Stand Up! Speak Out!® Curriculum Training: Empowering Friendship & Conflict Resolution Skills – June 22-23, 2023

For professionals empowering girls, children and teens to navigate friendships. Program is based on the Stand Up! Speak Out!® curriculum being implemented in many schools and after-school programs and will be informative for Psychologists and other mental health providers.  

Presenters:  Melissa Johnson, PhD and Vicki Chiang, PsyD.

CE units:  12.0

When: June 22 – 23, 2023 (Thursday and 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

Please go to the Institute for Girls’ Development website for more description of this program.

Course Level:  Intermediate.  This course will be useful for Psychologists and other mental health professionals as well as school counselors, school psychologists, educators and those who lead programming for girls.

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


• Early Bird Special: $490 for the training plus $125 for the curriculum package until May 29

• Regular rate:  $535 for the training plus $125 for the curriculum package
• Graduate Student Rate: $375
• $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 2 ways that the COVID-19 pandemic and its fallout have impacted the social development of children, based on what we know so far.
  • Identify 2 changes in kids/teens social media experiences that are impacting friendships, at this stage in the pandemic.
  • 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 1 way that gender stereotypes negatively impact the social connections of children of all genders
  • Identify 1 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 1 social skill that children and teens can use when they are in the position of bystander
  • Identify 1 social skill that children and teens can use as an alternative to being mean or hurtful
  • Describe 1 activity that can help children and teens effectively deal with “being in the middle” of social conflict
  • Identify 1 way of involving parents and families to help children and teens navigate their social worlds
  • Identify 1 advocacy action to help make positive changes in the therapy, school or after-school climate.


DAY 1, JUNE 22, 2023

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, accounting for pandemic influences and social media changes – 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, JUNE 23, 2023

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 (she/her) (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 35 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 and trainer. The book Stand Up! Speak Out!™ Empowering Skills for Girls’ Friendships: The Essential Guide for Educators and Others Who Work with Girls is available to provide practical tools for those who mentor girls.

Vicki Chiang, Psy.D. (she/her) (PSY21136) brings enthusiasm, passion and dedication to her leadership as Clinical Director of the Institute’s Child and Adolescent Specialty Practice (CASP). Dr Chiang is a dynamic and popular trainer, speaker and writer on issues relevant to professionals and parents. Many of her articles can be found on the Institute’s website, including her article: On Race: Using Stories in the Discussion of Race. 

In her clinical work, Dr. Chiang offers a unique blend of compassion, guidance, and authenticity for parents she works with in her consultation room. By empowering parents with relational and attachment resources for positive parenting, she supports the whole family in growing and thriving. 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. She brings this wealth of wisdom and clinical expertise to her role as senior supervisor for the Institute’s CAPIC Postdoctoral Fellowship Program.

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 and emailed at least 5 days prior to the first 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.

ACCOMMODATIONS AND SPECIAL REQUESTS  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.

CONTACT INFORMATION  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 credit, please call Dr. Chris Cooper (626-744-9472) or email at .

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