Welcome to The Virginia Satir Global Networks weekly informational gathering featuring members of the Virginia Satir Network as well as videos of Satir. The recent world events have demonstrated a need to connect and support, a role that fits for us as an organization. Recently we have been focused on the COVID-19 and offering information from a Satir perspective that people may find useful. Then George Floyd was Killed and the United State shifted. People began to question the status quo. We believe that the movement of “Black Lives Matter” is something we want to support.
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Included in many of our weekly events poems and meditations are shared.If you would like to see the poems that have been offered just follow this Poems and Meditations.
We will start with three videos of Virginia which offer a view into the underpinnings of her work. The videos that follow the first three videos are presented by a variety of people including friends that worked with her and studied with her and by people who have never met Satir but are drawn to and inspired her ideas and work. “Peace, Within, Between and Among”.
The first video is from 1987 and is called the Seed Model.
The Process of Change
Eileen was our first guest but did not record the event, which was a mistake but we do learn and we did get the PDF that was used about the Process of Change. It was a great presentation.
Eileen Strider started her Satir training in 1989 with Jean McLendon and completed almost every training Jean offered over the years. She also assisted and co-trained with Jean. She is a certified Enriching trainer. With a degree in mathematics, her professional career was in information technology both as a technologist and as a manager/executive in the aerospace and insurance industries. It was during this time that she realized that the biggest issues were not technology problems but people, communication and relationship ones. She incorporated her Satir knowledge and skills into her technology leadership. She and her husband and fellow Satir practitioner Wayne Strider founded the Strider & Cline consulting company in 1990 which combined their IT and Satir skills. They specialized in rescuing large software project in higher education institutions as well as clients in biotechnology, medical, manufacturing, insurance, retail, gaming, government and non-profit organizations. She is serving her second term as Treasurer of the Virginia Satir Global Network and her first term on the IHLRN Board of Directors. She led the GoFundMe campaign honoring Virginia’s 100th birthday, the development of the Satir Global website as well as the IHLRN website. She is also administrator of the Satir Global LinkedIn group. Her article “Re-Sculpting an Organization: A Different Kind of Family” was published in the Satir Journal of Counselling and Family Therapy, Vol. I, 2013. She was given a Satir Global Living Treasure Award in 2009. Eileen Strider
Jean McLendon our Second guest is a Licensed Certified Social Worker and licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who studied with Virginia for nearly 20 years and has 50 years of professional experience. The focus of her presentation is PRACTICING PEACE: Within, Between and Among, She has conceptualized what she believes are the 7 tasks associated with developing competence with making peace. Jean will present her ideas and then we will use small groups for discussion, practice and enrichment. Jean McLendon
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Our next guest is Howard Kahn Ph.D. who shares a bit of history about his relationship with Virginia Satir and the founding International Human Learning Resource Network as well as The Virginia Satir Global Network. He then does a wonderful exercise about connections. “This year is my 50th year of private practice of psychotherapy in New Haven, Connecticut . I am Assistant Clinical Professor at Yale University , where I teach a graduate seminar every year in Family Therapy and Cultural Diversity at the Child Study Center in the Yale University Medical School. At the Child Study Center, I supervise psychotherapy for Psychiatry Residents, Psychology Post Graduate Fellows, and Social Work Fellows. I have also lectured and led workshops in Family Therapy and Gestalt Therapy for mental health professionals in the United States and Europe.
Virginia Satir has always been an inspiration for my work, as well as a dear, close friend for many years. I have regularly attended IHLRN since 1979. Since then, at IHLRN, I’ve had a yearly joyful experience presenting and sharing my thoughts, my feelings, and my work with families, couples, individuals and groups.”
Sandy Novak, MS, MA, SEP, LPC, has over forty years of experience as a teacher as well as thirty years of learning and teaching the Satir Model. She was a senior adjunct faculty member of Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado.
Sandy has been in private practice for 30 years, specializing in the treatment of individuals, couples and families. Sandy is a founding faculty member of the Satir Global Network and a former governing board member and officer. She was given their highest honor, The Living Treasure Award for Lifetime Contribution to the Satir Model in 2009. She founded the Satir Institute of the Rockies, a Satir therapist training institute in Boulder, Colorado. She published several articles in the Satir Journal (www.satirjournal.com), and she is a contributor to the book, In Her Own Words, Virginia Satir, 1963-1983.
