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It Started in Idaho By Amanda Poffenberger Over the years when my friends or family members inquired about my participation in STST trainings in Canada, I would tell them about my first job as a therapist out of graduate school. I was 24 years old at the time, and I had just moved to Idaho […]

When the body speaks its wisdom…

By Mary Leslie, BA, MSW, RCSW I vividly recall sitting in my kitchen, many years ago, when my entire body started to vibrate inside wildly.  At the time, my 3 month old son was in intensive care at Health Centre for Children, and I didn’t stop to consider what the feeling meant.  I just knew […]

Posted on February 9, 2018 by Cindi Read More


I want growth I want more, more of me I want connection I want more, more of me I want passion I want more, more of me Fueled by a fierce desire I choose to let go of certainty I choose courage I choose curiosity I choose to journey deep within I choose to begin […]

Posted on January 29, 2018 by Cindi Read More

Accepting My Son as A Teenager

One evening after a conflict with my son I decided that I better deal with my own anger. I brought my focus onto myself and went through my own iceberg process. What came up was not what I expected, but it sure changed our relationship! I could feel being angry and the blaming that came […]

Posted on December 8, 2017 by Cindi Read More

Satir – More than a Model

By Lyla Harman, BSW, MSW, RSW I hope to share my personal, professional and healing journey in being fully human. To do this, I intend to start from the beginning sharing significant moments which shaped my development, then explore my intrinsic beliefs and values and end with how we can be fully human using Viriginia […]

Posted on November 8, 2017 by Cindi Read More

The Art and Science of Self-Care

By Teresa McLellan I find it quite interesting and “almost” humorous that I committed to writing a blog about self-care and then could not find the time to actually write it! While I am getting much, much better at taking good care of ME, I still have too many unrealistic expectations, push myself too hard […]

Posted on October 13, 2017 by Cindi Read More

Reflections on Satir

By Jennifer Barrett, MSW, RSW, RCC Recently, I was asked to reflect on my experience with Satir.  To my surprise, I realized that it has been more than 25 years since I was introduced to Virginia Satir and her teachings, through a course based on “The New People Making”. I had returned to university as […]

Two Profound Healers

By Mary Leslie, MSW, RSW My encounters with two profound healers and how this experience changed my life. I was spellbound as I sat watching Virginia Satir work her magic with a family on stage for my first time. That was over 45 years ago, as a student, and I still vividly recall my amazement […]

The Wisdom Within

By Tonda Chin, MS, Licensed Professional Counselor   February, 14, 2017 “We are stars wrapped in skin.  The light you are seeing has always been within.” Unknown   Virginia Satir, you always knew this. You saw things through the eyes of Love.  You called forth the best in people with your gift of seeing that […]

Posted on March 10, 2017 by Cindi Read More

My Journey with the Satir Model and How it led to Neuroscience and Satir in the Sand Tray

by Madeleine De Little, RTC, MTC, RCS, M.Sc. Ph. D. Cand. Madeleine has been a school counsellor for nearly 30 years and in private practice for 15 of those years. She has recently retired form the school system to focus on her private practice and her training therapists all over the world in her new […]

Posted on February 3, 2017 by Cindi Read More