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2023  Conference Zoom Schedule PDF 


All times shown will be Eastern Standard Time (EST).

The Conference begins on Friday, March 3, 2023 at 8:00am EST

with centering and connecting, followed by a morning plenary at 9:00am EST.

The day will continue with a series of two concurrent 90-minute workshops and end at 7:00pm EST.

Saturday, March 4, 2023 begins at 8:00am EST with centering and connecting,

with a full day of workshops, including an afternoon plenary. The conference will end at 7:00pm EST.

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


Conference Registration Fee is $250 from February 1, 2023 to March 3, 2023


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 Workshops will recorded and available to paying attendees after the conference is completed. 




Aharony, Tali 

Parenting with Good Eyes – A Structural Model of Parenting Based on the Satir Model. This interactive workshop will present the structural model of parenting that we built based on the Satir Model and our rich experience working with parents . The model is based on four steps. The first one is raising parent self-worth. The other steps are used to teach experientially how to implement the parenting iceberg in different ways in order to facilitate a transformation in the experience of parenting. We will use various experiential means that are possible on Zoom as well as breaking into rooms for exercising in small groups. This workshop was also presented at a national conference on contemporary approaches to parenting held by the Israeli Association for Family Therapy in 2019.

Israel/Middle East

Banmen, Dr. John
Hardin, Dr. Michael

PLENARY The Future of Satir: An Interview with John Banmen. (CEC) Dr. Michael Argumaniz Hardin will facilitate a conversation with Dr. John Banmen. Dr. Banmen will share his thoughts on the current application of Virginia Satir’s model and his vision of its application going forward into the future.

Canada/No. American

Carter, Dr. Jerome  
Williams, Donald

Satir Implementation within Education and the Criminal Justice System. Inspiration 52 along with Cease for Peace provides prevention and intervention services to the most vulnerable youth throughout California. The workshop will provide knowledge and key interventions utilized in the schools and criminal justice system to heal and rehabilitate trauma with the implementation of Satir models. The workshop will provide resources, tools, strategies, and principals of success for participants to have access to implement immediately into their field of work and or daily lives. Upon completion participants will also have access to referrals for youth and families to further support growth development and becoming more fully human through the use of Satir methods utilized by these programs.

USA/ No. American

Colbert, Brian

NLP and the Satir Model. This workshop explores how to preserve the integrity of Virginia’s work while complimenting it with elements of Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP).



Kennedy, Dr. Richard T.

Going Deeper -Understanding and use of Virginia Satir’s Parts Model Process in Private Practice (CEC) I will describe the rationale behind employing Virginia Satir’s Part model along with other forms of treatment in Private Practice. I will be providing an in-depth description of the development of our first 2 internal parts (Wounded Child & Critical Perfectionistic Part). The intention is to describe the rational and use of the concept of parts to empower an individual to become increasing aware and gain control over some of their internal voices. A particular focus will be working with individuals on the critical and shaming part of themselves. I will also discuss identifying and engaging a more positive part providing support, nurturance, and wisdom 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.



Spencer, Dr. Leon
Freeman, Dr. Miriam
Dinwiddie, George

A Dialogue on the Use of the Satir Growth Model to Dismantle White Supremacy. (CEC) We will invite a dialogue on the applicability of the Satir Growth Model to dismantling white supremacy by considering these questions: Is the SGM applicable? If so, how? If not, what might be added or modified to make it more applicable? Come and expand your ideas on how to use the Satir Model and tools in dismantling white supremacy and promoting peace within, peace between and peace among.

USA/No. American

Erenel, Sibel

Satir Transformational Systemic Therapy in Strengthening of the Self in Times of Distress and Despair. The Satir Transformational Systemic Therapy (STST) offers a unique process towards bringing: “peace within, peace between, peace among”. In times of conflict and stress, the survival coping of the individual may create disharmony. When collectively individuals fall into despair, anger, fear; communities suffer from violence, detachment, isolation, we need peace and to be in our life energy to grow and to live fully. As therapists/healers we help our clients to have peace within themselves, between their partners and among family members. Many research studies have shown that effectiveness of therapy depends mainly on the “quality of therapeutic relationship between client and therapist”. Thus, the therapist’s use of “Self” is a critical factor in the therapy process. In the Satir Transformational Systemic Therapy model for transformational change to happen in therapy one of the five essential elements is: The Use of Self of the Therapist. This workshop aims to support the therapist’s self-growth, to increase the self-awareness of resources and internal processes of the therapist; to reach congruence and create peace within, and to be the source of hope and strength in times of distress. Participants will experientially explore their internal processes, connect with their resources using experiential tools, i.e., the Satir’s Self-Esteem Maintenance Kit, Meditation, and Art Therapy.


Gaillot, Emmanuel

(Re) Starting a Satir Community in France: An Experiential Report. Emmanuel Gaillot has been actively involved in promoting Virginia Satir’s approach in France for the past five years – with some success, some learnings and some hopes and wishes. Constantly present in their ongoing exploration are the following questions: how to bring the Satir Model to a foreign, non-English speaking audience, with different cultural reference points? How to translate the rich, polysemic symbolic language that Virginia Satir has developed? How to discern what is essential from what is contextual in her work? How to remain both faithful to her approach and relevant to the current times, neither rigidifying a discourse nor losing the substance of what is at its core? How to balance communication with practice? This session will take the form of an experiential report followed by a moderated conversation. It is meant as an opportunity for engaging with other non-English speaking Satir communities, and for furthering an ongoing conversation.


