Hong Kong Satir Center for Human Development

A registered charitable institution founded in1989(IRD ref: 91/3164)

Presient Caesar Chan (陳華盛)
Secretary Christine Wong (黃潔萍)
Treasurer John Hung (熊廣泓)
Program Director Andrew Liu (廖承輝)
Counseling Director Celine Lau (劉偉珊)
Membership Director Helena Kwong (鄺凱茵)
Publication & Research Director Ng Chi Man (伍志文)
Service Development Director Leona Yan (殷鳳萍)

Virginia Satir (1916-1988)

Virginia Satir established an international reputation in the practice of family therapy. Based on the belief that people are capable of continuing growth, change and new understanding of life, she worked to improve relationships and communication within the family system. She was regarded as the Mother of Family Therapy, Columbus of Family Therapy and Everybody’s Family Therapist. Virginia Satir stayed at the forefront of human growth and family therapy until her death in 1988. She was not only a great therapist, but also an educator and a writer. In the  survey (2007) among Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Social Workers, and Marriage and Family Therapists, she was voted one of the ten most influential therapists. (“The Top 10: The Most Influential Therapists of the Past Quarter-Century” in Psychotherapy Networker, 2007).

Virginia Satir is always regarded as the world’s foremost family therapist. She developed the Satir Family Therapy in last century and brought new lights to the field of psychotherapy. The Satir Model does not focus on pathology. It holds the belief that people have the ability to change and grow. It validates the impacts from family. With the Satir Model, people can view oneself and the family with more positive perspectives, make effective use of internal resources and become more fully human for freedom and power.

The design originates from the figure of an iceberg, which manifests the profound levels of a person and the deep connection among human beings. The three extended straight lines symbolize there are outlets and choices.  Virginia Satir encourages people to consider at least three choices.  They are empowered to make better choices. The three lines also symbolize our guidance to the clients are positively directional. They also remind us to communicate congruently by attending to the self, others and context.

Objectives

To promote and develop the Satir Model and other humanistic approaches in counseling and therapy in Hong Kong.

Belief

People have the ability and internal resources to change and grow.

Mission

To support, connect and empower individuals, families and organizations through the Satir Model.

Services

Personal growth workshops/Counseling training/Training for other agencies/Counseling & supervision services/Books for sale

History and Development

In 1983, Virginia Satir first conducted her workshop in Hong Kong. In 1985, Au Chak Kwong and Christopher Ng attended a month-long Module II Process Community led by Virginia, John Banmen, Jane Gerber and Maria Gomori in Crested Butte, Bolorado, USA. Returning to Hong Kong, Chris and Au shared an idea to bring the Satir Model to the local community. Their attempt started with inviting three senior faculty members (John, Maria and Jane) of the Virginia Avanta Network to come to lead a Satir workshop in May 1986 at Maryknoll House in Stanley. Feedbacks were very positive. The idea to set up a formal organization was further confirmed in 1987. In 1989 the Hong Kong Satir Center for Human Development was incorporated.

Milestones of Development

Establishment of the Center  1989

Establishment of the Center  1989

John Banmen, Maria Gomori & Jane Gerber

Office

Satir World Conference 2010

25th Anniversary Celebration Banquet  2014

●  1989:Incorporated in Hong Kong   ●  1990:First publication   ●  1991:Registered as Charitable Institution in Hong Kong  ●  1993:First Office  ●   1997:First Professional Counseling Certificate Course  ●   1998:Commencement of Counseling Service  ●   2001:First International Advanced Counseling Practicum  ●   2001:First Clinical Supervision Training Course  ●   2004:Commencement of Supervision Service  ●   2005:Training on Application of Family Reconstruction Concepts and Transformation Process in Therapy  ●   2010:Satir World Conference 2010  ●   2011:Advanced Professional Counseling Certificate Course on Couple Therapy  ●    2013:Research on Evaluation of the Effectiveness of a Satir-based Personal Growth Workshop (Scale Development AND Outcome Evaluation)  ●   2014:25th Anniversary