Virginia Satir’s Family Camp Experiment: An Intentional Growth Community Still in Process
- Russell Haber
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In 1976, Virginia Satir began Satir Family Camp (SFC) with therapists and their personal families. Initially, it was a context for the family to experience Satir’s concepts and techniques so that the family system would change along with the therapist. The training of therapists is no longer a significant part of camp; relationships with self, family, friends, and the community is now the main focal point. The process and governance of the camp is presented along with a lengthy anecdote of an experiential family session. These two features—community function and personal/familial growth—inextricably work together to provide a validating environment that supports desired changes.
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- Virginia Satir’s Family Camp Experiment: An Intentional Growth Community Still in Process
Contemporary Family Therapy
Volume 33, Issue 1 , pp 71-84
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- Virginia Satir
- Experiential family therapy
- Intentional growth communities
- Self of the therapist
- Integration of Satir therapy
- Psychomotor Therapy
- Russell Haber (1)
- Author Affiliations
- 1. South Carolina Institute for Systemic/Experiential Therapy, 1816 Bull Street, Columbia, SC, 29201, USA