International Human Learning Resources Network

 2017 Programs and Conference Format

Many programs will be offered at the week-long 48th Annual IHLRN Conference at Sun River Resort, Sun River, Oregon.  This conference continues to create a week of learning and networking among those who are interested in Virginia Satir’s therapy work. The conference culture encourages personal growth and interaction between members.

An open-university format provides structure for the participants to create their own program. All conferees are encouraged to offer workshops, and so all presenters are volunteers and are under no obligation to present.  The workshops range in variety to include and go beyond a core interest in family therapy. After 47 years of annual meetings, the IHLRN conference’s culture has proven remarkably resilient.

The program registration requirements are quite simple: be a current member of IHLRN and attend the 2017 48th IHLRN Annual Conference.

Virginia Satir Global Network (VSGN) and International Human Learning Resources Network (IHLRN) are cosponsors of the preapproved programs. This co-sponsorship has been approved by NBCC. Virginia Satir Global Network is an NBCC Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 5224. The ACEP solely is responsible for these programs, including the awarding of NBCC credit.

Although there may be many more programs available, only the following may offer continuing education credits hours.

 

Program Content Description and Learning Objectives

Program 1, Howard Kahn, Ph.D.  2 hours, The Evolution of Psychotherapy: a historical and experimental perspective.

Program Content:  Dr. Kahn will present a history of psychotherapy from its origins in psychoanalysis to the present time.  He will describe and illustrate the changes in psychotherapy over the past hundred years.  The emphasis will be on understanding psychotherapy from the perspective of one’s own experience.  Workshop participants will be invited to participate in an ongoing inter active process illustrating the psychotherapeutic experience.  Dr. Kahn’s workshops are both energetic and informative.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Participants will learn about the development of psychotherapy from the beginning to the present time.
  2. Participants will learn about changes in psychotherapy from their own individual experience in the workshop.

Program 2, Ann Steiner, Ph.D.  1.5 hours, The Nuts and Bolts of Groups that Thrive

Program Content:  This primarily didactic workshop provides participants with a comprehensive overview of the different types of group work, ways to evaluate their comprehensive overview of the different types of group work, ways to evaluate their preferred leadership style, and how to design, set up and maintain healthy groups.  Common challenges, the importance of screening, preparation, and termination agreements will be discussed as they apply to participant’s needs.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Participants will be able to describe and understand the major differences between the different types of “group work”.
  2. Participants will be able to describe the different roles and tasks undertaken by leaders/teachers of different types of groups.
  3. Participants will identify common counter-transference issues, warning signs, use and management of the leader’s own issues.
  4. Participants will be able to describe the essential ingredients for a healthy group.
  5. Participants will be able to describe the advantages of using written group agreements, Satir’s temperature reading, and termination agreements.

Program 3, Walter F. Zahnd, MSW, 1.5 to 2 hours, The Human Kaleidoscope

Program Content:  This session offers participants a theory of behavior based on the teachings of Virginia Satir, that is process based. The specific components of the Human Kaleidoscope will be identified and defined.  Included will be: The I Am, Longings, Yearnings, Expectations, Feelings of Feelings and Survival rules, Feelings, Coping, Communication Style, and Self-esteem.  The importance of family of origin and the primary triad will be included.  The workshop will give participants a way of viewing others that is non-judgmental, effective in assessment, and provides an effective and accurate map for Psychotherapy.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Learn the Human Kaleidoscope concept that evolved from Satir’s teaching at the culmination of her professional career.
  2. Explore its usefulness in assessment, intervention, and as a map for the therapist in practice
  3. To understand that the Human Kaleidoscope is universal and useful across cultures and the life span.

Program 4, Walter F. Zahnd, MSW, 2 to 3.5 hours, Healing a Critical Incident – A slice of life

Program Content:  This workshop will focus on the use of the Family Reconstruction process of Virginia Satir in a focused process dealing with a special incident from the past that is still impacting the individual’s life in the present.  This process will have a high level of specificity to the individual and the critical incident that is impacting the individual.  The process will include assessment, intervention, and anchoring the change.  The workshop will use didactic, experiential learning and will require role-players.  There will be time for processing:  attendees experience, learnings, and questions.

Learning Objectives:

  1. To be exposed to experiential based change
  2. To expand the options for working with individuals and groups
  3. To identify the three major components of the change process.

Program 5, Walter F. Zahnd, MSW, 1.5 hours, The Dean Ornish Program: Lifestyle changes for healing the human body.

