2024 Virginia Satir Global Network Online Conference

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We look forward to enjoying our connections through the wonders of  Zoom technology and we hope you will join us.


All times shown will be Eastern Daylight Time (ET).

The Conference begins on Friday, June 21, 2024 at 8:00am ET with centering and connecting, followed by a morning plenary at 9:00am ET.      The day will continue with a series of three concurrent 90-minute workshops, an afternoon plenary and end at 7:00pm ET.

Saturday, June 22, 2024 begins at 8:00am ET with centering and connecting, with a full day of workshops, including a morning and afternoon plenary. The conference will end at 7:00pm ET.

(Breaks and a 45-Minute Lunch will be included in the final schedule)

The Conference Schedule including Zoom links will be sent to all registrants before June 21.


Workshops offering continuing education credits indicated with (CEC) after the title. (PENDING APPROVAL)
















Argumaniz-Hardin, Michael PhD


Online Experiential Couple Therapy: A Parts Party Demonstration (CEC) – In a time when more therapy is happening online, therapist need ways of bringing experiential therapy into Tele-Health. This workshop will include a presentation on the purpose and merits of Satir’s “Parts Party” intervention followed by a demonstration with a client couple, and a debriefing.


Buckbee, Stephen LMSW, Michael Dupont, MA.

Presenting a Program about Leadership using the Tools of Satir (CEC) – We will present a workshop on leadership using the tools of Satir. This program is intended to demonstrate how the work of Satir can be used in non-clinical settings such as business and other organizations.


Eisenberg, Seth & Rachel Marmor

Expanding Horizons: AI-Driven Innovations in Applying Satir’s Model Globally – In this presentation pitch, we propose a 1.5-hour workshop titled “Expanding Horizons: AI-driven Innovations in Applying Satir’s Model Globally.” Acknowledging the transformative potential of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in disseminating Virginia Satir’s teachings, particularly through the Practical Application of Intimate Relationship Skills (PAIRS), our workshop focuses on exploring unprecedented ways AI can bring Satir’s work to a global audience. The key emphases include showcasing AI-driven platforms for interactive learning experiences, demonstrating virtual reality and augmented reality applications, presenting evidence-based benefits through case studies, and discussing the global impact of AI in connecting Satir enthusiasts worldwide. The expected outcomes involve participants gaining insights into cutting-edge AI applications, understanding measurable outcomes for Satir’s principles, and recognizing the global impact of AI in fostering growth within the Satir community. The workshop promises live demonstrations, hands-on experiences, and Q&A sessions, offering a thought-provoking exploration of the future of relationship skills education at the intersection of AI and Satir’s Model.


Freeman, Miriam PhD, + 5 Panel Members: Darya Haitoglou, PhD, Stanly Lau, Svetlana Polakova, Renée Prillaman PhD, & Beth Syverson



Coaching Panel Presentation: Satir’s Coaching Method In Action Across 5 Different Niches (CEC) – Miriam Freeman will be introducing the session and moderating the panel. Each panelist will speak for a few minutes about their own specialty, then Miriam will lead a discussion about how the Satir Coaching Method is ideally suited for these – and many other – niches. In this panel presentation, attendees will hear from five coaches who have been certified through The Satir Coaching and Mentoring Specialist Program.

Each of them has specialties in unique niches where coaching fills a specific need: PERSONAL GROWTH: Darya Haitoglou works with highly functional people who want to improve their self-esteem to feel happier and be more effective in their life. BUSINESS: Stanly Lau works in the field of software development providing consulting, mentoring, and coaching to engineering teams and management, helping teams build better products together. PARENTING: Svetlana Polakova is a parenting coach dedicated to assisting parents in creating nurturing and harmonious environments for their families. EDUCATION: Renée Prillaman coaches school leaders and individuals seeking to enrich their lives, and to serve their communities more fully. ADOPTION: Beth Syverson works with adoptive parents who are navigating adoption’s complexities, so they can be more grounded and supportive to the adoptees in their lives.


Jameson, Patricia PhD


Healing and Empowerment: Trauma Informed Care through the Satir Growth Model (CEC) – I will be presenting on trauma informed care, the impact of interpersonal trauma on a person’s life tying all into Satir Growth Model.


