Parker Robinson, MHA, LCSW-BACS

Director, Porter-Cason Institute & Center for Lifelong Learning (CLL)

Elk Place, Room 416


Mrs. Robinson is the Director of Porter-Cason Institute for the Family. In this capacity, she runs the Mental Health, Addictions and the Family Practice Certificate Program at the Tulane School of Social Work. Currently she is supervising masters students in the process of receiving that specialization. Mrs. Robinson is passionate about helping clinicians develop their own unique clinical talent within an evidence based clinical practice context. She also designs and completes the work of the Porter-Cason Institute in consultation with its national board and community partners. The work currently focuses on relational healing and what happens when a client has a supportive family system or has none at all. Mrs. Robinson has multiple community projects that focus on youth, the juvenile justice system, foster care, trauma and addiction. She manages operations of Tulane School of Social Work’s Continuing Education Program. She teaches clinical work at the masters’ level and supervises LMSW social workers as they pursue their L.C.S.W.  

Mrs. Robinson created the Family Practice Journal Club as a component of the Mental Health, Addiction and the Family focus area to bring community practice perspective and practicality to ivory tower theory and research. She has private and pro bono practices that focus on family and couples work, children, trauma, substance misuse and attachment injury. She has extensive training and experience in relational work with foci on attachment injury, addiction, grief, shame, trauma and life transitions. 

Mrs. Robinson is a Board Approved Clinical Supervisor and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She is trained in Emotionally Focused Therapy, EMDR, Narrative, Systems, DBT and CBT and Trauma. She is a Certified Daring Way Facilitator (the work of Brené Brown). She served on the Louisiana State Board of Social Workers from 2011-2014. She was Vice Chair of the Board and chaired the continuing education committee. She served on the technology committee. She currently serves on The Louisiana State Board of Social Work Examiners Supervision sub-committee.

Mrs. Robinson sat on the New Orleans Transitioning Foster Youth Task Force of the Children and Youth Planning Board (2014-2017). 

Areas of Expertise

  • Behavioral Health
  • Child Advocacy, Protection, and Welfare
  • Clinical Social Work
  • Ecological/Ecosystemic Risk & Protective Factors
  • Family Counseling
  • Interpersonal Trauma
  • Intimate Partner Violence / Sexual Violence
  • Parenting
  • Social Determinants of Health
  • Substance Use and Substance Use Treatment
  • Trauma and Trauma-informed Care