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Many programs will be offered at the week-long 50th Annual IHLRN Conference at The Dana on Mission Bay, San Diego, California, USA. 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 participants.

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. The conference culture encourages personal growth and interaction between participants. After 49 years of annual meetings, the IHLRN conference's culture of professional learning has proven remarkably resilient.

The program registration requirements are quite simple: be a current Associate of IHLRN and attend the 2019 50th IHLRN Annual Conference.

International Human Learning Res
ources Network (IHLRN) is an organization that was begun by Virginia Satir in 1970 to foster human growth and development by means of a conference.

This conference focuses on innovation in family therapy and intervention tools that she and others had developed, and other recent developments.

Monday Evening

Award-winning filmmaker Karina Epperlein will provide a screening of her film Finding the Gold Within

Finding the Gold Within

Finding the Gold Within shows six young Black men from Akron, Ohio blossom in front of our eyes through their struggles and triumphs of four years in college. In intimate interviews and in the reunion circles of the unique mentoring program called Alchemy, they share insightfully and with emotional rawness. Founder and director of Alchemy, Dr. Kwame Scruggs – who is Jungian trained – and his co-facilitators are Black elders of the community. Alchemy’s long-term youth mentoring
(3 - 7 years) uses mythological storytelling, ritual, journaling and sharing in all male circles. The young men's vulnerability, combined with high levels of confidence and self-reflection, invites us to understand what it means to be young, Black and male in America.

Bill Roller, President of the Berkeley Group Therapy Education Foundation says "I am very excited that we shall screen the film Finding the Gold Within at our IHLRN conference on Monday October 28th at 7:30 PM. A discussion with the filmmaker will take place immediately after screening.


This is a film created by Karina Epperlein, an exceptional artist and filmmaker who is well respected and highly regarded by her peers in the documentary film industry. Karina takes a personal interest in the people she films, taking the time—often years—to establish relationships with the subjects of her documentaries. This is especially so in the film she will screen at IHLRN.

"Finding the Gold Within is one of the best films I've ever seen about the challenges facing African-American males in our society." - Mark Phillips, Edutopia

Short Bio: "Independent filmmaker Karina Epperlein is a native of Germany and has worked in Europe and the U.S. for the past thirty-eight years as a filmmaker, theater artist and teacher. Karina's work is always looking into dark corners, finding the light, addressing the themes of justice, transformation and healing. Finding the Gold Within is her tenth film project as director/producer."

2 min Trailer:GoldTheFilm

Program Offerings

The following programs may be offered with continuing education credit hours at the 2019 IHLRN Annual Conference.
All the presenters are volunteers and under no obligation to present.

All conferees are invited to offer workshops, but only the following workshops are approved for CE hours.

The Workshops are requested by the Virginia Satir Global Network to be approved by NBCC.  

For further program information, contact 
Harvey Lewis


 Presenter(s) Title of Program
 Sharon Loeschen  -From Generation to Generation: New Applications of Virginia's Teachings
 Howard Kahn -The Experience of Psychotherapy
 Ann Steiner  -The Nuts and Bolts of Groups That Thrive
 Ann Steiner  -The Roller Coaster of Chronic Pain and How to Add Joy to the Ride
 Richard Kennedy  -The Use of EMDR
 Richard Kennedy  -Contemporary Issues for Men's Work
 Betsy Gast -Hypnotherapy #2 working with emotional and physical pain 
 Betsy Gast -Facing Death and Dyin
 Diane Lewis and  co-leader Jean McLendon -Contemporary issues for working with Women 
 Peter Vennewitz and co-leader Liv Monroe  -Creating Relationships that inspire natural using NVC
 Patricia Jameson  -How do those relationships work? Connections-Growth Fostering
 Robert McGarey  -Building Sound Esteem
Robert McGarey  -Dream Work
 Robert McGarey - How to be assertive and Loving Too
 Robert McGarey  -Diversity Training Polyamory 101 for Counselors
 Jean McLendon  -Workshop on Congruence
 Jean McLendon  -The Satir System Hologram
 Linda Powers Leviton  -Come Together Now
 Linda Powers Leviton  -Its my (Parts) party and I'll cry if I wanna
 Linda Powers Leviton  -Everything you need to know about assessing 2e children
 Walter Zahnd  -Healing a Critical Incident - a slice of life
 Walter Zahnd  -Exploring the importance of Spirituality in the Healing Process
 Tim Sitt  -Melting the Iceberg, Expanding and evolving the Satir Model
 Kim Person  -Manifesting Purpose in your life at any stage
 Sandra Finkelman  -Making Contact
 Sandra Finkelman  -Coping, Communication, Congruence
 Sandra Finkelman  -With Whom am I having the pleasure
 Stephen Buckbee and co-leader Michael Dupont  -A Conversation about change through the lens of Context and the Mandala
 David Golden  -SAY IT STRAIGHT