Jameson, Patricia PhD


Diving In: Exploring Satir’s Iceberg Model for Insight and Growth (CEC) – Diving In is an in-depth exploration of each aspect of Satir’s Iceberg model which can be used for personal insight and growth as well as understanding how to utilize the Iceberg with clients. A special emphasis is given to how beliefs, perceptions, judgements, etc. are formed through familial and cultural messages. A particular focus will be a ‘dive’ into yearnings, longings, desires and how they relate to our core self our “I Am”-ness.


Kennedy, Richard Psy.D.

Creatively Expanding the Use of Virginia’s Satir’s Parts Model and Its Connection to Her Concept of the 3rd Birth (CEC) – Creatively expanding the use of Virginia’s Satir’s Parts Model and its connection to her concept of the 3rd Birth. Take a deeper dive into Virgins Satir’s Parts model and how to use it in private practice This presentation will explain: 1) The rationale behind using a new expanded perspective of the use of Virginia Satir’s Part model. 2) An in-depth description of how of our 3 “Universal Parts” (the Wounded Child, the Critical Perfectionistic Part, & the Wisdom Part) developed within us. 3) How using intentionally this Parts Model with clients as a way of empowering an individual to become increasingly aware and develop autonomy and control over their internal voices. 4) Describe the connection the Parts Model concepts with our achieving Virginia Satir’s concept of the Third Birth- becoming a more autonomous “Chooser”. 5) The difference between integration and transformation in the use of this Model.

A particular focus will be working with individuals on the critical and shaming part of themselves. Exploring with participants what do they know of their parts, particularly their Critical Part. I will also discuss how to identify and engage the more positive part Wisdom Part to provide support, nurturance, as well as the Congruent Undamaged Self/the “I AM” Participants will learn how the use of this method can help clients practice connecting with these parts independently outside of sessions providing sustained personal control of their inner processes.


Leslie, Mary E. MSW

Virginia Satir: Peacemaker and Healer: Body/Mind/Spirit Resources for Moving through Chaos and Change in Emotionally Charged (CEC) – I will draw on teachings of Virginia Satir to resource ourselves, in Body/Mind and Spirit, in times of Chaos and Change. Emphasis will be on understanding of Neurobiology of trauma on a more global level and integrating Satir’s core concepts such as her focus on congruence, the body, meditation, parts party and the Mandala as supports for moving through Chaos and Change in our present times, politically, and socially. Developing practices to support self and others towards resilience, and greater self-care.


Nemesh, Beth PhD

Using Photography as Reflections of Self (CEC) – Cellphones, smartphones, and screens have become a center of attention of present-day. Electronic media has become a significant means of communication, socialization, and a popular approach for self-expression. Many are consciously and unconsciously preoccupied with self-image, which reflects our personal, social, and professional identity, self-esteem, and confidence; statements about who we are. Selfies and images are being used to define, communicate, and convey to the outer world information about who we are and how we wish to be perceived. This has become an ongoing, ever-changing, dynamic social interaction, based almost entirely on visual dialogs. Photography can be used in therapy to precipitate therapeutic discussions about self, self-image, relationships, beliefs, feelings, and other topics and levels of the iceberg which preoccupy clients. The images can reflect the internal Self experience. Viewing, photographing, posing, editing, creating photo albums can be used in various ways in therapy to explore relevant therapeutic topics, raising awareness of what lies beneath the surface, helping clients access unconscious information, to achieve therapeutic goals. Photography in therapy can be used with all ages, individuals, couples, families, and groups. It brings up little resistance and provides an easy doorway to our inner world.

This workshop explores basic ideas of Phototherapy, and ways it corresponds with the Satir Model. The workshop offers experiential interventions for making contact, developing therapeutic conversations, addressing issues of self-image, self-esteem, personal, and interpersonal identity. There is no need for prior photography knowledge.


Novak, Sandy MA & Lyu Yue (Lavinia), MA Harvesting the Fruit of Your Family of Origin through Satir’s Family Reconstruction (CEC) – In this experiential workshop, we will do a beginning exploration of Satir’s Family Reconstruction process to get a taste of its purposes and possibilities.
Perold, Joanne & Marcus Blankenship

Congruent Leadership – Leadership is not merely about strategies, techniques, or positions of authority. At its core, leadership is about the authentic expression of oneself in service to a greater purpose. It’s about how we show up, how we engage with others, and how we navigate the complexities of human interactions with integrity and congruence. Join us for a workshop exploring the Leader’s Use-of-Self as a vehicle for congruent leadership. Through experiential exercises, reflective practices, and interactive discussions, we will cultivate a deeper understanding of congruence in a leadership context and ourselves as leaders. We invite you to embark on this journey with an open heart and an open mind.


