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The UNC Satir Program was founded in 2014 through a generous grant from the Being Human Foundation for the purpose of furthering the work of family therapy pioneer Virginia Satir and providing training to practitioners, students, and other individuals in both graduate level and continuing education courses. The funding also provides for research to study the efficacy of the model.

UNC School of Social WorkWe are located in the UNC-CH School of Social Work, one of the leading social work schools in the country, in the beautiful town of Chapel Hill, NC.

The UNC School of Social Work has a tradition of excellence in producing practitioners and leaders who are committed to public, private, and nonprofit services, and to the development of policies and programs that strengthen individuals, families, groups, communities, and organizations. For almost a century, the School of Social Work has served the people of North Carolina, and today collaborates with all 100 counties on programs, training, and research that aim to improve the overall health and well-being of the state’s nearly 9 million residents. The School’s Master of Social Work (MSW) program is consistently listed as one of the best in the country by US News and World Report. The School’s faculty members are respected and recognized scholars and entrepreneurs who have produced a wide range of innovative research, including studies that address some of the most pressing problems of addiction, aging, at-risk youth, poverty, healthcare, family violence, and affordable housing.

The State Historical marker for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on McCorkle Place.

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is not only the country’s oldest public university, it’s one of its finest. A global higher education leader known for innovative teaching, research and public service, UNC consistently ranks as the best value for academic quality in U.S. public higher education.  UNC offers 78 bachelor’s, 112 master’s, 68 doctorate and seven professional degree programs through 14 schools and the College of Arts and Sciences. More than 29,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students learn from a faculty of 3,600. Every day, faculty, staff and students shape their teaching, research and public service to meet North Carolina’s most pressing needs in all 100 counties. Carolina’s 292,500 alumni live in all 50 states and more than 150 countries.

The Team

Jean McLendon, MSW, LCSW, LMFT

Regina Ragan Taggart, MSW, LCSW
Leadership Team,Summer Intensive Facilitator

Hugh Gratz, MSW, LCSW
Summer Intensive Facilitator

Reiss Powell, MSW, LCSW, LCAS
Leadership Team, Summer Intensive Facilitator

Suzanne Brown, MSW, LCSW, LCAS
Leadership Team, Summer Intensive Facilitator

Trish Brown, MS.Ed
Leadership Team, Summer Intensive Facilitator


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