On March 25-26, 2010, members of the Porter-Cason Advisory Board held their annual board meeting in New Orleans. During those two days, the Porter-Cason Institute was able to reach more than 350 social work practitioners and students via community meetings, classrooms discussions and lectures. The culminating event came when the board held a panel discussion about family therapy before nearly 100 social work practitioners.
Ways to cope with any challenge from homelessness to natural disasters to family loss were on display Tuesday (June 23) at the Tulane School of Social Work.
More than 100 social work students, faculty, staff and community workers packed Richardson Hall for a workshop focusing about ways to build hope and resilience in the face of trauma and multiple stress factors. The workshop was a joint effort between the American Family Therapy Association (AFTA) and the School of Social Work’s Porter-Cason Institute for Family for the Advancement of Practice with Families.
Presenter Gonzalo Bacigalupe, EdD, Chair of the Department of Counseling and School Psychology at the University of Massachusetts, along with Peter Fraenkel, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology and Environmental Psychology at the City College of the City University of New York showed attendees how to help families overcome mental-health issues. Fraenkel also serves as the director of the Ackerman Institute’s Center for Work and Family, which includes empirically-supported, community-based programs for families facing the challenges of homelessness, domestic violence, and immigration.
Fraenkel shared his experience of learning about the latest denim fashions from a teenager during the course of an interview. The encounter illustrated the need to connect personally to each client in order to gain the ability to introduce positive coping skills into their lives. Bacigalupe’s presentation showed participants how to use reflexive questions to produce answers in a positive light.
For more information about upcoming workshops and C.E.U. opportunities offered by TSSW, contact Parker Sternbergh via e-mail or at (504) 862-3475.
A photo gallery of the event is available here.
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