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The 35th Remembrance Day of Virginia Satir 2023

Passing On Virginia Satir’s Torch - Becoming more Fully Human 

Torch of Life Series

5 speakers

5 sessions of topic sharing.

The 35th Remembrance Day of Virginia Satir 2023

Virginia Satir (26 June 1916 – 10 September 1988) was a pioneer in family psychotherapist, a therapy that explores the interaction and influence between "inner self" and "family relationship".


Satir believed all people possess the capacity for growth and transformation. She focused on finding the inner self and stimulating change at the core of a person’s being. She believed people could access a spiritual Life Energy to influence their emotions and behaviors, begin or further the journey toward healing and growth, and improve interactions with others by resolving conflict positively without violence or abuse and see things through others’ perspectives.


Through constant practice and reflection, we will then becoming more fully human and achieving “Peace within, peace between, peace among”. Satir's growth model bridges the complexity of psychology and daily life. Everyone has the opportunity to make choices for their own lives, and become a person who is body- mind-spirit as one whole.


Virginia Satir died at 72, on September 10th 1988. For more than thirty years, Satir's teachings has spread all over the world, nourishing and healing countless people and families. In order to commemorate and inherit her spirit and teaching, Satir Whole Person Development Association of Malaysia will carry out a series of activities through the 35th Remembrance Day of Virginia Satir.



Passing On Virginia Satir’s Torch - Becoming more Fully Human 

To advocate the adoption of Satir’s teaching


  1. To further Satir’s contribution to the societal wellbeing in the modern society.

  2. To create a community that connects Satir practitioners for open dialogues to exchange ideas and thoughts

  3. To introduce a wider audience to Satir's growth model and partake its self-exploratory journey


  1. Professional Helpers

  2. Public


Event overview


Event Schedule


【Topic 1】
School-Based Family Counseling in Satir's Growth Model

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7.15pm - 8.45pm 



The Satir Growth Model focuses on three important things: understanding ourselves, considering others, and taking into account the situation we're in.


For students, they are part of two main environments: school and home. They interact with different people in both places. It would be great if the school and family had the same ideas and worked together to create a good environment for the students to grow. In this environment, everyone can learn from and deal with each other's differences instead of turning them into problems. This helps students grow well and succeed in their goals. If the school and family don't work together, it can cause various issues.


School-based family counseling looks at the needs of students in three areas: their overall development, getting ready for the future, and dealing with any problems they may have. It uses different methods like family therapy and understanding how systems work to help students and their families.

🌻【Guest speaker】 Dr. Grace Yung-Tsang

Chief Executive of Green Pastures Whole Person Development Centre

Chief Clinical Supervisor

Dr. Grace Yung's counseling and supervision approach is based on the "Satir Growth Model." She is the world's first scholar to research clinical supervision in the Satir approach, and her research has been acclaimed by review committees as "the most compelling and enjoyable paper they have read in her academic career."

As a senior counseling and family therapist, curriculum facilitator, and planner, Dr. Grace Yung is dedicated to promoting inner and outer harmony in individuals and fostering integration within families and interpersonal relationships. She provides training courses and professional services to professionals and the general public in different cities in Hong Kong and overseas.


For the past thirty years, Dr. Grace Yung has been actively promoting the study of the "Satir Growth Model" in Hong Kong and various parts of the world, and developing counseling and supervision concepts that are suitable for the Chinese community and focused on growth. She has served as the Chairperson of the Hong Kong Satir Centre for Human Development, the first Asian elected as an officer of the Virginia Satir Global Network, and the first Asian to receive the Living Treasure honor from the network in 2009.

🍂 No English translation is available.

Topic 2】 
Satir Growth Model and the Personhood of the Therapist

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【Time】9.00pm – 10.30pm  



🌻【Guest speaker】


📣Jean McLendon

Jean McLendon, LCSW, LMFT and AAMFT approved supervisor maintains an active multi-service private practice in Chapel Hill, N.C. Mentored nearly 20 years by the late Virginia Satir, renowned educator-author and family systems therapist, Jean is known as one of the world’s foremost practitioners of Satir's methods. When Satir became ill, she requested Jean direct her International Colorado Summer Module I Process Community Institute. Of Jean’s work, Satir once wrote: "Jean has that rare capacity to be able to sit in the airport control tower and, at the same time, be aware of all the planes in her vision and be able to help them find out about themselves and their relationship to each other. Jean travels widely applying the Satir Growth Model to a variety of contexts, situations, countries and cultures.

She is a recent past President of The Virginia Satir Global Network, formerly Avanta, founding board member of The Avanta Network and founding Director of the Satir Institute of The Southeast. Jean is a Satir Global ‘Living Treasure’ and a North Carolina AAMFT ‘Champion of the Family’. She is featured in the professional video series “Family Therapy with the Experts”. She has served on the faculties of the University of North Carolina School of Social Work, and The NIMH Staff College and served as faculty specialist with the Whole Systems Design Graduate Program at Seattle University.

