The Satir Coaching and Mentoring Specialist 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 as identified by Sharon Loeschen. They 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.  There are five levels to the training and an applicant will enter at the level appropriate for their experience.

Level 1—Enriching Your Relationship with Your Self and Others: A Personal Growth Program


              1)  Sign a Memo of Understanding with Satir Global.

              2)  Complete 12 individual lessons or 4 days of group training, in sets of two days at a time. Lessons include:


Lesson 1.  Making Contact

Lesson 2.  Validating

Lesson 3.  Becoming Aware

Lesson 4.  Opening to Greater Acceptance

Lesson 5.  Making Changes

Lesson 6.  Seeking Support for Making Changes

Lesson 7.  Deepening Connections with One’s Self

Lesson 8.  Deepening One’s Sense of Value

Lesson 9.  Deepening Awareness of One’s Defensive Behaviors

Lesson 10.  Opening to Greater Acceptance of One’s Disliked Parts

Lesson 11.  Making Changes

Lesson 12.  Integrating the Skills

   3)  Purchase the book, Enriching Your Relationship with Yourself and Others at


Level 2—Satir’s Theoretical Concepts and Satir’s Process


              1)    Sign a Memo of Understanding with Satir Global. (When entering the program at Level 2) 

              2)    Complete 8 individual lessons online or in-person or 4 days of group training.

        Lessons include:

        Lesson 1.  The Use of Self

        Lesson 2.  A Growth Mindset

        Lesson 3.  Families as Systems

        Lesson 4.  Individuals as Systems

        Lesson 5.  The Self-Mandala and the Iceberg

        Lesson 6.  Healthy Communication

        Lesson 7.  A Process Mindset

        Lesson 8.  Research in the Elements of the Program That are Evidence-Based 

           3)    Purchase the books, Making Contact, Meditations and The Satir Process at

           4)    Pass a test, either written or oral, over the material covered in Level 2.

Level 3—Satir Coaching and Mentoring Specialist Training 


1) Complete Levels 1 and 2 or their equivalents successfully.

2) Be recommended by a certified trainer.

3) Sign a Memo of Understanding with Satir Global.

4) Complete 20 individual sessions or 4 days group training.

Lessons include:

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 Affirming Their Values & Highlighting 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 Mentee’s Awareness of What is Driving Their Defensive 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 Changes for Mentees and Reinforcing the Changes

Lesson 18.  Eliciting Change by Helping Mentees Live by Their Values

Lesson 19.  Integrating the Six Phases in a Helping 

Lesson 20.  Reviewing Your Growth and Assessing Readiness for Certification

          5) Purchase the book, Your Personal Workbook for Enriching Your Life.

6) Successfully complete a practicum working with three individuals or one process group.

7) Be approved for certification.

8) Become a member of The Virginia Satir Global Network and pay a certification fee.


Level 4—Satir Coaching and Mentoring Trainer Training 


1) Be certified as a Satir Coach and Mentor and recommended for trainer training.

3) Buy the Satir Coaching and Mentoring Trainer’s Manual which can be ordered through the office at

4) Train at least 3 persons wanting to be coaches using the twenty lessons in Level 3 Part 1 or the group exercises in Level 3 Part 2 of the Trainer’s Manual.  

5) Plan each training session and review the plans with your assigned trainer.

6) Receive feedback from your trainees regarding your skills as a trainer and review with your trainer.  (Feedback forms are in the appendix of the Trainer’s Manual.)

7) When leading group trainings, video yourself, if possible, and review with your trainer.

8) Write a reflection on your strengths and areas of growth and discuss with your trainer.

9) Review your readiness for certification and complete any additional assignment.

11) Receive a recommendation for certification as a trainer.

Level 5—Satir Coaching and Mentoring Master-Trainer Training


1)Be recommended to be in the master-trainer training.

2) Train 3 individuals or 2 groups of persons training to be trainers.

3) Prepare for training trainers and review plans with the assigned master-trainer.

4) Receive feedback from trainees and share with the master-trainer.

5) Write a self-evaluation and discuss with master-trainer.

6) Contribute to the ongoing development of the program.

7)Receive a recommendation to be certified as a master-trainer. 

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!