LECTURES 10. 6. 2022 (Friday)
The Neuroscience Behind What Virginia Satir New Intuitively
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 Lichorobiecova
Clinical psychologist, Ambulance for clinical psychology and psychotherapy, Orlova-Lutyne, Czech Republic
PhDr. Petr Stepanik
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. Alxandra 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 3⁄4 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.
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
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.
FROM SUFFERING TO AWAKENING: EXPERIENCING BANMEN’S FIVE ICEBERGS
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
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
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
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
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.