About the Institute
This conference is designed to bridge the gap between cultural awareness and cross-cultural dialogue.   While clinicians are aware that they need to address issues of difference and microaggressions in their practice, all too often these enactments create unresolved ruptures because oftentimes we freeze when faced with unintended or even, deliberate slights.   This conference will present didactic and experiential material grounded in principles of cultural humility, trauma-informed practice, and Mindful Facilitation.  Participants will gain a practical skill set to help navigate differences with individuals and groups and how to effectively lead challenging discussions about social location and experiences with oppression.

​About the Presenter

Donna Harris an African American, licensed clinical social worker who has been practice for over 30 years working primarily with adults. She is the Director of Intercultural Counselling, LLC, a private practice located in the western suburbs of Philadelphia where she provides individual and group psychotherapy and psychoanalysis to adults. Her therapeutic approach is relational with attention given to the impact of racism and oppression.  She serves as faculty at Bryn Mawr College’s Graduate School of Social Service and Social Research, the Eastern Group Psychotherapy Society (EGPS) and at the Institute for Relational Psychoanalysis of Philadelphia (IRPP). Ms. Harris also serves as President for the Philadelphia Area Group Psychotherapy Society (PAGPS). Ms. Harris founded Intercultural Network LLC, to address the needs of organizations in their efforts to sustain a diverse workforce. She teaches administrators and staff to engage in challenging dialogue and to use conflict as opportunities for growth. Currently, she runs 3 weekly online groups, one for female-identified persons who have experienced trauma: a BIPOC training process group and an Intercultural Training Process Group.  

​Learning Objectives
Participants in this conference will:
1. Differentiate between cultural competency and cultural humility.
2. Explain barriers to engaging clients around issues of race and marginalized identities.
3. Compare the impact vs the intent of individual communications.
4. Identify at least two characteristics of white supremacy in practice theories.
5. Distinguish different types of cultural enactments.
6. Discuss how cultural enactments manifest in groups.
7. Name at least two different types of microaggressions
8. Demonstrate Culturally Responsive Listening skills.
9. Practice Mindful Reflections in dyads.
10. Identify at least 3 Mindful Inquiries to use with individuals.
11. Combine Mindful Reflections with empathetic statements in dyads.
12. Practice Mindful reflections and inquiries in experiential groups.
13.Formulate and describe take-aways from this conference. 

Recommended Readings
DiAngelo, R. (2012).  Nothing to add: A challenge to white silence in racial discussions.  Understanding and Dismantling Privilege, 2 (1), 1-17, February 2012.
Lee, M.W. (2007).  The Art of Mindful Facilitation.  Berkeley, CA, Stirfry Seminars and Consulting, Inc.
Lee, M.W. (2011).  Let’s Get Real:  what people of color can’t say & whites won’t ask about racism.  StirFry Seminars & Consulting, Berkeley, CA.
Menakem, Resmaa (2017). My grandmother’s hands:  Racialized trauma and the pathway to mending our hearts and bodies.  Las Vegas, NV, Central Recovery Press.
Oluo, I. (2018).  So you want to talk about race. New York, NY: The Seal Press, Hachette Book Group, Inc.
Schmidt, C. (2018).  Decentering Whiteness.  Group 42 (4), 311-329, Winter 2018.  Eastern Group Psychotherapy Society.
Tatum, B. (2017).  Why are all the Black kids sitting together in the cafeteria? And other conversations about race. 2nd Ed.  New York, Basic Books.
Tummala-Narra, P. (2016).    Psychoanalytic Theory and Cultural Competence in Psychotherapy.  The American Psychological Association, DOI: 10.1037/14800-009.
Wilkerson, I. (2020) Caste: the origins of our discontents.  New York, Random House.

