LECTURES 10. 6. 2022 (Friday)

The Neur­os­cience Behind What Vir­gin­ia Satir New Intuitively

Madeleine DeLittle

Vir­gin­ia Satir was pres­ci­ent in that she knew intu­it­ively about the human con­di­tion. She did not neces­sar­ily know the auto­nom­ic nervous sys­tem behind the cop­ing stances, the right brain to left brain con­nec­tion in the use of Self, or what exactly occurs at a genet­ic level when there is trans­form­a­tion­al change. This Key­note will take the audi­ence through some of Vir­gini­a’s insights and weave the most cur­rent research in neur­os­cience through­out, in order to shed light on the evid­ence for many ele­ments of the Satir Model.

Tri­ad Pro­cesses Dur­ing the Self-Exper­i­ence Part of the Longterm Train­ing in TSTS

Mgr. Lub­ica Lichorobiecová
Clin­ic­al psy­cho­lo­gist, Ambu­lance for clin­ic­al psy­cho­logy and psy­cho­ther­apy, Orlová-Lutyně, Czech Repub­lic
PhDr. Petr Štěpaník
 psy­cho­lo­gist, private psy­cho­lo­gic­al prac­tice, Ostrava, Czech Republic

From the bal­ance with­in self to the bal­ance in the home tri­ads and the whole group. Shar­ing of exper­i­ence from the pro­cess of mak­ing tri­ads, their dis­in­teg­ra­tion and the re-integ­ra­tion of the ori­gin­al tri­ad par­ti­cipants into new tri­ads with­in a train­ing group in a long-term STST train­ing. Focus­ing on how indi­vidu­als, the adja­cent tri­ads and the rest of the group cope with the impact of the dis­in­teg­ra­tion of the tri­ads at risk. Are the home tri­ads actu­ally untouchable?

Satir Trans­form­a­tion­al Sys­tem­ic Ther­apy in and with a Group in a Day Care Centre

MUDr. Alex­an­dra Ber­ánková,
Psy­chi­at­rist and psy­cho­ther­ap­ist
Private prac­tice, Ostrava-Mar­tinov, CR

The present­a­tion offers a group psy­cho­ther­apy struc­ture developed for treat­ment in Day­care Cen­ter for Men­tally Ill and has been suc­cess­fully used for more than 15 years. I would like to con­trib­ute and inspire col­leagues, who work with groups in com­munity ser­vices as well as in in-patient facilities.

Com­pet­ency Based Fam­ily Ther­apy Train­ing using the Satir Trans­form­a­tion­al Sys­tem­ic Ther­apy Train­ing: A Mod­el from Turkey

Sibel Erenel, LMFT (Licensed Mar­riage & Fam­ily Ther­ap­ist)  Satir Insan Gelisimi ve Aile Ter­ap­isi Enstit­usu, Istan­bul-Tur­key (Satir Human Devel­op­ment & Fam­ily Ther­apy Insti­tute, Istanbul-Turkey)

Vir­gin­ia Satir, was one of the first  Fam­ily Ther­apy Train­ers. The Satir Mod­el is an effect­ive mod­el in address­ing the whole per­son, is growth ori­ented, and a human­ist­ic approach that is exper­i­en­tial and can help cre­at­ing change and trans­form­a­tion in indi­vidu­als, couples and fam­il­ies for a hap­pi­er, health­i­er and peace­ful life. Its approach helps indi­vidu­als to grow to their poten­tial. Like in ther­apy import­ant com­pon­ents of train­ing is the growth of the per­son-the ther­ap­ist. To cre­ate Trans­form­a­tion­al change ther­apy needs to be sys­tem­ic –work­ing in the intra­psych­ic and inter­act­ive sys­tem, change focused, exper­i­en­tial   and pos­it­ively dir­ec­tion­al. Satir Trans­form­a­tion­al Sys­tem­ic Ther­apy Train­ing (STST)  encom­passes the same prin­ciples of the ther­apy itself.

The pro­cess of train­ing is based on par­al­lel pro­cesses of learn­ing and applic­a­tion of ther­apy. The train­ing group becomes one sys­tem and the trainee’s here-and-now exper­i­ence in the learn­ing pro­cess is a valu­able vehicle in  learn­ing and growth. Train­ees have a chance to pro­cess, prac­tice apply per­son­ally and pro­fes­sion­ally. Skill devel­op­ment is via exper­i­en­tial exer­cises, tri­ad work. 