Haitoglou, Darya
PLENARY/PANEL: (CEC) The workshop will present the evolution of the Satir Model that inspired other theories, therapies, modalities, and techniques to evolve. Participants will learn more about the current research supporting therapies that are related to the Satir Model.


Harmon, Lyla

Satir Applications with Indigenous Groups. (CEC) This interactive experiential workshop will demonstrate how Virginia Satir’s Iceberg model, beliefs and meta-goals fit within an Indigenous worldview.

Canada/No. American

Jameson, Dr. Patricia

Oppression or Empowerment and more! Intersection of Satir Growth Model with Relational Cultural Theory & Practice. (CEC)  This workshop will cover Meta Models of Oppression & Empowerment which correspond to Satir Growth & Threat/Reward Models as well as in-depth exploration of diversity and inclusion via the meaning/practice of creating growth fostering relationships, based on authenticity, mutuality, and empathy.

USA/No. American

Lee, Dr. Bonnie

Advancing Satir’s Work into Evidence-based Research. Notwithstanding Satir’s tremendous influence in the field of family therapy and in the area of personal growth and development, her work is short on empirical evidence compared to the many evidence-based treatment models that claim attention in academic and clinical circles today. This workshop will consider the reasons behind this gap. Dr. Lee will share her research journey with the hope of invigorating Satir’s legacy to blossom in the decades ahead.



Loeschen, Sharon

Expanding Cultural Competence:  A Panel of Women from the Satir Coaching and Mentoring Program Will Share Beliefs and Expectations From Their Cultures. (CEC)  The Satir Coaching and Mentoring program is now in 18 countries, and it has heightened our awareness of the need for professionals to acquire knowledge and understanding of different cultures to better serve their clients.  In this workshop, a panel of women from the coaching program will share beliefs and expectations from their cultures around topics such as boundaries, gender equality, emotionality, expressions of affection, grieving, punctuality, relationship hierarchy, communication styles, and sexuality. In addition, there will be an experiential exercise to enhance the participants awareness of implicit biases and their ability to communicate about them.

USA/ International
Buckbee, Stephen

Virginia Satir was a teacher who believed her work as a therapist could be taught. To that end she developed simple, beautiful models that continue to evolve and grow.  Stephen will be presenting about the interrelationship between the Satir process vehicles of teaching and the consistency of her ideas in each.  Satir called it “interdigitation”, like putting your hands together.

Canada/No. American

Nemesh, Dr. Beth

Addressing Adolescents’ Self-Esteem and Personal Identity using Musical Interventions. This workshop is intended for professionals working with teens. Participants do not need a musical background or expertise. More important, they must possess an inner ability to be playful and open to a new experience. This experiential workshop is based on contemporary research showing how teens are attracted and connected to music from various perspectives. Biologically, music affects and activates brain structures, promoting neural changes, body-mind regulation, creating neural connections. Socially music is a means for social connection, belonging, shaping personal identity, and exploring the self. Emotionally music can be an outlet for overwhelming emotions and mood swings, promoting healthy emotional expression. Spiritually music evokes ideas, values, beliefs about life and living. Music is a connection to movement, creativity, and life energy. It is an easy and comfortable mode to connect to the dark sides and teen challenges. The workshop will use diverse musical interventions and the Satir Model concepts to address, explore, and help cope with issues of self-esteem and personal identity. The workshop will refer to individual therapy, parent-teen dyads, family sessions and groups.

Israel/Middle East

Novak, Sandy

How Satir Became a Household Name in a Non-Western Country. (CEC) Do you know what country in the world currently has the greatest number of Satir practitioners?  This historical slideshow presentation will bring some huge surprises for many Satir professionals in the West.  In 2003, John Banmen, RPsych, offered his first Satir training in China to university counselors in Beijing. Within five years the requests for his teaching had exploded, and he had to recruit others to help him meet the demand for the Satir Model by professionals and lay people alike. We’ll look at the history and spread of the Satir Model and then speculate about why Satir is such a great fit for the Chinese people.


Supapon, MD, Satang

Using Satir Model for Family Medicine Practice. In family medicine training, two of the important topics are patient-centered medicine and difficult patient encounters. The essential skills for doctors to do patient-centered care and basic psychosocial support for difficult patients are “empathy” and “empathic communication”. Using the Satir model to apply to training would facilitate building these skills. So, in this workshop. Dr. Supapon will present the trials and errors along with lesson learned for training the Satir model for people who (1) have a cognitive domain learning style, (2) are inexperienced and uninterested in Satir model, and (3) aim to apply the Satir Model in family medicine practice. In addition, he will facilitate experiences for participants in the workshop with a few activities that were specific designed from his actual training.


Vetri, Louis & Spray, Cynthia
Planting Seeds of Hope: Transforming Politics – One Person, Office, Election, Meeting and Community at a Time. (CEC)  This workshop will demonstrate the use of Virginia Satir System Concepts and Methods to Transform Politics and Governing.

USA/North American