|Virginia Satir (1916-1988)
Virginia was internationally recognized for her creativity in the practice of family therapy.
Based on conviction that people are capable of continued growth, change and new understanding,
her goal was to improve relationships and communication within the family unit.
Referred to as the "Columbus of Family Therapy" and "everybody's family therapist",
Virginia Satir stayed at the forefront of human growth and family therapy until her death in 1988.
Virginia Satir, the founder of the Satir model, believed that therapy is an intense experience with the inner Self.
The therapist helps and encourages people not only to accept and deal with the pain and problems,
but also to accept and live an inner joy and peace of mind.
Virginia Satir, known as a pioneer in the field of Family Therapy, developed
unique strategies to improve personal communications and relationships.
She is internationally acclaimed as a therapist, educator, and
author. Virginia received her Master's degree from the School of Social
Service Administration at the University of Chicago. Early agency work
included working with families at the Dallas Child Guidance Center and
four years at the Illinois State Psychiatric Institute. 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. Together,
they created the country's first formal program in Family Therapy.
Honored for her innovative work in human relations, Virginia shared
her insights with people throughout the world through books, workshops
and training seminars. Virginia Satir's first book, Conjoint Family
Therapy, published in 1964, remains a classic in the field and
has been translated into several languages. She authored or co-authored
eleven other books, among them Peoplemaking in 1972 and The
New Peoplemaking in 1988, both of which have enjoyed large international
Virginia was known for her special warmth and for her remarkable insight
into human communication and self-esteem. For almost 50 years, Virginia
Satir worked to help others to better realize their full human potentials.
She believed that this involved a healing process of becoming aware of
and connecting with our inner selves and then of contacting others from
this center. During her lifetime, Virginia conducted hundreds of workshops
and seminars around the world, which featured her classic communication
stances and her "Human Validation Process Model". She focused
on personal growth and health, rather than illness and pathology, and provided
the environment in which individuals and families could develop and flourish.
Virginia believed firmly that human beings across our planet are all connected.
It was her conviction that healing of the human spirit and reaching out
to connect with others through the universal life force, of which she believed
we are all a part, is essential to world peace.