Sibel Erenel as found­ing dir­ect­or of Satir Human Devel­op­ment & Fam­ily Ther­apy Insti­tute (Satir Insan Gelisimi ve Aile Ter­ap­isi Enstit­usu) has estab­lished a com­pet­ency based 34 year fam­ily ther­apy cer­ti­fic­ate pro­gram in Tur­key which is cel­eb­rat­ing its 14th year. This is a joint cer­ti­fic­ate issued with Satir Insti­tute of the Pacific. The presenter incor­por­ated the Amer­ic­an Asso­ci­ation for Mar­riage and Fam­ily Therapy’s Core com­pet­en­cies and European Fam­ily Ther­apy Asso­ci­ation’ s stand­ards in the pro­gram. The insti­tute is awar­ded full mem­ber­ship status to EFTA –TIC (Train­ing Insti­tutes Cham­ber). In this present­a­tion it  is hoped that this train­ing pro­gram can be a mod­el for coun­tries where fam­ily ther­apy is still devel­op­ing. In the dis­cus­sion the present­a­tion will show how the com­mon factors of the pro­gram can be applic­able and the parts that can be modified.

The use of Fam­ily Sculp­ture as a Path to Human Growth

Dr. theol. Karin Tschanz Cooke

Fam­ily sys­tems in the Satir Mod­el can be best under­stood if fam­ily mem­bers allow the ther­ap­ist to make a fam­ily sculp­ture. This present­a­tion will give an intro­duc­tion to fam­ily sculp­ture and its dynam­ics. It will be shown how a fam­ily sculp­ture can be used in Fam­ily Edu­ca­tion, enabling fam­ily mem­bers to deep­en human growth through a bet­ter under­stand­ing of their fam­ily pro­cesses. The present­a­tion will use examples of fam­ily dynam­ics to demon­strate how fam­ily sculp­ture can be applied and which gains will come through it. The par­ti­cipants will be asked to draw a pic­ture of their own fam­ily of ori­gin sculp­ture which can be an import­ant first step to a new under­stand­ing of their own fam­ily of ori­gin as well as lead to a deep­en­ing of insight through a new under­stand­ing and exper­i­en­cing of their own fam­ily. It provides an edu­ca­tion tool which enhances Human Growth.

Research of Satir train­ings in the Czech republic

Ondřej Sekera
Assist­ant pro­fess­or at Ostrava uni­ver­sity, psy­cho­ther­ap­ist, mem­ber of INSPIRACE asso­ci­ation, Ostrava, Czech Republic

The presen­ted con­tri­bu­tion informs about the pro­ced­ures, prob­lems, pos­sib­il­it­ies and lim­its of our exist­ing research and the res­ults of our effort in the con­text of the study of MOVISA satire train­ings.
These long-term researches were per­formed in a full scope of com­plete psy­cho­thera­peut­ic train­ings. The text provides inform­a­tion about the com­pleted research which mon­itored the effects of psy­cho­thera­peut­ic train­ing on its par­ti­cipants and these res­ults have already been presen­ted in a sep­ar­ate mono­graph (Sekera, O. and Cisovská, H. Dopady psy­chotera­peut­ick­ého výcviku v trans­form­ační sys­temické ter­apii na jeho frek­vent­anty. Ostrava: Ostrava uni­ver­sity, PdF, 2016.) or in fur­ther schol­arl con­tri­bu­tions (Sekera, O. Out­come of psy­cho­thera­peut­ic train­ing MOVISA (Mod­el of Vir­gin­ia Satir)). Satir Inter­na­tion­al Journ­al. 2017, vol. 2017, no. 5, pg. 67–75.; Sekera, O. Factors of psy­cho­thera­peut­ic train­ing influ­en­cing its par­ti­cipants. Psy­choter­apie (magazine Psy­cho­ther­apy). 2016, vol. 10, no. 3, pg. 224–237.). It also informs about the cur­rent map­ping of participant´s changes dur­ing an ongo­ing train­ing. In addi­tion to the res­ults and pro­ced­ures of work we have the ambi­tion to draw atten­tion to the lim­its and pit­falls of mon­it­or­ing the impact of psy­cho­thera­peut­ic train­ing on its par­ti­cipants. One of the aims of the con­tri­bu­tion is to pro­voke a pro­fes­sion­al dis­cus­sion on the prob­lems related to the sci­entif­ic mon­it­or­ing of self-devel­op­ment train­ing. 