Currently Sandy is on the faculty of BSCMC, the Banmen Satir China Management Centre, training counselors in China in the Satir Model. She is also training social work professors to be Satir therapists and Satir trainers through CASWE, the China Association for Social Work Education. Sandy Novak
Sandy is married and lives in Boulder, CO, USA. She has two biological children, a son and a daughter, and two stepsons as well as five grandchildren.
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This week we are delighted to have as a guest presenter Maria Gomori, Master Trainer, author and consultant to an array of clients. She studied with Virginia Satir for 20 plus years and has shared Satir’s teachings with unwavering passion for over 50 years. Her highly trained students live and teach the Satir Model in Taiwan, Main Land China, Canada, USA, Hong Kong, France and Germany. Her presentation will be an interview by two close friends Carol Holcomb Attorney and Jean McLendon, Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. Both studied with Satir. The focus of the interview will be on the most profound teachings Maria received from Virginia about living and now at leaving. We are happy to soon be celebrating her 100th birthday. http://www.mariagomori.com
A Licensed Master Trainer of NLP, a qualified Social Psychologist, Hypnotherapist, Psychotherapist, a Satir Coaching and Mentoring Specialist Trainer and best-selling author. As well as delivering his public trainings across Europe, Brian has also produced substantial results for the business sector, companies such as Google, Salesforce, O2, Santander and UniCredit.Brian has released two best-selling books – “The Happiness Habit” and “From Ordinary to Extraordinary”, both of which have been translated into a number of different languages worldwide.
His hypnotic app ‘Digipill’ has more than 2 million downloads worldwide, winning many awards and topping Apple’s Health & Fitness Chart in several countries across the world. https://briancolbert.ie
Brian’s topic is Developing Resilient States of Consciousness in times of challenge and uncertainty
Today’s presentation features Michele Baldwin, Ph.D, MSW and Bud (Dewitt) Baldwin, Md. Michele wrote Step By Step with Virginia and edited the book The Use of Self. Bud has had a career as a Paediatrician, Psychiatrist, Professor, Researcher and has over 300 publications. He is currently a scholar in residence at the American Medical Association. They met Virginia in 1969 and were close friends with her until her death in 1988. They will be interviewed by Jean McLendon, LCSW, LMFT. Who is eager for everyone to know them and to know Virginia better by way of their very special relationship with her. Topic: One couple’s long standing relationship with Virginia and what they learned about her and themselves
Géric is a neurotherapist, certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP),Dialectical Behavior Therapy Professional (DRT NICAA) , Child and Adolescent Trauma Professional (CATP), Clinical Trauma Professional (CATP) He is also certified in Ericksonian hypnosis” (Xtrëma) Neurofeedback (Neuroptimal ® Advanced Brain Training System),
EMDR ( Center London / Ausbildungszentrum München) , SSP (Sound and Safe Protocol ®),
Brainspotting ®,and became a Satir Coaching and Mentoring Trainer last year under Sharon’s mentoring. He translated the “Satir Process” by Sharon Loeschen in French and wrote various articles including one on Satir published in Somatic Psychotherapy Today.
He has a private practice in Paris and Montpellier in France. Before becoming a therapist he was General Counsel of a multinational company in Paris. Géric Lebedoff
Tim Sitt is a social worker in private practice in Toronto Canada. He has been studying the work of Virginia Satir since his university studies and has experienced shifts in his personal and professional life because of Satir. He has been co-hosting the self-connection podcast with Sharon Loeschen.
Sandra has an MA in counselling psychology and is a Registered Psychotherapist practicing in Toronto. She has 40 years of experience working with individuals, couples and groups. Her particular area of expertise is in developing experiential workshops geared to enhancing self and interpersonal awareness. Sandra trained with Virginia in the 80s and since that time has been sharing Satir teachings through workshops, personal growth groups for women, and professional training programs. Most recently she created a Safe and Effective Use of Self training for helping professionals based on experiential exercises developed by Satir.
