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The Virginia Satir Series: 2-Video Set

by Virginia Satir
See renowned psychotherapist, Virginia Satir, present her pioneering views on the essential ingredients of successful therapy to a group of students and then watch her conduct therapy with a family struggling with separation and abuse in these dynamic videos from the Virginia Satir Series.
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The Virginia Satir Series: 2-Video Set
Get the complete Virginia Satir experience with these two deeply engaging videos showcasing her conducting therapy with a troubled family and then teaching her students about the theory behind her practice.

In The Essence of Change, Satir presents the four stages of therapy to an intimate audience of psychotherapy students, and powerfully demonstrates the principles via numerous role-plays, where you'll get a sense of her disarming warmth, facility in making perceptive statements that resonate with clients, and ability to use touch to deepen a client's sense of safety.

In Of Rocks and Flowers: Dealing with the Abuse of Children, watch Satir conduct an innovative, forward-moving session with a distraught family of four who are struggling with a legacy of abuse.

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Of Rocks and Flowers: Dealing with the Abuse of Children

Family therapy can be challenging to navigate for a host of clinical reasons, and therapists can quickly find themselves feeling ungrounded and at a loss for effective interventions—especially when child abuse is present. Watch renowned therapist Virginia Satir conduct an innovative, forward-moving session with a distraught family of four, and you’ll understand why this 20th-century psychotherapist is considered one of the pioneers of family therapy.

Bob and Betty are married and expecting a baby, in addition to raising Aaron and Robbie, Bob’s two young sons from a previous marriage. Betty, seeing the abuse Aaron and Robbie have recently endured (and are beginning to perpetrate themselves), fears for her unborn child and questions Bob’s commitment to preventing further abuse. The family comes to Satir on the brink of breakup, wanting to stay connected but unclear about how to do so.

Through a creative combination of gentle, hands-on interventions and directive, facilitated discussion, Satir establishes a safe yet firm environment that supports the family’s motivation to change, while also addressing the issues of trust, choice, and resistance that can arise during the therapeutic process. You’ll witness her skill at assessment, generating a warm, authentic rapport while getting the details of the boys’ abuse. You’ll be amazed by the depth of her guided breakout session with the adults, as she affirms their desire for stability while helping cement each others' “bottom line” as a foundation for building trust. Again and again, you’ll be moved by the presence, patience, and interactive use of healing touch Satir exhibits throughout this session as well as the entire Virginia Satir Series.

This video is a must for therapists looking to learn more about family systems, child abuse assessment, creative interventions, goal-oriented facilitation, and the empathic, nurturing stance that allows for safety and transformation.

The Essence of Change

Virginia Satir is considered one of the early innovators of family therapy, but her pioneering techniques and heart-centered approach continue to influence new generations of practitioners. Watch Satir conduct an enlightening, interactive lecture on “the essence of change” with a small group of students, and see why this 20th-century clinician is still relevant and beloved by a devoted, international audience.

Satir presents the four stages of therapy to an intimate audience of psychotherapy students, and powerfully demonstrates the principles via numerous role-plays, where you'll get a sense of her disarming warmth, facility in making perceptive statements that resonate with clients, and ability to use touch to deepen a client's sense of safety. The therapist’s role, she advises, is to create the safest environment for a client to move from their internalized “status quo” into the vulnerable unknown—a requirement for anyone wanting to let go of old conditioning and experience a new way of being. You’ll enjoy how her students engage with the material, asking smart questions about client ambivalence, intellectualization, and anxiety’s role in motivation.

Knowledgeable yet accessible, relational, and masterful in her communication, Satir outlines the need for a client to trust their therapist, offers experiential ways of understanding and working with client resistance, and describes the nature of trust, choice, and a client’s sense of chaotic “limbo” that can arise during the therapeutic process.

Over the course of the lecture, Satir manages to distill broad concepts into practical tools for growth. By the end of this video, you’ll be as impressed as her students and armed with a fresh perspective on clinical work. Beginning and seasoned therapists alike will find thoughtful takeaways in her overview of the essential tasks of therapy and the empathic, nurturing stance that allows for safety and transformation.
[The Essence of Change] "As therapist, teacher and change artist, Virginia Satir explicates her process of change conceptually and experientially. The viewer observes and experiences the power of her empathetic and grounding commitment to the possibility of positive change for all people. Equally inspiring and informative, this video should be required viewing for all students and professionals who seek to lead people in the process of positive, intentional change."