Jean McLendon, LCSW, LMFT & Riley, Ann T. PhD, MSW

Embodying Satir’s Multi-Sensory Emphasis to Enliven Couples in Therapy (CEC) – A theoretical review of the self/other/context framework provides a solid foundation for exploring couples’ dynamics through a multisensory lens. In this experiential workshop, participants will learn how to help couples communicate toward authentic connection.


Ann Steiner, Ph.D., MFT, CGP, AGPA-F


The Nuts & Bolts of Creating & Maintaining Online Groups That Thrive (CEC) This primarily didactic workshop provides participants with a comprehensive overview of the various types of online group work, ways to evaluate their preferred leadership style, how to design, set up and maintain healthy groups. Common challenges, techniques for fostering understanding of and creating brave spaces to discuss differences, the importance of screening, preparation, and termination agreements will be discussed as they apply to participant’s needs.


Tossounian, Aznive BA

The Journey of Satir through Connection and Growth – Virginia Satir was often called the “Mother of Family Therapy” due to her instrumental role in developing the field. She once famously said, “By knowing how to heal the family, I know how to heal the world.” Her journey through healing and helping others and her circle of friends are also noteworthy aspects of her legacy. The presentation will be about the people she encountered on her journey and how they influenced each other.


Youhong (Hettie) Tu, MSW & Miriam Freeman, PhD

Theory and Practice of Validation in Satir Coaching and Mentoring (CEC) – Validation is crucial in therapy for several reasons. This validation encourages clients to express themselves honestly and openly, promoting a more productive therapeutic process. Virginia Satir describes the power of validation in her quote, “I believe the greatest gift I can conceive of having from anyone is to be seen by them, heard by them, to be understood and touched by them. The greatest gift I can give is to see, hear, understand and to touch another person. When this is done I feel contact has been made.” Satir Coaching and Mentoring, validation is the second of six steps in working with people. We will illustrate the power of validation from the theoretical concept of neuroscience and attachment and will engage workshop participants in practicing validation. Founder of Satir Coaching and Mentoring project, Sharon Loeschen elicits three essential skills of reflecting feelings, affirming values, and highlighting resources in the phase of validation. In this experiential workshop we will illustrate how these skills apply to our work with people by building a secure base and trust relationship between the coaches and coach. When this relationship has been established, subsequent phases of the coaching process of promoting awareness, facilitating acceptance, and creating and sustaining change can more effectively be implemented.


Xia Xiaoqin Lisa (Elizabeth Shar)

The Application of NSST (Neuroscience and Satir in the Sand Tray) in Counseling for Primary School Students in China – Using the process below, the workshop participants will learn the following techniques: 1) Meditation, come back to the center, and experiencing the magic of figurines; 2) the main possible causes leading to behavioral issues in Chinese primary school students; 3) the presenting problems of primary school students collected from counseling sessions; 4) what is NSST (Neuroscience and Satir in the Sand Tray); 5) the advantages of NSST in counseling for primary school students; 6) common NSST techniques used in counseling for primary school students, and 7) case or outcome sharing.






Traver, Maria MS, MFT


Developing a Relationship with Yourself and Others / Realizar una Relación Contigo Mismo y con los Demás (CEC) – Presented in Spanish (interpreted in English), this workshop will demonstrate an interactive approach to the six steps of Enriching a Relationship with Yourself and Others based on the teachings of Virginia Satir from Sharon Loeschen’s book. (Spanish)


Steiner, Ann, PhD LMFT

Your Professional Will: The Ethical Care of Your Practice and Yourself Back Up Systems for you and your Communities (CEC)- COVID, wildfires and other natural disasters have been a wakeup call and reminder that we all, regardless of age, health and socio-cultural location, need to have backup systems in place. Illnesses, retirement, relocation and sudden emergencies happen. Plus, the Ethics Codes for every discipline require that you have a Professional Will. This introductory hands-on Law and Ethics workshop helps you plan who will contact patients if you cannot, and ways to minimize the impact of your absence on your patients, loved ones, colleagues, and community. All levels of experience welcome!


