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“Due to substantial health concerns around COVID-19, we’ve made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 Satir Summer Intensive. This intensive training will be offered in 2021. Thank you for your understanding, and we look forward to seeing you in the summer of 2021.” 



The fifth annual UNC Satir Summer Intensive Training has been scheduled for Monday, July 13th thru Saturday, July 18th each day from 9am until 5:30pm.

Optional Activities will be held on Tuesday and Thursday nights from 6:30 – 8:00 pm. A celebratory dinner will be held on Saturday night from 6:30 – 8:00 pm.

Registration is now open! Register by April 30,2020 to automatically receive the Early Bird Special – $300 off the regular $1,500 fee.*

**The training will be held at Extraordinary Ventures, 200 S Estes Drive, Chapel Hill, NC 27514


The Summer Intensive Training is a unique opportunity to learn about the Satir Growth Model from a theoretical perspective as well as through hands-on, experiential activities in an intimate setting with internationally-recognized Satir experts and trainers. The Satir Model teaches us that self-reflection and gaining clarity about our own thought processes are crucial elements in improving our communication skills and increasing positive outcomes in any situation that involves human systems or interactions – so training involves a good deal of personal work and individualized attention and feedback from the facilitators as well as practical tools for applying the model effectively in a professional capacity.

The course fee includes tuition, materials, daily snacks and beverages, two lunches, and a celebration dinner. Out-of-town participants are responsible for their travel and accommodation expenses. We have partnered with The Residence Inn of Chapel Hill to offer out-of-town participants with a special rate, and you will receive an email with a link to access the reservation site created for us shortly after registration. Your stay at The Residence Inn includes breakfast, a daily shuttle to and from the training venue, free parking, free wifi, and a beautiful pool. If you have questions in the meantime, please feel free to email Suzanne Brown at suzannebrownlcs’



The Summer Intensive will be led by Jean McLendon and Hugh Gratz, both of whom trained directly with Virginia Satir and have spent over a decade co-facilitating Satir trainings around the world. Jean and Hugh are exceptionally gifted trainers who have years of experience applying the Satir Model as practitioners, consultants, and instructors. Their unique chemistry, genuine warmth, and ability to create a safe learning environment make the Summer Intensive a particularly enriching experience. Jean and Hugh will be assisted by three experienced members of our UNC Satir Team, Suzanne Brown, Trish Brown, and Reiss Powell.

Jean McLendon, MSW, LCSW, LMFT, is the past president of the Virginia Satir Global Network and is currently the Director of Training Programs at Satir Systems, a professional therapy and coaching center in North Carolina.  She trained with Virginia Satir for nearly 20 years and her work has been published in several journals and books. Jean has held faculty appointments at the University of North Carolina School of Social Work and the National Institute of Mental Health Staff College, and she served as the faculty specialist with the Whole Systems Design Graduate Program at Seattle University. Jean travels widely, applying the Satir Growth Model in a variety of contexts, situations, countries, and cultures as a trainer, therapist, and business consultant.

Hugh Gratz, MSW, has been a clinical social worker for over 40 years and has a wide range of practice experiences that include mental health and family services, hospice palliative care, private practice, and diversity training. He was a member of Virginia Satir’s training staff for many years and is a strong proponent of the Satir Growth Model. Hugh has been awarded the Satir Organization’s Living Treasure status, as well as being honored as Central New York’s Social Worker of the Year and receiving the Distinguished Alumni Award from Moravian College in Bethlehem, PA. He has worked internationally with the First Nation populations in Canada and in Central America with groups affected by war, violence, and natural disasters. He is certified as a Field Traumatologist and has been deployed to Ground Zero in New York City as well as Sri Lanka, Honduras, and El Salvador.



A limited number of scholarships will be available for students, recent MSW graduates, and individuals who are interested in need-based assistance. Scholarship amounts vary between $500 and $1,000. Scholarship funds are awarded on a first come, first served basis so we encourage you to apply as soon as possible. To apply, please download and complete this APPLICATION and return it to Tricia McGovern at



“Jean and Hugh were masterful at teaching content, modeling content, providing interaction with processes and people in a supportive, nurturing environment where risk-taking became the norm.”

“The best out-of-pocket investment I’ve ever made.”

“A mind-blowing once-in-a-lifetime experience that no one should miss.”




40 hours of continuing education will be awarded for the course.

  • Contact Hours ASWB UNC School of Social Work, #1406, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) Program.  UNC School of Social Work maintains responsibility for the program.  ASWB Approval Period: 8/10/19 to 8/10/22.  Social Workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education hours.  Social Workers participating in this intermediate course will receive continuing education contact hours (ASWB).
  • Contact Hours NBCC (provider #6642) The UNC School of Social Work is an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEPTM) and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements. The ACEP solely is responsible for all aspects of the program.

**This training satisfies one of the requirements for the UNC Satir 80-Hour Training Certificate



To register online, click HERE Please note that payment is required at the time you register; our system doesn’t allow registrants to go back and enter payment information later so to ensure your space in the training, please have your credit card ready when you register. Space in the training is limited to 30 participants so we suggest you register as early as possible.

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