[Of Rocks and Flowers] Satir’s mastery is in full blossom in this video. Her integrative approach is made explicit, and you’ll see her fearlessness in how she uses touch for connecting and instructing. Watching this video will deepen any therapist commitment to grow competence for working with families.
 --Jean McLendon, LCSW, Past President, The Virginia Satir Global Network
 
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You’ll wish you had Virginia Satir as your own teacher after witnessing this charismatic pioneer in front of her students. Nancy, Deacon, Sid, and Jana have come for an intimate lecture in which Satir outlines “the essence of therapy,” a primer on the four stages of therapeutic change. Addressing coping, going into the unknown, the “status quo,” safety, and experimentation with new ways of being, Satir offers her students—and all of us—a delightful presentation complete with examples from her own practice and experiential exercises that illustrate her ideas.

And in Of Rocks and Flowers, You’ll be impressed with how deeply Virginia Satir engages Bob, Betty, Aaron, and Robbie, in a session structured to include the family all together as well as in separate dyads. Bob, a recovering alcoholic, holds custody of Aaron (age 4) and Robbie (age 3), his sons from a previous marriage to a woman who abuses them even as he fights for a restraining order. Bob’s current wife, Betty, would rather leave the family than risk abuse to her coming child with Bob. Satir reflects on the “undercurrent of fear” the family is enduring, and proceeds with a session designed to uncover each family member’s concerns, align their goals, and get them relating in a safe, honest way.


By watching these videos, you will:

  • Learn the principles of Satir’s approach to family assessment
  • Understand how a systems therapist can conduct guided sessions with parts of the family unit as well as the whole
  • Identify creative interventions to support healthy physical touch
  • Learn the principles of Satir’s approach to transformational therapy, including change, coping, and the unknown
  • Understand the Satir’s four stages of therapy, and how to work within them
  • Identify ways to support clients exhibiting various types of resistance
Of Rocks and Flowers: Dealing with the Abuse of Children
Length of video: 01:02:18
Number of Discs: 1
This DVD has English subtitles
This DVD plays in All Regions
Individual ISBN-10 #: 1-60124-372-3
Group ISBN-10 #: 1-60124-373-1

The Essence of Change
Length of video: 00:58:55
Number of Discs: 1
This DVD has English subtitles
This DVD plays in All Regions
Individual ISBN-10 #: 1-60124-374-X
Group ISBN-10 #: 1-60124-375-8

Virginia SatirVirginia Satir is one of the key figures in the development of family therapy. She believed that a healthy family life involved an open and reciprocal sharing of affection, feelings, and love. Satir made enormous contributions to family therapy in her clinical practice and training. She began treating families in 1951 and established a training program for psychiatric residents at the Illinois State Psychiatric Institute in 1955.

Satir served as the director of training at the Mental Research Institute in Palo Alto from 1959-66 and at the Esalen Institute in Big Sur beginning in 1966. In addition, Satir gave lectures and led workshops in experiential family therapy across the country. She was well-known for describing family roles, such as "the rescuer" or "the placator," that function to constrain relationships and interactions in families. She is also known for creating the Virginia Satir Change Process Model, a psychological model developed through clinical studies.

Satir's genuine warmth and caring was evident in her natural inclination to incorporate feelings and compassion in the therapeutic relationship. She believed that caring and acceptance were key elements in helping people face their fears and open up their hearts to others. Above all other therapists, Satir's was the most powerful voice to wholeheartedly support the importance of love and nurturance as being the most important healing aspects of therapy. Unfortunately, Satir's beliefs went against the more scientific approach to family therapy accepted at that time, and she shifted her efforts away from the field to travel and lecture. Satir died in 1988 after suffering from pancreatic cancer.

Her most well-known books are Conjoint Family Therapy, 1964, Peoplemaking, 1972, and The New Peoplemaking, 1988.
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Of Rocks and Flowers: Dealing with the Abuse of Children
CE credits: 1
Learning objectives:

  • Learn the principles of Satir’s approach to family assessment
  • Understand how a systems therapist can conduct guided sessions with parts of the family unit as well as the whole
  • Identify creative interventions to support healthy physical touch


The Essence of Change
CE credits: 1
Learning objectives:

• Learn the principles of Satir’s approach to transformational therapy, including change, coping, and the unknown
• Understand the Satir’s four stages of therapy, and how to work within them
• Identify ways to support clients exhibiting various types of resistance