Red River Institute

The Red River Institute provides State-Approved Supervision & Continuing Education to qualified mental health providers.

There was a time when our village provided us with everything we needed. Trusted individuals in our community–extended family members, ministers, family physicians–were there to provide healing words, emotional support, and guidance during times of distress. While the technology of health and healing has greatly improved, the time-honored “medicine” of restorative community is often overlooked as the most important tool in the healing of hearts, minds, and spirits. Our mission at the Red River Institute is to promote a resourceful culture that connects the policy-makers, practitioners, and consumers of mental health services in resourceful dialogue and informed action . . . a "village" that provides a path to healing for our communities, our families, and each other.

Mission: Our mission at the Red River Institute is to promote a resourceful culture that connects the policy-makers, practitioners, and consumers of mental health services in resourceful dialogue and informed action

Operating as usual


Its been a great run! After over a decade of news, views, and CEUs, the Associate Members of the Red River Institute are regretfully bidding our faithful subscribers and Facebook friends adieu. But don’t fret! Our 2019 Approved Supervisor Course and Supervisor Refresher will be presented as scheduled. Also, Associate Members will be offering an exciting new slate of training and continuing education opportunities for licensees and supervisors coming soon!

If you are a RRI subscriber, watch for email announcements and reminders about workshop intensives, podcasts, advanced therapist retreats, and more! If you are not a member, go to and sign up now so you don't miss out! Our website will close on June 14, so don't delay!

Until then, check out the farewell edition of The Medicine Wheel as we tie up some loose ends and look toward the future . . . FAREWELL!

Stop. Look. Read.
LAMFT members! The Red River Institute remains your only comprehensive source of information about the mandatory restructuring of your state organization. Click here and go to to get all the facts before you vote. Don’t be railroaded!

Nicole Cotter MD - Integrative Medicine

Dr. Cotter has been a keynote presenter at two of our Red River Institute events. Check out her latest post on her Integrative Medicine page and click over to this article. Very interesting implications on understanding and holistically treating depression.

I talk a lot about an Anti-Inflammatory Diet - I believe it is a powerful tool for promoting health and reversing disease. Here is yet another article on the benefits, this time focusing on Depression.

"To conclude, adhering to a healthy diet, in particular a traditional Mediterranean diet, or avoiding a pro-inflammatory diet appears to confer some protection against depression in observational studies. This provides a reasonable evidence base to assess the role of dietary interventions to prevent depression."

Click below to read a CNN review. Here is a link the the actual study:

In a few days, the LAMFT membership across the state will vote on a new corporate structure for our professional organization. It is important that every LAMFT member cast an informed vote! Go to to find out all you need to know about our corporate restructuring and what it will mean to Louisiana LMFTs!

The Gottman Institute

Psychologists use the term “gaslighting” to refer to a specific type of manipulation where the manipulator is trying to get someone else (or a group of people) to question their own reality, memory or perceptions.

redriverinstitute | Quarterly Luncheon

Don’t forget that today is the last day to register for our Network, Lunch, & Learn on Tuesday July 17!

We hope to see you there! Quarterly Luncheon

Workshops and Seminars

Attention all Supervisors and those who want to become supervisors: the Red River Institute is offering a supervisor training course and supervisor refresher course this summer! Please check out this link for more information, and come on board! We'd love to have you train with us. Information about upcoming workshops and seminars found on this page.

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The basis for building trust is the idea of #attunement.

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Children don't say, "I had a hard day at school today; can I talk to you about it?" They say, "Will you play with me?'

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People start to heal the moment they feel heard.

(Image via Richard Faust Illustration)

[04/25/18]   Thank you so much to Dr. Nicole Cotter of Integrative Medicine of Shreveport-Bossier for your passionate and educational presentation on “Food for Thought: How Nutrition Impacts Mental Health” at our STEM luncheon yesterday! We all learned, and were challenged, by the information you presented and are privileged not only to have you speak, but to have you as a part of our Shreveport-Bossier professional community aiming to increase wellness and wholeness for the people in our area! Thank you, again!

