Sandra Warne, M.A., MFT

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1. Which of the following best describes Virginia Satir's theoretical model?  

A. Humanistic

B. Communications

C. Experiential

D. All of the above


2. Satir's "Process Model" assumes that families:  

A. are democracies

B. are controlled by a strong, primary triad

C. depend on components of good communication and self-esteem

D. are in pain


3. Families under stress demonstrate various dysfunctional communication styles; among these are:  

A. Bully, codependent, enabler

B. Justifier, righteous, indignant

C. Irrelevant, pushy, submissive

D. Blamer, super-reasonable, placator


4. According to Virginia Satir's concept of family games, when everyone follows the rules of the placator

(i.e., they all agree) at the expense of their own needs, family members are playing:  

A. Rescue games

B. Lethal games

C. Coalition games

D. Leveling games


5. Virginia Satir's main assessment tool is:  

A. Evaluation interview

B. Family life chronology

C. Role function analysis

D. Model analysis


6. Arranging family members into a group posturing that represents each member's view or feelings about family relationships is referred to as:  

A. Sculpting

B. Family reconstruction

C. Modeling effective communication

D. Boundary making


7. The primary areas that Satir assesses include:  

A. Inborn characteristics, which determine our emotional, physical and temperamental potential

B. Learned processes, behavioral, and emotional

C. The mind-body interaction

D. All of the above


8. Contraindications for Satir's family therapy are:  

A. Severe pathologies

B. Individuals

C. Families with children

D. Both A & B


9. Murray Bowen's approach as a therapist was that of a coach: direct but emotionally neutral. Satir's approach was:  

A. Active facilitator of communication and growth

B. Directive

C. Motivated by structural change

D. Concentrated on the past 

10. "Feelings" for Satir:  

A. were de-emphasized

B. were highly emphasized

C. sprang from the family of origin

D. were passed down generationally 

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