Program Content:  This workshop will present the Dean Ornish Cardiac Rehab Program as a model for holistic change for improving the health of individuals dealing with life threatening illnesses where life style changes can improve longevity and quality of life.  It will explore the specifics of exercise, diet, yoga, and meditation.  This workshop will use lecture, discussion, and allow participant sharing and learning.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Participant will understand the current treatment options for heart attacks
  2. Participant will learn of the options for responding to Heart Illness
  3. Participant will understand the Dean Ornish Program.

Program 6, Richard Kennedy, Psy. D., 1.5 hours, The Use of EMDR

Program Content:  An update on the evolution of the use of EMDR in clinical practice and a description of the past and current research validating its effectiveness.  The use of EMDR to treat Trauma-adaptive vs. maladaptive resolution of traumatic memories.  Understanding the Adaptive Information Processing model.  The differences between dysfunctionally stored and adaptively stored memories EMDR how it works-assessing maladaptively stored memory-processing the memory resolution of the memory as client assimilates adaptive information.  What a client experiences before and after processing.

Overview of the 8 Phases of EMDR therapy.  The three pronged approach to treatment (past, present and future focus).  The importance of the use of Touchstone memories in EMDR treatment process.  New area where EMDR is being used.  This would include descriptions of a Positive Feeling State – Addictions Protocol, Pain Protocol, Recent Events Protocol, and EMDR  attachment focused model to heal the Parent-Child Bond.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Participant will be aware of EMDR as an effective and validated treatment modality for numerous clinical situations.
  2. Participant will be aware of the development and theoretical underpinning of EMDR.
  3. Participant will understand the rationale behind the 8 stages of EMDR Treatment.
  4. Participant will learn of the new areas of clinical treatment where EMDR has evolved in its use in psychotherapy treatment.

Program 7, Maria Rosa Reifler, MA, 1.5 hours, Self Management: Key to Success and Joy

Program Content:  This workshop covers the principles that come from wisdom in living a full life.  Treating oneself and others with respect, making responsible choices, valuing each person’s uniqueness, understanding how the brain works, taking care of one’s body, using personal power in a positive way, managing personal feelings, communicating clearly, solving problem, planning, inner wisdom, gratitude, and working with others successfully.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Participants will learn self-management principles
  2. Participants will learn 3 empowerment techniques.
  3. Participants will learn how to practice communication skills.

Program 8, Sharon Loeschen, MSW, 1.5 Hours, Choosing Your Life Story(s)

Program Content:  The workshop will be an update on the exciting changes in the program, Choosing Your Life Story(s) from the presentation last year.  This will be based on our experiences with the pilot programs currently being conducted.  Persons who attended the workshop last year are welcome to come again, as well as those who would be attending for the first time.  The program is a psycho-educational program based on Satir Concepts and using personal stories as the central teaching vehicle with persons form the community leading the training.  Currently, the program is being piloted in two gang intervention agencies and a charter high school in Los Angeles, as well as a job skills training program in Santa Ana, California.  The vision for the program is to develop a format that can be applied to many different target populations, such as single mothers in poverty, persons coming out of prison and those wishing to become entrepreneurs.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Participants will learn the concepts and research validating the program.
  2. Participants will learn the current applications of the program and potential for the future.
  3. Participants will experience the process of the program.

Program 9, Robert McGarey, MA, 1.5 Hours, Building Sound Self-Esteem

Program Content:  Poor self-esteem is both a cause and a result of past life traumas, unhealthy rearing as a child, damaging relationships, and a client’s disempowering belief systems.  In this workshop therapists learn about the damage that low self-esteem can cause and how a therapist can help reverse that damage and help the client build a healthy, empowered sense of self.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Participants will be able to define what Self-Esteem is and how it relates to a person’s self worth.
  2. Participants will be able to describe the difference between self-esteem and self-image, self-concept, self-confidence, arrogance and conceit.
  3. Participants will be able to explain how Carl Rogers’ practice of Unconditional Positive Regards helps build sound self-esteem and why.
  4. Participants will be able to explain Barksdale’s Observable Realities, and why they provide a solid foundation upon which to a healthy sense of self.

Program 10, Robert McGarey, MA, 1.5 Hours, Dream Work

Program Content:  The purpose of this workshop is to demonstrate the therapeutic use of dreams, primarily utilizing techniques draw from Gestalt Therapy.  The presenter will provide a quick preview of various approaches to dream work.  The presenter will then ask for a volunteer from among the attendees and demonstrate Gestalt dream work, pausing along the way to explain each step of the process, which generally takes 60 to 90 minutes.  The therapists in attendance then have an opportunity to ask questions and make comments about the process.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Participants will be able to describe at least 2 approaches to working with dreams.
  2. Participants will be able to describe the basics of Gestalt dream work, including characters.  And, will learn about Interviewing the character, Points of Transition and how to identify characters to use in the work.
  3. Participants will be able to feel sufficiently familiar with this technique that the therapist can practice it with their own dreams, with a goal of implementing it in their practice.

