Stand Up! Speak Out! (TM)


Stand Up! Speak Out! TM: Empowering Skills for Girls' Friendships by Melissa J. Johnson, PhD

4.0 hours of CE Credit                 Cost = $40.00

Cost includes test only.  This book must be purchased separately.  Click here to go to the Institute for Girls’ Development website to purchase the book.

Introductory Level
28-question true/false + multiple choice test

Stand Up, Speak Out!TM workbook/curriculum provides information and activities to help elementary-aged girls build skills to navigate the complexities of their social world.  When we talk to educators and program leaders, we hear about the incredible positive power of girls’ connections, as well as the emotional upheavals that coincide with conflict at school, after school and online. This workbook is built on a theoretical and research foundation of social and emotional learning, relational resilience and hardiness zones, empowerment and resistance, mindfulness, and interpersonal neurobiology. Stand Up, Speak Out!TM also explores the role of social aggression in the clash between two opposing cultural demands on girls; the demand for girls today to be powerful and assertive and the cultural mantra to “be nice and kind.” The workbook additionally addresses the stereotypical and disempowering messages that girls see in the media, teaching participants how to assist girls in developing healthy resistance to negative or oppressive messages. Through activities like, “Friendly Thoughts Mindfulness” and “Self-Care Charades” participants will learn how to engage girls in fun activities, calming mindfulness, and thought-provoking discussions about their social climate. Stand Up, Speak Out!TM offers participants ideas to help girls connect with their own value and strengths,  build relational resilience with peers, mentors and other caring adults, develop empowerment and leadership, and enhance a positive belief system.

 1.    Introduction

 2.    Seeing the Big Picture and Building Connection

 3.    Taking Care of the Emotional World

 4.    "They're Being Mean!":  Skills to Use When Girls Get Targeted

 5.    "Oops! Ouch!":  Alternative Skills to Being Mean

 6.    "Not in the Middle":  Skills for Spoon-ish Situations

 7.    Influence for Good!  Skills for the Bold Bystander


Appendix A:  Tips for Leaders and Teachers

Appendix B:  Resources for Further Learning
144 pages of text
Intermediate level
28-question true/false + multiple choice test
4.0 hours of CE Credit

Course objectives:

After taking this course readers will be able to

  1.     Describe and direct at least 1 activity to help targets be assertive.

  2.    Explain and teach 2 activities for helping girls with emotional regulation in friendship challenges.
  3.    Explain and direct girls in at least 1 activity to build a sense of cohesion and connection in a group of girls.

  4.    List and use at least 4 discussion topics designed to engage girls in exploring what helps them through their challenges.

  5.    Describe and implement at least 3 mindfulness activities that are supportive to girls’ friendship skills.

Author Affiliations

Dr. Johnson is the founder and CEO of the Institute for Girls' Development and teaches meditation at Yoga House in Pasadena, CA