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Porter Cason Institute for the Family Accomplishments 2014-2015

We at the Tulane School of Social Work are so grateful for the funding of the Porter Cason Institute for the Family.

This year the funds have allowed us to reach hundreds of practitioners and students with current best practice methods in Family Practice. We have also spread the word of the importance of the family in any solution to our youth violence problems in New Orleans through all forms of media.

Family Practice Certificate

We graduated 6 students in our 1st MSW Family Practice Certificate Program Class in December 2014. 15 are slatted for graduation in the 2nd class in December 2015.

We had 5 journal club meetings between August 2014 and June 2015. The goal of the Family Practice Journal Club is to create community around best practices in family work. We use the journal club to supplement the material in the curriculum and connect the students to community practitioners. Journal club meetings are held off campus for the students. A program related to family practice is presented and discussed and a light dinner is served.

Training and Exposure to Evidence Based Clinical Family Practice

We have incorporated our work in evidenced based EFT couples therapy into the advanced methods class that all graduating MSW students take.

We conducted eight trainings for licensed professionals in conjunction with the Porter Cason Institute. We were able to subsidize all of these trainings so that New Orleans agencies that see multi-stressed families could receive training otherwise unaffordable.

Porter Cason Board Project Focuses

Appreciative Inquiry Study for Families: best practices utilizing the expertise of the multi stressed families and youth who have successfully raised children in areas of high violence.

Project with City of New Orleans around their NOLA FOR LIFE initiative.

The Cowen Institute Project

The Porter Cason Institute worked with the Cowen Institute to consult on family issues that come up in the Tulane Earn and Learn program

The Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy Project has been very successful in training and community building. The Porter Cason Institute. Brought this method of therapy to the Deep South. We continue to build capacity for couples to receive therapy from trained therapists in EFT. We are providing training scholarships to agencies that see multi stressed families. We completed our 2nd year of the EFT training sequence. In the 12 day sequence , each participant is required to show a tape of their family work, and live sessions are used to demonstrate the effectiveness of the method. We initiated and supported a statewide steering committee to build momentum for the EFT community.

We initiated and supported active study groups in three locations in the state. atten

Networking and Media Coverage

We completed 3 TV interviews, 3 Radio interviews and a Symposium on Restorative Justice at Dillard University. Our focus in these symposiums and media interviews has been to put emphasis on family at the center of ongoing community discussions. Topics include adolescents and social media, bullying, child abuse, violence, stress in family life, and family importance during re-entry after prison.