Car­o­lyn Nes­bitt, Ph.D.
R. Psych, Psy­cho­lo­gist, West Van­couver, Canada

Most cli­ents come to us in either a state of suf­fer­ing or sur­viv­al. They seek our help in find­ing peace, hap­pi­ness and con­nec­tion. As Satir ther­ap­ists, we need to know how to sequence our ses­sion­al goals and incre­ment­ally work towards inner states of free­dom.  John Banmen’s cut­ting-edge ideas about the ice­berg show us a way from suf­fer­ing to awaken­ing, from a pain­ful exist­ence to being fully alive and vibrant. For me, this new con­cep­tu­al­iz­a­tion is both excit­ing and prac­tic­al.
Vir­gin­ia Satir’s use of the ice­berg as a meta­phor for the Self is well-known. What this work­shop reveals are five work­ing ice­bergs that, step by step, help us fur­ther con­cep­tu­al­ize the client’s inner world.  Meth­od­ic­ally, each step for­ward is brought to light so that we are not left guess­ing where to go next.  Work­ing in a pos­it­ive dir­ec­tion is one of Satir’s 5 Essen­tial Ele­ments for ther­apy.  This work­shop helps you to define and name what that pos­it­ive dir­ec­tion is.
In this exper­i­en­tial work­shop, we will use a case study, sculpt­ing and med­it­a­tion to craft exper­i­ences of Ban­men’s Five Ice­bergs.  Par­ti­cipants will work intro­spect­ively and in dyads for their own per­son­al aware­ness and growth.  You will leave with a new con­cep­tu­al­iz­a­tion that you can imme­di­ately apply in your thera­peut­ic practice. 

Man­dala and self-care

Steph­en Buck­bee, Michael Dupont

This will be a demon­stra­tion of how the concept called the Man­dala can be used as tool for self-explor­a­tion and aware­ness of per­son­al recourses. We will be using a tech­nique called sculpt­ing to teach this session.



LECTURES 11. 6. 2022 (Sobota)

Satir in the ser­vice of justice – a way to find bal­ance in assess­ing fam­il­ies affected by ser­i­ous forms of domest­ic violence

PhDr. Petr Štěpaník
Psy­cho­lo­gist, forensic expert, Private psy­cho­lo­gic­al prac­tice, Ostrava, Czech Republic

The lec­ture describes the use of the­or­et­ic­al con­cepts and teach­ing of Satir Trans­form­a­tion­al Sys­tem­ic Ther­apy (STST) in forensic opin­ions focused on the issue of domest­ic viol­ence in fam­il­ies. Can the applic­a­tion of STST know­ledge help to detect and explain ser­i­ous crimes that occur in fam­il­ies? The beha­vi­or motiv­a­tion of domest­ic viol­ence vic­tims is very com­plex and it is dif­fi­cult to explain to police, pro­sec­utors and, in par­tic­u­lar, judges, what leads the vic­tim of domest­ic viol­ence to beha­vi­or that is often com­pletely incom­pre­hens­ible. The same ques­tions are still being asked in the courtrooms: “Why did­n’t she/​he leave? Why did he/​she stay? Are chil­dren wit­nesses or vic­tims of domest­ic viol­ence? ” The art­icle will try to answer these questions.

Using the Satir Mod­el in Sup­port­ing Fam­il­ies with Chil­dren with Autism

Mgr. Přemysl Mikoláš
Psy­cho­lo­gist, ther­ap­ist using the meth­od Trans­form­a­tion Sys­tem­ic Ther­apy by Vir­gin­ia Satir and meth­od Child and Adoles­cent Rela­tion­ship Psy­cho­ther­apy; ADAM, aut­ist­ic chil­dren with us, z.s., Havířov, Czech Republic

