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Introduction to Satir Model Counselling


'The family is a microcosm. By knowing how to heal the family we know how to heal the world.'

Virginia Satir was the “mother” of modern family therapy and one of the most influential therapists of her time. She constantly focused on the hope of world peace and is well-known and celebrated for her innovative work with individuals, groups and families. Voted as the “most influential therapist” of all time in surveys of Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Social and Community Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists, Satir’s ‘Change Process Model’ has also been embraced by management gurus to define how change impacts organisations. Her transformational systemic approach has been integrated into many aspects of therapy and organizational psychology.

 Virginia Satir, who Her work was extensively studied by the founders of Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), who used it as one of their three fundamental models.

She was an original and creative practitioner and trainer and her work extensively studied by Dr Richard Bandler when he was still an undergraduate student of psychology. She was one of the three therapists that inspired and informed Drs Richard Bandler and John Grinder in their creation and development of Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP). Her “iceberg” model is widely used in therapy and counselling and her ideas and methods are also found in mediation and reconciliation programmes globally.

This 2-day online course is intended to provide an introduction for those who wish to use some of Satir’s principles and practical techniques in their therapeutic and coaching work. We will explore how Satir’s methods can be applied successfully in private practice, with individuals and families, and also in conducting mediation to resolve conflict in group situations and in the corporate environment. Participants will gain a basic understanding of the key concepts and those who wish to be able to use Satir's processes effectively in their work, may wish to continue with further training to focus on practising and using the full model with clients, and on the ‘Family Reconstruction’ process.

It’s possible to take a full certificate course accredited by the Canadian Counsellors and Psychotherapists Association (CCPA). The full course is rated at 35 CEU credits per module, a total of 175 credits for the Certificate qualification.

What is included in the course?

  • Overview of the Satir Model

  • The Coping Stances/Defences

  • Dealing with Chaos in the process of change

  • The Learning Triad in the family unit

  • Mapping the Person/Family/Organisation

  • Family Rules: transforming into guidelines

  • The 7 Ingredients of all interactions

  • The Iceberg: transforming beliefs

  • Using Sculpting in family reconstruction

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