Hotel Info

The Jung Hotel 

1500 Canal St

New Orleans, LA 70112
(800) 935-8740

The Troubadour Hotel by Hilton
1111 Gravier St
New Orleans, LA 70112
(504) 518-5800

Holiday Inn Superdome

​330 Loyola Ave

New Orleans, LA 70112
(888) 480-0427


Friday, April 8
08:00 - 08:30  Sign In & Coffee 
08:30 - 09:45  Lecture & Discussion
09:45 - 10:00  Break 
10:00 - 11:30  Experiential Group 1 
11:30 - 01:00  Lunch 
01:00 - 02:15  Demonstration Group 1 
02:15 – 02:45  Lecture & Discussion
02:45 - 03:00  Break 
03:00 - 04:15  Experiential Group 2 
04:15 - 05:00  Board Meeting 

Saturday, April 9

​08:00 – 08:30  Sign In & Coffee 
08:30 - 09:00  Lecture & Discussion
09:00 - 10:15  Demonstration Group 2 
10:15 - 10:30  Break 
10:30 - 11:45  Experiential Group 3 
11:45 - 01:00  Lunch 
01:00 - 02:15  Demonstration Group 3 
02:15 - 03:00  Lecture & Discussion
03:00 - 03:15  Break 
03:15 - 04:00  Experiential Group 4 
04:00 - 04:30  Discussion & Group as a Whole

*Schedule subject to change

About the Speakers

Peter Cole, LCSW, CGP & Daisy Reese, LCSW, CGP are long-time Group Therapy and Gestalt Therapy and trainers and practitioners located in Berkeley California.  They are the co-authors of the recently published book New Directions in Gestalt Group Therapy: Relational Ground, Authentic Self (Routledge, 2018).  They have published numerous articles in the fields of Group therapy and Gestalt therapy.  In addition to extensive training and certification in Gestalt Therapy, Daisy and Peter are both graduates of the Washington DC School of Psychiatry’s Group Psychotherapy Training Program.  Daisy is past president of the Northern California Group Psychotherapy Society (NCGPS) and Peter is the current treasurer.  Peter and Daisy are serving as co-chairs of NCGPS’s annual conference in 2020.  Peter served for 25 years as an Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry with the University of California Davis School of Medicine, Dept of Psychiatry and is now retired from that position.  They train therapists internationally and are frequent institute presenters at American Group Psychotherapy Association national conferences.  Peter is also a Financial Services Professional with Securities America Inc.  He specializes in Financial Advising and Socially Screened Investments for Mental Health Professionals.

Peter and Daisy are in private practice and are the co-directors of the Sierra Institute for Contemporary Gestalt Therapy.  They are married, with five children and five grandchildren.  Their passion centers on environmental issues, and they are currently writing a book about the psychology of the climate crisis.

About the Institute

In this experiential institute we will explore a relational approach that uses the group process to promote self-activation, intimate connection, and the integration of opposites or polarities that exist within each of us.  Teaching of key concepts in Gestalt Group therapy will flow from our experiences together.


Join us for this institute where we will offer tools to increase your competence and confidence in helping your clients move towards:  

  • A greater capacity for forming and sustaining intimate relationships 
  • Increased self-awareness and personal integration
  • Increased empowerment, effectiveness and authenticity

This workshop will present the tools and concepts Gestalt Group Therapists employ to help clients move toward these goals.  You will also have an opportunity to participate in a group process that will allow you to experience Gestalt Group Therapy in action.


  • Learn how to Promote of Intimate Connection in group therapy  
  • Learn interventions that promote of Self Activation in groups  
  • Learn how and when to make Individual Level, Dyadic Level and Group-as-Whole interventions
  • Understand and utilize the Affective Current and Affective Processing
  • Understand and promote Relational Development 
  • Work effectively with Rupture and Repair
  • Identify and work effectively with the “Shadow of the Leader” material

​​2023 Spring Institute




Tulane University - ​Downtown Campus

​School of Social Work
127 Elk Place
New Orleans, LA 70112 
3rd Floor, Room #343 

Enter through the main doors on 127 Elk Place or the sky bridge on the Second Floor of the Saratoga Parking Garage. Room 343 is to the right when exiting the elevator on the third floor.

Parking Info
GOPARK Saratoga Garage
111 S Saratoga St
Central Business District
New Orleans, LA 70112

*Must have a credit card to pay upon exit.
Parking Garage Prices:
1 Hour $2.00
14 Hours $8.00
24 Hours $20.00

Louisiana Group Psychotherapy Society



12 CEUs 

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 Precautions

Tulane University requires that attendees provide proof of vaccination to attend this event.


We will be providing individually wrapped food items.  We will provide Keurig machines and Keurig cups, but please keep in mind this may mean long lines for coffee in the morning.


Masks are currently required, although this may change by April.​​

There will be no official cocktail party this year.​​