The bear­er of aut­ism can­not be seen as an isol­ated per­son- symp­tom that should be repaired by “someone else“. Such a bear­er who lives in a spe­cif­ic envir­on­ment- con­text, lives with­in the sys­tem. Aut­ism gains the import­ance through a fam­ily con­text that includes per­ceived fam­ily views and hid­den rules, taboos and expect­a­tions. It can be said that aut­ism depends on a spe­cif­ic envir­on­ment – con­text. We know from the Satir Growth Mod­el that „the con­text is power­ful.„
Accord­ing to the research by R. Sipose et al. (2012), fam­ily rela­tion­ships proved to be a sig­ni­fic­ant pre­dict­or of the life qual­ity. Moth­ers of chil­dren with aut­ism suf­fer from the lack of their per­son­al time off and free­dom, might suf­fer from a loss of self-esteem due to the per­cep­tion of „fail­ing“ in their par­ent­al role, often feel depressed, angry, tired and tense. (Demy­er 1979; Hol­royd, 1974; Wolf et al., 1989). Fath­ers share the feel­ings of frus­tra­tion, loss, guilt and anger with their wives, even though they do not express such emo­tions as much as their wives. (DeMy­er, 1979; Wolf et al. 1989). Fath­ers often express con­cerns of the effects of stress on their wives (DeMy­er, 1979). The find­ings show that there is a neg­at­ive rela­tion­ship between men­tal area of life qual­ity and fam­ily func­tion­ing, the more par­ents exper­i­enced prob­lems in fam­ily func­tion­ing, the lower life qual­ity in the men­tal area was observed (Khanna et al., 2010). A child’s devel­op­ment­al dis­order is a bur­den on the whole fam­ily, which is forced to change its daily life in order to adapt to this fact. (Kheir et al., 2012).
Vir­gin­ia Satir’s Growth Mod­el has allowed me to lead sup­port groups for carers, male groups, grand­par­ents and sib­ling groups since 2010. Addi­tion­ally, indi­vidu­al con­sulta­tions with carers.
In the Growth Mod­el that is resource ori­ented, the aim is to get fam­ily sys­tems to redis­cov­er or get to know their resources bet­ter in order to find a path, hope, and solu­tion.
By using the Growth Mod­el by Vir­gin­ia Satir, fam­ily which has been giv­en the con­text of the symp­tom of aut­ism, gradu­ally find bal­ance and peace for a com­mon jour­ney through life.

Pos­sib­il­it­ies of Using the Satir Mod­el in Pal­i­at­ive and Hos­pice Care

Mgr. Jana Hořínková
Psy­cho­lo­gist, Mobil Hos­pic Ondrášek, Ostrava, Czech Republic

My con­tri­bu­tion will be focused on the use of V. Satir psy­cho­thera­peut­ic approach in spe­cif­ic envir­on­ment of pal­li­at­ive and hos­pice care. I am going to show which of Satir’s tools I use and how. It will be demon­strated on examples from my own pro­fes­sion­al exper­i­ences where I work with hos­pice patients, their fam­il­ies, med­ic­al staff, and volun­teers. I would like to point out spe­cif­ics of thera­peut­ic work with ter­min­ally ill patients (i.e., lim­its giv­en by fast changes in patient’s health and their impact on the thera­peut­ic dia­logue). Above all I want to high­light that at the end of life, there is still a pos­sib­il­ity and a good chance of improve­ment in patients’ rela­tion­ships to them­selves, to their close ones, a chance to for­give and a chance to grow in love and under­stand­ing. Indeed, the main thera­peut­ic goals such as improve­ment of self-esteem, con­gru­ence, decision mak­ing, and respons­ib­il­ity can be ful­filled until the very end of one’s life. 

A Parts Party in the Sand Tray

Madeleine DeLittle

Vir­gin­ia Satir knew that we have “many faces” or parts and she would demon­strate this concept using people to stand in for an individual’s parts. She saw these parts as being neg­at­ive or pos­it­ive. In some cases, these neg­at­ive parts had shame attached to them as leftover mean­ings from child­hood and were seen as bad.
Hav­ing a large num­ber of people tak­ing on the roles of an indi­vidu­al’s parts is not always pos­sible to do in a coun­selling office and oth­ers have adap­ted the idea of a part’s party by describ­ing and nam­ing each part (like people from his­tory, Dis­ney, politi­cians etc ) and ulti­mately trans­form­ing those parts that have pre­vi­ously been seen as bad.
Anoth­er way to help a cli­ent see all of them­selves in the present time is to use fig­ur­ines such as an aggress­ive bear, tim­id rab­bit, spir­itu­al icon etc for the parts and place them in a sand tray. This allows for the cli­ent to observe all of their parts, have each of them talk to each oth­er and ulti­mately to make new decisions about these parts.
This work­shop will do a live demon­stra­tion as to how to do a parts party with the use of a sand tray and figurines.

