Watch Jean McLendon, one of the foremost practitioners of Virginia Satir’s approach to family therapy, in this touching live session with Janice, a single mother, and her eleven-year-old son, John. Learn the essence of the Satir method as McLendon elegantly demonstrates what she calls “a model for the brave and courageous and the big-hearted souls.”
“I just want to stop having so much anger inside and just stop being mean to other people,” declares John at the beginning of the session. Unlike many children who get dragged to therapy against their will by their parents, John stepped up to the plate to ask his mother if he could talk to a counsellor about his anger. In this heart-warming session, McLendon gently helps John accept the sadness underneath his anger, as she uncovers a series of significant losses John has had to face so early in his young life. With deep care and reverence, McLendon helps both John and his mother to embrace the vulnerable parts of themselves with tenderness and love.
Viewers will have the opportunity to watch McLendon skillfully demonstrate key aspects of the Satir approach, such as creating safety, making contact, and validating feelings and desires. She also shows how the family mapping technique can be used as a visual tool to help deepen the work. An added bonus is an engaging discussion after the session that sheds further light on the Satir approach to family therapy.
With this demonstration, Jean illustrates the Satir Model in practice. It is a marvelous teaching tool. The way she moves her body and uses her voice reminds me of Virginia. Every step she takes is precious and to the point. Her focus is positive and transformational. Rather than dwelling on the presenting symptom, Jean carefully helps her clients move forward from anger to hurt, to loss, to grief and to acceptance.
- Maria Gomori, PhD, Director of Training, Satir Professional Development Institute of Manitoba, Canada
As a teacher of twenty years, I just want to say that this demonstration was always the one that impressed my students the most. It is a beautiful demonstration of how Satir's approach can be used successfully by others. It inspires, educates and moves the viewer
- Sharon Loeschen, LCSW, President of the Satir Global Network
This is really a fantastic family therapy demonstration. McLendon's gift for forming an authentic connection with the son and mother, and help them engage in depth work in a single session is very impressive and inspiring.
By watching this video, you will:
Learn the theoretical components of Satir Family Therapy.
Identify specific techniques and interventions characteristic to the Satir approach.
Observe how one of Virginia Satir’s most prominent students conducts an initial family therapy session.
About Jean McLendon, LCSW, LMFT
Jean McLendon, LCSW, LMFT, is the past president of The Virginia Satir Global Network and is currently the Director of Training Programs at Satir Systems, a professional therapy and coaching center in North Carolina. She trained with the late Virginia Satir for nearly twenty years and has been published in several journals and books. She has been on the faculties of the University of North Carolina School of Social Work, and The NIMH Staff College and served as faculty specialist with the Whole Systems Design Graduate Program at Seattle University. Jean travels widely applying the Satir Growth Model to a variety of contexts, situations, countries and cultures.
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