Virginia Satir (1918 - 1988) was a pioneer of family therapy who developed therapeutic approaches with families that continue to be effective today. Her books and videos remain mainstays for training psychotherapists in graduate schools and beyond.
This professional training for psychotherapists and psychotherapists in training will use seven of the principles Satir developed for family therapy, and modify them for use in couple therapy.
The group will focus on some of the challenges of doing couple therapy (as well as some of the rewards.) In some ways couple therapy can be seen as more complicated than individual psychotherapy. There will be numerous opportunities to practice with two other workshop participants in couple therapy role-playing. This will be done by each group of three in private. The workshop will include two videos of Satir doing family therapy. These videos will show the transfer to doing couple therapy. We will have a case conference during part of the workshop addressing some of the vexing situations that can occur in couple therapy. We will conclude with a review of some of Satir's life that contributed to her enduring contribution to doing psychotherapy. This workshop offers thirteen continuing education units.
Note: The hours of this workshop are longer than a typical Esalen workshop. Please contact Esalen Reservations for details.