Who Virginia Was and Why She Mattered

I’ve always been drawn to the work of Virginia Satir and now realize why.  Her humanistic approach to therapy and and working with families is what I believe is needed , especially now, at a time when so many children and families are in crisis. She believed that education could be a process that led to the realization of human potential. She was definitely a pioneer!  The quote below by Virginia really says it all….

“We’re at a crossroads, an important crossroads of how we view people. That’s why it’s possible now for all the different kind of therapies to go into education, education for being more fully human, using what we know as a pathology is only something that tells us that something is wrong and then allows us to move towards how we can we use this to develop round people. I’m fortunate in being one of the people who pushed my way through to know that people are really round. That’s what it means to me to look at people as people who have potential that can be realized, as people who can have dreams and have their dreams work out. What people bring to me in the guise of problems are their ways of living that keep them hampered and pathologically oriented. What we’re doing now is seeing how education allows us to move toward more joy, more reality, more connectedness, more accomplishment and more opportunities for people to grow.”

Virginia Satir Global Network, Retrieved November 26, 2012

About dmfindlay

I am currently enrolled in the Master of Education program at SFU focussing on Contemplative Inquiry and Approaches in Education. This blog outlines my journey over the next 2 years
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One Response to Who Virginia Was and Why She Mattered

  1. How nice to see you reference Satir and her work. I still have my copy of Peoplemaking; it was an eye opener and an inspiration. I think you are right about her being a pioneer and that her humanistic approach is valuable.


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