Empowering girls and women for life.
  • Therapy and educational services for today’s girls, women, families and professionals
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    Welcome to the Institute for Girls’ Development!

    Established in 2004, the Institute is dedicated to empowering girls, women, families, and their circles of community through engaged, strength-based programs. Our services include educational workshops for girls and parents, professional trainings for educators, mental health professionals, and others, as well as a wide range of therapeutic services. To learn more about our educational workshops for girls and parents or our Training Institute for professionals, visit our Education link above or in the main menu under Services.

    Therapy and Assessment: Our expert clinicians offer caring and comprehensive therapy for girls, women, and families. We draw on research-based, relational approaches that have been found to help. Individual, family and group therapy options are designed to restore zest, encourage meaningful connections and foster skills for hardiness, mindfulness and authenticity. We collaborate with you to determine the best methods to assist you and/or your daughter to heal and reach goals. We work with girls from 0 on up into adulthood. The box (right) lists our range of programs. Explore our site to learn more — or call us at 626.585.8075, ext 108.


  • Fun workshops and professional training
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    WORKSHOPS FOR GIRLS:

    Stand Up! Speak Out!®

    Superflex Summer Academy

    TRAINING INSTITUTE:

    Mindfulness Tools

    Stand Up! Speak Out!Curriculum Training

     

    Our workshops for parents and caregivers provide practical tools and great information in a comfortable, fun, supportive environment.

    Planning for summer? Check out our summer workshops for elementary and middle school girls. We offer Stand Up! Speak Out!® for girls entering 3rd-5th grades, and Superflex Summer Academy for girls entering 2nd-5th grades.

    About Our Training Institute: Our Training Institute is part of our initiative to share expertise with fellow professionals in mental health, education, and organizations serving girls and women. We offer engaging, effective trainings covering a range of topics — including continuing education programs available for mental health professionals. You can register online for our summer educator trainings, Stand Up! Speak Out!™ Curriculum Training; or Mindfulness Tools: Helping Children & Teens Stress Less & Connect More.


  • Shop our new online store for insightful products and great gifts!
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    The Institute is pleased to announce the addition of our NEW store featuring unique gifts and accessories as well as a convenient place to register and pay for workshops and training courses. Visit us often as we grow our product line in the months to come!

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Stand Up! Speak Out! ® Summer Workshops – June 25-29, July 23-27

Come join us for five fun-filled afternoons of arts, crafts, games, skits, role play, journaling, mindfulness activities, and more! Not just fun, you’ll also gain tips and tools for growing friendships that are healthy, positive and enjoyable. Register now! Included in your daughter’s week-long summer workshop is an evening parent presentation – Cliques, Conflicts, and Connections: Helping Your Daughter Navigate Her Social World. This evening component of our summer program gives parents the opportunity to connect and learn strategies to best support their daughters.

 

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Dialectical Behavior Therapy

Many teens struggle with intense emotions. Along with overwhelming feelings, teens may experience symptoms and behaviors that are worrisome: panic attacks; tearful, angry outbursts; self-injury; suicidal thoughts. They may have difficulty focusing on school or maintaining meaningful relationships. DBT is a type of treatment that has been found to help teens build skills to effectively deal with strong feelings and relationship challenges. Our DBT program provides individual, group, and family therapies, as well as skills coaching. Watch this video to learn more about DBT.

Watch Video: What is DBT?

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Get Social Media Savvy – May 18

A Social Media Workshop for Middle School Girls and Parents:  Wish you had some guidelines to help support your daughter in the wild world of social media?  We’re here to help!

Girls will learn how to happily stay connected with friends while keeping the tough stuff in perspective,  what to do when texting gets messy, how to maintain balance, stay safe and enjoy – and more!

Parents will get a helpful overview of today’s social media world – from popular apps to the latest stats, tips on offering the right support and setting healthy boundaries, plus recommended resources, apps and guidelines.

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