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The Director of Training and Education

Maria Gomori, M.S.W., Ph.D., Dip.C., is a family therapist in private practice and a retired Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Manitoba's Faculty of Medicine. Maria also is a Clinical Member and Approved Supervisor with the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT).

Maria was a close associate of Virginia Satir for over 20 years, and has been a Faculty Member and Advanced Trainer in Satir's Avanta International Training Institute since 1981. In that capacity, Maria has established a reputation internationally as a workshop leader, and has taught and demonstrated the Satir Model throughout Canada, the United States, Europe, South America, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Australia. Maria is also a certified practitioner and Master Programmer in Neurolinguistic Programming. She co-authored with Virginia Satir and colleagues, The Satir Model; Family Therapy and Beyond. This book was chosen by the AAMFT Foundation to receive the 1994 Satir Education and Research Prize. Maria has been instrumental in establishing Satir Institutes in Winnipeg, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Australia, and is in great demand internationally for her workshops and training programs.

Maria has a unique and creative way of integrating Satir with her learnings from many other great teachers combined with her own experiences in living. She facilitates the Journey to Self workshops and leads the Satir Model Training Program

Maria has recently published Personal Alchemy, The Art of Family Reconstruction available from the Manitoba Satir Institute. Maria's autobiography, Passion for Freedom, Maria's Story is also available.
Val Monk, Ph.D., is the current president of Satir Professional Development Institute of Mantitoba. I have a passion for facilitating personal growth and have had the privilege of working with people from various parts of the world. Since 1992, I have studied the Satir Model under the mentorship of Maria Gomori, reknown around the world as a master in the Satir Model, as well as a student and close friend of Virgina Satir. Most recently, I assisted Maria Gomori in writing a book based on Family Therapy and The Satir Model, published in early 2015. I regularly integrate Satir's theory and beliefs into my professional practice and personal life. Professionally, my areas of experience include advising family owned businesses, facilitating effective communication models, designing and delivering leadership development programs, strategic planning and working with individuals, couples and families in private therapy. I have a PhD in Therapeutic Counselling, as well as Masters academic standing in Organizational Learning and Leadership Development. Most importantly, I love working in a group process to connect people to their strengths, potential and internal value.

Email: val@valmonk.ca
Phone: 1 204 782-2709
Janine Tougas, has a Master in Education, specializing in counselling from the University of Manitoba and a Master in Fine Arts specializing in Puppetry from Connecticut College. She has over 500 credited hours of study in Virginia Satir's work and has integrated Satir's principles in many programs for parents, teachers and young people through Canada. Janine is the author of the new resource manual "Yes, Santa Claus, There is a Virginia."
For more information contact: janinetougas@gmail.com
Jeremy Kredentser, as a past member of the board, is dedicated to spreading the Satir model. For the past 20 years he has studied with Maria Gomori and others. Other experiential trainings include Master Practitioner in NLP and Hypnotherapy with Milton Erickson Foundation. Jeremy has a BA (Psych) and M.D. from the University of Alberta and post graduate studies at the University of Alberta, University of Manitoba and Harvard. He practices at Heartland Fertility and Gynecology Clinic.
Pat Bragg, now living in the Yukon, is a mediator, counsellor and educator who has facilitated workshops in communication and conflict resolution for more than 30 years. She has incorporated elements of Virginia Satir's transformation process into her work with corporations, families and individuals. Pat has a B.A. from Macquarie University, Sydney Australia and a B.Ed. in Counselling from Brandon University. She has also been certified by the Justice Institute of British Columbia in Mediation and Negotiation Skills.