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WORKSHOP:  SATURDAY & SUNDAY, JUNE 10 & 11 / 9:30 AM 5:30 PM

at the Satir Learning Centre of Ottawa, 3427 Greenbank Road, Barrhaven

What does it take to succeed in relationships?  Are you successful?  With friends?  With your lovers?  Where and how do you struggle?  How do you manage your conflicts?  Join us for this exciting weekend and learn some new ideas and skills.

Contact / Janet Christie-Seely / 613-823-0366 /

Cost: $250 / Snacks will be provided.  Please bring your own lunch.

Dave MacQuarrie, MD PhD, is a retired physician-psychotherapist with 25 years’ experience, especially in the management of emotional issues, and now functions as a personal coach.  He has presented over 300 workshops on anger management and the skills of relationship.  Dave strongly believes that authenticity and personal power are the fundamental skills of success relating and that these skills can be learned.  Dave will be visiting from his current location in British Columbia, so this is an unusual opportunity to learn from someone skilled in life issues.

His books, Blowing Out The Darkness: The Management of Emotional Life Issues, Especially Anger and Rage and Acedia, The Darkness Within and The Darkness of Climate Change will be available on the weekend, and can also be purchased from Amazon. They illustrate his breadth and depth of thinking on the management of many life issues.

Janet Christie-Seely, MD, M.Sc, F.C.F.P., is a retired professor of Family Medicine.  She met Virginia Satir in 1981, became a member of Avanta, now the Virginia Satir Global Network, in 1986, and created the Ottawa Satir Learning Centre in.1989.  In addition to Family Therapy and Satir training, she is also trained in hypnosis, NLP, EMDR, CBT, Gestalt, Psych-K and Internal Family Systems Therapy. She has taught the Satir Model and Family Systems Medicine in 16 countries and is an author of two books on Family Systems.

 She is delighted to welcome Dr. MacQuarrie to Ottawa and will add a Satir component to the Workshop.  They also share an interest and concern about climate change and have independently written about climate change as a psychological problem, not a technological one, and one that requires evolution and maturation of the human species for its resolution.

The Satir Learning Centre of Ottawa

Do you sometimes wonder if there might be a little bit more to you than you might be aware? When you were young, did you say, "I'll never do that when I'm grown up," but now find yourself doing it anyway? Might there be different ways of reacting to situations that come up in daily life? Would you like to see your family ... your workmates ... yourself ... in a more positive light? What about having a better sense of where you might be going in life?

What if you could find a way to look at your life differently? What if you could find the key to understanding yourself and why you repeatedly experience the same challenges in your professional and personal relationships? What if you could get past the anger, the hurt, and the fear in your life? What if you could learn how to feel great about yourself and become aware of the power you have to reconstruct your life?

Janet Christie-Seely, MD, MSc, FCFP, Executive Director of the SLCOUnder the leadership of Dr. Janet Christie-Seely, the Satir Learning Centre of Ottawa presented weekend workshops that teach you methods that help you choose, at a very deep personal level, how you react to what life presents you each day, every minute. These methods, developed by Virginia Satir, are collectively known as the Satir Method.

A core principle of the Satir Method is "congruent" communication, a style of communicating that allows people to give honest expression to their thoughts and feelings while ensuring that their verbal and non-verbal messages are in accord, or congruent. This communications approach also encourages awareness of the other person's position and feelings, along with the context of the relationship.

Non-congruent communication is the result of coping techniques that lead to blaming, placating, super-reasonable or distracting behaviours. Each of these four non-congruent stances, learned in childhood for survival, tends to lower self-esteem of both speaker and listener and promotes interpersonal conflict.

Congruence promotes high self-esteem in self and others and facilitates conflict resolution.