Program 11, Robert McGarey, MA, 1.5 hours, How to be Assertive and Loving Too

Program Content:  Poor self-esteem is both a cause and a result of past life traumas, unhealthy rearing as a child, damaging relationships, and a client’s disempowering belief systems.  In this workshop therapists learn about the damage that low self-esteem can cause and how a therapist can help reverse that damage and help the client build a healthy, empowered sense of self.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Participants will be able to define what self-esteem is and how it relates to a person’s self worth.
  2. Participants will be able to describe the difference between self-esteem and self-image, self-concept, self-confidence, arrogance and conceit.
  3. Participants will be able to explain how Carl Rogers’ practice of unconditional Positive Regards helps build sound self-esteem and why.
  4.   Participants will be able to explain Barksdale’s Observable Realities, and why they provide a solid foundation upon which to build a healthy sense of self.

Program 12, Jean McLendon, MSW, 2.5 hours, The Satir System Hologram

Program Content:  This presentation will lay out the holographic nature of the Satir System, putting its major values, tenants, tools and models into a holistic framework.  Jean will use power point and floor mats to present.  She will facilitate refection, discussion, and application with the hologram.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Participants will understand the holographic nature of the Satir System.
  2.   Participants will be able to integrate the various components into a flexible and present tense application to support change and building of self-esteem.
  3.   Participants will observe the universals imbedded in the various components of the system.

Program 13, Linda Powers Leviton, MA, 2 hours, Group Dynamics–Recovering intimacy after distance

Program Content:  The plenary will consist of explanation, modeling, and participation in a process to facilitate bringing a large and diverse group of past and initial participants, to integration and connection in one session.  In this participatory workshop attendees of the annual intentional community of the International Human Resources Network will experience an exercise designed to establish boundaries, safety and intimate connection in a brief workshop experience.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Participants will observe and participate in a process that allows them to quickly feel a part of the group.
  2. Participants will learn the boundaries and processes that must exist for safety and connection.
  3. Participants will experience moving from a disparate group of people to a cohesive group.

Program 14, Linda Powers Leviton, MA, 1.5 hours, Satir’s transformation of a Rule, Moving out of triggers and into possibilities

Content:  This workshop will provide participants greater understanding of the rules that affect their day to day conflicts and behaviors:  Through group participation and exercises with a partner, members will be able to transform past rules into opportunities and understand their internal triggers for better future outcomes.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Participants will understand the role unconscious rules play in impacting current motivation and conflicts.
  2. Participants will learn the process of identifying and transforming an unconscious rule.
  3. Participants will practice transforming a past rule so that it no longer has the power to trigger in the present circumstances.

Program 15, Linda Powers Leviton, MA, 1.5 hours, Using the Kiesey Personality Inventory in understanding family dynamics

Content:  The Myers-Briggs Personality Type Inventory (MBTI) is an application of the work of Carl Jung.  Normed on millions of people since WWII, a brief self-scoring version called the Kiesey can be used to quickly understand how people manage their life, and when in families, places that cause conflict.  This workshop will demonstrate using it therapeutically by having a family role-play an interaction using their Kiesey results.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Participants will learn about the MBTI and what the different personality types mean.
  2. Participants will learn by taking the Kersey their own personality type.
  3. Participants will learn how the application of this information is used in solving a family conflict.

Program 16, Betsy Gast, MED, 1.5 hours, Pain Management using Hypnotherapy

Program Content:  Although our first impulse is to avoid or get rid of pain, we find that when we are able to be with it in a relaxed, compassionate way, it can transform. Using common forms of mindfulness, visualization and verbal suggestion can invite a trance state that enables us to begin to be with pain with greater curiosity and less fear and judgment.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Participants will learn brain/body basics
  2. Participants will learn to use SUD (subjective units of discomfort) to measure pain.
  3. Participants will learn and experience basic inductions for pain management.

