Empowering girls and women for life.


Our Training Institute, launched in 2004, is part of our initiative to share expertise with fellow professionals in mental health, education, and organizations serving children and families. In creating this community for learning, growth, and diversity, we hope to challenge ourselves and others to think deeply, creatively, empirically and to act boldly.

Our training model incorporates what we call experiential and embodied learning, drawing on strength-based and mindfulness approaches in a relational context. Our training program provides an opportunity to collectively develop our own wise and authentic voices to advocate for social change while helping girls stand strong with zest for life.

We’re monitoring the coronavirus health crisis daily and may make adjustments to the dates of our summer training sessions if needed.  Please contact Paige Hobey at PHobey@IFGD.care with questions.


Spring 2020 Course Offering:

Effective and Compassionate Clinical Work for Gender-Expansive Children, Teens and Families: This 6 week professional training is designed for case management work with gender-expansive youth and families (12 hours of Continuing Education Credits)

Summer 2020 Course Offerings:

Mindfulness Tools: Helping Children and Teens Stress Less and Connect More (5 Continuing Education Credits)

Social Media Savvy: What Every Adult Working with Youth Should Know about Social Media (3 Continuing Education Credits)

Gender Fluid Youth: Best Practices – How to Offer a Positive Experience for Gender Fluid Youth (3 Continuing Education Credits)

Stand Up! Speak Out! ®: Curriculum Training – Empowering Friendship & Conflict Resolution Skills (12 Continuing Education Credits)

Click here to register for our summer professional trainings!

Courses Offered Throughout the Year:

Health and Wellness Center Professional Training

In-Service Trainings for Educators and School Staff