Tim Sitt works as a social worker in private practice working with individuals, couples, and families. He has been studying Virginia Satir’s work for 13 years. He’s read every book and seen every tape he could get his hands on and has the chance to train with several of Virginia’s students and colleagues. Virginia’s work is the foundation for his approach with people in all his roles. His work revolves around two major themes that impact health and well-being: Self-connection and the Freedom of Movement. He does business consulting work through his company ThinkMOVE which aims to help address health and wellness in the workplace through a moving mindset. He is the author of the book “Move or Die”: How the Sedentary Life is Killing Us and How Movement, not Exercise, Can Save Us” He is currently working on two related books that are inspired and informed by Virginia Satir’s work, The Path of Self-Connection , which is about creating a connection to our deeper core Self, and Love Skills, which is about manifesting that beauty within us. He is exploring the idea that we are all born with the yearning for love, but we need to learn how. He is a co-host on the podcast, called “The Self-Connection Podcast” with Sharon Loeschen , the president of Satir Global, which is available on itunes and the website:www.freedomtomovegroup.com
Grace Yung, Before becoming a full time family therapist, Grace was a teacher, lecturer and school principal, and was honoured with the Hong Kong Outstanding Educators’ Award in 1992.
She established the Green Pastures Whole Person Development Centre in 2002 to provide educational and psychological services to professionals and lay persons who come into contact with the Centre. She is still the chief executive and chief clinical supervisor there. Grace encountered Virginia’s teaching in Sept 1988, and since then she has been using the Satir Growth Model as her practicing orientation. Her PhD study not only gave her opportunities to interview or talked to more than 30 first generation students of Virginia, brought her deeper and broader understanding of Virginia’s philosophy and her Growth Model, but also made her the first scholar in the world to study Virginia’s clinical supervision and was granted the ‘Living Treasure’ award by the Satir Global Network in 2009
Barbara Jo Brothers a licensed clinical social worker, certified group psychotherapist, was an editor of the Newsletter of the American Academy of Psychotherapists (1979-1989), an associate editor of Voices: The Art and Science of Psychotherapy (1979-1989) and an editor of the Journal of Couple Therapy (1989-2001). She authored the biographical chapter in the book called Virginia Satir: Her Life and Circle of Influence. Barbara Jo was granted ‘The Outstanding Service Award’ by the Satir Global Network in 2017, for her unique and significant contribution through her extensive training programs, writings, publications and her extension of Virginia’s teachings internationally’.
Barbara Jo has over fifty years of experience in the field of mental health and has been described as an expert writer of Virginia’s personal growth model in the field of social work and psychotherapy. Barbara Jo Brothers
Creating Self-Esteem & Building Resiliency: Courage, Wisdom, Heart, Hope, Possibility, Boundaries, Problem Solving
“I am a licensed clinical social worker who utilizes the Satir Growth Model in facilitating psychotherapy sessions. This experiential model assumes that people are motivated towards growth, connection and esteem. The core of psychotherapy for me is summarized by Virginia Satir’s words “feelings of worth can flourish only in an atmosphere where individual differences are appreciated, mistakes are tolerated, communication is open and rules are flexible.” Beginning therapy often feels vulnerable. I will work with you to develop safety, trust and connection. Some tools I use include family maps and self-esteem resource cards. In addition, we may create pictures to externalize feelings, thoughts, behaviors and yearnings.” Regina Regan Taggart
Founder and CEO Center for Healing and Wellness, PC was founded by Lutricia Callair in 2000, when she began to expand her vast experience of working with individuals and famolies in emotional distress.The Center for Healing and Wellness (CHW) is an accredited integrative outpatient community mental and behavioral health practice. We address the body, mind, and spirit in managing and healing mental, emotional and behavioral problems. We are an interdisciplinary team and we employ a variety of disciplines and methods to help our patrons.We are dedicated fully credentialed clinical social workers, licensed counselors,nurse practitioners,medical doctors art therapists and body workers. We have among us more than eight (8) decades of experience in healing and wellness
“Jean maintains an active multi-service private practice in Chapel Hill, N.C. Mentored nearly 20 years by the late Virginia Satir, renowned educator-author and family systems therapist, Jean is known as one of the world’s foremost practitioners of Satir’s methods. When Satir became ill, she requested Jean direct her International Colorado Summer Module I Process Community Institute. Of Jean’s work, Satir once wrote: “Jean has that rare capacity to be able to sit in the airport control tower and, at the same time, be aware of all the planes in her vision and be able to help them find out about themselves and their relationship to each other. Jean travels widely applying the Satir Growth Model to a variety of contexts, situations, countries and cultures.”