Program 17, Betsy Gast, MED, 1.5 hours, Integrating Sex Therapy into your Practice – Part 2, (2016 IHLRN program presentation contained Part 1)

Program Content:  Sex is a positive dimension in life, and invaluable part of individual and couple comfort, intimacy, desire, pleasure and satisfaction. Therapists are often uncomfortable in discussing sex and working with the sexual aspects of individual’s lives and couple relations.  This workshop will provide some basic information and strategies to enhance therapists’ comfort and skill in integrating sex into the therapeutic discourse.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Participants will discuss purposes for sex in including pleasure, intimacy, tension reduction, self-esteem, and reproduction
  2. Participants will learn how to do a sexual history interview.
  3. Participants will learn how their own history and experience with sex and sexuality can enhance or inhibit clinical ability to explore the role of sex with clients.

Program 18, Bill Roller, MA, 1.5 to 2 Hours, Group Dynamics & New Heroism

Program Content:  What group dynamics allow individuals to obey their conscience?  New Research by Bill Roller and Phil Zimbardo has investigated the situational context that allows people to take nonviolent action in defense of ethical principles or people in need, even at personal risk to oneself.  The Berkeley Civic Courage and Heroism Experiment explored the capacity of group member to act collaboratively creating a group process that is sociocentric not egocentric, meaning it focused on the cooperation of the many and the idealization of one individual.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Participant will understand the methods to create a Strategic Subgroup in support of conscientious behavior.
  2. Participants can discriminate between sociocentric and egocentric leadership.
  3. Participants can re-direct the scape-goating process and actively resist aggressive scape-goating both inside and outside the group boundary.
  4. Participants can identify the phases of group development and leadership roles that contribute to the collaborative group process.

Program 19, Regina Taggart, LSW, 1.5 hours, “I, Actually Make my Experience” a group based upon the Satir Self -Esteem Resources

Program Content:  First, This presentation will experientially demonstrate the Satir Self-Esteem Resources for participants.  Second, I AM ME; a self-esteem curriculum based upon the Satir Self-Esteem Resources will be presented.  This is a skill based/experiential approach, helping children learn how to utilize self-esteem in making choices, solving problems, recognizing and modulating feeling, developing courage to reduce anxiety, safely using curiosity and becoming familiar with their wishes for self and others.  This group is being researched with children in local foster care.

Learning Objections:

  1. Participants will understand the Satir Self-Esteem Resources.
  2. Participants will be able to use the tools for self and with clients to create resiliency.
  3. Participants will learn about an application and research of the Self-Esteem Resources in social services with at risk children.

Program 20, Laura Dodson, Ph.D., 1.5 to 2 hours, What’s the World trying to do Now

Program Content:  Carl Jung and Virginia Satir both spoke of “A New Energy” being alive in the world today.  Jung spoke of the havoc its power of this energy, or “emerging archetype” would cause and to the necessary transformations that must happen in people and organizations, and ways of thinking to integrate the New Energy.

Dr. Dodson will offer the group information from Virginia and Jung on the New Energy that they both spoke of as feminine emerging and integrating with the masculine dominant energy.  She will discuss how to see this rough road to integration of these two energies manifest in American’s people’s choice of Donald Trump for President and reactions to him since he took office – to his decisions, his appointments, his manner of being, etc.

Then the participants will ponder these ideas together and adding our own and hopefully our thinking and hopefully stir up our own inner lives and sense of how we want to be in our public lives at this time.

 

Presenters Qualifications

Laura S. Dodson

Current Position Title:  Writer, President, Institute for International Connections, International Trainer

Education:  Ph. D., Clinical Psychology, Union University, 1975

Training Relevant to Topic Presented:  Author of several books on Jungian Analysis.  Worked with Virginia Satir in the development of family therapy.  The workshop proposal is an outgrowth of a published article the Satir Global Journal.

Betsy Gast

Current Position Title:  Instructor in Family Systems, group work and therapeutic methods for children.

Education:  MED, major in counseling, University of Puget Sound, 1978

Training Relevant to Topic Presented:  Instructor in Family Systems developmental issues, group work, and therapeutic methods for children involving art and play.  Her professional interests are in the areas of Gestalt Therapy, Family Systems, developmental issues, group work and therapeutic methods involving art and play.  She has maintained a private practice since 1983.

Howard Kahn

Current Position Title:  Assistant Clinical Professor in the Child Study Center, Yale School of Medicine.

