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Bullying Prevention: Creating a Positive School Climate And Developing Social Competence by Pamela Orpinas and Arthur M. Horne is a rich resource for practical and effective anti-bullying programming. It’s chock full of research, programming information, resources, and some activities to build skills. Here’s one of our favorite activities from the book. These activities are useful for…

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Alternatives to Relational Aggression (RA)

Girl Wars Questionnaire Back in the day, early research on aggression indicated that girls did not engage in aggressive behaviors. This statement often evokes a “ha!” or a “what?!” for those of us who work with youth. The problem with the first research on aggression was its focus on direct and physical aggression. Research today…

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Celebrating Cooperation and Working Together Through Music

Our children may spend a good amount of time talking about “when friends aren’t so friendly.” As parents, educators, and youth advocates, we are often distressed, even alarmed, by children’s conflicts, bullying, harassment. Does our capacity to celebrate cooperation, solidarity, and connection get lost in the shuffle? Lyn Mikel Brown, author of Girlfighting: Betrayal and Rejection…

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Empowering Mindfulness Tools in Education

What is more empowering for educators and students than being equipped with tools to develop effective and satisfying social & emotional lives in and out of school, cope with stress, and achieve greater focus and attention for learning? Contemporary research on learning and brain development help us understand the value of mindfulness tools for students…

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Gratitude Journals

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GRATITUDE JOURNALS Grace M Goodman, Psy.D. Gratitude journals have been shown to increase happiness and decrease stress. To get the most benefit from gratitude journaling, follow these helpful guidelines: Journal once or twice per week. Evidence suggests that this is more beneficial than journaling daily. Pick one or two things that you are grateful for…

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Gratitude Paper Chains

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GRATITUDE PAPER CHAINS Create a Gratitude Chain with your family. Use colored paper and pre-write a gratitude prompt on each link. Then, tape the links together and hang the chain. Each day, remove one link – maybe during a family dinner – and everyone can answer that prompt. Some prompt ideas: Name a food, game, friend, trip,…

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Helping Students Get the Mental Health Services They Need

Making Referrals The following information has been adapted from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration). Click on their website for additional helpful information. www.mentalhealth.samhsa.gov. Another great resource for general information on mental health issues and therapy is the American Psychological Association. Their website address is:http://www.apahelpcenter.org/ How can…

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Pain Management Resources

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Check out this list of resources on pain management:   Support Organization: American Chronic Pain Association   Articles: Tips for Parenting a Child With Chronic Pain Managing Chronic Pain: How Psychologists Can Help with Pain Management   Websites: Growing Pains: For Teens Living with Pain Pain Management for Teens More Teen Pain Help – more…

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Readings for Professionals on Dialectical Behavior Therapy and other Mindfulness Oriented Approaches

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Published Abstracts from Randomized Controlled Trials Evans, K., Tyrer, P., Catalan, J., Schmidt, U., Davidson, K., Dent, J., Tata, P., Thornton, S., Barber, J., & Thompson, S. (1999). Manual-Assisted Cognitive-Behavior Therapy (MACT): A randomized controlled trial of a brief intervention with bibliotherapy in the treatment of recurrent deliberate self-harm. Psychological Medicine, 29, 19-25. Investigated the…

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Resources on Self Defense

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RESOURCES ON SELF DEFENSE We’ve worked with two organizations over the years for self defense training. We’re providing information about both of them here to help you select the one to best meet your training needs. These courses will help you build awareness, assertiveness, and physical technique for self defense. IMPACT: Recommended by our friend…

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Respect Activities

Courtney Macavinta and Andrea Vander Pluym are the authors of Respect: A Girl’s Guide to Getting Respect & Dealing When Your Line Is Crossed. About the book: “Quotes and advice from teen girls, true stories, and facts keep it real. Activities, journaling exercises, ideas for what teens can say when they are upset or pressured, and…

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Science Behind Why Women May Not Report Sexual Assault

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THE SCIENCE BEHIND WHY WOMEN MAY NOT REPORT SEXUAL ASSAULT A Message from the President of APA, Dr. Jessica Henderson Daniel Traumatic memories stored differently in the brain, according to psychological research WASHINGTON — Following is a statement by Jessica Henderson Daniel, PhD, president of the American Psychological Association, regarding what the scientific research says…

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Social World of Girls: A Resource Guide

These are some resources for parents dealing with girls’ changing social world. Clicking on the books will take you to their ordering pages on Amazon.com. For Parents of Elementary School Children Best Friends, Worst Enemies: Understanding the Social Lives of Children by Michael Thompson, Ph.D. and Catherine O’Neill Grace. Good Friends Are Hard to Find: Help…

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Talking About Sexual Assault with Children and Teens

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TALKING ABOUT SEXUAL ASSAULT WITH CHILDREN AND TEENS The political events of the last few weeks have focused our national, neighborhood, and family conversations on sexual assault, abuse and harassment. Wherever you find yourself on the political spectrum, many report that this is an emotionally grueling time. It has been particularly triggering for those who have experienced…

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Trauma – Coping with Wildfires

National Association of School Psychologists: Tips for Parents and Teachers: Helping Children after a Wildfire American Psychological Association Help Center: Recovering From the Wildfires American Psychological Association Help Center: Tips for managing your distress related to the wildfires

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Understanding Pain and the Brain

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Understanding Pain and the Brain: Increase comfort with the help of these videos and resources for children and adults Video Resources on Pain Management: For children and teens, this illustrated video project was directed by colleague Dr. Jody Thomas. In her words, the video You Are The Boss Of Your Brain is “about how kids…

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What’s So Special About Group Therapy?

If you’ve talked to someone from the Institute for Girls’ Development for any length of time, you’ve probably heard us talk about group therapy! Perhaps you or your daughter are in a group. Maybe you’ve considered group; perhaps it has been recommended for your child or yourself. Or, it’s possible that you’ve picked up fliers…

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