(The recording was delayed during the opening.)
About Jean McLendon, https://www.satirsystems.com/index.html
Present Virginia Satir’s Seed Model to look at it as a way to understand what we need to do to create an anti-racist and non-white supremacy culture.
Beautiful opening and song.
She will be speaking about viewing addiction as a family disease, the prevalence of addiction and recovery, and how she uses some of Satir’s tools to work with individuals, couples and families as they navigate the impact of addiction on their lives.https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/therapists/suzanne-brown-chapel-hill-nc/318575
This presentation by Dr. Madeleine De Little will illustrate photographs of a number of actual case studies showing how defences can be transformed using the sand tray. Iceberg process questions are asked of the figurines and the clients body only. When using figurines, new information is revealed in the form of “novel metaphor.” These novel metaphors are created by the energy patterns sequestered in the body resonating with the figurines. The client can see all of their parts through the placement of the figurines in time and space within the sacred space of the sand tray. They can then make decisions about what parts of themselves specifically their defences are still relevant.
This work is based on the latest neuroscience within the framework of the Satir model. https://wherewordscannotreach.ca
The pdf is found below it may take a few minutes to load.
A family psychologist and a systemic relationship coach, Darya began her career in one of the biggest multinational companies, moved on to become a human resources manager and the HR Talent Recruitment leader for the European hub. She quit her corporate job in Switzerland to move back to the UK to focus on helping transform people’s life and work to create more love-rich and blame-free families.
Darya’s presentation is on Change-Intelligence. How to master a habit change. How do we change our habits and why is it important? The latest neuro-scientific research shows that a daily change accounts for long-term success especially in relation to emotional responses. For changing negative emotions, we need to learn to change our daily habits.
Stephen Buckbee interview with PhDr. Hana Scibranyova,
The Universal Power of the Satir Model: Applying Virginia Satir’s work in Books, TV, Film and in Unlearning Racism
Dr. Wade is a practicing psychologist, hosts television shows, produces podcasts and had direct experience with Virginia as her mentor, teacher and guide.
Martha Morgan, Ph.D.
Martha is an associate professor in the Marriage and Family Therapy Program at Mercer University in Atlanta, Georgia where she trains graduate students to become marriage and family therapists. In the role of clinician, she has served children and adults in hospital settings, persons involved with the criminal justice system, and in an on-campus community-based therapy clinic. Martha’s dissertation included the Satir model as the theoretical framework for understanding the experience of Black graduated students attending predominantly white institutions. She will be interviewed by Sharon Loeschen.
Powerpoint for program Satir Presentation 12.30.2020 2
from Winnipeg Manitoba have integrated their training in the Satir model with the age-old wisdom and joy of traditional folklore. They will be presenting and facilitating one of the activities of this new Satir games kit called Playing with Archetypes – Fairy Tales: Our Tales. Janine has donated 100 of these kits as a special fundraiser to create a scholarship fund for Indigenous students wishing to pursue training in expressive arts therapy programs. Materials needed for the experience are a journal or paper for taking personal notes, sticky notes, and colored pencils or markers.
Janine is first and foremost a storyteller, using the power of stories and objects in educational and therapeutic settings. Janine has a Master of Fine Arts specializing in puppetry and object theater as well as a Master of Education specializing in counselling. Manitoba. She also obtained a certificate for 500 hours of study from The Satir Institute of Manitoba.
Valerie has studied the Satir Model for 30 years, under the mentorship of Maria Gomori, colleague and friend of Virginia Satir and a world-renowned expert in the Satir Model. Valerie had the privilege of assisting Maria in writing a book based on Family Therapy and The Satir Model, published in 2015. More recently, she collaborated with Janine Tougas in the development of Playing with Archetypes: Fairy Tales – Our Tales. Using multi-modal approaches, Valerie regularly integrates activities from the Satir Model into her professional practice and personal life
Linda has extensive training in the Satir Transformational Systemic Therapy, is a senior trainer for the Satir Institute of the Pacific, a member of the faculty of the Satir China Management Center, and has a private practice offering supervision and therapy.