2024 Spring Institute Experiential Group Leaders

Anwar Francis, LCSW

Capi Landreneau, LCSW-BACS, CGP

Christen Cummins, LCSW-BACS

Jason Crooks, LCSW

Jessica Gibson, LPC-S

Jonathan Breaux, LCSW, CGP


Patrick Morris, LCSW-BACS

Click Here For Additional Information About Our Experiential Group Leaders

Parking Information
​- Valet Parking: See Aloft hotel front desk. Estimated cost: $30 for up to 9hrs valet, $43 for overnight valet

- Garage Parking: Nearest parking garage to the hotel is at the corner of O'keefe and Gravier (306 O'keefe Avenue)

- Surface Parking: Available on the opposite side of this same intersection. Cost: $19 for up to 9hrs of parking, $26 for up to 24hrs of parking

Hotel Information

​ALOFT Hotel  - 225 Baronne Street, New Orleans, LA 70112​  (504) 581-9225

*A block of rooms have been reserved at a special group rate of $162 USD per night for this event from 04/18/2024 to 04/21/2024. These rates are available until March 17, 2024. Rooms can be reserved using the booking URL or by calling the hotel and asking for a room in the LGPS Meeting 2024 room block.​

Alternative Hotel Options:

The Jung Hotel - 1500 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70112  (800) 935-8740

Holiday Inn Superdome - 330 Loyola Ave, New Orleans, LA 70112 (888) 480-0427

​​2024 Louisiana Group Psychotherapy Society Spring Institute

Dates: April 19-20 8AM- 5PM

Presenter: Donna Harris, LCSW, CGP

Conference Title: What you always wanted to know but were afraid to ask: Processing Cultural Enactments Using Mindful Facilitation

Our conference venue has been updated to the Aloft New Orleans Downtown
225 Baronne St, New Orleans, LA 70112, 13th floor
 All activities will now take place at this location. Parking information available below.

Louisiana Group Psychotherapy Society


Spring Institute Sponsors


Counseling and Recovery Guidance


Cumberland Heights

Hanley Center

Imagine Recovery & Imagine House

Luna Recovery

Palmetto Addiction Recovery Center

River Oaks Hospital

St. Christopher's Addiction Wellness

​The Recovery Center of Baton Rouge


​**Online registration for sponsoring this event is now closed. Please reach out to LGPSnews@gmail.com with any questions.

Continuing Education Credits
Social Workers: This program is approved for 12.0 clinical contact hours by the Louisiana Group Psychotherapy Society as authorized by the Louisiana State Board of Social Work Examiners.

Counselors: This presentation has been approved for 12.5 CE clock hours by the Louisiana Counseling Association as authorized by the Louisiana Professional Counselor Licensing Board of Examiners.
Psychologists: As an affiliate of the American Group Psychotherapy Association LGPS is an approved continuing education sponsor for Louisiana licensees.


Friday, April 19, 2024
08:00 - 08:30  Sign In & Coffee 
08:30 - 09:45  Interactive Presentation - Cultural Responsiveness in Action
09:45 - 10:00  Break 
10:00 - 11:30  Introduction to Mindful Facilitation Skills & Practice
11:30 - 01:00  Lunch 
01:00 - 02:30  Presentation - Empathic Reflections and Mindful Facilitation Demo

02:30 - 2:45  Break
02:45 – 4:00 Experiential Group #1
04:00 - 4:15  Discussion 
04:15 - 5:00 Annual Member Meeting 
05:00 - 05:30  PROCESS GROUP LEADERS ONLY: Meeting with Speaker

Saturday, April 20, 2024

​08:00 – 08:30  Sign In & Coffee 
08:30 - 09:15  Presentation: Processing with the Group
09:15 - 10:00  Demonstration Group 
10:00 - 10:15  Discussion

10:15 - 11:45  Experiential Group #2 

11:45 - 12:00  Break
12:00 - 01:00  Lunch 
01:00 - 01:45  Presentation & Discussion: Putting it all together

01:45 - 02:25  Practice in Small Groups (3-4 participants)
02:25 - 03:00  Discussion and Q & A
03:15 - 04:00  Experiential Group #3 
04:00 - 04:45  Large Group discussion, debrief & takeaways
04:45 - 05:15 

*Schedule subject to change