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 four part-day sessions on a secure video platform over two weekends  in July, 2020. Friday, July 17th and 24th: 1:00 – 5:00pm Saturday, July 18th and 25th: 9:00am – 1:00pm A detailed schedule is provided below. For more detailed information about the logistics of this workshop and pointers about how…

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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 and more needed. Note: You do not have to be working with gender expansive youth at this time in order to attend and benefit. Dates: February 24, 2020 March 2, 2020 March 9, 2020 Time:  11 am – 1 pm CE Units: 6.0 Note:  This training meets for two hours…

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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.  This training will focus on providing practitioners with a deeper conceptual understanding of TGNB youth. When: July 31, 2020 Time:  9:00 am – 11:00 am Location: This professional training session is a live, interactive webinar.  We will send you the link to join the session after your register.  The program is presented in conjunction with the Institute for Girls’ Development, Pasadena, CA who will send the link and manage registration. CE units: 2.0 GENERAL DESCRIPTION This generation of youth are profoundly expanding our understanding of the possibilities available for gender identity and expression. In light of this,…

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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 will last a lifetime. Dates:  February 7-9, 2020 Time: Starts Friday at 3 PM and ends Sunday by 1 PM.  See schedule below for details CE Units: 14.0 Location:  Temecula Creek Inn 44501 Rainbow Canyon Road Temecula, CA 92592 888.976.3404   Cost: Regular Registration per couple is $1350.00. A limited number…

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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 will last a lifetime. Dates:  November 15 – 17, 2019 Time: Starts Friday at 3 PM and ends Sunday by 2 PM.  See schedule below for details CE Units: 14.0 Location:  Temecula Creek Inn 44501 Rainbow Canyon Road Temecula, CA 92592 888.976.3404 Cost: Regular Registration per couple is $1350.00 after October…

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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 the many other roles they may carry (as partners, mothers, and members of the workforce). I also have a deep passion for helping girls and women navigate cultural expectations and building their self-confidence to withstand those messages. I use a relational and skills-based approach mixed with a dash of humor…

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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, and evidence based interventions in mindfulness and social and emotional intelligence.  The book Stand Up! Speak Out!™ Empowering Skills for Girls’ Friendships: The Essential Guide for Educators and Others Who Work with Girls is now available to provide practical tools for those who mentor girls. Dr. Johnson has been recognized…

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With the Institute for Girls’ Development

Gaps and Gains – July 30, 2021 — Understand the Social, Emotional and Academic Setbacks and Gifts (Yes, Gifts!) of the Covid-19 Year with Clinical Implication. Expressive Art Therapy: Explore the Healing Power of the Arts – August 6, 2021   Transgender and Gender Nonbinary Youth: Clinical Tools for Working with Youth Across the Gender Spectrum – August 13, 2021   Effective and Compassionate Clinical Work for Gender-Expansive Children, Teens and Families – September-November, 2021

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MINDFULNESS TOOLS: HELPING CHILDREN AND TEENS STRESS LESS AND CONNECT MORE – July 20, 2019

Come discover creative, fun and meaningful tools for incorporating mindfulness into everyday activities with children and teens! For mental health professionals, educators, and youth program leaders. Learn creative, fun and meaningful tools and exercises to support the effective use of mindfulness in school, after school, and in therapy. Presenter: Dr. Melissa Johnson When: Saturday, July 20, 2019, 9:30am – 3:30pm (Sign in and light breakfast 9:00 – 9:30) Exciting current research in the fields of psychology, education, and neuroscience indicate that mindfulness practices can help children and teens improve attention and focus, manage stress, enjoy more positive relationships, and increase optimism! Whether you work in an educational or clinical setting or an after-school program, mindfulness tools can be an asset to the youth with whom you work. This presentation will provide participants with current research, practical tools, and experiential exercises to support the effective use of mindfulness with children and…

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Get Social Media Savvy: What Every Adult Working with Youth Should Know about Social Media – June 14, 2019

Presenters:  Melissa J. Johnson, PhD,  Vicki Chiang, PsyD,  Paige Hobey, MA  Who are the top users of social media in the U.S.?  You got it – teen girls! Social media provides a unique tool for teens to stay connected 24/7 – and 70% receive support from others on social media during tough times. Add the dopamine jolts from getting “likes,” the freedom to interact independent from parents, and the entertainment value of apps literally designed to hook us – and it’s hard to resist.   How can teens enjoy the benefits while maintaining a healthy balance and managing the tough stuff – like those not-so-tactful group texts and why-wasn’t-I-invited photos? We’ve received so many recent requests from educators and mental health professionals hoping to offer the right support around social media.  So, our clinical team came together and designed a unique, interactive training session. The course offers three hours of continuing…

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