Psychologists: LGPS is an approved continuing education sponsor for Louisiana licensees.
Social Workers: LGPS is an approved continuing education sponsor for Louisiana licensees.​​
Counselors: LGPS is an approved continuing education sponsor for Louisiana licensees.​

​​2022 Fall Institute

Saturday, September 24

John Jay Martinez, LCSW-BACS, LAC

The Oz of Group: Following the Yellow Brick Road of Group Experience

St. Christopher's Addiction Wellness Center

150 Cora Dr

Baton Rouge, LA 70815 ​​

About the Speaker

​​John Jay Martinez, LCSW-BACS, LAC is a private practice Clinical Social Worker and Licensed Addictions Counselor who provides individual, group and family therapy in Baton Rouge, LA.  He has worked in the mental health and substance abuse field since 1987.  He has been in private practice since 2004.



Banyan Treatment Center

Longbranch Healthcare

St. Christopher's Addiction Wellness Center


Acadia Healthcare​​

Counseling and Recovery Guidance

Imagine Recovery & Imagine House
Luna Recovery Services

​Regions Behavioral Hospital

​River Place Behavioral Health

The Recovery Center of Baton Rouge

About the Institute

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is a timeless book and movie that offers rich metaphors, interesting characters and an adventurous narrative which offers insights applicable to therapy. This workshop will illustrate similarities between the Oz narrative and the experience of group therapy.    

Louisiana Group Psychotherapy Society


  • Become familiar with the main characters from the Wizard of Oz and how they are similar to group members and group leaders.
  • Identify similarities between the Oz narrative and Yalom’s “therapeutic factors”.
  • Practice specific breathing and centering exercises which help group members stay in the here and now of present group experience.
  • Experience grounding techniques of stillness, connecting to self and connecting to others in the group therapy setting.


​​8:00 am – 8:30 am    Coffee & Registration
8:30 am – 9:15 am    Introduction of Concepts
9:15 am – 10:15am    Demonstration Group #1
10:15 am – 10:35 am    Discussion & Debrief
10:35 am – 10:45 am    Break
10:45 am – 12:00 pm    Small Experiential Group #1
12:00 pm – 1:15 pm    Lunch & Sponsor Panel
1:15 pm – 2:15 pm    Demonstration Group #2
2:15 pm – 3:00 pm    Discussion & Debrief
3:00 pm – 3:15 pm    Break
3:15 pm – 4:30 pm    Small Experiential Group #2
4:35 pm – 5:00 pm    Integration of Concepts
5:00 pm - 5:30 pm    Group as a Whole

Schedule subject to change


COVID Protocols

  • Proof of vaccination or proof of a negative COVID test within 72 hours of the event will be required for attendance.  You must bring this with you the morning of the event.
  • Masks are currently not required, although this may change by the time of the event.