Dr. Melissa J. Johnson

Melissa 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 Masters in Education and Doctorate in Counseling Psychology, Dr. Johnson has worked with children and teens for over 35 years, providing empowerment opportunities for individuals, groups and communities. 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,…

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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…

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MINDFULNESS TOOLS: HELPING CHILDREN AND TEENS STRESS LESS AND CONNECT MORE – July 20, 2019

Come discover creative, fun and meaningful tools for incorporating mindfulness into everyday activities with children and teens! For mental health professionals, educators, and youth program leaders. Learn creative, fun and meaningful tools and exercises to support the effective use of mindfulness in school, after school, and in therapy. Presenter: Dr. Melissa Johnson When: Saturday, July 20, 2019, 9:30am – 3:30pm (Sign in and light breakfast 9:00 – 9:30) Exciting current research in the fields of psychology, education, and neuroscience indicate that mindfulness practices can help children and teens improve attention and focus, manage stress, enjoy more positive relationships, and increase…

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