A Summary of a Qualitative Study of Satir Family Therapy: Theoretical and Practical Developments over the Past 30 Years

Jessica Erker


This summary provides a brief overview of the findings from an analysis of the literature dating from 1988-2016 and semi-structured qualitative interviews with ten Satir experts. Results of this study demonstrate that the contemporary practice of the Satir model is diverse in its practice and application. While current Satir approaches retain Satir’s philosophical and theoretical base and include her concepts, vehicles, and goals for change, many Satir practitioners adapt their practice to the specific populations they serve, including clinical and non-clinical populations. The diversity of Satir practice is also seen in the variation of training options available in North America and internationally. This respect for diversity is inherent in the Satir model itself, which promotes organic growth, transformation, and positive change, and values the uniqueness of each person as well as each therapist.


Virginia Satir; family therapy; Satir model

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