Stand Up! Speak Out! Curriculum Training – July 20-21, 2017

Train to Use the Essential Curriculum for Educators, Counselors, Program Leaders,  and Others Who Work With Girls  (Ages 8-13).  Curriculum designed for girls ages 8 to 13; can be modified for older and younger girls.

Presenters:  Melissa Johnson, PhD and Vicki Chiang, PsyD

“When I 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, expert on girls’ social and emotional development and founder and CEO of the Institute for Girls’ Development. Dr. Johnson has worked with girls in educational and therapeutic settings for over 35 years. She and her Institute team have delivered groups and workshops for thousands of girls. Based on cutting edge research and the experiences of real girls, Dr. Johnson has developed the Johnson-Stand Up! Speak Out!™ curriculum.

When:  July 20-21, 2017 (Thursday & Friday)

Time:  9:00am – 4:00pm  (Sign in and light breakfast 8:30 – 9:00)

Location: Institute for Girls’ Development, 95 N. Marengo Ave, Suite 100, Pasadena, CA

CE units:  12.0

Course Level:  Intermediate

Cost:   With the Essential Training Curriculum and CE credit – $485

With the Essential Training Curriculum (NO CE credit – $475)

Student rates and group discounts (3 or more) are available, please go to the registration page on the Institute for Girls’ Development website for details.

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Attendees will be able to:

  • Identify 3 of the biggest friendship issues facing teen girls today and describe the ways these issues can impact social and emotional development
  • Identify 1 way to promote positive friendships in a system like a school or after school program
  • Identify 1 mindfulness activity that can be helpful for promoting positive friendships
  • Identify one way that gender stereotypes negatively impact the social connections of girls
  • Identify one research-based skill that children and teens can use to support emotional regulation
  • Identify 2 ways to promote assertiveness and compassion with small groups and/or individual girls
  • Identify one social skill that children and teens can use when they are in the position of bystander
  • Describe one activity that can be used to help children and teens learn effective bystander skills
  • Identify one social skill that children and teens can use as an alternative to being mean or hurtful
  • Describe one activity that can help children and teens effectively deal with “being in the middle” of social conflict
  • Identify one way of involving parents and families to help children and teens navigate their social worlds
  • Identify one advocacy action to help make positive changes in the school or after-school climate


DAY 1  — THURSDAY, JULY 20, 2017

8:30 – 9:00     Registration and light breakfast

9:00 – 9:40     Welcome, Introductions and Overview  of the training

9:40 – 10:00   Opening mindfulness (Dr. Johnson)

10:00 – 10:45  Carousel activity: Benefits and challenges of friendship (Dr. Chiang) with discussion (Dr. Johnson)

10:45 – 11:00  Break

11:00 – 11:10  Brain break

11:10 – 12:00  – Connection and Resistance in a Gendered World – Dr. Melissa Johnson   –           – Examining social and emotional development research, theory and application (Dr. Johnson)

12:00 – 12:30  Activity

12:30 – 1:00    Lunch – and a video!

1:00 – 1:10      Movement Mindfulness (Dr. Chiang)

1:10 – 2:00      Taking Care of the Emotional World: Cool tools for therapeutic group and classroom use (Dr. Chiang)

2:00 – 2:30      Activity

2:30 – 2:45      Break

2:45 – 3:05      Break out sessions –

3:05 – 3:45      Presentations from teams

3:45 – 4:00    Closing Circle

DAY 2 — FRIDAY, JULY 21, 2017

8:00 – 8:30     Optional Mindfulness

8:30 – 9:00     Sign in and light breakfast

9:00 – 9:15     Opening mindfulness  (Dr. Johnson)

9:15 – 10:00   “They’re being mean!” Skills for girls to use when they are targeted (Dr. Johnson)

10:00 – 10:35  “Oops!  Ouch!” Alternative skills to being mean (Dr. Chiang)

10:35 – 11:00  “Not in the Middle;” Skills for spoon-ish situations (Dr. Chiang)

11:00   Break

11:15 – 11:25  Brain break

11:25 – 12:30   Activities and presentations

12:30 – 1:00    Lunch

1:00 – 1:10     Movement Mindfulness (Dr. Chiang)

1:10 – 2:00     Influence for Good: Skills for the Bold Bystander (Dr. Johnson)

2:00 – 2:35     Advocacy and change – in mental health, education, community, with families      (Dr. Chiang and Dr. Johnson)

2:35 – 2:50      Break

2:50 – 3:15      Break out sessions –  How do I take this back to my school, organization or           practice?

3:15 -3:40        Presentations from teams  (Dr. Chiang)

3:40 – 4:00      Closing Circle: What are you taking with you?

4:00                 Wrap up the training and hand in evaluation forms



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.

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, Psy.D. (PSY 21136) has worked in the mental health field with adolescents and their families since 2000, fostering a passion for working with girls, women and parents in identifying strengths and building self confidence, empowerment and healthy self expression.
She is a graduate of Loyola Marymount University (major: Psychology; minor: Asian Pacific American Studies) and received her Master’s and Doctoral degrees in Clinical Psychologyfrom the California School of Professional Psychology — Alliant International University.

Dr. Chiang is currently employed at the Institute for Girls’ Development where her specialties include coaching parents in finding solutions that work for their family; strengthening attachment and bonding between infants and caregivers; relational play therapy for the early childhood population; empowering new and expectant parents to cope with life transitions; developing strong coping skills to withstand life’s challenges; promoting self confidence and empowerment; fostering skills for living in a bicultural environment; helping immigrant families deal with acculturation issues, bicultural identities and cross-generation communication; building skills to manage ADHD, learning disabilities, academic stress, anxiety, and depression; developing positive body image and strong inner voice; and developing healthy relationships and decision making skills.  Her experience includes numerous professional presentations.

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 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. Cooper if you have further questions (626-744-9472).


To withdraw from a course your request must be in writing and FAXed or postmarked at least 5 days prior to the day of the course. A refund (minus a $20 handling fee) will be issued within 10 days – or you may be able to transfer your entire registration fee to another upcoming course.  If you cannot attend because of illness or emergency and are unable to notify us 5 days prior to the course date, you may be able to transfer your registration fee to an upcoming course.  Please call Dr. Cooper (626-744-9472) for information about this option.


The building and room for this event are wheel-chair accessible.  Please contact us if you need any other accommodations.  Lunch is provided by the Institute for Girls’ Development and will include vegetarian and gluten-free options.  Please contact us if you have any other dietary needs:  626-585-8075 x116 (Hax Baker) or  If you email, please refer to this workshop in your subject line.


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