Sibel Erenel is U.S.A California licensed marriage and family therapist and AAMFT (American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy) approved supervisor. She is the founding director of Satir Human Development and Family Therapy (Satir Insan Gelişimi ve Aile Terapisi Enstitüsü) Institute in Istanbul/Turkey. She is also clinical supervisor at 2 university Couple’s & Family Therapy Master’s programs. At the same time, she is a founding board member of Turkish Association of Couple’s and Family Therapy (CATED) and has served as executive board member of International Family Therapy Association-IFTA. Sibel is the president of YÖRET Foundation which aims to work on child rights and ending violence against children; promoting psychological wellness and resilience in children, youth, parents, mental health specialists, also promoting peaceful environments in schools and in the community. Sibel works with individuals, couples and families in her practice.
Michelle Ryan is a mother, grandmother, and retired school teacher with a Master’s degree in Multicultural and Social Diversity Education specializing in Special Education and English as a Second Language.
She has traveled with several non-profits to Central Asia, supporting people to people connections and self-esteem work.
REALIZING VIRGINIA SATIR’S VISION OF SACRED TRUST FOR
AMERICA’S MOST VULNERABLE
In 1984, Virginia spoke of her work as “a sacred trust” and her approach as a manifestation of life in which perhaps some things have been closed off.”Video: https://www.facebook.com/OperationSacredTrust/videos/346607046042487/A quarter century later, Virginia’s words continued to speak to Seth Eisenberg and so he created “Operation Sacred Trust” as a novel approach to ending Veteran homelessness and has directed the nationally-accredited program since opening its doors to serve Miami’s homeless and at-risk veterans in 2011. Since then, Operation Sacred Trust has been credited with ending and preventing homelessness for thousands of very low-income veteran families and has received more than $18 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
Seth Eisenberg is the son of the late Lori Heyman Gordon, creator of PAIRS. Virginia, who Seth met and videotaped on multiple occasions as an adolescent and young adult, was his mother’s most significant mentor. In 2006, his grant proposal to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services won $5 million to provide PAIRS courses for free to low-income families and youth. He gradually began teaching classes, ultimately delivering PAIRS classes to thousands of teenagers and adults and becoming one of the program’s most sought after National Trainers. In 2018, an adaptation of PAIRS that Eisenberg created for military and veteran families (“Warrior to Soul Mate”) was licensed to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs for integration into whole health programming nationwide. After ten years of successful piloting, the program has been offered at more than 70 VA Medical Centers by hundreds of trained Chaplains and behavioral health professionals with plans to become available to every veteran family served by VA throughout the United States.
The Link below is the meditation/centering that was used for this presentation it is audio format for privacy purposes.
Laughter Yoga, founded by India’s Dr. Madan Kataria in 1995, is an evidence based practice effective in decreasing stress, strengthening the immune system, lowering blood pressure, and reducing depression. The concept of laughter yoga is based on the scientific fact that whether laughter is simulated or real, the body cannot tell the difference and the benefits will be the same. It follows a series of simple yet structured laughter and yogic breathing techniques, combined with gentle stretching. No experience and no equipment are required and it can be practiced seated or standing. Thousands of people around the world experience Laughter Yoga as therapeutic, playful, and great fun. Let’s play!!
Presented by: Miriam Freeman, PhD, MSW
Miriam lives in the mountains of Asheville, North Carolina, USA, where she finds great joy in her multiple roles as spouse, mother of two adult children, caregiver, runner, friend, neighbor, drummer of West African rhythms, volunteer organizer with the Asheville Racial Justice Coalition, volunteer reading tutor, active Democrat, saxophone player, and painter. She was a social worker for 43 years, retiring in 2012. For about 30 of those years she was a professor in social work programs teaching BSW, MSW and PhD students and is now Distinguished Professor Emerita at the University of South Carolina College of Social Work. Miriam met and trained with Virginia Satir, Jean McLendon, Hugh Gratz and Margarita Suarez in 1987 at the Process I Community in Crested Butte, CO. She returned to Crested Butte in 1988 for Process II and trained with Maria Gomori, John Banmen, and Jane Gerber and has additional training with Jean McLendon, Laura Dodson and Sharon Loeschen. She created and for many years taught a course on the Satir Model for MSW students and researched, presented, and published on Satir-based practice. She is currently a Certified Coaching and Mentoring Specialist and Trainer with Satir Global and a member of the Satir Anti-Racism Learning Community and the Satir Combatting Systemic Racism Advisory Committee. Miriam is a certified laughter yoga leader and invites you to come out and play in this session.