In her consulting practice, Jean works with leaders and teams in family owned businesses; high-tech and fast-growing businesses; large well-established insurance and finance companies; hospitals; state and federal governmental agencies; manufacturing companies; and educational institutions. She is regularly engaged by businesses to consult on matters of team and leadership development, succession planning, conflict resolution, transition and change management.

In her psychotherapy practice, she works with individuals, couples and families and supervises other therapists. Her delight is in assisting her clients into a stronger and clearer awareness of their roots and resources. She works with precision, perspective and a sense of humor about the entangled knots that emerge in significant relationships. Her compassion and patience with those going through the chaos of change are core to her way of being.

Jean believes that when self or system esteem is increased, so are the health, relationships and performance of individuals, families and organizations. Her ability to understand universal human needs and vulnerabilities and her belief in the resourcefulness of all people has enabled her to be an effective agent for planned change in systems of all kinds and sizes.

【Topic 3】
The Beauty of Self- Connection and Its Making

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【Time】09.05am - 10.35am



🌻【Guest speaker】


📣Dr. John Banmen

Dr. John Banmen is a registered psychologist of the B.C. College of Psychologists, and an approved supervisor of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy. He worked for twelve years for the Manitoba Government in Canada as Director of provincial school counselling, and as Director of In-service Training of Public School Teachers and School Administrators. Later he became Assistant, Associate and then the Deputy Minister of Corrections and Rehabilitation before returning to his home province in British Columbia. He is a former Associate Professor of Counselling Psychology at the University of British Columbia. He is also a former honorary associate professor at the Hong Kong University and a former visiting professor (2014-2019) at the Beijing Normal University.

He has been on the Board of Directors (mostly for six year terms) of the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (it’s president in 1973-1975), the British Columbia Psychological Association, the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, the International Family Therapy Association and the Satir Global Network.

He is the co-author of the Satir Model: Family Therapy and Beyond, the editor of A
pplication of the Satir Growth Model, Satir Transformational Systemic Therapy, Virginia Satir...In Her Own Words and Satir Model in Action. He also edited three Virginia Satir Meditation Books and recently co-edited a book of Virginia Satir’s Simple but Profound Sayings. Most of his books are translated and published in Chinese.

He was one of the three senior faculty members with Virginia Satir at the International Summer Institute in Colorado, USA, during the 1980 decade.

Presently he is the President of the Banmen Satir China Management Center working to assist 65,000,000 million people in China to be healthier, happier and more successful using the Satir Model. He is currently living near Vancouver, Canada practicing physical social distancing during the coronavirus crisis and helping eight authors with their Satir Model writings while enjoying listening to his large collection of classical music. He was born in the Ukraine and immigrated with his family to Canada during his adolescent years making English his fifth language.


📣 Dr. Marie Lam

Dr. Marie Lam is the Senior Supervisor and Senior Counsellor of Hong Kong Satir Center; Certified Clinical Supervisor and Certified Marriage and Family Therapist of Hong Kong Marriage and Family Therapy Association. She is also the faculty member of BSCMC (Banmen Management Center) and provides co-training for the course of Clinical Supervision with Dr. John Banmen for the Hong Kong Satir Center for Human Development and Taiwan Satir Association, as well as in Shanghai and Beijing.

After graduating from Fu Jen University, Taiwan, Dr. Marie Lam later obtained a Master Degree in Public Health from the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) and a PhD in Therapeutic Counselling from The Open International University for Complementary Medicines and Medicine Alternative Institute Sri Lanka.

Inspired by the first Satir Model workshop led by Satir’s associates Dr. John Banmen, Dr. Maria Gomori and Jane Gerber in 1986 and Virginia Satir herself in 1988, Dr. Marie Lam embarked on her spiritual journey.

In the next two years, Dr. Marie Lam fervently followed Satir’s workshops in Hong Kong delivered by Satir’s three associates. These workshops deepened her spiritual growth and gave her an in-depth study of the Satir model. In 1988, Dr. Marie Lam began to interpret all the workshops of Dr. Maria Gomori and Dr. John Banmen in Hong Kong and Taiwan, expanding her understanding of the essence of their works and laying a solid foundation for the teaching of the Satir model.

In 1989, Dr. Marie Lam began to teach Satir model workshops in Hong Kong, Macau, Mainland China, Taiwan, Singapore and Malaysia. To continue the teaching of Satir to the Chinese community, Dr. Marie Lam and several other like-minded friends established the Hong Kong Satir Center for Human Development on April 13, 1989, in the mission to fulfilling the mission of Virginia Satir, through the commitment to promote human kindness through Satir Model.

Dr. Marie Lam was the former President, Vice President, Program Director of Courses and Training and Board Member of the Hong Kong Satir Center for Human Development. Besides, she was a former board member of Taiwan Satir Center established by Shiuh-Li Cultural and Educational Foundation. She is also one of the founders of Taiwan Satir Association.

