The UNC School of Social Work currently offers two graduate courses that focus on the Satir Model:


SOWO 742: THE SATIR MODEL: ENHANCING INDIVIDUAL, COUPLE, FAMILY, AND ORGANIZATIONAL HEALTH

  Jean McLendon

This 1.5 credit hour course for concentration year social work students will be taught by Jean McLendon, MSW, LCSW, LMFT during the spring semester and will apply Satir Growth Model interventions to help students facilitate the healthy functioning of individuals, couples, families, and organizations.

Course Objectives:

  1. Understand and apply the Satir Growth Model to enhance intrapersonal, interpersonal, family, and system growth.
  2. Recognize the applicability of the Satir Growth Model across diverse populations, including groups by age, gender, race/ethnicity and socioeconomic status.
  3. Identify patterns of unhealthy communication and employ Satir Growth Model strategies to form a basis for ethical communication. This includes enhancing communication strategies to create interpersonal safety, make initial client contact, and help clients to validate feelings and set boundaries.
  4. Complete a psychosocial assessment using the Satir Growth Model’s family mapping. This map will serve as a visual tool to highlight multigenerational norms, rules, cultures, challenges, coping strategies, and resources.
  5. Participate in experiential activities, such as role-plays, to enact clients’ unhelpful relational communication patterns and to provide alternative congruent coping behaviors for positive change within the system.
  6. Demonstrate the value of experiential activities to facilitate clients movement from problem behaviors to congruent responses.
  7. Explore the developing evidence base for the Satir Growth Model.
  8. Evaluate the goodness of fit between the Satir Growth Model and social work values, ethics, and policy.

Expanded Description:  The Satir Growth Model builds upon MSW foundational courses. This course aims to increase students’ competencies in assessment and intervention by using the Satir Growth Model (SGM). The SGM was developed by Virginia Satir, a social worker who is known as a pioneer of family therapy. SGM is applicable to individuals, couples, families, and groups, and the model treats a host of mental health disorders across a variety of populations.

By the end of the course, students will be able to: (a) understand the underlying belief and value system of SGM; (b) model congruent communication with clients; (c) identify and provide feedback on incongruent client patterns; (d) engage clients in a therapeutic narrative through family mapping; (e) employ experiential therapy techniques to facilitate change within a client system; (f) help clients access their basic internal self-esteem resources to promote healthy responses; and (g) use SGM stages of change to help clients navigate and understand their change process. Students will have the opportunity to observe and practice skills to gain confidence in their ability to apply the SGM within practice settings.

Course will meet over three full Saturdays during the 2018 spring semester: January 27, February 3, and February 24.


SOWO 757 WHAT WE BRING TO PRACTICE: A CRITICAL LOOK AT THE PROFESSIONAL USE OF SELF

Tricia McGovern

This 1.5 credit hour practice course will be taught by Tricia McGovern, MSW, LCSW during the second summer session and  explore students’ professional use of self in clinical practice. Using the Satir Growth Model framework, students will examine how their personal characteristics and experiences shape their clinical work. Specifically, students will explore how their clinical work will be impacted by their personality, self-esteem, coping styles, beliefs, values, boundaries, self-care, communication strategies, family rules, and countertransference. Students will also examine how clinical work shapes clinicians’ development, and how self-care is vital to the maintenance of a congruent therapeutic practice.

Course Themes: 1. Identity: Explore the impact of personal characteristics on clinical practice, such as race, gender, age, sexual orientation, ability status, culture, and family of origin. 2. Transference and Countertransference: Recognize forms of transference and develop strategies to use transference to enhance empathic communication with clients. 3. The therapeutic frame: Establish guidelines for boundaries and self-disclosure in clinical practice. 4. Use of Self: Understand how clinical relationships promote therapeutic change. 5. Self-care: Develop self-care strategies to maintain intrapersonal and interpersonal congruence.

Course Objectives: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to: 1. Articulate how the Satir Growth Model addresses the professional use of self. 2. Understand and apply the Satir Growth Model to enhance intrapersonal, interpersonal, family, and system growth. 3. Use course content to systematically examine one’s professional use of self in clinical practice. 4. Identify and discuss the potential impact of clients’ traumas on helping professionals and strategies for minimizing the negative effects of that impact. 5. Recognize the applicability of the Satir Growth Model across diverse populations, including groups by age, gender, race/ethnicity and socioeconomic status. 6. Identify patterns of unhealthy communication and employ Satir Growth Model strategies to form a basis for ethical communication, including enhancing communication strategies to create interpersonal safety, make initial client contact, and help clients to validate feelings and set boundaries. 7. Participate in experiential activities, such as role-plays, to enact clients’ unhelpful relational communication patterns and to provide alternative congruent coping behaviors for positive change within the system. 8. Demonstrate the value of experiential activities to facilitate movement from problem behaviors to congruent responses. 9. Explore the developing evidence base for the Satir Growth Model. 10. Evaluate the goodness of fit between the Satir Growth Model and social work values, ethics, and policy.

Expanded Description: The Satir Growth Model builds upon MSW foundational courses. This course aims to increase students’ competencies in assessment and intervention by using the Satir Growth Model (SGM). The SGM was developed by Virginia Satir, a social worker who is known as a pioneer of family therapy. SGM applies to individuals, couples, families, and groups, and the model treats a host of mental health disorders across a variety of populations. By the end of the course, students will be able to: (a) understand the underlying belief and value system of SGM; (b) identify the impact of transference and countertransference in clinical relationships; (c) access their basic internal self-esteem resources to promote healthy responses; (d) model congruent communication with clients; (e) identify and provide feedback on incongruent client patterns; (f) engage self-care to maintain a congruent professional practice; (g) determine how identity influences relationships; (h) explore the impact of perception on clinical narrative; and (e) employ experiential therapy techniques to facilitate change within a client system. Students will have the opportunity to observe and practice skills to gain confidence in their ability to apply the SGM within practice settings.

This course will meet over the course of three Tuesdays during the second summer semester: June 26, July 3, and July 10.


If you have specific questions about these courses or would like more information, please contact us and we will be happy to help you. For more information about applying for admission to the UNC School of Social Work, click here.

 


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