How to build a safe connected community? What is the secret of Satir that facilitates such a community?
In this presentation we will explore the magic of Satir legacy in building a safe connected community. Such a community is strong enough to support its members and is flexible enough to cope with differences. Like a big family.
This is especially relevant now – at a time when we all cope with a world-wide crisis.
We will include some challenging examples of working with differences. Two of the Israeli Satir community will share their experiences. One is working at a bi-lingual school (Arabic-Hebrew) and the other is a social worker who works with the Bedouin communities (nomadic people who live in the desert of Israel).
Tali Aharony, is a clinical psychologist, supervisor, certified family therapist. She is the author of, “From Survival to Life Energy – Presenting Virginia Satir in a New Light” (2018). The book is used in Israel as a textbook for teaching the Satir model. She also founded a group that does Satir training and was awarded the leadership award from the Satir Institute of the Pacific for her work to promote the Satir model in Israel.
Dr. Nesteren Gazioğlu graduated from Koç University Psychology Department and completed her Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology at Maltepe University. Since 2009 she has integrated the Satir Model into her life, work and teachings. In 2012 she completed a four year Satir Transformational Systemic Couple and Family Therapy Training Programme at Satir Institute Istanbul. She has presented her work in scope of Satir Model at IFTA and EGTA conferences.
Gazioğlu has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Association of Couple and Family Therapies in Turkey for the last two terms. She continues her academic career at the Psychology Department of Maltepe University. She also gives supervision at Bilgi University Psychology Graduate Programme. Her research interests are: well-being, technology and family issues.
Link to the powerpoint Satir Global 03032021 Nesteren Gazioglu
Robin Beardsley, MD, CCF
What happens in our bodies when we are trying to live in a pandemic? How can we be with others and continue to provide care to those who are suffering, when we ourselves, are exhausted, distracted, interrupted or fed-up? When we resonate with others we can tip over from empathic resonance to empathic distress or burnout.
You are invited to come listen, share and recharge with others as we explore these questions and learn how SELF energy can help us navigate these stressful times.
Robin Beardsley MD, CCFP has a focused practice of Psychotherapy in Ottawa, ON. She obtained her medical Degree from the University of Toronto and completed her Family Medicine Residency at the University of Ottawa and is a member of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario, the Canadian College of Family Physicians, the Medical Psychotherapy Association Canada, and is a trained teacher in Mindful Self Compassion. She has always been interested in caregiver well-being. She has combined her extensive knowledge of Internal Family Systems, Satir Therapy with her Mindful Self Compassion training (developed by Dr’s Kristen Neff and Chris Germer) and brings her presence, fun and experience to her workshops.
by Ann Steiner Ann Steiner, Ph.D., MFT, CGP, FAGPA
Online groups often raise unique anxieties and challenges for leaders and members. If you are new to thinking of yourself as a leader this presentation offers practical suggestions to help you feel more comfortable leading and reporting about the break- out meetings during our Satir Global meetings.
This skill building talk will also address key ways for groups and leaders to be more inclusive, attend to equity, diversity, accessibility and intersectionality issues. An overview of the wide range of group agreements and Dr. Steiner’s Goal Setting System will be presented and discussed.
Ann Steiner is a former Associate Clinical Professor, UC Medical School, S.F.; founding member and faculty, Psychotherapy Institute’s Group Therapy Training Program and fellow and former Board Member of the American Group Psychotherapy Association. She is an internationally known author, consultant to therapists, lecturer, and workshop presenter. She loves teaching and writing about the healing power of groups. The third edition of her book How to Create and Sustain Groups that Thrive: A Therapist’s Workbook and Planning Guide was released last year. A long-time member of IHLRN, she first met Virginia, as I am sure she will share, when she was in elementary school.