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Lateral Kindness: Living and working within Indigenous Communities

1 October 2022 @ 9:00 am - 2:30 pm PDT


with Lyla Harman, MSW, RSW

Hosted by Linda Lucas, MA, LCPC, LPC
Sponsored by Satir Institute of the Pacific

The Lateral Kindness workshop, from an Indigenous perspective, utilizes an age-old story telling journey – through meditation, vivid images and personal sharing.

We will explore how Virginia Satir’s iceberg model and meta goals support healing through Lateral Kindness within an Indigenous context.

The more we understand our collective history the more we understand ourselves and how to move forward in a good way.  Lateral Kindness aligns within Virginia Satir’s belief and quote, “peace within, peace between, peace among”.

In the Lateral Kindness workshop, we’ll explore:

  • How Lateral Kindness is a new term yet an old concept
  • A Step back in time within a meditation
  • Origins of Lateral Violence in Canada’s dark history
  • Impacts of Lateral Violence
  • How Virginia Satir’s iceberg model & meta goals support healing

Harman finds that the Satir model is particularly effective with her First Nations clients from the Coast Salish Indigenous community in British Columbia, Canada. First Nations communities, governments at all levels in Canada, and many not-for-profit organizations are currently engaged in a deep conversation about the trauma that remains for the individuals and families affected by the country’s residential schools.

“My work is inspired and rooted in the therapy model developed by Virginia Satir,” says Harman, who believes that the model can deliver substantial healing in an Indigenous context. “With personal sharing, I touch on the impacts of colonization and how to honour the individual and the collective during healing journey.”


1 October 2022
9:00 am - 2:30 pm PDT
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Online Via Zoom


Satir Institute of the Pacific
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