Empowering girls and women for life.

Administrative Assistant Position

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The Institute for Girls’ Development is a private practice in Pasadena. At the Institute we promote excellence in psychotherapeutic and assessment services as well as community programs for girls and their families. We are well-respected and active in the community – collaborating with schools and youth organizations to empower connection, growth, and mindfulness.   We…

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Women’s History Month 2018

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To celebrate this year’s Women’s History Month, the Institute for Girls’ Development has developed a “fact card” for all 31 days in March, each featuring a different woman who has made her mark on the world in unique and inspiring ways.   Throughout Women’s History Month, we will also be posting these women who have made…

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AFTER THE SCHOOL SHOOTING – How to help our kids

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In the wake of another tragic school shooting, I know that we are all dealing with our emotions – shock, fear, anger, sadness, grief, confusion, disbelief, broken-heartedness, compassion. And while we process our own feelings and reactions, there are the feelings of our children and teens to attend to. Many parents and educators are asking,…

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Introducing New Staff

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Grace M. Goodman, Psy.D. Licensed Psychologist (PSY 28905) I have been on the Institute team for a little over two months, and in that time I have already gotten to work alongside an inspiring and effective group of clinicians, as well as with a wonderfully hope-filled, indefatigable group of clients and their families! It is…

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Self-Compassion: The New Alternative to Self-Esteem

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by Dr. Grace Goodman & Institute Staff   Have you noticed how it’s often easier to forgive others than it is to forgive ourselves? We have a tendency to hold ourselves to a higher standard of perfection than we hold for others. Our ultra-achievement oriented culture frequently sends the message that we need to be…

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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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4 Tips for Helping Kids Cope with Wildfires

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By Melissa J. Johnson, PH.D. Founder & CEO Licensed Psychologist (PSY 13102) As we speak with parents, teachers, and kids this week, wildfire related stress is a common theme. The saturated news coverage, school closures, and smoky air all add to the stress for kids. We want to share some curated resources for families, educators, and others who…

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What’s a Pause Button?

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By Melissa J. Johnson, PH.D. Founder & CEO Licensed Psychologist (PSY 13102) Last week we had a blast hosting a workshop for a group of second grade girls. One of their fun projects was to create a Pause Button Bracelet – colorful string and buttons to wear around their wrists. What does one do with a Pause…

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