Ginny Wong, MC, RCC, BSW + 8 Panel Members: Cao Jing Wei, Lu Xu Mei, Liu Fang Zheng, Ge Junming, Zhao Gian, Zhao Liying, Liu Zhihua, Tu You Hong

The Development and Application of Satir Coaching and Mentoring Program in China

With Ginny Wong as the moderator, this 8-member panel will present the following:

1.The first cohort of certified coaches and trainers will share the development of Satir Coaching and Mentoring in China, and highlighting their learning insights.

2. Application of Satir Coaching in various contexts : in enterprises;  university student groups; youth and families experiencing difficulties, and enhancing self-esteem and self-worth of individuals.

3、Application in training coaches in China



Guirui Lin, MFT

The Fit between Satir Family Therapy and Chinese Culture – Traditional Chinese culture is consistent with Satir family therapy in the following concepts: 1. Chinese people attaches the most importance to family, Confucian “self-cultivation, family harmony, governance and world peace”; Consistent with Satir’s “peace within, peace between, peace among.” 2. The Chinese Confucian view of “human nature is good” which is the same with Satir’s belief about people are basically good. 3. The basic feature of traditional Chinese philosophy is the holistic view which is consistent with the Satir systemic view. 4. The philosophy of change in traditional Chinese philosophy is consistent with Satir’s belief that “change is possible”. 5. The concept of harmony in traditional Chinese philosophy coincides with Satir’s concept of “harmony and unity”. 6. The Traditional Chinese Medicine view of change from the inside out, rather than removal and elimination of “symptoms”, is consistent with Satir’s transformation view . 7. The Chinese way of thinking of “Intuitionistic embodiment realization” is in line with Satir’s essential element of experiential.


Dr. Wang Qiang Karl


The Recovery Pathway of Depressed Adolescents Using Satir Model in Short-term Counseling Intervention – This workshop will cover the following areas: 1) an introduction to presenter’s latest research findings: The Recovery Effect of Depressed Adolescents with Suicidal Ideation or Behavior Using Satir Model in Short-term Counseling Intervention; 2) the Goals of Intervention: Health, Happiness, Success; 3) the Process Intervention Work with Depressed Adolescents: Internal world exploration with using Satir’s Iceberg; 4) the Process Intervention: the Light of Hope; and 5) Case Study Sharing: “The Journey from Depression with Suicidal Tendencies to Exceptional Performance in Academic.”


RunYu Yang, MBA BMed CCLD  (Rain Yang), Ginny Wong, MC, RCC, BSW

A Dialogue : Applying Satir Coaching to Build a Positive and Productive Business Management Team – This dialogue will share the success of a unique and highly effective model that developed by Rain Yang that have been applied in 8 business corporations in China. The workshop will begin with the integration of the Satir Coaching and Mentoring Program that developed by Sharon Loeschen and a specific facilitation framework ORID (Objective, Reflective, Interpretive and Decisional) developed by the Institute of Cultural Affairs (ICA) in Canada. This unique business and corporate coaching model are using “effective management thinking” as a foreign element to stimulate the process of change in business teams. The 6 phases of Satir Coaching and the facilitation framework of ORID will co-create the team members to become more accountable, collaborative, creative and positive growth mindset and ultimately, to achieve the goal to build a positive and productive team culture in business world. An experiential demonstration will be included in the workshop.



Xumei lu 芦旭梅


How to Support Teenagers in Facing Depression

如何支持青少年面对抑郁 – This workshop will cover the following areas: 1. Know what teenage depression is, see the expression and value behind depression, more understanding of depression mood and behavior performance and understanding, 2. help teenagers parents and teachers understand, and have the ability to face adolescent depression, can people and depression, and take the function of bad behavior 3. learning effective ways to help teenagers can face their depression and through depression, see their life really want to express. Helping teenagers and their parents can raise their emotional awareness, recognition, acceptance, and in charge of it .一、认识青少年的抑郁情绪是什么,看到抑郁情绪背后的表达和价值,对抑郁的情绪及行为表现有更多的认识和理解,二、帮助青少年的父母及老师理解,并且有能力面对青少年的抑郁,能够把人和抑郁的情绪,及采取的功能不良的行为分开,三、学习有效的方法帮助青少年可以面对自己的抑郁和透过抑郁情绪,看到自己生命真正想要的表达。进而帮助青少年及其家长可以提升对此情绪的看见,承认,接纳和掌管。