Empowering girls and women for life.

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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Announcing our expanded Perinatal & Postpartum Program!

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Announcing our expanded Perinatal & Postpartum Program!   We know how beautiful, frustrating, exciting and exhausting it can be to begin the parenthood journey. Our compassionate therapists offer unique support and resources to assist women in gently finding their way through the many stages of starting or growing a family. Our expanded Perinatal and Postpartum…

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Calmer, Easier, Happier Parenting

The other day as I was rushing through the morning to get my 4 year old prepared for a day at summer camp when I realized in a moment of frustration that I had been repeating the same request over and over again without any follow through from him… a frustrating situation indeed for me…

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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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Five Tips for Internet Savvy Parenting

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Five Tips for Internet Savvy Parenting Melissa J Johnson, PhD and Vicki Chiang, PsyD   In a conversation about social media and kids, you may see us hold up our right hands – the index and middle fingers forming the shape of a V.  No, we’re not giving you the peace sign.  At least not…

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General Parenting Resources

These are some general resources for parents of growing girls. Clicking on the books will take you to their ordering pages on Amazon.com. Resources for Parents of Elementary, Middle, and High School Girls Celebrating Girls: Nurturing and Empowering Our Daughters by Virginia Rutter Dads and Daughters: How to Inspire, Understand, and Support Your Daughter When…

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Helping Kids to Confidently Ride the Waves of Big Feelings

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HELPING KIDS TO CONFIDENTLY RIDE THE WAVES OF BIG FEELINGS   By Jessica Fisher, Psy.D. Post-Doctoral Fellow / Dialectical Behavior Therapy Specialty Supervised by Vicki Chiang, Psy.D, PSY21136   How do I know if my child could use support?  Some kids are born into the world with big feelings! This is both a gift and…

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Media Literacy Resources

These are some resources for parents who want to help their daughters learn to think critically about the messages in advertising and media. Clicking on the books will take you to their ordering pages on Amazon.com. Resources for Parents of Elementary School Girls Books Can’t Buy My Love: How Advertising Changes the Way We Think…

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Newsletter | October 5, 2018

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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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Postpartum Mental Health Myths Vs. Facts

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POSTPARTUM MENTAL HEALTH MYTHS VERSUS FACTS   Myth: Very few women experience baby blues. Fact: Approximately 70% – 80% of women will experience, at a minimum, the baby blues; about 20% will experience the more severe postpartum depression and its other subtypes.   Myth: Postpartum depression begins directly after birth. Fact: It is believed that…

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Postpartum Mental Health Resources

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POSTPARTUM MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES Postpartum Support International (PSI) Hotline in English and Spanish: 800-944-4773 postpartum.net   The National Women’s Health Information Center 800-944-9662 womenshealth.gov/mental-health   Maternal Mental Health Now A Los Angeles-based organization committed to education families and professionals about postpartum mental health maternalmentalhealthnow.org   Postpartum Progress An informational webpage and blog created by a…

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Race and Diversity For Parents: Doing Our Own Work

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Dear Colleagues and Friends, Here at the Institute, we have a saying about the importance of “doing our own work” – whether we are parents or professionals. As we consider ways to help children understand race and appreciate diversity, its vital for us to “do our own work.”  Research has indicated that many white parents,…

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Resources for Parents of Middle Schoolers

For the middle school student, survival includes navigating new social relationships, more academic demands, exciting after-school activities, new feelings and body changes, and lots more decisions. It’s a time when family relationships change & connection gets re-defined. Here are a few books and websites that may be helpful resources for your pre-teen & teen during…

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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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Using Stories in the Discussion of Race

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USING STORIES IN THE DISCUSSION OF RACE Dr. Vicki Chiang Embracing all aspects of our identity is a great practice for kids and adults alike. It helps facilitate self-confidence, self-understanding, as well as compassion for difference and diversity.  Parents often ask about ways they can talk with their children about race – their own and…

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What’s Missing from “Tiger Mother” Parenting

There is no escaping the attention author Amy Chua has received about her book “Battle Hymn of a Tiger Mother”. I’ve been captivated by the discussion, both as a Chinese American woman and a psychologist who works with families and children. The intrigue is partly because of my clinical passions (parenting, culture and parent-child relationships)…

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Wise Mind Parenting

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Being a parent is tough work! Wise Mind Parenting is a new group for parents of teens and young adults who want to find new ways to understand and navigate the tough emotions that arise within themselves and their children during this transitional time of life.  As teens and young adults move towards independence the…

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