Empowering girls and women for life.
  • Therapy and educational services for today’s girls, women, families and professionals

    Welcome to the Institute for Girls’ Development!

    10Yr_mark_132pixWe are 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

    Our workshops for parents and caregivers provide practical tools and great information in a comfortable, fun, supportive environment. Join us November 2 when Noël Janis-Norton will present Homework without Hassle. It’s not too early to sign up for our Mindful Parenting Series February 3 and 10. Come add to your toolkit with Dr. Vicki Chiang as she discusses “The ABC’s of Big Feelings” and “Mellowing the Meltdowns.” Planning for summer? Check out our summer workshops for elementary and middle school girls.

    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 training, Hardiness Zones for Girls: Best Practices for Helping Girls Thrive In and After School.

  • Shop our new online store for insightful products and great gifts!


    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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  • Come visit our all new site – just for girls!

    For Girls Only

    .“For Girls Only” is the Institute’s own safe and resourceful website specifically designed for girls 6 to 19 (and parents of girls 3 to 5). Divided into age groups of 3-5, 6-7, 8-10, 11-13, and 14-19, “For Girls Only” provides empowering, age-appropriate articles and activities for girls to read, learn, explore and have fun! Newly re-designed for 2013, the “For Girls Only” website will open to the public later this summer. Check back to this site periodically for a link to our exciting new site for girls — we look forward to having you!


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Groups for Girls and Teens

Group work can be a beneficial adventure for girls and teens, building on their ability to grow through relationships! Our groups for elementary, middle and high school girls provide opportunities to enhance friendship connections, learn tools for managing strong emotions, and build confidence and grit. Mindfulness and happiness skills are part of each program. Through interactive creative activities, games, direct instruction, role-plays, and conversation, we aid girls in developing their whole selves. Contact us at 626.585.8075, ext 108 to learn more.


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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 therapy is a research-based approach 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. Play video


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Training Institute

Our Training Institute provides empowering, informative, and practical programs for mental health professionals, school counselors, educators, youth program leaders and mentors. Register for summer 2015 programs — Stand Up! Speak Out!™ Curriculum Training: Empowering Skills for Girls’ Friendships, and Hardiness Zones for Girls: Best Practices to Help Girls Thrive In and Out of School. CE credits for mental health professionals available for both. Marissa Lee, M.A., LMFT, will be presenting How Can I Help? A workshop for Christian leaders of Youth and Young Adults in January 2015!


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