Hong Kong Satir Center for Human Development

A registered charitable institution founded in 1989 (IRD ref: 91/3164)

Name: Angela Wong

Post: President

Occupation: Psychologist

Satir Experience: PCCC 2 Graduate, PCCC Facilitator, Volunteer Counselor


Name: Lee Wai Ki

Post: Secretary

Satir Experience: PCCC 11 Graduate, PCCC facilitator, Volunteer Counselor

Name: Caesar Chan

Post: Treasurer

Occupation: Retiree

Satir Experience: PCCC 3 Graduate, Volunteer Counselor

(Program director)

Name: Rita Yip

Post: Program Director

Satir Experience: PCCC 4 Graduate, PCCC facilitator, Volunteer Counselor & Supervisor

(Program director)

Name: Kelvin Chung

Post: Program Director

Satir Experience: PCCC 6 Graduate, PCCC Facilitator, Volunteer Counselor & Supervisor

(Counseling Director)

Name: Kam Ming

Post: Counseling Director

Occupation: Social Worker

Satir Experience: PCCC 7 Graduate, PCCC Facilitator, Volunteer Counselor

Name: Simon Leung

Post: Counseling Director

Occupation: Social Worker

Satir Experience: PCCC 4 graduate, Volunteer Counselor & Supervisor

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.


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


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


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


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


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