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13 Questions to Ask a Potential Therapist

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When you are considering therapy for your child or teen, you may wonder how to begin your search for a therapist. Get a recommendation:  Word of mouth is often an excellent way to obtain a recommendation. Pediatricians, school counselors, pastors, rabbis, and friends may be a source of information about local therapists. Some parents prefer…

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Activities for Learning How to Compliment

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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Bullying Prevention Resources

Courtesy of Michael D. Yapko, PH. Here is a valuable list of website resources regarding bullying and how to make a difference. These resources will be of interest to parents, teachers and even young people. http://www.pacer.org/bullying/nbpm/ Pacer’s National Bullying Prevention Center – The National Bullying Prevention month campaign was started by this organization in 2006….

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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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Friendship Stress? Friendship Tools!

The middle school girl friendship world gets a bad rap.  We hear about “drama,” mean girls, and exclusion.  Social media adds to friendship stress. What’s a girl to do?  What’s a parent to do?  We all want girls to enjoy positive friendships. In fact, research shows that girls grow through connection.  Relationships with peers and…

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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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Resources on Media Literacy for Young Women

Books: Can’t Buy My Love: How Advertising Changes the Way We Think and Feel by Jean Kilbourne and Mary Pipher Packaging Girlhood: Rescuing Our Daughters from Marketers’ Schemes by Sharon Lamb and Lyn Mikel Brown Websites: http://www.about-face.org Dove/Campaign for Real Beauty: http://www.dove.us/social-mission/campaign-for-real-beauty.aspx Short clip on “what it takes to make an ad”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hibyAJOSW8U Dove/Campaign for Real Beauty…

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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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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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