And thank you to all of our luncheon attendees! It was great to see you all and we are so happy you took time for self-care, networking, and continuing education! Hope to see you at our next luncheon event in July!

Introducing Dr. Nicole Cotter, our speaker at our STEM luncheon event next Tuesday!! To register, visit

Dr. Nicole Cotter is board-certified Rheumatologist and Integrative Medicine physician. She received her M.D. from LSU School of Medicine in Shreveport and completed a residency in Internal Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine in the Texas Medical Center of Houston. She returned to Shreveport for a fellowship in Rheumatology at LSU and was Chief Fellow in her final year. She also completed a fellowship in Integrative Medicine through The University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine and was a recipient of the Jones/Lovell scholarship in Integrative Rheumatology. Dr. Cotter is the first fellowship-trained and board-certified Integrative Medicine physician in the region. Dr. Cotter is passionate about using food and nutrition as key interventions for prevention and management of chronic disease.

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Hey you guysssssss.. its been 9 months since SB 38 passed in the LA House of Representatives by an overwhelming majority, on June 1, 2017! It was the day that SMI language was removed from Louisiana law. The removal of this language was an effort that the Red River Institute, in support of LCA and LAMFT and all LPCs and MFTs in the state of Louisiana, advocated for tirelessly until that effort was finally victorious! We never had an official Facebook celebration of that event, but we do want to share some of the "story" around this victory. Click the link to access an "Innerview" with Howie Brownell, chair of the government relations committee for LAMFT that was included in our winter edition of the Medicine Wheel newsletter. If you would like to receive this newsletter in YOUR inbox, just click the "sign up" box here on our page or on our website.

[02/21/18]   We'd like to share our pride that 5 of our Red River Institute associate members were presenters at our LAMFT Conference this past weekend in Baton Rouge. Our presenters were included in the following presentations: "The Virtual Classroom: A Look into COAMFTE Accredited Online MFT Education," "Annual Update –
LPC/MFTAC Board," "Formal Diagnosis & Clinical Practice: A Primer for Family Therapists," "Crazy Like a Fox? Deconstructing Creative Interventions," "LMFT Supervision Orientation and Renewal Course" and "The Couple Within." Congratulations Katie Garcia, Brooke Thompson, Penny Millhollon, Tom Moore, & Mark Reynaud.

Say hello to your Red River Institute team! This weekend our group attended our annual planning and fellowship retreat in Broken Bow, OK. Our year looking forward was planned out and considered and we have some great projects we will be working on! We can’t wait to bring to you our traditional offerings (spring conference, summer symposium, supervisor course & refresher) along with some exciting new things too! Happy New a year to each of you from the Red River Institute!

Introducing our third and final panelist for our STEM luncheon next Tuesday, November 28! Head over to to reserve your spot!

Ashley Drew, LMSW is a therapist at the Family Counseling Center-Shreveport; an outpatient site for the Louisiana Methodist Children’s Home. Ashley believes that access to quality mental healthcare is vital for those in our community to achieve healing and connection.
Ashley received her B.A. in Psychology at the University of Colorado and her MSW at the University of Southern California. She has training in EMDR, TF-CBT, and Play Therapy. She is a military spouse, mother to a rambunctious two year old, and plays roller derby in her spare time.

The Gottman Institute

In adolescence, girls are discouraged from deploying their sense of humor. That’s bad, for everyone.

Allow us the opportunity to introduce to you our second panelist for our STEM luncheon. If you haven’t already, head over to to check out the information and reserve your spot by registering!

Dr. Katie Nelson Garcia is both a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and a Licensed Professional Counselor. As a graduate of ULM’s Marriage and Family Therapy programs, she received her training in systemic family therapy. Over the last 7 years, she has worked as a clinician in both the court and non-profit setting, working primarily with adult/minor victims of abuse, court-ordered clients, adolescent issues, suicide/self-harm, and high conflict families. Over the last two years, Dr. Garcia has been an educator with Capella University teaching courses related to ethics, family law, crisis intervention, research, and adolescent issues. She is a Clinical Fellow with the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy and a member of the Red River Institute. Dr. Garcia has been married to Jay for 9 wonderful years and has 2 amazing daughters: Georgia (4 years old) and Suzanna Kate (7 months old). She enjoys time with family, music, and serving in her faith community.

