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.

How has the last unprecedented year and a half affected our children and teens?

During this pandemic season, youth have experienced loss, trauma, racial justice concerns, excessive screen time, upended routines, and isolation. They’ve also experienced less frenzied schedules, perhaps developed some new skills and interests, and experienced different kinds of family time (for better or worse).

The Covid-19 year has changed children’s lives in so many ways.  While the long-term developmental impact of navigating this global pandemic is yet to be known, we’ll have a chance to look together at the latest research, survey data and anecdotal accounts of suffering and resilience. We’ll discuss relevant clinical considerations, interventions and applicable activities through a decolonizing lens.

Date:  Friday, July 30, 2021

Time:  9am to 11am

CE Units:  2.0

Overview:  Topics addressed include

  • Experiential and didactic learning addressing the gaps and gains from Covid-19 – plus online and in-person strategies and activities to use with clients and students
  • Decolonizing and antiracist perspectives on youth’s gaps and gains during the COVID -19 year
  • The opportunity to connect online with other dedicated professionals.

Cost:   $95 Early Bird Rate until June 30,2021

  • Then $110
  • $75 Student Rate

Are you a part of a group?  We offer a $10 discount to individuals coming in a group from a clinic, organization or school. Please register individually but provide the names of everyone in your group in the ‘order notes’ of checkout.

Location:   This professional training session is a live, interactive webinar.  We will send you the link to join the session after your register.

Clicking on this link will take you to the Institute for Girls’ Development website.


Click on links to download the forms to register by mail: School Program InvoicingRegistration Form, and Credit Card Authorization.


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9am                 Welcome and Introductions

9:15 – 9:35   Opening Experiential Activity

9:35 – 10:00  “The Lost Year” Academic Disparities, Gaps and Gains: The research, treatment considerations and applications

10:00 – 10:25  Connection in a Disconnected World: Social development including racial justice awareness, activism and technology

10:25 – 10:50  Emotional Gaps and Growth: More applications of online and in-person activities

10:50 – 11:00 Closing Activity: With resources for additional activities.  Evaluations


Melissa J 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 Master’s in Education and Doctorate in Counseling Psychology, Dr. Johnson has worked with children and teens for over 30 years. 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 & emotional intelligence. As a mindfulness and meditation teacher, Dr. Johnson has valued bringing mindfulness practices to all ages our community.

Dr. Johnson is the recipient of numerous awards, recognizing her contributions to the community and to psychology. Dr. Johnson is former Interim Chair of the Masters Programs in Counseling at the University of La Verne and has served as an adjunct faculty member at both the University of La Verne and the University of Southern California. Dr. Johnson is a welcomed regional and national speaker. Her peer reviewed publications have appeared in the Journal of Humanistic Psychology and Professional Psychology: Research and Practice. Her numerous articles about raising strong girls have appeared in community online blogs and newsletters. Dr. Johnson’s book chapter, Girls In-Between: Social, Emotional, Physical and Sexual Development in Context has just been released in the Springer publication, Maternal Mental Health Across the Life Span. Through the Institute, she has published Stand Up! Speak Out! Empowering Skills for Girls’ Friendships, a guide for educators and youth program leaders.

 Vicki Chiang, PsyD, licensed psychologist (PSY 21136), is the Clinical Director of the Child and Adolescent Specialty Program and the Clinical Supervisor for Postdoctoral Fellows at the Institute for Girls’ Development.  She specializes in working with parents and girls, and she loves empowering parents to find solutions that work in their homes and supporting them to better manage the many challenges modern-day parenting can bring. She also has a deep passion for helping girls and women navigate cultural expectations and building their self-confidence to withstand those messages.

Dr. Chiang is a popular speaker and trainer – combining her years of expertise with an engaging speaking style and a dash of humor.  She has spoken to many parent audiences, and offered professional training, on topics such as fostering emotional intelligence in children, managing screen time balance and social media issues.


Illuminated Education is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists.  Illuminated Education maintains the responsibility for this program and its content.

The California Board of Psychology accepts APA approval for continuing education credit.  In addition, the California Board of Behavioral Sciences accepts APA approval for CE activities for MFTs, LCSWs, LPPCs and/or LEPs.

Outside of California, please check with your licensing board to see whether APA approval is accepted for CE credit in your state. Please call Dr. Chris Cooper (Illuminated Education CE Coordinator) if you have further questions (626-744-9472).


Please call 626-585-8075 x116 (Sofia Brewer) or email  If you email, please refer to this workshop in your subject line.


If there are any accommodations which would be of benefit  of if you would like a refund after you register, please contact Lisa Brooks, at or 626.585.8075 ext. 115.

For (1) questions about CE credit, or (2) if you have concerns about any aspect of the course or wish to know about the Illuminated Education grievance policy, please contact Dr. Chris Cooper, CE Coordinator, Illuminated Education (626-744-9472 or

For questions about program content please contact Paige Hobey, Director of Community Education and Outreach, at the Institute for Girls’ Development (626-585-8075 ext. 121) or




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