Highlights of the years work of Porter Cason Institute for the Family include three major accomplishments. The first is that we began a new Master in Social Work Certificate in Family Practice (CFP) program, which is one of just a handful that are offered in social work. Most of the other certificate programs are affiliations with businesses which provide family therapy rather than school run programs. So, we are unique and important in this regard. About 50 of the current students who have been accepted into our program have expressed an interest in our new certificate program which shows strong interest in the CFP program. The program features student community connections, personal contact, and lectures by some of the nation's leading experts in family practice (I.e., members of our board).
Second, we provided three 4-day intensive trainings in Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT). According to Jay Labow (in his 2014 book Couple and Family Therapy, EFT is just one of three recognized evidence- based treatment models in couples therapy (also applicable to family practice). To my knowledge, such an intensive training opportunity has not been offered in the field of family practice in Louisiana and has resulted in the spreading of this approach in the deep south—an important contribution.
Third, those trained in EFT have continued their study and advancement in this approach through PCI supported regular meetings both in New Orleans and Baton Rouge. I should add that the contributions from the Cason-Leach fund were also critical in supplementing the support we received from PCI endowment for all of these endeavors.
A detailed list of accomplishments follows:
The Porter-Cason Institute was established in 1995 with funds from Dorothy Cason, a 1946 alumna of the Tulane School of Social Work, in honor of Elizabeth Porter, one of her professors. Dorothy credited Elizabeth Porter with teaching and emphasizing professionalism in social work. Dorothy valued and emulated that professionalism throughout a very successful and rewarding practice. Dorothy passed away shortly after her endowment to the school and the Porter-Cason Institute is committed to making the best use of her legacy dedicated to the importance of the teaching and learning process.
Consistent with Ms. Cason’s expressed wishes that “the income from this fund shall be used for the teaching of family therapy at the advanced level", the mission of the institute is as follows:
To enhance the teaching/learning of family practice for TSSW students, faculty, field supervisors and alumni, as well as in the community (e.g., New Orleans Metro Area), region, nation, and world. This will be done through the development, evaluation, and dissemination of exciting, creative, and innovative teaching and learning activities
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