The Satir Growth Model: Becoming More Fully Human
$450 – $600
The Satir Growth Model: Becoming More Fully Human

The Satir Growth Model: Becoming More Fully Human

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Mental Research Institute

555 Middlefield Road

Palo Alto, CA

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MRI 2016 TRAINING:

SATIR GROWTH MODEL:  Becoming More Fully Human
In Honor of Virginia Satir’s 100 Birthday
Her contribution to family therapy and her compassion towards humanity

Dates: 11/11/2016 -11/13/2016

Time: 9:00 am – 12:00pm; 1:00pm - 4:30 pm

Location: Palo Alto, California

CE: 18 Continuing Education Units (MRI is approved to provide CE credits for MFT's and/or LCSW's and approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor CE credits for psychologists)

Fee: $600.00

Early Bird Registration (Pay by 10/1/2016): $500.00

Group Registration (for three and more persons): $450.00

Students and BBS interns (proof of student ID or BBS registration needed): $450.00

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Mental Research Institute (MRI)
555 Middlefield Rd. Palo Alto, CA 94301
Ph (650) 321-3055
Fax (650) 321-3785
Jessica Nisperos, Office Manager
E-mail: mri@mri.org


Course Description:

This three-day continuing education course will teach the theory and practice of Virginia Satir’s Growth Model. Participants will learn how to intervene using the model to facilitate transforming ineffective and unhealthy communication into high quality communication which promotes health, deep connections, and improved performance. The relevance for the SGM in work with individuals, couples, families, groups and organizations will be explicated. In the Satir Growth Model, the clinician’s primary tool is ‘use of self.’ A core foundation of the model is that human effectiveness requires openness to personal healing, learning, growing and changing. The theme of the universality of emotionality will be explored as an avenue to build competence, esteem and effectiveness personally, clinically and systemically. Practitioners will build competencies in assessment and intervention.

By the end of the course, participants will add to their toolboxes: an understanding of the underlying belief and value system of SGM, model congruent communication with clients, a language for providing feedback on incongruent client patterns, a method for engaging clients in a therapeutic narrative through family mapping, ability to apply experiential techniques to facilitate change within a client system, ways to help clients access their basic internal self-esteem resources to promote healthy responses, an ability to understand the internal processes at play that shape a specific response, and the use of SGM stage of change to help clients navigate and understand their change process. Participants will have the opportunity to observe and practice skills to gain confidence in their ability to apply the SGM within a broad range of practice settings. More importantly, participants will validate their own knowing that deep and positive connections are truly healing from a social, spiritual and neurobiological perspective.


Behavioral Learning Objectives
•    Describe and apply the Satir Growth Model to enhance intrapersonal, interpersonal, family, and systemic growth.

•    Recognize the applicability of the Satir Growth Model across diverse populations, including groups by age, gender, race/ethnicity, and socioeconomic status.

•    Identify patterns of maladaptive communication and employ Satir Growth Model strategies to form a basis for ethical communication. This includes enhancing communication strategies to create interpersonal safety, make initial client contact, and help clients to validate feelings and set boundaries.

•    Use a psychosocial assessment using the Satir Growth Model’s family mapping. This map will serve as a visual tool to highlight multigenerational norms, rules, cultures, challenges, coping strategies, and resources.

•    Utilize a variety of experiential activities, such as role-plays, to enact clients’ unhelpful relational reactions and communication patterns. Provide alternative congruent coping behaviors for positive change within the system.  

•    Demonstrate the value of experiential activities to move clients from problem behavior to adaptive response.

•    Assess the developing evidence base for the Satir Growth Model.

•    Evaluate the goodness of fit between the Satir Growth Model and various professional values, ethics, and policy.

•    Recognize practices for increasing of self-awareness, appreciation, and authorship.

•    Utilize Satir’s Ingredients of an Interaction for surfacing the internal process components of an interaction.

•    Discuss skills in developing a safe and growth-oriented system.

•    Recognize the neurobiological impact for relational connectivity that validates one’s essence.


VIRGINIA SATIR (1916-1988)
In 1959, Virginia was invited to join Don Jackson, Jules Ruskin and Gregory Bateson to start the prestigious Mental Research Institute in Palo Alto, California and served as a Director at MRI from (1959  -1970). Together, these pioneers created the first formal program in Family Therapy in the United States. Virginia Satir believed that all human beings can improve in their communications, can change and can overcome problems, have the capacity for growth, and can ultimately find peace of mind in their relationships with the self and each other. Decades after her death, the Satir Model is still shining in the world and has helped countless families of different cultural backgrounds realize their full human potential.


Instructor:  Jean McLendon, MSW, LCSW, LMFT, Director of Curriculum Development and Training for the new Satir Program at the University of North Carolina School of Social Work is a past president of the Virginia Satir Global Network and a recipient of its Living Treasure Award. Jean has over 45 years in the field of mental health. She maintains an active multi-service clinical and coaching practice in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, where she is an AAMFT approved supervisor.

Mentored for nearly 20 years by the late Virginia Satir. 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.”  When Satir became ill, she requested Jean direct her International Colorado Summer Module I Process Community Institute.

Jean’s work has been published in several journals and books. Her video ‘Family Therapy with the Experts’ is highly acclaimed. Jean travels widely, working in a variety of contexts, situations, countries, and cultures. She is known as one of the world’s foremost practitioners of The Virginia Satir Growth Model.


Co-Instructor:  Hugh Gratz has been a clinical social worker for more than 40 years with a wide range of experiences including mental health and family services, hospice, palliative care, private practice, and diversity training. Hugh was a member of Virginia Satir’s training staff for many years and is a strong proponent of the Satir growth model.  Hugh has been awarded the Satir organization’s Living Treasure status.  He has been honored as Central New York’s Social Worker of the Year, and he received the Distinguished Alumni Award from Moravian College in Bethlehem, PA.

Hugh has worked internationally with the First Nation populations in Canada and in Central America with groups affected by war, violence, and natural disasters.  He is certified as a field traumatologist and has been deployed to Ground Zero in New York City and sites in Sri Lanka, Honduras, and El Salvador.  Hugh adds a unique perspective, having worked with hospice/medical workers, trauma, and those experiencing great change.  We can all learn a lot about how to incorporate change and find our humanity in tough situations from Hugh’s experiences leading compassionate change.






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