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The Satir Model: Yesterday and Today


This article represents an attempt to update the reader by bringing into focus some of the more important components of the Satir model. The intrapsychic aspect of therapy is explained in the form if an iceberg metaphor. The use of the Satir family map, or genogram, is illustrated for use in individual and family therapy. Also, the various steps of a Satir model therapy session are listed. The Satir model has developed into a brief, transformational change model while keeping the earlier theoretical base intact.

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Banmen, J. The Satir Model: Yesterday and Today. Contemporary Family Therapy 24, 7–22 (2002).

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