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 Institute team have delivered groups and workshops for thousands of girls. Based on cutting edge research and the experiences of real girls, the Stand Up! Speak Out!® curriculum guides therapists, educators and youth program leaders in skills to navigate the important and complex world of friendship and social relationships with assertiveness, compassion and self-care.

Click here to watch the video of Dr. Johnson discussing the Stand Up! Speak Out!® Curriculum

Watch the Stand Up! Speak Out!® facilitators share what they love about teaching empowering friendship skills to girls!

When: July 18-19, 2019 (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.  This course will be useful for school counselors, school psychologists and educators as well as those who lead activities for girls and those who work therapeutically with girls.

Learning Modalities:  Attendees learn through demonstrations, videos, breakout sessions, presentations, and experiential activities. All participants receive a training packet with resources.

Cost: $485

• Early Bird Special: $445 until May 30
• Graduate Student Rate: $250
• $20 group discount

Please go to the registration page on the Institute for Girls’ Development website for more details.

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Attendees will be able to:

  • Identify 3 of the biggest friendship issues facing 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 children of all genders
  • 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
  • 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 therapy, school or after-school climate

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  • Two full days of training from Dr. Melissa Johnson (author of Stand Up! Speak Out!®) and Dr. Vicki Chiang (Clinical Director of the Institute’s Child and Adolescent Specialty Practice).
  • The opportunity to network and learn best practices from colleagues.
  • Nourishing food including continental breakfast, lunch, and light snacks
  • Two FREE hours of individual consultation, valued at $500, with Dr. Melissa Johnson over the next 12 months to refine your implementation of Stand Up! Speak Out!® for your particular site or population.
  • Vroman’s Bookstore is partnering with us to provide current books on this topic for your perusal and purchase.

In addition to the training, you can purchase the Stand Up! Speak Out!® Curriculum Package at a 50% discount.  It includes:

  • Essential Curriculum: Stand Up! Speak Out!®  Empowering Skills for Girls’ Friendships book
  • Twelve 30-minute lesson plans ready to be utilized in a classroom, after-school program, or youth group as needed
  • Skits for all genders, to be used for role playing and practicing skills
  • Evaluation tools to help assess skill development and progress

Regular cost for the Stand Up! Speak Out!® Curriculum Package is $125; professional training attendees can purchase the package for $62.50, select the “Training + Essential Curriculum” option at checkout.

You will gain:

  • Information about the social world of girls from socio-cultural and developmental perspectives, including the impact of gender stereotypes on all youth
  • Practical insight into the roles girls (and all youth) play in situations of relational aggression – target, aggressor, bold bystander, and the one in the middle
  • Effective tools to help girls move from conflict to solidarity and compassion
  • Fun, useful resources for calming strong emotions
  • Research-based mindfulness exercises that can be used everyday
  • Dynamic and creative activities to enhance discussions and skill-acquisition
  • Tips and practice in delivering the Stand Up! Speak Out! curriculum to your particular group of girls.


DAY 1, JULY 18, 2019

8:30     Registration and light breakfast

9:00     Welcome and overview of the training – Dr. Melissa Johnson and Dr. Vicki Chiang

9:20     Opening mindfulness and introductions – Dr. Melissa Johnson

10:00   Benefits and challenges of friendship – Dr. Vicki Chiang

10:20   Activity about conflict – Dr Vicki Chiang

10:45   Break

11:00   Introduction to Social Aggression (online and in real life), the Roles, and the skill of brave/straight talk

11: 25  Connection, Conflict and Resistance in Context – Dr. Melissa Johnson

11:55   Experiential Activities and Tips VIDEO – Dr. Chiang

12:30   Lunch

1:00     Movement Mindfulness – Dr. Vicki Chiang

1:10     More about the Roles and the Voices: VIDEOS – Dr. Melissa Johnson

1:25     Activity

1:45     Taking Care of the Emotional World: Cool tools for therapeutic group and classroom use. – Dr. Vicki Chiang

2:15     Break

2:30     More Tips for Trainers – Dr Chiang and Dr. Johnson

2:40     Training activities in teams – Dr. Melissa Johnson

3:05     Presentations/Demonstration from teams

3:45     Closing Circle and End of the Day Evaluations

DAY 2, JULY 19, 2019

8:30     Sign in and light breakfast

9:00     Opening mindfulness – Dr. Melissa Johnson on Fostering compassion

9:20     Review Feedback Forms from Day 1

9:35     “They’re being mean!” Skills for kids to use when they are targeted or in the bystander role online and in real life (IRL) – Dr. Johnson

10:45   Break

11:00   “Not in the Middle” Skills for spoon-ish situations and anger management skills – Dr. Chiang

11:50   Brain break/energizing mindful movement activity – Dr. Chiang

11:30   Activities and demonstrations

12:30   Lunch

1:00     Game – Dr. Vicki Chiang

1:10     Advocacy, Change and More Tips for Trainers – in mental health, education, community, with families – Dr. Chiang and Dr. Johnson

2:00     Applications and delivery

2:30     Break

2:45     Break out sessions – How do I take this back to my school, organization or practice? 

3:35     Closing Circle:

4:00     Wrap up the training and evaluation forms



Melissa J Johnson, PhD (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 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 and emotional intelligence. She is the recipient of numerous awards for her work with girls, a prolific writer and an inspiring public speaker. (Read More)

Vicki Chiang, Psy.D. (PSY21136) brings enthusiasm, passion and dedication to The Institute for Girls’ Development. As Training Coordinator for Workshop Programs and Director of the Institute’s Center for Education, she heads up the Leadership Intern Program. In her community work, Dr. Chiang helps girls, teens and young women learn healthy and adaptive coping skills, and develop positive and nurturing relationships. Since 1999 Dr. Chiang has been a volunteer at Camp Ronald McDonald for Good Times and has worked as a camp counselor and director of volunteer staff. Dr. Chiang utilizes arts and crafts, the great outdoors, games and team building initiatives to cultivate not just fun but powerful learning experiences for children and teens. In her clinical work, Dr. Chiang helps children, teens and families develop self confidence, empowerment and healthy self expression through individual, group and family therapy with services provided in English and/or Mandarin. Dr. Chiang especially values the work she does with parents – empowering them with relational and attachment resources for positive parenting. Dr. Chiang has expertise in working with immigrant families and is passionate about fostering skills to help immigrant families face the challenges of negotiating acculturation, bicultural identities and cross-generation communication. Dr. Chiang received her doctorate in psychology at the California School of Professional Psychology – Alliant International University.  (Read More)


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).

REFUNDS:  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.


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.


Please feel free to call 626.585.8075 ext. 121 or e-mail Paige Hobey at, with questions about the program and for registration information. For questions about Continuing Education hours, please call Dr. Chris Cooper (626-744-9472) or email at .

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