The Satir Coaching and Mentoring Specialist Program

Satir Coaching and Mentoring Program

The purpose of the program is to train coaches and mentors to apply the concepts and methodology of the world famous social worker and therapist, Virginia Satir, to the field of coaching and mentoring. The training is based on the six phases of her work and the skills within each phase. The phases are:  Making Contact, Validating, Facilitating Awareness, Promoting Acceptance, Eliciting Positive Choices and Constructive Change. These are what make this type of coaching and mentoring so UNIQUE, POWERFUL and EFFECTIVE!

The training will be tailored to the experience and needs of the trainee and will involve completing assignments for 20 structured lessons and having sessions with your trainer either online or in person.  After finishing the lessons, you will also have on-going mentoring as needed.  Due to this customized form of training, the exact number of hours required cannot be given but an estimate would be 60.

Certification Requirements

Step 1.  Complete Module 1: The Training Portion of the Program.

(This will include completing 20 lessons either online or in-person.)

Lesson 1.  Introduction to Satir Coaching and Mentoring Training for Individuals

Lesson2.   Making Contact with Yourself

Lesson 3.  Making Contact with a Mentee

Lesson 4.  Validating Yourself by Using Your Inner Resources

Lesson 5.  Validating Yourself by Affirming Your Values

Lesson 6.  Validating Mentees by Affirming Their Values and Highlighting Their Resources

Lesson 7.   Validating Your Self by Acknowledging Your Feelings

Lesson 8.   Validating Mentees by Reflecting Their Feelings

Lesson 9.   Becoming Aware of Your Defensive Behaviors

Lesson 10.  Facilitating Awareness in a Mentee of Their Defensive Behaviors

Lesson 11.  Becoming Aware of What Drives Your Defensive Behaviors

Lesson 12.  Facilitating Awareness in a Mentee as to What is Driving Their Behavior

Lesson 13.  Accepting Your Disliked Parts

Lesson 14.  Promoting Acceptance in a Mentee of Their Disliked Parts

Lesson 15.  Making Changes for Yourself

Lesson 16.  Reinforcing Change for Yourself by Seeking Support

Lesson 17.  Eliciting Positive Choices and Changes for Mentees and Reinforcing the Changes

Lesson 18.  Eliciting Change by Helping a Mentee Choose to Live by Their Values

Lesson 19.  Demonstrating Ability to Integrate All Six Phases in a Helping Interaction

Lesson 20.  Reviewing Your Growth and Assessing Readiness for Certification

Step 2.  Complete Module 2: The Credentialing Part of the Program.

This will include practice working with individual mentees and/or working with groups of mentees under the supervision of a trainer.  The trainee will provide the trainer with written evaluations from those they have trained.  The extent of the practice needed will be determined by the trainer.

Step 3.  Receive a Recommendation for Certification.  Once a trainee has successfully completed Modules 1 and 2 and is deemed ready for certification by their trainer, the trainer will make a formal recommendation to that affect to the Satir Global Network.

Step 4.  Receive an official certificate from the Virginia Satir Global Network certifying the trainee as a  Satir Coaching and Mentoring Specialist.  (If after being certified, you wish to become a trainer, contact the Satir Global office at and a trainer will discuss the requirements with you.)

To Apply:

Click on the button below and fill out the form. After your information is received, you will be contacted by a trainer who will go over your application and answer any questions you may have, as well as determine your readiness for the program.   If ready, the fee for the training will be established with your trainer.  You will then receive two contracts to sign, one agreeing to  the training fee and the second releasing the Virginia Satir Global Network of liability. Once   those are signed and returned, your training will begin!