Maria Gomori

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Maria Gomori, M.S.W., Dip.C., PhD., (May 25, 1920 – ) is a pioneer in the field of systems family therapy. She has a long and disciplined background, and has made significant contributions to the fields of psychiatric and social work training, having designed numerous successful training programs. She is the foremost living proponent of the Satir Method for Family Therapy in the world. In 2004, she was named "Woman of Distinction" for the field of Health and Wellness by the City of Winnipeg. In the same year Winnipeg's Saint Boniface Hospital Research Centre established a lectureship in her name to honour her long and varied contributions to the health system and the people who use it. (Vesely, 2004).

Maria Gomori

Gomori is a family therapist in private practice, and a retired Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Manitoba's Faculty of Medicine. Gomori also is a Clinical Member and Approved Supervisor with AAMFT, the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy. She worked intensively with Virginia Satir for over 20 years and has been a faculty member and advanced trainer in Satir's Avanta International Training Organization since 1981. Dr. Gomori is also a certified practitioner and Master Programmer in Neurolinguistic Programming. She has established an international reputation as a workshop leader, teaching, demonstrating and applying her interpretation of the Satir model. She has conducted workshops throughout Canada, the United States, Europe, South America, Thailand, Hong Kong, Taiwan, China and Australia. She co-authored with Virginia Satir et al The Satir Approach to Communication and The Satir Model: Family Therapy and Beyond; the latter book was chosen by the AAMFT Foundation for the 1994 Satir Education and Research Prize (Family Therapy News, 1994). Gomori has worked tirelessly in her international lectures and seminars; she been instrumental in establishing Satir Institutes in Winnipeg, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Australia, and is in great demand internationally for her workshops and training programs. She has a unique creative way of integrating Virginia Satir's approach with her learnings from many other great teachers combined with her own experiences in living (Vesely, 2004).

She earned a B.A. at the Sorbonne, an Economics degree in her native Budapest, an M.S.W. at the University of Manitoba, Dip.C. from the Haven Institute and Ph.D. from the Open International University. Dr. Gomori developed the family therapy training program for the residents in psychiatry at St. Boniface Hospital in Winnipeg, MB, and was the Coordinator and Director of the Social Work Department at this hospital for 14 years. Since her retirement, she has continued to lecture and offer seminars and workshops around the world, teaching annually in China and Taiwan and North America, even at the age of 86 (Gomori 2002).

Her life story is one of courage. After enduring the Nazi incursion into her native Budapest in the 1940's, she completed her education and rose quickly in the Hungarian government's department of Economics. She fled Hungary in 1956 in the midst of the Hungarian Revolution, and emerged in the free world without money or possessions with her husband and young son. They moved to Winnipeg, Canada, where she studied social work. Her life focus has been on freedom (Usher, 2002), (Winnipeg Free Press, 2002),(Marshall, 2005),(Marshall, 2006). She has received numerous honours and citations (Winnipeg Free Press, April 23, 2003),(Binning, 2003),(Vesely, 2003).

Bennet Wong and Jock McKeen (Wong and McKeen, 2002, p. xii) said this of Maria:

"Maria's life is a testimony to the principles addressed by existential philosophies: freedom, authenticity, responsibility,and moral agency. With balance and courage, she also accepts the inevitable challenges of angst, loneliness, and paralysing uncertainties. Her mind is alive with ideas, concepts, and novel perspectives on human beings."

References

  • Usher, David. "Launch of Passion For Freedom: Maria's Story", Winnipeg, MB: Winnipeg Free Press, Thursday, July 25, 2002, p. 8.
  • Staff Writer. "Launch of Passion For Freedom: Maria's Story", Winnipeg, MB: Winnipeg Free Press, Friday, July 26, 2002, p. D1.
  • Gomori, Maria. (2002). Passion For Freedom, Palo Alto, CA: Science and Behavior Books. ISBN 0-8314-0090-0
  • Wong, Bennet & McKeen, J. Foreword in Gomori, Maria.(2002).Passion For Freedom, Palo Alto, CA: Science and Behavior Books. ISBN 0-8314-0090-0
  • Staff Writer. "Forty-Two Winnipeg Women", Winnipeg, MB: Winnipeg Free Press, Wed, Apr 23, 2003, p. B5.
  • Binning, Cheryl. "Award-Winners Flying High on Special Night", Winnipeg, MB: Winnipeg Free Press, Fri, May 2, 2003, p. A3.
  • Vesely, Carolin. "Ladies First", Winnipeg, MB: Winnipeg Free Press, Sat, May 3, 2003, p. B3.
  • Vesely, Carolin. "Internet Intimacy a Myth, Say Relationship Experts", Winnipeg, MB: Winnipeg Free Press, Thursday February 26, 2004, p. D8.
  • Marshall, Edward. "She Walks the Talk When It Comes to Relating to Others", Chapel Hill, NC: Triangle Business Journal, August 19, 2005.
  • Marshall, Edward. "Lessons in Courage from Maria Gomori", Gabriola Island, BC: Shen #37, Spring 2006, pp.1-2.
  • Staff Writer. "Satir Education and Research Prize", Alexandria, VA: Family Therapy News October 1994, p.14.

Publications

  • Gomori, Maria and Adaskin, Eleanor. "Desparately Seeking French Fries: A Case Example of Satir's Family Sculpting", Issaquah, WA: Anchor Point,March 1993, pp. 11-16.
  • Gomori, Maria, Baldwin, M., Gerber, J. and Schwab, J. (1990). The Satir Approach to Communication, Palo Alto, CA: Science and Behavior Books. ISBN
  • Satir, Virginia; Banmen, John; Gerber, Jane; & Gomori, Maria. (1991). The Satir Model, Palo Alto, CA: Science and Behavior Books. ISBN 8314-0078-1
  • Gomori, Maria. "Integrating Satir and PD Concepts", Gabriola Island, BC: Shen, Issue #22, Fall 1998.
  • Gomori, Maria and Adaskin, Eleanor. (2000). "Finding Freedom, a chapter in Virginia Satir: Her Life and Circle of Influence,Palo Alto, CA: Science and Behavior Books. ISBN 8314-0078-0
  • Gomori, Maria. (2001). Meeting the Self: A Family Reconstruction (5 Videos), Taipei, Taiwan: Shiuh Li Liuh Foundation.
  • Gomori, Maria. (2002). Passion For Freedom, Palo Alto, CA: Science and Behavior Books. ISBN 0-8314-0090-0
  • Gomori, Maria. (2004). Passion For Freedom (Chinese Translation), Taipei, Taiwan: Living Psychology Publishers. ISBN 957-693-581-4

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