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Porter Cason Institute for the Family


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, her clinical mentor. Dorothy credited Elizabeth Porter with teaching and emphasizing professionalism in social work. Dorothy valued and emulated that professionalism throughout a successful and rewarding practice. Dorothy passed away shortly after her endowment to the school and the Porter Cason Institute is committed to clinical projects that focus on Ms. Cason’s wish to provide excellent advanced clinical training and community projects in Family therapy. The goal is to raise the overall regional standard of care for families and children.

Our Mission


Ms. Cason expressed her wish 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 to enhance the teaching/learning of mental health, clinical interventions, and the family practices for Tulane School of Social Work students, faculty, field supervisors and practitioners, 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, learning activities, community consultations and projects.

Contact the Institute


For more information, please contact Porter Cason Institute Director Parker Robinson at or (504) 231-6618.