Monica Forst, Registered Psychotherapist, M.Ed., I.C.A.D.C., C.C.C.

Trainer, Therapeutic Spiral Model

Why I believe in TSM.

My first experience with the Therapeutic Spiral Model is what sold me on it. It was 2000. I was a seasoned student with the Toronto Centre for Psychodrama and a therapist working with addictions in Ottawa, Ontario. I was invited to be on a team with Dr. Kate in Barrie, Ontario. It was a 3 day personal growth workshop for clients recovering from childhood trauma and addiction.   I witnessed one of the participants in the group barely able to sit in the group. His PTSD was highly activated. He shook and could not make eye contact with anyone. By the afternoon of the second day he put himself out to be a protagonist in a trauma drama and by the last day he was grounded, making excellent eye contact with other group members. He had actually made a link to choosing a career that kept him in a hyper aroused state, and realized he needed to make some major decisions about his work. I had never experienced healing at this level of efficiency. The way safety is addressed in the group, by warming up to and building prescriptive roles that strengthen the adult, the insistence that adult presence is required for healing to occur fit so perfectly with another model I was working with. The other rare quality about this model is how the team processes their own material as it comes up over the three days. We process our own material as a team and do our own personal work as a team so that we can always be clear for the clients. Then we use our material if and when appropriate, in service of the clients. There is often a parallel process that is going on with the clients so identifying what is up with the team is useful, and although we get our own personal work done when necessary, it is always in service of the clients. This is such a unique and wonderful quality. There is so much more, but I’ll stop here.

Contact Me:

www.choicesinaction.ca or monforst@gmail.com.

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10:00 am International Association of Gro...
International Association of Gro...
Jul 31 @ 10:00 am – Aug 4 @ 5:00 pm
International Association of Group Psychotherapy Conference<h5>Malmo, Sweden</h5>
July 31 – August 4, 2018 Malmo Sweden International Association of Group Psychotherapy Conference From Freud to Neurobiology:  Two Psychodrama Models to Treat PTSD Presented by Kate Hudgins, Ph.D, TEP and Carolina Becerril Maillefert, MD. The[...]
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12:00 pm The Therapeutic Spiral Model to ... @ TBA
The Therapeutic Spiral Model to ... @ TBA
Aug 6 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Dr. Kate Hudgins was invited by the Denmark Psychological Association. Further information can be found in English here and in Danish here. Contact Dr. Kate Hudgins for information.
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10:00 am TSM Action Healing Workshop: Exa... @ Penn State Brandywine Campus
TSM Action Healing Workshop: Exa... @ Penn State Brandywine Campus
Aug 17 @ 10:00 am – Aug 19 @ 6:00 pm
TSM Action Healing Workshop: Examining the (Inner) Roles of the Man<h5>Media, PA</h5> @ Penn State Brandywine Campus
Presented by Scott Giacomucci, MSS, LCSW, CTTS, CET III; Steven Durost, PhD, AL TSM Action Healing Workshop: Examining the (Inner) Roles of the Man Join Scott Giacomucci, Dr. Steven Durost, and a TSI Action Healing[...]
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10:00 am Transforming the Trauma Triangle... @ Sercotel Suites Viena Hotel (Viena Hall Capellanes, 1st Floor). c/ Juan Álvarez Mendizábal, 17. 28008
Transforming the Trauma Triangle... @ Sercotel Suites Viena Hotel (Viena Hall Capellanes, 1st Floor). c/ Juan Álvarez Mendizábal, 17. 28008
Sep 19 @ 10:00 am – Sep 21 @ 8:30 pm
Transforming the Trauma Triangle<h5>Madrid, Spain</h5> @ Sercotel Suites Viena Hotel  (Viena Hall Capellanes, 1st Floor).  c/ Juan Álvarez Mendizábal, 17. 28008
The Association for the study of psychotherapy and psychodrama (A.E.P.P) organized a specific training in psychodrama and trauma with the Therapeutic Spiral Model (TSM) run by Dr. Kate Hudgins. Dr. Kate Hudgins is a clinical[...]
Sep
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9:30 am 2-Day Experiential Training: Tra...
2-Day Experiential Training: Tra...
Sep 28 @ 9:30 am – Sep 29 @ 5:30 pm
2-Day Experiential Training: Transforming the Trauma Triangle<h5>Canada</h5>
Hosted by Choices in Action Counseling Services, Dr. Kate Hudgins, TEP presents, “Transforming the Trauma Triangle.” The Therapeutic Spiral Model’s (TSM) “Trauma Triangle” is a unique configuration that clarifies the destructive cycle of victim, perpetrator,[...]
Oct
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10:00 am The Neurobiology of Trauma<h5>Me... @ Penn State Brandywine
The Neurobiology of Trauma<h5>Me... @ Penn State Brandywine
Oct 19 @ 10:00 am – Oct 21 @ 5:00 pm
The Neurobiology of Trauma<h5>Media, PA</h5> @ Penn State Brandywine
Presented by Linda Ciotola, ME.d., TEP and Steven Durost, Ph.D. Time:  Friday & Saturday 10am – 6pm; Sunday 10am – 5pm Fee: $600.00 Venue: Penn State-Brandywine, 25 Yearsley Mill Rd., Media, PA 19063 Information:  Contact Dr. Kate[...]
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9:00 am The Dance of Transference and Co...
The Dance of Transference and Co...
Nov 1 @ 9:00 am – Nov 4 @ 4:30 pm
The Dance of Transference and Counter-Transference<h5>Taipei, Taiwan</h5>
Focus on how to act and deal with PTSD, depression, anxiety disorder, eating disorder, personality disorder, and addiction and so on. Presented by Kate Hudgins, Ph.D., TEP Time:  Thursday & Friday 9am-12pm; Sunday 1:30pm-4:30pm  (Local Taipei Time)[...]
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12:00 pm The Neuroscience of Trauma: The ... @ TBA
The Neuroscience of Trauma: The ... @ TBA
Nov 8 @ 12:00 pm – Nov 10 @ 3:00 pm
The Neuroscience of Trauma: The Brain in Action<h5>Singapore</h5> @ TBA
Further information will be available at a later date. Contact Dr. Kate Hudgins for information.
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12:00 pm Containment: The Key to Safety ...
Containment: The Key to Safety ...
Nov 12 @ 12:00 pm – Nov 14 @ 4:00 pm
Containment:  The Key to Safety with Action Methods for Trauma<h5>Singapore</h5>
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6:00 pm Join us on the Orient Express Th... @ C.R.E.A.T.E.
Join us on the Orient Express Th... @ C.R.E.A.T.E.
Apr 26 @ 6:00 pm – Apr 28 @ 4:00 pm
Join us on the Orient Express The Therapeutic Spiral Model  and Cultural Exchange<h5>Manchester, NH</h5> @ C.R.E.A.T.E.
This workshop brings together two American psychodramatists who have brought TSM to over 40 countries over 25 years.  See how the trauma survivors’ internal role atom (TSIRA) has provided a clinical map of internal roles[...]