UNC Satir is the first permanent, university-based home for training in the Satir Growth Model in the United States. Based in the UNC School of Social Work, we offer several training opportunities for graduate students, practitioners, and other professionals who are interested in learning how to effect positive change during times of stress, conflict, or transition through the use of better communication skills. Whether the context is relationship therapy, crisis intervention, or organizational changes in the corporate world, the Satir Model offers a powerful framework for facilitating successful outcomes. The model recognizes the vital role that self-reflection and understanding one’s own situation play in effective communication and provides tools for engaging with others more deeply and authentically. The courses and workshops we offer are highly experiential and involve personal work as well as a theoretical understanding, and participants can expect to develop skills that not only enhance their professional lives but are deeply rewarding personally as well.

Family therapy pioneer Virginia Satir, whose groundbreaking work in the 1960s and 70s led to the development of this model, believed that all human beings have the capacity for growth and change as well as the ability to face and overcome problems and find inner joy and peace of mind. The model she developed through working with families as an educator and counselor has proven to be invaluable for therapists, business consultants, and the countless individuals who ultimately benefit from it. We are proud to provide a home where Virginia Satir’s legacy lives on through training and academic research and we are particularly excited about the unique way our program contributes to the School of Social Work’s mission to make a positive difference in the lives of the people we serve.

In addition to two credit-bearing graduate courses that focus on the Satir Model in the School of Social Work, a week-long intensive training workshop for practitioners and other professionals is offered every summer and a certificate program for individuals who are interested in more in-depth training or designation as Satir practitioners is currently being developed. If you would like to receive updates about our programs please use the form on this page to add your name to our mailing list, or feel free to contact us with any questions you have.


UNC Satir  •  UNC School of Social Work  •  325 Pittsboro Street  •  CB #3550  •  Chapel Hill, NC  27599  •  919-360-0413