About the Institute

This fall institute will focus on getting back to the basics of group treatment. The who what when where and how, with emphasis on the HOW. We all know group treatment works and has been researched to be as highly effective as individual treatment. Who needs group when you have individual? Most people can benefit from group therapy so why do many clinicians not run groups or refer to clinicians who do? It is not "seconds" in terms of a treatment method. Emphasis will be placed on Yalom's concepts. We will operate as a group from beginning to end. Come join LGPS and colleagues for a day long refresher course, learning something new or validating what you already know. 

​About the Speaker

Karen S. Travis graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Social Welfare from Southeastern Louisiana University and a Master's degree in Social Work from Louisiana State University. Karen has established herself as an experienced clinical social worker, group therapist and academic professional. She has had a successful private practice since July 1992, serves as a contract group therapist at Jefferson Oaks Behavioral Health and Our Lady of Lake/LSU Psychiatric Residency Program, and has served as an adjunct faculty member at Louisiana State University. Her commitment to professional development is evident through her extensive memberships in various organizations. She has held key positions in the Group Foundation for Advancing Mental Health, including serving as Chair for four years and currently being part of the executive committee. Karen is an active member of the Louisiana Association of Clinical Social Workers, National Association of Social Workers at both the national and Louisiana chapter levels, American Group Psychotherapy Association, and Louisiana Group Psychotherapy Society. Throughout her career, she has been recognized for her outstanding contributions to the field. Karen has received notable awards and honors such as the National Affiliate Assembly Award from the American Group Psychotherapy Association, the Service and Dedication Award from the Louisiana Group Psychotherapy Society, the prestigious Fellow into the American Group Psychotherapy Association (FAGPA), and Social Worker of the Year for the state of Louisiana (2012). Karen's expertise extends to her publications and presentations at prestigious conferences worldwide. She has edited the newsletter The Group Assets for The Group Foundation for Advancing Mental Health and contributed a chapter to the book "101 Interventions in Group Therapy." Her presentations have covered a wide range of topics, and she has been invited to speak at prominent events for organizations such as the International Group Psychotherapy Conference, American Group Psychotherapy Association, National Association of Social Worker Louisiana Chapter, Louisiana Group Psychotherapy Society, Distance Learning Series for American Group Psychotherapy Association, Canadian Group Psychotherapy Association, San Antonio Group Psychotherapy Society, Houston Group Psychotherapy Society, Veterans Administration Group Therapy Training, Oregon Group Psychotherapy Society, and Northern Ireland Group Psychotherapy Conference.


  • Define Yalom's eleven therapeutic factors 
  • Identify the therapeutic factor in the therapy group
  • Gain understanding of the basics of how change takes place in group treatment
  • Explore resistance to group therapy as a treatment modality
  • State the therapist's task in the formulation of a group
  • Understand here and now work in the group

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.​

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.

​​2023 Fall Institute

September 16

Karen S. Travis, LCSW, CGP, FAGPA

What's Group got to do, got to do with it? What's Group but a second hand treatment method?!!

Location: The Cook Hotel Conference Center
3848 West Lakeshore Drive, Baton Rouge, LA 70808

Louisiana Group Psychotherapy Society


​​8:00 am – 8:30 am    Coffee & Registration
8:30 am – 9:30 am    Introduction of Concepts
9:30 am – 10:15 am    Demonstration Group #1
10:15 am – 10:30 am    Discussion & Debrief
10:30 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
4:30 pm – 5:00 pm    Integration of Concepts
5:00 pm - 5:30 pm    Group as a Whole

*Schedule subject to change