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The Red River Institute's Annual

Spring Conference provides a unique opportunity for mental health providers of different disciplines to network with one another, share ideas, and get current on recent developments in the field.  Participants say they enjoy the Spring

Conference, not only for the Continuing Education opportunity, but also for the gourmet fare provided as part of the "dine-and-learn" format! The Spring Conference always provides a provacative series of presentations and forums designed to explore the politics, ethics, and practice of utilizing language in the healing of mind, spirit, and relationship.  This year, world-renown clinician Jean McLendon, LCSW, LMFT, and her colleague Dr. Johnny Faulkner, LPC-S, LMFT-S will join us in hosting a celebration of the pioneering work of the matriarch of the family therapy movement, Virginia Satir.  11 CEHs for LCSWs, LMFTs, LPCs, and Provisional Licensees including required hours in diagnosis and ethics.

We are grateful to our Conference Partners, Palmetto Addiction Recovery Center, New Beginnings Adolescent Recovery Center, & The Last Resort Recovery for assisting us in bringing you quality continuing education!    

Jean McLendon, LCSW, LMFT  

Mentored nearly 20 years by the late Virginia Satir, Jean is known as one of the world’s foremost practitioners of Satir's methods. With over 40 years of professional experience in helping people improve their communication and their relationships, Jean travels widely applying the Satir Growth Model to a variety of contexts, situations, countries and cultures. Jean is a founding Director of the Satir Institute of The Southeast and and has served on the faculties of the University of North Carolina School of Social Work, the NIMH Staff College, and as faculty  

specialist with the Whole Systems Design Graduate Program at Seattle University.  Jean currently maintains an active practice in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

Johnny Faulkner, PhD, LMFT-S, LPC-S  

Dr. Faulkner is the current Vice-President and Director of Training for the Virginia Satir Global Network, and is their archivist and historian. He is also the archivist and historian for the International Human Learning Resources Network (IHLRN), the first organization founded by Satir.  He is the founding Director of the Satir Archive and Community Resource Center, an organization dedicated to preserving the work of Virginia and of those trained by her, as well as providing resources to those learning and

teaching her ideas.  He has a Ph.D. in Marriage and Family Therapy, has taught as an adjunct professor, and has a private practice in Russellville, Arkansas. He has a passion for preserving Virginia’s and the Satir community’s legacy, for the purpose of passing along their teachings on how to Become More Fully Human to present and future generations.

On Friday evening, come meet and greet our guest presenters, network with your friends, and enjoy some delicious heavy hors d'oeuvres 

and great beverage while our guest presenters provide a provocative 

 presentation!  3 CEHs in diagnosis for all attendees! 

Crawfish lovers rejoice!  Friday evening's Witchdoctor's Ball will include the First Annual Witchdoctor's Ball Crawfish Boil!  Master Crawfish Chef Dr. George Wolcott will bring his secret method for preparing the absolute best crawfish you have ever put in your mouth, cher!   Not a crawfish connoissuer? No problem! Chef Holly's delectable fare on Friday evening is included in your registration fee! To sign up for the crawfish boil, simply add it to your shopping cart when you register!    

LPC Board Update

Penny Millhollon, LPC-S, LMFT-S, MFTAC Chair

Enjoy a delicious lunch on Saturday at noon while you get a from-the-horse's-mouth update from Penny Millhollon, LPC-S, LMFT-S, LPC Board Member and Chair of the MFTAC, on all the most recent law and rule changes from Baton Rouge that affect your practice!  Required CEHs in ethics!

The Sainte Terre Experience

While our renowned presenters and the RRI staff feed your mind and spirit, award-winning chef Holly Schreiber will tantalize your taste buds!  From the scrumptious hors d'oeuvres on Friday evening to the homemade sweet rolls on Saturday morning to the premiere pasta bar at lunch, Chef Holly has prepared a menu that is sure to please, including vegetarian options--all included in you registration fee!        

to see the menu . .  click here!  

Conference Dates & Location

Friday Evening, May 4th & Saturday, May 5th

Sainte Terre Event Center


190 Nickel Lane, Benton, LA

Conference Program

The Witchdoctors Ball and Crawfish Boil, our annual LPC Board Update with Penny Millhollon, LPC-S,

LMFT-S, MFTAC Chair, and a full day with Jean McLendon, LCSW, LMFT and Dr. Johnny Faulkner, LPC-S, LMFT-S . . .  Don't miss a single minute!  11 CEHs for LMFTs, LPCs, LCSWs, and all Provisional Licensees!  




Overnight Accommodations

Want to stay over a night?  Affordable accommodations with all the amenities are available just minutes from the Sainte Terre Conference Center!  Remember . . . your meals during the Spring Conference are included in your registration fee!

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