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News Flash: The Satir Model is Major Influence on the Social Work Profession in China

News Flash: The Satir Model is Major Influence on the Social Work Profession in China

The Satir Model is Major Influence on the Social Work Profession in China

Here they are, an excited group of graduates holding their certificates! They are social work professors in the People’s Republic of China who have completed all the requirements of a 34 day training in the Satir Model. In those 34 days they not only worked on their own self–awareness and congruence but also learned how to do Satir Transformational Systemic Therapy and how to teach Satir concepts and skills in their social work courses. Part of the certification requirements included presenting a video segment of a counseling session to an instructor and presenting an experiential Satir lesson to the group.

The China Association for Social Work Education, the group tasked with providing continuing education and development of the profession of social work for the whole country, invited the Banmen Satir China Management Centre to provide this comprehensive training back in 2011. After 2 years of planning, the training commenced. This group is the third to graduate so 150+ professors have completed it so far. In so doing, they are changing the way social work is taught to a more experiential and practice-oriented. They are also changing to a more humanistic view of their clients. A fourth training is planned to start in 2018. Sandy Novak, a member of SGN, is the lead instructor for these trainings and loves every minute of it.