Swimming Upstream: Mental Health in Contemporary Girlhood

Presented by Laura Choate, EdD, LPC-S on 07-08-2016 at 9 a.m. Pacific (noon Eastern)

Contemporary culture teaches girls that their personal worth is based on their appearance and their ability to gain attention. Faced with confusing and contradictory expectations as well as unattainable standards, it is no wonder that girls are experiencing increasingly higher levels of mental health issues. Many parents feel helpless against the onslaught of negative influences targeting their daughters who may struggle to find their authentic sense of self.

During this two-hour continuing education web conference, Dr. Laura Choate will draw upon years of research and counseling literature to teach clinicians how to instill the power of resilience in girls, including developing a positive body image, maintaining healthy relationships with friends and romantic partners while navigating high-pressure academic environments.

Based on cutting-edge research, Dr. Choate will review strategies for counselors that will prepare girls with the life skills they need to resist destructive cultural influences. She will offer counselors skills to provide a therapeutic message of hope and reassurance as she outlines a set of straightforward tools they can use to help their clients navigate the trials and demands of contemporary girlhood. 

This introductory instructional level web conference is designed to help clinicians: 

  1. Recognize the three current cultural trends are impacting the mental health of girls.
  2. Create therapeutic exercises for use with parents to help clarify their parenting values and goals.
  3. Assess emerging mental health problems in adolescent girls that may be related to contemporary culture.
  4. Recognize the importance of promoting resilience as a key to preventing negative mental health outcomes for girls.
  5. Utilize skills for teaching girls resilience in five essential life dimensions: developing a positive body image, maintaining healthy relationships, navigating academics, and developing effective problem-solving and coping strategies.

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How the Web Conference Works

Before the scheduled event, all registered attendees will be sent a reminder email from GoodTherapy.org with specific instructions on how to log in to the web conference center, as well as links to optional handout materials if applicable. 

To attend the event, registered attendees will log in to the web conference center using a computer or device (smartphone or tablet with internet access) and calling in to the teleconference line on a phone. Attendees will be able to ask live audio questions via phone and/or submit text chat questions via their computer or device. Attendees who are logged in to the event center will be able to see live streaming video and/or document sharing. Alternatively, attendees may dial in to the teleconference line only, though attendees dialing in by phone only will be unable to ask questions. 

At the conclusion of this event, participants will receive an email with information about how to request a CE certificate in the GoodTherapy.org Member's Area. To confirm attendance, participants must enter the start and end codes announced at the beginning and end of the live presentation. Participants will also be prompted to complete an online survey evaluating the event. Participants will need to complete this online survey within six days after the event. Once completed, participants will be able to download a copy of their CE certificate instantly. 

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401.5CE hours and counting!

All are available to GoodTherapy.org members at no additional cost.

Continuing Education (CE) Information

Two CE credits will be provided by GoodTherapy.org for attending this web conference in its entirety.

GoodTherapy.org is an Approved Education Provider by NAADAC, The Association for Addiction Professionals (provider #135463). Of the eight counselor skill groups ascribed to by NAADAC, this course is classified within counseling services.

GoodTherapy.org is an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEPTM) and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements.

This organization, GoodTherapy.org, provider #1352, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. GoodTherapy.org maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: March 30, 2016 through March 30, 2019. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits. Social workers participating in this course will receive two clinical continuing education clock hours.

GoodTherapy.org is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. GoodTherapy.org maintains responsibility for this program and its content and is solely responsible for all aspects of the program.

GoodTherapy.org, SW CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0395.

Registration Information

This web conference is available at no cost to GoodTherapy.org members.

This event has already taken place. An audio recording for this event may be available in the Member's Area.

Event Reviews from Members

This workshop provided helpful tools and guidance as a professional counselor, but also as an aunt/future mother.  The subject matter was informative and brought attention to how influential young females are and what we can do as counselors/adults to facilitate and encourage positive growth and development. - Brittany Adcox, MS, LPC

As a clinician and a father of two girls I found this very helpful yet disturbing. The disturbing aspect is good, because I want to know the truth rather than feel good as a result of false information. This information will impact how I work with younger people and with my children as well. - Jeff Wells, LMFT, CADC

Meet the Presenter

Laura Choate, EdD, LPC-S

Laura Choate, EdD, LPC-S

Laura Choate, EdD, LPC-S is a Jo Ellen Levy Yates Endowed Professor in Counselor Education at Louisiana State University. She has almost two decades of experience as both a counselor educator at LSU  and as a Licensed Professional Counselor. Her areas of interest not only include girls' and women's mental health issues but also college student counseling and wellness. Dr. Choate has shown dedication to the continuing education of counselors including her own research into the effective practices of counselor education for personal and professional development. 

Dr. Choate is the recipient of the 2016 LSU Distinguished Faculty Award, the American Counseling Association Best Practices Award, and the American College Counseling Association Research Award with over 40 publications in journals and books. She lives in Baton Rouge with her husband and two children. 

Her books include:

For more information about Dr. Laura Choate and her work, please visit her website here.

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    GoodTherapy.org has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6380. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. GoodTherapy.org is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.
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    This course has been approved by GoodTherapy.org, as a NAADAC Approved Education Provider, for educational credits. NAADAC Provider #135463. GoodTherapy.org is responsible for all aspects of their programming.
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    GoodTherapy.org, provider #1352, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) Program. GoodTherapy.org maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 03/30/2016 – 03/30/2019. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits. Social workers participating in this course will receive 2 clinical continuing education clock hours.
  • GoodTherapy.org, SW CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0395.