapies by the New York times and endorsed by the American Psychological Society as scientifically proven. These workshops are based on the international best-selling book Hold Me Tight: 7 Conversations for a Lifetime of Love by Dr. Sue Johnson. These transformative workshops will help you reconnect, repair, and re-energize your relationship and help you create a positive loving bond that…

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Hold Me Tight® : 7 Conversations for a Lifetime of Love – November 15 – 17, 2019

Presenters: Lisa Blum, PsyD and Silvina Irwin, PhD Drs. Silvina Irwin and Lisa Blum are offering this educational and experiential workshop which teaches you the core concepts of Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), heralded as one of the most effective couples therapies by the New York times and endorsed by the American Psychological Society as scientifically proven. These workshops are based on the international best-selling book Hold Me Tight: 7 Conversations for a Lifetime of Love by Dr. Sue Johnson. These transformative workshops will help you reconnect, repair, and re-energize your relationship and help you create a positive loving bond that…

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Gender Expansive Youth: Clinical Tools for Working with Youth Across the Gender Spectrum – August 9, 2019

Presenters: Caroline Carter, PsyD  and Erin Norton, PsyD. This generation of youth are profoundly expanding our understanding of the possibilities available for gender identity and expression. In light of this, many clinicians who work with youth, despite their specializations, may find themselves working with a young client who holds a transgender or gender nonconforming (TGNC) identity and/or expression. This training will focus on providing practitioners with a deeper conceptual understanding of TGNC youth. Practitioners will learn to differentiate diverse gender identities from gender nonconformity in expression; identify current research findings for increasing wellness in TGNC youth; understand gender dysphoria and…

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Dr. Vicki Chiang

Vicki Chiang, Psy.D., Licensed Psychologist (PSY 21136) Clinical Director – Child and Adolescent Specialty Practice Clinical Supervisor for Postdoctoral Fellows I am passionate about helping my clients develop the skills they need to manage life’s many transitions and stressors by providing a safe and judgment free space to process and learn. At the Institute, I specialize in working with parents, girls and women. I love empowering parents to find solutions that work in their homes and supporting them to better manage the many challenges modern-day parenting can bring. I also enjoy working with women who need additional support balancing self-care with…

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Dr. Melissa J. Johnson

Melissa Johnson, PhD,  licensed psychologist (PSY 13102), is the founder & CEO of the Institute for Girls’ Development in Pasadena, CA.  An expert on child and teen development with a Masters in Education and Doctorate in Counseling Psychology, Dr. Johnson has worked with children and teens for over 35 years, providing empowerment opportunities for individuals, groups and communities. At the Institute, Dr. Johnson and her team deliver strength-based therapy, inspiring educational programs, and consultation with schools and districts to help create positive school climates.  Dr. Johnson’s approach to raising and mentoring girls draws together contemporary research in neuroscience, mind/body health,…

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