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No More “Mean Girls”: The Damaging Effects of Real Life Plastics

March 29, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm CDT

Presented by The Institute for Professional and Continuing Studies

No More “Mean Girls”: An Exploration of the Damaging Effects of Real Life Plastics and How We Can Overcome Destructive Consequences in Clinical Work. The “Plastics” were portrayed in the popular film, Mean Girls, as teen royalty; the popular girls who dictate what is acceptable and what is not in high school.

Presented by The Institute for Professional and Continuing Studies

This webinar is being hosted on Zoom. The link to the Zoom meeting will be included in your order confirmation email from Eventbrite.

This live course offers 2.0 APA CE credits for Psychologists, 2.0 BBS California CEUs for Licensed Counselors, Social Workers or Marriage and Family Therapists, or 2.0 NBCC Clock Hours.

About This Event

No More Mean Girls is an exploration of the damaging effects of real life “plastics” and how we can overcome destructive consequences in clinical work. Using the film Mean Girls as a basis for the presentation, the presenter will engage with the audience about examples of real-life Mean Girls within the context of school and in the workplace. At the foundation of the conversation will be a focus of women and how these modern-day beauty myths perpetuate the cycle of misogyny within our society.

Damaging effects of the media, including social media, will be explored as The Beauty Myth of Naomi Wolf is integrated with the relevancy for 2021. Ways to combat perfectionist behaviors, uncovering FOMO, the fear of missing out, and assisting clients in advocating themselves in school and in the workplace will be


Learning Objectives

At the completion of this program participants will be able to:

1) Identify the practical applications for combating the damaging consequences of bullying and other injurious behavior amongst Women and Girls.

2) Identify and define the relevance of The Beauty Myth today. Integrate the ways new technologies and social media reinforce The Beauty Myth.


Dr. Tamara Blake


Dr. Tamara Blake is an Assistant Professor in the Counseling Department at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology at the Washington, D.C., Campus. As an Educational Psychologist and a believer in lifelong learning, she has been teaching in higher education since 2008. As a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Marriage and Family Therapist, she has worked in a variety of avenues including inpatient psychiatric treatment facilities, crisis services, community mental health clinics, and Nonprofit organizations. Dr. Blake enjoys completing research, primarily in the realm of Positive Psychology.

Program Standards and Goals

This program meets APA’s continuing education Standard 1.3: Program content focuses on topics related to psychological practice, education, or research other than application of psychological assessment and/or intervention methods that are supported by contemporary scholarship grounded in established research procedures.

This program meets APA’s continuing education Goal 1: Program is relevant to psychological practice, education, and/or science.


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Glick, P., Shnabel, N., & Ramati-Ziber, L. (2020). The beauty myth: Prescriptive beauty norms for women reflect hierarchy-enhancing motivations leading to discriminatory employment practices. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology (119) 2, 317-343.

Girls Inc.: Inspiring all girls to be strong, smart, & Bold. https://girlsinc.org.

Hurley, K. (2018). No more mean girls. Penguin Random House.

Limbong, A. (2020, June 9). Microaggressions are a big deal: How to talk them out and when to walk away. NPR https://www.npr.org/2020/06/08/872371063/microaggressions-are-a-big-deal-how-to-talk-them-out-and-when-to-walk-away

McTernan, E. (2018). Microaggressions, equality, and social Practices. Journal of Political Philosophy (26), 3, 261-281.

Paramount Pictures Corporation. (2004). Mean girls. Paramount.

Wolf, N. (1991). The Beauty myth: How images of beauty are used against women. Vintage.

Registration and Fees

Chicago School Faculty, Students, and Alumni: Free (Chicago School email required for free registration)

Community Members: $40.00

Potential Students Only (*No CEUs Provided*)

All funds raised through this workshop will benefit The Chicago School of Professional Psychology’s Washington DC Campus Counseling Department Scholarship Program.

Refund Policy: 100% of tuition is refundable up to 48 hours before the program. Within 48 hours of the program, tuition is nonrefundable.

Continuing Education

Target Audience: Professionals from all mental health disciplines and graduate students from all mental health disciplines.

Psychologists. The Chicago School of Professional Psychology is committed to accessibility and non-discrimination in its continuing education activities. The Chicago School of Professional Psychology is also committed to conducting all activities in conformity with the American Psychological Association’s Ethical Principles for Psychologists. Participants are asked to be aware of the need for privacy and confidentiality throughout the program. If program content becomes stressful, participants are encouraged to process these feelings during discussion periods. If participants have special needs, we will attempt to accommodate them. Please address questions, concerns and any complaints to Danielle Bohrer at 312-467-2364. There is no commercial support for this program nor are there any relationships between the CE Sponsor, presenting organization, presenter, program content, research, grants, or other funding that could reasonably be construed as conflicts of interest.

MFTs, LPCCs, and LCSWs. Course meets the qualifications for continuing education credit for MFTs, LPCCs, and/or LCSWs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. If you are licensed outside of California please check with your local licensing agency to determine if they will accept these CEUs. The Chicago School of Professional Psychology is approved by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) to offer continuing education programming for MFTs, LPCCs, LEPs, and/or LCSWs. The Chicago School of Professional Psychology is an accredited or approved postsecondary institution that meets the requirements set forth in Sections 4980.54(f)(1), 4989.34, 4996.22(d)(1), or 4999.76(d) of the Code.

Participation Certificate. The Chicago School of Professional Psychology is able to provide students and other participants who simply wish to have documentation of their attendance at the program a participation certificate.

Non Psychologists. Most licensing boards accept Continuing Education Credits sponsored by the American Psychological Association but non-psychologists are recommended to consult with their specific state-licensing board to ensure that APA-sponsored CE is acceptable.

*Participants must attend 100% of the program, and pass a brief comprehension quiz, in order to obtain a Certificate of Attendance.

The Chicago School of Professional Psychology is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Washington DC Campus has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 3061. The Chicago School of Professional Psychology maintains responsibility for this program and its content.


March 29, 2021
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm CDT
Event Category:


TCSPP – DC Campus
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