Have you heard about our first RRI quarterly luncheon event on November 28? If you haven't already, head over to to check out the information and to reserve your spot at our first person-of-the-therapist event!

Maybe you have been wondering who will be on the panel at our STEM luncheon on November 28. We'd like to (begin) to satisfy your curiosity about our panel by introducing our first panelist!

Dr. George Wolcott (EdD, LPC, LMFT) is a clinical member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT). His counseling doctorate is from East Texas State University specializing in marital and family issues. Dr. Wolcott is a member of numerous regional and national organizations in the areal of marital and family therapy, clinical hypnosis, and counseling. He has served as a lecturer and consultant to graduate training programs in counseling and family therapy throughout the United States; Merida, Mexico; and London, England. He is currently a Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at University Health, School of Medicine in Shreveport. In 1990 he co-founded Children and Arthritis, a group that serves children with arthritis and their families from five states with an annual retreat, the Jambalaya Jubilee. He has served the Red Cross since 1969 as a volunteer and recently as their mental health coordinator for the state of Louisiana. Since 1985 Dr. Wolcott has facilitated adult psychotherapy groups for Willis Knighton Medical Center's Behavioral Medicine Unit. He is the founder and clinical director of the Shreveport Family Counseling Center and has been in practice since 1979. In his free time, Dr. Wolcott enjoys camping, fly-fishing, and spending time with his wife, Alice, and his grandchildren.

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The Gottman Institute

Sometimes when we're angry, there are other emotions hidden below the surface. Learning to recognize when anger isn't really what we're feeling is important for helping us identify and cope with our emotions.

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The Gottman Institute

"You do better in the gym with a trainer; you don't figure out how to cook without reading a recipe. Therapy is not something to be embarrassed about."

The Gottman Institute

Words to live by: when you're hurting, the world stops, and I listen.

(image via Summit Family Therapy, LLC)

The Red River Institute would like to formally introduce our program, The Center for Family Therapy and Professional Development, by inviting you to our open house.

Come join us for our office open house on Monday, April 10 from 6-8 pm!! We would love to showcase our new therapy space, and introduce our clinicians to you. We are excited to provide information about our program, both the therapeutic services offered to our community as well as the training aspects of our specialized mission. We hope to see you there!

Approved CEHs for LPCs, LMFTs, LCSWs, and Provisional Licensees. Acclaimed researcher and clinician Dr. Scott Miller, The Witchdoctor's Ball featuring Dr. Kelly Tyner, LPC Board Update with Penny Millhollon, LPCs, LMFT-S, MFTAC Chair . . don't miss a minute! Go to to register!

The Gottman Institute

Kids do well IF they can. The language we use has an enormous impact on how we view and handle "bad" behavior.

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The Gottman Institute is offering couples greatly discounted therapy in specific geographic areas in exchange for their participation in a new study on affair recovery.

American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy

Marriage and family therapists weigh in on a TV portrayal of a therapist.

Veterans Psych Evaluations

"Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder has many faces and the cure is not one-size-fits-all."
Thank you PBS NewsHour for the article about four #Veterans living with #PTSD.

The Gottman Institute

These insights from outline what parents can do to best support the healthy social and emotional development of their children.

Mothering Magazine

What happens when you switch from punitive parenting to something else? One Mom's Experiment: Parenting Without Punishment

ALL LOUISIANA LICENCEES! The "serious mental illness" provision in our law is threatening your position in the mental health marketplace and restricting access to your services! Find out what you need to know about SMI and what you can do to break down the SMI wall! Attend a Town Hall Meeting sponsored by LCA & LAMFT Friday, March 24, at 12:30 pm at the Willis Knighton Innovation Center Banquet Room, 2105 Airline Drive, Bossier City. This is a brown bag event. BYOL or purchase your lunch at the Innovation Center. Beverages will be provided for everyone. Free CEU for attending!

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