The Wisdom Box

The Newsletter of the Satir Institute of the Pacific

Volume2 Spring 2023

edited by Madeleine De Little

From your Editor

Spring is almost here, the snowdrops in Vancouver Canada are in full bloom and the bluebells are making a gradual appearance. This edition of the Wisdom Box is filled with news from around the world including our leadership awardees past and present. It is staggering to see what work all these hard working people are doing in their own countries. Their commitment to the Satir Model is unwavering.

Of note next month is Psychotherapy and counselling month and the Canadian Counseling and Psychotherapy Association is putting on events with the theme of Self-Care is Mental Health Care.

Please spend some time considering your own mental health care. Is this part of your mandala in balance with the rest of your life? What adjustments do you need to create harmony within, between and among?


President's Message

There are two words which may best describe the process and progress of the Satir Institute of the Pacific in the last twelve months. These are Recovery, and Innovation.

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This video illustrates our work at the Satir Institute of the Pacific. Training people working in the helping field.

Who are your Board Members at the Satir Institute of the Pacific


Michael Callaghan,

Director of Training:

Tricia Antoniuk

Secretary: Lysandra Chan

Treasurer: Frankie Lee,

Membership: Lani Kim,

Research Chair: Madeleine De Little,

Members at Large:

Tonda Eger-Chin,

Ng Beng Wee

Shyann Vosper


We are the world leaders in training in the Satir Model.

And we are now able to offer online and in person trainings in Langley BC

Visit the SIP website for further details

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Advanced Satir Workshop: Working with Couples and Families in Thailand During 14-18 February 2023 with Jennifer Nagel

The Satir Association, Thailand invited Jennifer Nagel to lead this workshop with Thai facilitators. 64 participants from Thailand and Singapore joined this workshop.

This program was experiential, and interactive and explored systemic ways of working with relationships and families.

Update on Past Leadership Awards

Watch this video of some of our past leadership awardees.

2023 Leadership Awards

Watch this video for all of the 19 leadership awardees.

The Satir Institute of the Pacific

Colouring Book.

We have a colouring book for adults that are for sale for $10. It has drawings by Alexandria Zongyuan Hao and quotes by Virginia Satir.

April is Counselling and Psychotherapy Month in Canada

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A College for Therapists in British Columbia

This February, the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors (BCACC) and the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA) announced they are to enter into a formal partnership agreement. The letter from Britta Regan West and Michael Radano, Board President and Chief Executive Officer of the BCACC, states: "This partnership is a significant development for our association, mutually benefits BCACC and CCPA members, and will better inform the regulation of clinical counselling in BC.

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Online Foundations Course for Europe Thailand, Singapore and Canada

in Neuroscience and the Satir Model in the Sand Tray with Playful Dyads Learn More

Science catching up: Experiential family therapy and neuroscience - PubMed

Experiential family therapy, pioneered by Virginia Satir and Carl Whitaker, centered the experience of the "here and now," human authenticity and congruent communication in the work of psychotherapy. Their approach-often considered atypical and atheoretical-was popular for a while, then relegated as ...

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Training in Thailand with Neuroscience and the Satir Model in the Sand Tray

Madeleine De Little

My time in Thailand teaching was amazingly wonderful. There was laughter, tears of relief, and singing every morning. I taught the introduction to Neuroscience and the Satir Model in the Sand tray for four days to 80 people (If I remember correctly) and then an advanced course on Transforming Trauma, Shame and Working with Families. The room was filled not just with chairs and people but tables of figurines and sand trays. I taught some theoretical concepts and did a demonstration daily and then it was down to triad work. The remarkable thing about the training was the 13 voluntary supervisors. They met with me every morning before class and then often at 8 or 9 pm. Most of them had been with me for several years of training and had integrated their learnings so that they could teach their triad groups. We stayed for 10 days at a beautiful Catholic retreat centre outside of Bangkok which provided lovely surroundings, a swimming pool and lovely food. I will be returning next year to do an Introduction again and an advanced course. Thank you to Dr Pranne for her amazing ability to encourage Doctors and therapists from all over Thailand to attend this workshop.


Lysandra and Jordan welcomed their precious little daughter, Toraya Evolet Chan-Lee on December 15th, 2022. She decided to come 2.5 weeks early to give her parents an early Christmas present! She arrived at 1:03 am, weighing 6lbs 11.8 oz.

The next Vancouver Island Satir Zoom gathering/ fireside chat will be held on Saturday, June 10, 2023, from 9:30 - 11:00 am.

Please hold that date and consider joining us! A Zoom link will be sent out closer to that time.

Anyone who has relocated to Vancouver Island is most welcome, and can contact Wendy at<> to be added to our Vancouver Island list!Warmly, Anne and Wendy