Education:  Ph. D., Clinical Psychology, University of Rochester, 1970

Training Relevant to Topic Presented:  Dr. Howard Kahn has trained with Fitz Perls (Gestalt) and Virginia Satir (Family Therapy).  He has maintained a private practice of Clinical Psychology in New Haven since 1970. He teaches a yearly seminar in Family Therapy and supervises psychotherapy.  He has been the a visiting lecturer in the Law in the Yale Law School (2012)

Richard T. Kennedy

Current Position Title:   Clinical Psychologist

Education:  Psy. D, Clinical Psychology, Illinois School of Prof. Psychology, 1993

Training Relevant to Topic Presented:  Base and Advanced Training in EMDR (1997 & 1998), Multiple training workshops in various aspects of EMDR, Have been in an EMDR consultation group with a national trainer for the last 6 years.  Has been using EMDR in clinical practice for the past 19 years.

Linda Powers Leviton

Current Position Title:  Director of Gifted Development Center West Coast.

Education:  MA, Marriage, Family, Child Counseling, Phillips Grad Institute, 1993

Training Relevant to Topic Presented:   Satir Training, from Lynn Azpertia, and Nancy MacDonald, Satir Family Camp, Satir Global Network, IHLRN

Sharon Loeschen

Current Position Title:  Clinical Social Worker, Author

Education:  MSW, Social Work, University of Illinois, 1966

Training Relevant to Topic Presented:  Author of “Systematic Training in the Skills of Virginia Satir” and “The Satir Process”, material based upon training with Virginia Satir summer of 1986 and 1987, master trainer in the Enriching Program.

Robert McGarey

Current Position Title:  Founder and Executive Director, Human Potential Center, Austin, Texas

Education:  MA, Humanistic Psychology, Johnson College, Redlands, CA, 1978

Training Relevant to Topic Presented:  Presented over two hundred classes and workshops related to communication, self explorations and personal growth.  He has been presenting programs for 30 years designed to spare the creativity, love and playfulness of the Human Spirit.

 Jean McLendon

Current Position Title:  Private Practice, Dir. Curriculum and Training Development, Satir-UNC.

Education:  MSW, Social Work, University of Hawaii, 1969

Training Relevant to Topic Presented:  Nearly 20 years of studying with Virginia Satir, 45 years in the fields of Social Work and Mental Health

Maria Rosa Reifler

Current Position Title:  Counselor-LMFT, Author

Education:  MA, Psychology, UCLA CAL STATE, LA-University w/o walls, 1984

Training Relevant to Topic Presented:  30 years of practical experience, training with Virginia Satir

Bill Roller

Current Position Title:  Consultant, teacher and supervisor of psychotherapist of mental health clinics.

Education:  MA, Clinical Psychology, Lone Mountain College, San Francisco, 1976

Training Relevant to Topic Presented:  Psychotherapist in private practice in Berkeley, CA since 1984.  Conducts psychotherapy groups, individual and family therapy with men and women having a variety of symptoms and diagnoses, including psychotic, borderline and depressed individuals, as well as groups for personal growth and training and program development both national and internationally.  Author of numerous professional papers.

Ann Steiner

Current Position Title:  Faculty, Group Training Program, PTI, Berkeley, CA, Private Practice.

Education:  Ph. D., Clinical Psychology, Cal. Sch. of Prof. PSY, Berkeley, 1981

Training Relevant to Topic Presented: Pre and post doctoral fellowships, Children’s Hospital of SF, Dept. of Psychiatry, years of study and research led to presenter becoming a content expert in the areas of disability issues, health psychology, pain management.  Dr. Steiner serves as co-Chair of the American Group Psychotherapy Association’s Health and Medical Issues Special Interest Group, presents workshops to mental health professionals and is a keynote speaker to health elated organizations.  Author of recent released:  “How to create and sustain groups that thrive”: Therapist’s workbook and Planning Guide.

Regina Regan Taggart

Current Position Title:  Private Practice and Satir-UNC Curriculum and Development Program

Education:  LSW, Social Work, University of South Florida, 1999

Training Relevant to Topic Presented:  Nearly 18 years studying the Satir Model with Jean McLendon at the Year Long Performance Development and Personal Development Workshop in Chapel Hill, NC.  International studies with Jean, Azerbaijan, Tajikistan, Beijing and Hong Kong.  Six years in Hospice and 17 years in private practice with children, adolescent, young adults and families.

Walter F. Zahnd

Current Position Title:  Professor Emeritus of Social Work, California State University, Chico, CA

Education:  MSW, Social Work, University of Toronto, Canada, 1964

Training Relevant to Topic Presented:  1982-1990, trained extensively with Virginia Satir, including intense month-longs during the summer, plus training with her senior trainers on-going.  Was given a sabbatical from CSU, Chico, which allowed me to train with her for a year to study and learn from her.  Was the last person to have this privilege 1993 – ongoing training in advance classes on human validation process model of Virginia Satir.