Using Satir Trans­form­a­tion­al Sys­tem­ic Ther­apy in Primary Pre­ven­tion Programs

Len­ka Ságnerová

Many years of my exper­i­ence in primary pre­ven­tion pro­grammes at primary and sec­ond­ary schools has led me to con­sider set­ting up my own pro­gramme, which is effect­ive and motiv­ates the young people to think about them­selves, their self-esteem and oppor­tun­it­ies for help at a giv­en age and time. It is a pro­gramme that focuses on eat­ing dis­orders. The pro­gramme uses the Satir Trans­form­a­tion Sys­tem­ic Ther­apy (STST) mod­el in the form of a lec­ture and act­ive involve­ment of stu­dents in primary pre­ven­tion pro­grammes. This pro­gramme is trans­fer­able and its usage is pos­sible for teach­ers as well as for parents.

From Sur­viv­al to Life energy
Accept­ing the oth­er – Resolv­ing con­flicts using the Satir Model

Tali Ahar­ony
Clin­ic­al psy­cho­lo­gist, super­visor and cer­ti­fied fam­ily ther­ap­ist, founder of the Satir Train­ing Cen­ter in Israel

Author of the book „From sur­viv­al to life energy. Present­ing Vir­gin­ia Satir in a new light“   (2018).
Tali won a lead­er­ship award from the Satir Cen­ter in Van­couver for her work to pro­mote the Satir  mod­el in Israel.
Inner peace facil­it­ates peace in the fam­ily and opens the door to peace between human beings. This is the crux of Vir­gin­ia Satir’s human­ist vis­ion: peace with­in, peace between people, and peace among the com­munity.
Liv­ing in an area of ongo­ing con­flict and war, I feel com­mit­ted to imple­ment the Satir mod­el towards bring­ing com­munit­ies which are in con­flict to be closer.
I recently wrote a well-organ­ized text­book for teach­ing the Satir mod­el. My vis­ion was that teach­ing the Satir mod­el will pro­mote imple­ment­a­tions of the mod­el towards accept­ing the oth­er, and thus invite con­flict groups to get closer. I believe that this issue is so import­ant not only in my coun­try but all over the world. One of the book chapters is ded­ic­ated to these ideas. I intend to present it in my lec­ture.
I integ­rated ideas taken from rela­tion­al psy­cho­ther­apy, social psy­cho­logy as well as the philo­soph­ic­al ideas of Emmanuel Lev­i­nas („eth­ics of the oth­er“), with the ideas of Satir.
As an example, I will describe the work that was done in Israel with the Ethiopi­an com­munity. This com­munity of new immig­rants came to Israel from a very dif­fer­ent cul­ture and is exper­i­en­cing com­plex adjust­ing chal­lenges.
I believe Europe is facing many sim­il­ar prob­lems.
My lec­ture brings an effort to take the Satir Mod­el a step fur­ther to build new ideas towards the vis­ion of Vir­gin­ia for bet­ter human­ity.
I believe Vir­gin­ia would have been pleased to see her ideas con­tin­ue growing.

How Satir inspires non Satir professionals

Ivan Valkovič
Vladimír Ham­bálek

Motto: „No mat­ter how sim­il­ar we are, we are dif­fer­ent, and no mat­ter how dif­fer­ent we are, we are sim­il­ar.„

The aim of the work­shop is to open a space for dis­cus­sion about the sim­il­ar­it­ies and dif­fer­ences between Trans­form­a­tion Sys­tem­ic Ther­apy accord­ing to Satirova and oth­er human­ist­ic, sys­tem­ic and psy­cho­dy­nam­ic approaches to psy­cho­ther­apy. Par­ti­cipants will have the oppor­tun­ity through mini-case stud­ies from prac­tice to reflect on their thera­peut­ic beha­vi­or in spe­cif­ic moments in terms of dif­fer­ent approaches and then dis­cuss the sim­il­ar­it­ies and dif­fer­ences in thera­peut­ic think­ing and behavior.