Higher Education

Systematic Training in the Skills of Virginia Satir, 1st Edition

  • Sharon Loeschen California State University, Long Beach
  • ISBN-10: 0534231721  |  ISBN-13: 9780534231729
  • 144 Pages
  • © 1998 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $66.25



This unique and practical text/workbook helps readers understand how Satir's concepts can be applied to the art of doing therapy. The author explains Satir's approach in a systematic way, demonstrating specific skills that can be used in therapy with individuals, couples, and families. Readers will find a conceptual framework for Satir's groundbreaking work, which emphasizes a description of the many skills she used, and training exercises to facilitate greater familiarity with these skills. Timely and practical, this book meets the needs of today's helping professional by addressing the human element, which is increasingly at risk in the era of managed care.

Efficacy and Outcomes


"The idea for Loeschen's book is excellent since Satir has been difficult to standardize and her ideas have been more abstract in their spontaneity than concrete. . . . I would describe [this book] as a practical guide to understanding Satir's language and how to apply her concepts to the art of doing therapy. It is both a textbook and workbook for the faculty member and/or student."

— Fumiko Hosokawa, California State University-Dominguez Hills

"I would describe this manuscript to a colleague as exciting and a good source for teaching Satir in an applied context. Since my colleagues and I are involved in an applied counseling curriculum, it would be of interest as a selection for the Family Intervention class and as a reference for several other courses, including the Family Theory, Family Systems, Parent Education, and Introductory Counseling Practicum courses. . . . The text provides a systematic orientation to the rationale and specific methods of one theorist?s approach. It is also simplified enough for students to grasp. . . . I would definitely consider adopting this manuscript for my course and library. It opened up a new frame for me of Satir's work and I enjoyed reading it!"

— Valerie Appleton, Eastern Washington University

Meet the Author

Author Bio

Sharon Loeschen

Sharon Loeschen has been a practicing social worker for twenty-six years and has trained and taught hundreds of students and interns in social work and counseling. She occasionally leads classes at the California State University at Long Beach.