Welcome to the VSGN institutes and affiliates page.

These organizations joined together within the Virginia Satir Global Network to promote human growth and understanding using the model of the late Virginia Satir. Each organization is self governing and responsible for their own program development and content. These organizations use the name Virginia Satir (TM) with permission of the Virginia Satir Global Network. If you wish to use the name Virginia Satir or any copyright materials, contact the Virginia Satir Global Network.

Institute and Affiliate Offered Training

Most of the following institutes and affiliates offer high quality Satir-based training. To locate a specific institute’s or affiliates’ training, choose the organization you are interested in and click the link to their website. (If you don’t see a link, try clicking on the organization’s name or logo.)  This will open their website where you can locate the training they offer.


Satir Institute of Australia

The Satir Centre of Australia for the Family is a private, professional clinic, which offers prompt, confidential help for a wide range of psychological, personal and emotional issues which frequently trouble otherwise well-adjusted people.The Satir Centre of Australia for the Family believes that effective help results from empowering people to become their own decision-makers in life. Accurate information, careful and thorough assessment, understandable explanations and experienced guidance form the basis of successful therapy.


Satir Institute of the Pacific

This Institute offers on going year round training. To see what is currently being offered check out their website.
“Purpose: to provide a broad educational context including classes, workshops and seminars in which persons may experience and learn in depth the Virginia Satir systemic growth model in order to understand, develop and use the Satir Model in their personal and professional lives”.
“The Satir Transformational Systemic Therapy (STST) training programs (Levels I, II and III) are for practicing counsellors, therapists, psychologists, psychiatrists, family physicians, nurses, clergy, instructors of family studies and family therapy, child care workers and graduate students in the above fields who are presently working with clients. The focus of the programs is on facilitating transformational change through Virginia Satir’s Growth Model. The approach is applicable to working with individuals, couples and families.

Professional Development Training Programs, Workshops and Seminars
The Satir Transformational Systemic Therapy (STST) training programs (Levels I, II and III) are for practicing counsellors, therapists, psychologists, psychiatrists, family physicians, nurses, clergy, instructors of family studies and family therapy, child care workers and graduate students in the above fields who are presently working with clients. The focus of the programs is on facilitating transformational change through Virginia Satir’s Growth Model. The approach is applicable to working with individuals, couples and families. Satir Transformational Systemic Therapy Model is unique in encompassing both the intrapsychic and interactive components of therapy. Much therapy of the past has been focused only on clients behaviour, cognition or emotions. This model is focused on bringing about change at the level of Being, as well as changes in doing, feeling and perceiving.

The process taps the universal yearnings of individuals within their personal family and social systems and helps them work towards a sense of responsible wholeness and peace. The process requires that the therapist has a high level of therapeutic competence and congruence. The program will provide hands-on skill development opportunities and participants will be required to work in triads between sessions practicing some aspects of the program. Participants will also work with their own three generational family maps to increase personal learning opportunities in applying a systemic therapy model. The course leaders will utilize lecturettes, small group discussions, structured exercises, demonstrations, experiential learning and skill practice sessions as part of the program. All training programs, conferences, workshops and seminars sponsored by Satir Institute of the Pacific are under the supervision of:

Jennifer Nagel, MA, RCC, Director of Training
For program information and general inquiries contact Cindi Mueller at our Surrey, BC office.

Satir Skills Training Workshops from Waterloo, Canada



Satir Institute of the Yukon

The mission of the Satir Institute of the Yukon is to share the teachings of Virginia Satir and to provide training opportunities for professionals in the Satir Philosophy and Model and workshops for people who want to experience personal growth and change.

For additional information please contact Pat Bragg at


Qijia Shengye Satir Institute

Beijing Qijia Shengye counsulting was the first Satir center founded in mainland China in 2003.

It develops a comprehensive training system – GROP. Their trainings are delivered in the form of personal counselling, public workshops, in-house training, online course etc: .

G for Growth, refers to the personal growth of individuals which is the core of the Satir model application. It aims to help a person to develop a complete, harmonious, rich life energy level, to have inner peace and interpersonal harmony.

R for Relationship, refers to the parents-child relationships, husband-wife relationship, and other intimate relationships. Interpersonal relationship affects one’s happiness, While Satir aim to improve communication, promote mutual understanding, enhance the relationship.

O for Organization, refers to enterprise applications, including enterprise team cohesion and construction, team integration and communication, the leader of the internal psychological energy, team psychological capital integration and so on. The Systematic and experiential of Satir model will lead the organization to discover more resources to change.

P for Professional, refers to the training for the professionals. It is to help people who’s dedicated to help others by providing them with professional training course.

To see what is currently being offered check out their website.

Hong Kong Satir Institute
Objectives: To promote and develop the Satir Model and other humanistic approaches in counseling and therapy in Hong Kong. Belief: People have the ability and internal resources to change and grow. Mission: To support, connect and empower individuals, families and organizations through the Satir Model.

