Gaps + Gains

Gaps and Gains

Understand the Social, Emotional and Academic Setbacks and Gifts (Yes, Gifts!) of the Covid-19 Year with Clinical Implications 

Part of our Friday Morning Tea & Training Webinar Series!

How has the last year and a half affected our children and teens?  

During this pandemic season, youth have experienced loss, trauma, racial justice concerns, excessive screen time, upended routines, and isolation. They’ve also experienced less frenzied schedules, perhaps developed some new skills and interests, and experienced different kinds of family time (for better or worse). 

The Covid-19 year has changed children’s lives in so many ways.  While the long-term developmental impact of navigating this global pandemic is yet to be known, we’ll have a chance to look together at the latest research, survey data and anecdotal accounts of suffering and resilience. Dr. Chiang and I are excited to reflect on relevant clinical considerations to help youth and families heal and thrive. We’ll be looking at interventions and applicable activities through a decolonizing lens. 


Friday, July 30 from 9am to 11am

Continuing Education Credits: 


Continuing education credit is given by our CE partner, Illuminated Education.  Please go to the Illuminated Education website ( for more information.

What’s Included:
  • Experiential and didactic learning addressing the gaps and gains from Covid-19 – plus online and in-person strategies and activities to use with clients and students
  • Decolonizing and antiracist perspectives on youth’s gaps and gains during the COVID -19 year
  • The opportunity to connect online with other dedicated professionals. 

$95 Early Bird Rate until June 30

  • $110 after June 30
  • $75 Student Rate

Are you a part of a group?  We offer a $10 discount to individuals coming in a group from a clinic, organization or school. Please register individually but provide the names of everyone in your group in the ‘order notes’ of checkout.


This professional training session is a live, interactive webinar.  We will send you the link to join the session after your register.


Join us for this timely presentation as we all empower youth to grow through the social, emotional, academic and technology challenges of 2020/2021.  Together, we’ll explore culturally responsive ways to support creative resilience and increased connection. 

Agenda Overview:

Grab your tea or coffee – and join us for a morning of online learning!

9am                 Welcome and Introductions 

9:15am           Opening Experiential Activity

9:35am           “The Lost Year” Academic Disparities, Gaps and Gains: The research, treatment  considerations and applications

10am              Connection in a Disconnected World: Social development including racial justice awareness, activism and technology 

10:25am         Emotional Gaps and Growth: More applications of online and in-person activities

10:50am         Closing Activity: With resources for additional activities

Institute Training Faculty:
Melissa J. Johnson, Ph.D. CEO & Founder, Licensed Psychologist

Melissa J Johnson, PhD, licensed psychologist (PSY 13102), is the founder & CEO of the Institute for Girls’ Development in Pasadena, CA. An expert on child and teen development with a Master’s in Education and Doctorate in Counseling Psychology, Dr. Johnson has worked with children and teens for over 40 years. For the Institute’s diverse community, Dr. Johnson and her team deliver strength-based therapy, inspiring educational programs, and consultation with schools and districts to help create positive school climates. Dr. Johnson’s approach to raising and mentoring girls draws together contemporary research in neuroscience, mind/body health, gender and cultural responsiveness, and evidence based interventions in mindfulness and social and emotional intelligence. Most recently, Dr. Johnson and Institute Leadership have developed the Institute’s Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (JEDI) Initiative, taking action steps for antiracist organizational change, including in supervision and training.

Dr. Johnson is the recipient of numerous awards, recognizing her contributions to the community and to psychology. Dr. Johnson has served as an adjunct faculty member at both the University of La Verne and the University of Southern California. Dr. Johnson is a welcomed regional and national speaker. Through the Institute, she has published Stand Up! Speak Out! Empowering Skills for Girls’ Friendships, a guide for educators and youth program leaders. A list of her peer reviewed publications, book chapters and other professional articles can be provided upon request.  Her numerous articles about raising strong girls have appeared in community online blogs and newsletters.

Vicki Chiang, Licensed Psychologist

Vicki Chiang, PsyD, licensed psychologist (PSY 21136), is the Clinical Director of the Child and Adolescent Specialty Program and the Clinical Supervisor for Postdoctoral Fellows at the Institute for Girls’ Development.  As part of the Institute Leadership Team, she contributes to the Institute’s Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (JEDI) Initiative and facilitates the Institute’s Cultural Consultation Group. In her clinical work, Dr. Chiang specializes in working with parents and girls, and she loves empowering parents to find solutions that work in their homes and supporting them to better manage the many challenges modern-day parenting can bring. She also has a deep passion for helping girls and women navigate cultural expectations and building their self-confidence to withstand those messages.

In her professional and parent presentations, Dr. Chiang has an amazing ability to distill wisdom into applicable actions, and to illustrate compelling storytelling. She’s a sought-after speaker and trainer – combining her years of expertise with an engaging speaking style and a dash of humor.  She has spoken to many parent audiences, and offered professional training, on topics such as fostering emotional intelligence in children, managing screen time balance and social media issues. She incorporates reflections on culture and diversity in these presentations.  

CE Approval

Two units of Continuing Education credit are available through our continuing education partner, Illuminated Education.  Illuminated Education is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists.  Illuminated Education maintains the responsibility for this program and its content.   

The California Board of Psychology accepts APA approval for continuing education credit.  In addition, theCalifornia Board of Behavioral Sciences accepts APA approval for CE activities for MFTs, LCSWs, LPPCs and/or LEPs.

Outside of California, please check with your licensing board to see whether APA approval is accepted for CE credit in your state. Please check the Illuminated Education website ( or call Dr. Chris Cooper (Illuminated Education CE Coordinator) if you have further questions (626-744-9472).

Click on links to download the forms to register by mail: School Program InvoicingRegistration Form, and Credit Card Authorization


Feel free to contact Paige Hobey, Director of Community Education and Outreach, at 626-585-8075 ext. 121 or

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