About Southeast Institute


The Southeast Institute for Group and Family Therapy is committed to making the world a better place for all by connecting people to their worth, value, and dignity and the worth, value, and dignity in others.  We offer to our clients excellence in clinical therapy and psychotherapy training.


Southeast Institute for Group and Family Therapy is a charitable nonprofit, non-stock educational corporation committed to the principle of equal opportunity and affirmative action. The Institute admits trainees of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at Southeast Institute. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, scholarships and loan programs, consultations, conference, and other Institute-administered programs.


The Southeast Institute for Group and Family Therapy was founded in 1969 as a non-profit educational institute called the Fellowship for Racial and Economic Equality. Its goal was to promote racial and economic justice in the United States, with a primary focus on training faculty and counselors from traditionally Afro-American colleges throughout the South. By 1971, the Fellowship offered training in transactional analysis and creative group problem solving for improving psychotherapy skills and confronting social problems.

In 1974, the Fellowship moved to Chapel Hill, NC, and changed its name to Southeast Institute for Group and Family Therapy to reflect an expanded focus.  Shortly after this move, Southeast Institute launched an experimental Master of Arts program in psychotherapy and social change. Twenty-two students were graduated. In 1975, due to a shortage of grant money to continue a graduate program, Southeast Institute focused primarily on continuing education training and supervision for mental health professionals.

Southeast Institute held an annual Spring Conference from 1974 to the mid 1980s, with 300 to 1000 people attending each year. In 1977, the annual Eric Berne Lectures on Social Psychotherapy were inaugurated with a lecture by Gregory Bateson, Ph.D. In 1999, Southeast Institute celebrated its 30th year with a spring conference.

Over the years, Southeast Institute has earned respect and recognition for its excellence of training and for its continued commitment to developing effective models for individual and social change.


The Southeast Institute for Group and Family Therapy is a postgraduate educational institute offering training for mental health professionals in individual, group, couple, and family psychotherapy. We offer weekend and week-long workshops as well as on-going training programs. The primary approach we use is Redecision Therapy which is an integration of Transactional Analysis and Gestalt Therapy. We also teach an integrated approach to Couples Therapy and Family Therapy, Body Centered Psychotherapy, Transactional Analysis, Gestalt, Object Relations, Personality Adaptations and Energy Psychology.

Clinical Services

Southeast Institute faculty offers direct clinical services in individual therapy, group therapy, couples therapy, and family therapy. Call Adam Joines at the Institute office (919-929-1171) for scheduling appointments with Jessica D’Andrea, Psy. D.

Our Board and Team

Board of Directors

David Hawkins, MD
Susan Lewis, JD
Vann Joines, PhD
Chellie Martin-Joines, JD

Administrative Staff

Adam Joines, Registrar

Psychiatric Consultants

David Hawkins, MD


Vann Joines, PhD