The Mission

The mission of The Institute for International Connections is to provide links, partnerships, programs and opportunities which lead to the development of strong cross-cultural networks in which human service providers can

•illuminate their practice;

•contribute to the healing process often required by individuals, families, and communities;

•learn from each other about recovery from oppression, trauma, and war;

•enlarge their knowledge of the global community; and

•explore the transfer of effective social strategies from one country to another, through direct experience.

The Vision

IIC envisions the creation of a better world and a richer life for individuals and societies as a result of cross-cultural learning and collaboration.

Goal: To Create a Satir Training Institute in Tbilisi, Georgia which would serve five or more countries.

The Institute for International Connections, a Satir Global Affiliate,(501 C3) has been working in former Soviet countries since 1990, following Virginia’s work there in Spring 1988 before she died. We have gone at the request of people there to help with recovery from oppression and to train person in Satir Methods. This is particularly critical now in Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine, Azerbaijan, and Armenia. Pictured are a group of persons from those countries who have been attending workshops on Satir in the last 10 years. Now they and more people not pictured want to commit to a two year certificate training program to ready them to work with such critical issues as the fall-out from the war in Ukraine, the continual border conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan, and developing human values in these countries that, except for Georgia are being led by former KGB leadership. This is why we locate in Tbilisi, Georgia. All these people can come there whereas for example, Armenians cannot go to Azerbaijan and visa-versa. Teachers will be a team from various countries where Satir work is strong, Readings will be Satir’s People Making published in Moscow and other works we hope to get partially translated. All the people speak Russian though they don’t like to speak the language of the oppressor. We strive to honor their own languages as well, but reading materials will be translated into Russian. We have raised $45,000 and to do the program at its best including handouts and use of equipment to teach on line as well as send people there most of the time as work is experiential would cost $125,000. Sasha Cherymunkin who is Azeri, knows these people as he has been translating with us. (He also now has a PhD in Social work and some training in Satir) He would also translate more Satir materials. We intend for this to be one graduating class and more to follow, connected with the University of Tbilisi School of Social work.

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Opportunity to Study with Laura Dodson and Maureen Graves in Bangkok Thailand

Many of the attendees will be persons who have studied with us in Thailand before. Some of them are the organizers of these upcoming workshops. Workshops themselves will be $400 each. Travel over and back is approximately $1850, The Institute for International connections has a charge of $400, hotel is approximately $110 a night for a double, breakfast is included in room cost and 2 other meals a day will be approximately $30 a day. Sight-Seeing requires entrance fees to some places and minimal for transportation. From these figures, you can get a good estimate of the cost to you. 

We can guarantee that you will have an extremely rich experience meeting and getting to know the generous, hospitable Thai people in close ways as we share with each other in these experiential workshops. 

Make your inquiries to Laura Dodson at or call me at 720-480-8146. More about the workshops will be available to you and about the journey. Over the years many folks have gone with us. You can talk with them too. Looking forward to hearing from you!! We must hear by April 15, 2019.

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The Institute for International Connections is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.


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