The following people have accepted a three year term (January 2020 – December 2022) on the Advisory Board for the Satir Institute of the Pacific.  The Advisory board supplies feedback and advice on specific topics from time to time.  We thank them for their time.


MA, Ph.D. - Canada

Debbie has been learning about the Satir model since she participated in one of Virginia’s Family Cluster Groups at the age of 9. She learned from and had a consulting business with her mom, Lois Campbell, who was a registered clinical counsellor. Debbie and Lois used Satir principles in their workshops ranging from teambuilding to mother-daughter retreats. Debbie has earned her MA in Counselling Psychology and PhD in Educational Psychology, and had a private practice for 12 years working with clients in community and school settings using Satir as one of her main theoretical orientations. For the past 11 years Debbie has been teaching in Adler University’s Counselling Psychology programs, and introducing students to the Satir model as one of three theories covered in the Couple and Family Therapy course.

Karen Krestensen

MS, MFT - United States of America

Karen is serving a second term.  Past President of Satir Global Network and member since 1981 (formerly Avanta); trained and mentored by Virginia Satir and John Banmen; faculty of Satir Process Community; former graduate school instructor; supervisor, consultant and trainer in Satir Systemic Therapy; 30 years in private practice in Marriage and Family Therapy in San Jose and Santa Cruz, CA, now retired.

Dr. Judith Landau

MD, DPM, LMFT, CAI, CIP, BRI II - United States of America

Judith Landau, is a child, family and community neuropsychiatrist and former professor who has spent many years studying resilience and overcoming adversity. Dr. Landau is also an isangoma or traditional African healer. Co-developer of the Evidence-Based, Best Practice ARISE Continuum of Care, Dr. Landau draws   30+ years of research and experience aimed at facilitating long-term healing for addicted individuals and their families. Author of numerous peer-reviewed publications, she has taught in 100+ countries, trained more than 2000 Certified ARISE Interventionists, and consulted to UN, WHO, NIMH, NIDA, NIAAA, SAMHSA, and several international governments. She is the recipient of awards for AAMFT’s Outstanding Contribution to the Field of Marriage and Family Therapy and AFTA’s Innovative Contribution to Family Therapy. Currently recognized as a global addiction and trauma pioneer, Dr. Landau continues to change the future of addiction and its interface with mental health by identifying trauma that spans generations. Her recent TEDX talk, Family Stories, Secrets and Survival, has become legendary and is one of the most sought after presentations on the subjects of family resilience, trauma and addiction. Steadily working on her long awaited personal memoir, Dr. Landau continues to be used by the national media as an expert on all stories relating to human behavior.


PhD, MSW, BSocSc, RSW - Hong Kong

Frances Y.W. Law (羅亦華), is Assistant Professor of the Department of Social Work and Social Administration, and Associate Director of the Centre for Suicide Research and Prevention in The University of Hong Kong. She was trained and practiced in social work both in Hong Kong and California, USA. She joined the Befrienders International Hong Kong Regional Office in setting up a 24-hour suicide prevention hotline service in 1994 and the first outreach program for suicidal elderly in Hong Kong in 1998. She served as the Project Director of the HKJC Centre for Suicide Research & Prevention at HKU from 2002 to 2012. She has made considerable contributions to the integration of research and practice in suicide prevention. She not only has extensive experience in front-line practices, training for trainers, service development, strategic organizational development, and fundraising for innovative projects, but also a track record in research and publication. Her research interests include service utilization and pathway to care, suicide and follow-up care for deliberate self-harm patients, crisis intervention and care for traumatized individuals, and evaluation of programs’ efficacy and effectiveness.


MSc, PhD - South Africa

Dr. Warwick D. Phipps completed his Master of Science in Clinical Psychology, (Summa) Cum Laude, in 1994. He was awarded his Doctor of Philosophy in 2004. He has been in Private Practice for 15 years. During this time, he also lectured at the University of Limpopo, Medunsa Campus, in the Department of Clinical Psychology in the Master’s programme. He continues to supervise students and registered psychologists alike. His special interests lie in the fields of family therapy, hypnotherapy, and psychological assessment. Furthermore, he has authored papers and has presented at various international conferences, including the American Psychological Association (APA) and the International Family Therapy Association (IFTA). He serves on the editorial board of two international journals, namely, the journal of Marital and Family Therapy (JMFT), and he is also the Guest Editor of the formal journal for the 2013 Special Issue: Systems Family Therapy.


MD, MPH - Thailand

Prawate Tantipiwatanaskul is a senior advisor of the Department of Mental Health, Thailand. He is also the manager of mental health promotion program of the Thai Health Promotion Foundation. His first public mental health task was to implement a counselling program into the national health system during the HIV/AIDS crisis in Thailand about 2 decades ago. After that, he played a significant role in developing and implementing a school mental health program.  During the last 7 years, he has focused more on positive mental functioning such as resilience and happiness. His major focuses are in the field of research and development of user-friendly tools for non-mental health professionals in both rural and urban areas. He has developed a series of learning media in parenting and youth resilience development that have been used in more than 2000 schools around Thailand. In 2007, he initiated the project Happiness Thailand. The project develops population-based, area-based, provincial information on happiness levels, reported every two years, develops tools to support local initiatives, and mobilizes social resources to invest more on people mental well-being/happiness.


BA, MA, PhD - Canada

Dr. Verseveldt has over 9,000 hours of working with couples, families and individuals.  Coming from evidenced based theories such as Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFCT) Gottman, Narrative, and Structural, he provides support and encourages growth in individual, couple and family relationships.  He teaches in the areas of couple relationships, family function, and the emotional, ethical and skill development of the therapist.  He is involved in the development and implementation of ethical and professional counselling programs, former Clinical Director at the Burnaby Counselling Group, teaching since 1995 and has been a therapist for over 25 years.