  • Personal growth workshops
  • Professional counseling training
  • Training service for other agencies
  • Counseling and supervision services
  • Books and other educational resources for sale

Green Pastures Whole Person Development Centre

Green Pastures Whole Person Development Centre is a private professional organization providing educational and counselling services to individuals, families and communities Counselling service

  • Clinical supervision
  • Personal growth
  • Parent education
  • Educational support
  • Professional training and development

Czech Republic

Institute for Transformational Systemic Therapy Czech Republic

Spolek INSPIRACE – Institut pro transformační systemickou terapii

It was founded in 2014 and its founding members were: MD. Alexandra Beránková, Mgr. Lubica Lichorobiecová, Mgr. Renata Koláčková, Mgr. Jarmila Petrovská PhD., Mgr. Petr Štěpaník and Mgr. Petr Hýl. Inspiration closely cooperates with other organizations, especially with the Institute of Virginia Satirovej in the Slovak Republic, and is an affiliate organization of Satir Global Network.

  • Provides consulting services
  • Provides educational services to professionals in helping professions
  • Provides educational services to the general public
  • Provides Scholarships
  • Produces and sells educational material
  • Organizes training stays
  • Translates and publishes the work of Virginia Satir and its successors
  • Publishes the work of local authors allied thinking
  • Maintaining contacts and exchanging information with foreign and domestic organizations engaged in similar activities.



Mission and Vision:

We offer high quality in-depth experiential trainings of the original Satir-Model-teachings.

We want to create a space for an ongoing development of Virginia Satir’s models and processes to achieve a safe space for personal growth and congruency.

Our intention is to bring Virginia Satir’s wisdom to a broader public and to create an experimental environment for further development of the Satir Work. For more information visit our website.

Advisory Board:We are proud to be advised by a high quality advisory board. All members have studied directly with Virginia or connected with her on a personal level or both. Just to name two:

Gunther Schmidt M.D.,Dipl.rer.pol., medical specialist in psychosomatic medicine, Founder and Developer of the Hypnosystemic Approach, director oft the Milton-Erickson-Institut Heidelberg, medical director of sysTelios-clinic Siedelsbrunn for psychosomatic health development, co-founder and trainer of the Helm Stierlin Institut for systemic therapy, counseling and research, co- founder and Senior Coach of the DBVC (German Association of Coaching), Life Achievement Award of the German Trainig Field 2011, Milton-Erickson-Price of the MEG (Milton-Erickson-Society of Germany), trainer of the MEG.

Dr. Stephen Gilligan is a licensed Psychologist practicing in Encinitas, CA. Stephen was among the group of students that gathered around the founders of NLP during its formation at U.C. Santa Cruz from 1974-1977. Milton Erickson and Gregory Bateson became his teachers and mentors.

After receiving his doctorate in Psychology from Stanford University, Stephen became one of the premier teachers and practitioners of Ericksonian hypnotherapy. Motivated by his experiences as a therapist, a teacher, and by his own quest, he developed a new practice of radical awakening incorporating Ericksonian psychotherapy, Aikido, Buddhism, meditation, and the performance arts.


Satir Institute of the Galilee

Professional Development and Integration of Expressive Arts


Korea Satir Institute

For more information click the link below. 



Satir Whole Person Development Association of Malaysia,


Institute of Virginia Satir,


Satir Institute of Thailand,
SATIR INSTITUTE THAILAND is a non-profit organization that believes in human dignity and personal actualization process. One can free one’s life force from the shackles of the past through changes of perception, feeling, and behavior, thus paving the way for evolvement of being more fully human.


BACHTE Individual, Family and Child Institute

Foundations of the Virginia Satir Model March 28- April 1, 2018

Please join us at BACTE in Istanbul for the 5-day, Foundations of the Virginia Satir Model 3. This training will provide you with a chance to learn or build on the main processes that Virginia Satir developed to help people and families make changes. Her work created experiential ways of understanding what we learned in our families of origin and how to turn these learnings into resources that we can use to create the life we want in the present.

Virginia Satir Refresher Program April 3-4, 2018

I would like to invite you to join BACTE and the Satir Institute of the Yukon, Canada in Istanbul at the Virginia Satir Refresher Program. This will be two wonderful days- April 3and 4, 2018 of intense, advanced training in the use of the Virginia Satir methods, especially for working with couples and families. We will use case studies, demonstrations and practice exercises to enhance your skills.


We will explore your use of the Satir Model in your clinical practice. You will practice and deepen your understanding and skills in using appropriate processes including: the Iceberg, temperature reading, family maps and rules, sculpting, managing emotions in couple’s work, and using the therapist’s self in therapy. The specific focus will be developed based on the needs of the group.

United States

Institute for International Connections

The Institute for International Connections for Personal and Cultural Growth (I.I.C.) is a non-profit organization that promotes cross-cultural understanding and collaboration in developing peace-oriented, democratic systems. Since 1990, I.I.C. has worked in Russia, Eastern Europe, and Central Asia to provide links, programs, networks, and opportunities to people in human services, education, and business. Inspired by the pioneering family systems therapist, Virginia Satir, I.I.C. uses a multi-layered approach to change, involving the individual, family, community, and workplace. IIC is an affiliate of the Virginia Satir Global Network.

International Human Learning Resources Network,

(IHLRN) is an organization that was begun byVirginia Satir in 1970 to foster human growth and development by means of a conference that focuses on innovations in family therapy and intervention tools that she and others had developed, and other recent developments.


Satir Institute of the Rockies,

The Satir Institute of the Rockies is dedicated to training in the teachings of Virginia Satir. Satir’s Transformational Systemic Therapy is the most dynamic, effective therapy ever known.

The Satir Institute of the Rockies provides training in Satir’s Transformational Systemic Therapy with both Level 1 and Level 2 classes. Please browse our site andContact Us with any questions