In the past two decades, Dr. Marie Lam has worked tirelessly in contributing to Satir Centers worldwide. In addition to developing the Satir training courses, she also actively nurtures torch-bearers in their professional counselling and ensures the quality of Satir courses. In 2011, she received the Living Treasure Award by the Virginia Satir Global Network and later the Pacific Satir Leadership Award by the Satir institute of Pacific.

Her translation works include “Meditation & Inspirations”, “The Satir Model, Family Therapy and Beyond” and “Satir Transformational Systemic Therapy - Sample Iceberg Process Questions of the Satir Model (A Beginner’s Manual)”

【Topic 4】
Satir and Family Culture of the East (or Asian Family Culture)

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【Time】10.45am - 11.45am



🌻【Guest Speaker】

📣Prof. Yang Pei

◾ Ph.D. in Educational Psychology and Counseling from the University of Tennessee, USA. A senior psychological counseling supervisor.

◾Head of the Humanities and Social Sciences Cluster at Dharma Drum Institute of Liberal Arts.

◾ Associate Professor in the Master's Program of Life Education at Dharma Drum Institute of Liberal Arts.

◾ Former Chairperson of The Association for Couple and Family Therapy in Taiwan and Associate Professor (retired) at the Department of Social Work, National Taipei University.

◾ Former Associate Professor at the Department of Social Work, National Taipei University, and the Department of Social Work, National Yunlin University of Science and Technology.

◾ Expertise: Family therapy, Zen and mental health, group work, group dynamics, and action research.

◾ Involved in post-disaster mental recovery work after events such as the 921 earthquake, the Sichuan earthquake, and Typhoon Morakot.

◾ Author of books including "《亲密、孤独与自由》、《勇气与自由》、《自在沟通》、《烽火家人》、《熟年真好》、《翻转人生的禅机》。

🍂No English translation is available.

【Topic 5】
Making Contact: The Mindset and the Art of Helping People

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【Time】11.50am - 12.50pm



🌻【Guest Speaker】 


📣Dr. Tan Joo Siang


◾ Currently serving as a Senior Lecturer in the Guidance and Counseling in Education at University Technology Malaysia's Faculty of Social Science and Humanities.

◾ Currently serving as the President of the Malaysian Chinese Community Counseling Association.

◾ Registered counselor in Malaysia.

◾ Holds a Ph.D. in Guidance and Counseling from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia.

◾ Holds a Master's degree in Guidance and Counseling from Universiti Putra Malaysia.

◾ Qualified as a counselor supervisor by the Malaysian Counseling Board.

◾ Certified as a clinical supervisor in the Satir model.

🍂No English translation is available.

The 35th Remembrance Day of Virginia Satir 2023

Discounted package details.

【5 Sessions】July
【4 Sessions】March to June 
【4 Sessions】Aug to Nov 
【Total 8 sesions】
【4+5 = 9 sessions】
【8+5 = 13 sessions】

Registration and payment methods

  • Please choose the appropriate method for the payment:

    • The following remittance methods are available::
      1️⃣ Cash deposit/online transfer (suitable for participants with Malaysian/Singaporean bank accounts)
      Bank: Public Bank Account Name: Persatuan Perkembangan Diri Satir Malaysia Account Number: 3167953402 

      (For online transfers, please indicate the transaction reference as follows:)

      • 【Fully Human Series : theme1~8 : 35A-P-[name] ; package 1: 35A-P1-[name] ; package 2: 35A-P2-[name]

      • 【Torch of Life Series】: 35A-H -[name]; 

      • 【Torch of Life ➕Fully Human Series package】: 35A-HP1 + 2 / HP1 OR HP2-[ name] 

    • 2️⃣Touch ‘N Go / duitnow e-wallet
      Click on to make the payment.

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      • 【Fully Human Series : theme1~8 : 35A-P-[name] ; package 1: 35A-P1-[name] ; package 2: 35A-P2-[name]

      • 【Torch of Life Series】: 35A-H -[name]; 

      • 【Torch of Life ➕Fully Human Series package】: 35A-HP1 + 2 / HP1 OR HP2-[ name] 

  • 3️⃣ Paypal with an additional 7% administrative fee (suitable for foreign participants unable to make direct bank transfers)

Example: Course fee RM100 + 7% (RM7) = Total RM107

Fully Human Series package 1️⃣or2️⃣】: RM128.40

Fully Human Series package 1️⃣➕2️⃣】: RM214

Torch of Life Series】: RM192.60

Torch of LifeFully Human Series package 1️⃣ 或 2️⃣】: RM267.50

Torch of LifeFully Human Series package 1️⃣ ➕ 2️⃣】: RM385.20 

  • 4️⃣Western Union with the service fee incurred during remittance (suitable for participants unable to make direct bank transfers)

Bank: Public Bank

Account Name: Persatuan Perkembangan Diri Satir Malaysia

Account Number: 3167953402


Bank Address:

Public Bank

Taman Desa Branch

Lot1A-3A Business Centre Taman Desa,

Off Jalan Kelang Lama 58100 Kuala Lumpur

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