With the Institute for Girls’ Development

Stand Up! Speak Out!® Curriculum Training: Empowering Friendship & Conflict Resolution Skills – July 18-19,2019   Mindfulness Tools: Helping Children and Teens Stress Less and Connect More – July 20, 2019   Gender Expansive Youth: Best Practices – How to Offer a Positive Experience for Gender Expansive Youth – August 9, 2019

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Stand Up! Speak Out!® Curriculum Training: Empowering Friendship & Conflict Resolution Skills – July 18-19, 2019

For professionals empowering girls – and all children and teens – to navigate their friendship worlds. This curriculum is being implemented in many schools and after-school programs. Presenters:  Melissa Johnson, PhD and Vicki Chiang, PsyD “When we talk to teachers, school counselors, mental health professionals, and youth program leaders, the conversation quickly turns to the social world of girls,” observes Dr. Melissa J Johnson and Dr. Vicki Chiang, experts on girls’ social and emotional development and leaders at the Institute for Girls’ Development. Dr. Johnson and Dr. Chiang have worked for decades in educational and therapeutic settings. They and their…

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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…

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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…

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Hold Me Tight® : 7 Conversations for a Lifetime of Love – February, 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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Advanced Topics in DBT: The Art of Moving from Conceptualization to Exposure for Emotional Avoidance©

Presenter: Shari Manning, Ph.D Dates:  Wednesday, April 11, 2018 – Saturday, April 14, 2018 This workshop brilliantly teaches the integration/augmentation of DBT and exposure with helpful demonstrations and opportunities for practice and feedback. This training will begin with one day of advanced training on DBT case conceptualization. It will then use your own individual cases to formulate exposure interventions and move into training on exposure in Stage 1 and Stage 2 DBT for the following 3 days. This training is designed for people who have attended previous trainings in DBT and will further develop skills needed to provide effective treatment with…

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Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples (EFT) – Feb. 23, 2018

Presenters: Lisa Blum, PsyD and Silvina Irwin, PhD New Date:  Friday February 23, 2018 Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) is a research-validated, attachment-based approach to working with couples. EFT offers a map for understanding relationship needs and struggles in a coherent framework. This interactive introductory seminar combines didactic presentation, case vignettes, and videotaped excerpts of EFT in action with distressed couples. The presenters provide an overview of the EFT model, present key techniques and interventions, and discuss current research and practice applications. Time: 1 pm – 5:15 pm (sign in and snacks from 12:30 – 1pm) CE Units: 4.0 Location: 95…

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With the EFT Resource Center

November, 2019 and February, 2020 – Hold Me Tight® :  7 Conversations for a Lifetime of Love   March, 2020 – Sex, Desire, Intimacy and Connection: Your Whole Relationship      

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Trump’s Great Healthcare Insurance Idea

Here is Trump’s latest suggestion about the health care debacle: “If Republican Senators are unable to pass what they are working on now, they should immediately REPEAL, and then REPLACE at a later date!” Now, first off, if you can’t get 50 Senators to vote on a reduction in publicly funded health care for low-income and elderly people (which most of us think is to harsh), how on Earth do you expect to get a majority to vote for pretty much no publicly funded health care for these folks. And what do you have in mind as that “later date!”?…

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