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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5:00 pm International Woman’s Salon for ... @ Temenos Retreat Center
International Woman’s Salon for ... @ Temenos Retreat Center
Jan 18 @ 5:00 pm – Jan 21 @ 3:00 pm
International Woman's Salon for Post Traumatic Growth<h5>Charlottesville, VA</h5> @ Temenos Retreat Center
Presented by Kate Hudgins, Ph.D., TEP and Cathy Wilson, M.ED, MRN Join Dr. Kate and a TSI Healing Action Team at Temenos Retreat Center for this first Residential International Woman’s Salon.  You are meant to[...]
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10:00 am Final TSM Community Healing Foll... @ TBA
Final TSM Community Healing Foll... @ TBA
Jan 27 @ 10:00 am – Jan 29 @ 6:00 pm
Final TSM Community Healing Following the Violence of August 11-12<h5>Charlottesville, VA</h5> @ TBA
January 27, 2018 Charlottesville, VA Final TSM Community Healing Following the Violence of August 11-12 Presented by Kate Hudgins, Ph.D., TEP and Andrea Hummel, MA, AL Time: Saturday 10am-6pm Fee:  TBA Venue:  TBA Registration: Email Kate Hudgins
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10:00 am The Dance of Transference and Co... @ Penn State University, Brandywine Campus
The Dance of Transference and Co... @ Penn State University, Brandywine Campus
Feb 2 @ 10:00 am – Feb 4 @ 4:00 pm
The Dance of Transference and Countertransference in Trauma Work<h5>Media, PA</h5> @ Penn State University, Brandywine Campus
Presented by Kate Hudgins, Ph.D., TEP; Scott Giacomucci, LSW, CET III, TSI-AL Regaining your Appropriate Authority, you then mirror for clients their transferences onto you as good/bad mother or father, et al.  You’ll learn the[...]
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5:00 pm Psychodrama Retreat in Bali @ Taksu Healing Haven
Psychodrama Retreat in Bali @ Taksu Healing Haven
Feb 4 @ 5:00 pm – Feb 9 @ 5:00 pm
Psychodrama Retreat in Bali @ Taksu Healing Haven
Psychodrama Retreat in Bali Presented by Mario Cossa, RDT/MT, TEP, and TSM Trainer This retreat will combine approximately 25 hours of personal growth, psychodrama sessions with four, diverse cultural adventures on the beautiful and mystical island of[...]
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10:00 am TSM Workshop: Celebrating Post-T... @ TBA
TSM Workshop: Celebrating Post-T... @ TBA
Mar 2 @ 10:00 am – Mar 4 @ 6:00 pm
TSM Workshop: Celebrating Post-Traumatic Growth & Spontaneity Training <h5>San Rafael, CA</h5> @ TBA
Presented by Kate Hudgins, Ph.D., TEP; Sylvia Israel, LMFT, RDT/BCT, TEP Further information will follow at a later date.  
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1:58 pm 2018 The Psychotherapy Networker... @ Omni Shoreham Hotel
2018 The Psychotherapy Networker... @ Omni Shoreham Hotel
Mar 22 @ 1:58 pm – Mar 25 @ 2:58 pm
2018 The Psychotherapy Networker Conference Workshop:  Psychodrama Revisited:  The Therapeutic Spiral Model <h5>Washington, DC</h5> @ Omni Shoreham Hotel
The conference will be held at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC.
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1:58 pm 76th Annual Conference <h5>Dalla... @ Crowne Plaza
76th Annual Conference <h5>Dalla... @ Crowne Plaza
Apr 19 @ 1:58 pm – Apr 22 @ 2:58 pm
76th Annual Conference <h5>Dallas, TX</h5> @ Crowne Plaza
The conference will be held at the Crowne Plaza in North Dallas, TX To view flyer, 2018 Conference Flyer all speakers
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10:00 am Spontaneity Revisited: The Ther...
Spontaneity Revisited: The Ther...
Jul 27 @ 10:00 am – Jul 29 @ 5:00 pm
Spontaneity Revisited:  The Therapeutic Spiral Model Personal Growth Workshop for Professionals <h5>Norway</h5>
July 27-29, 2018 Norway Spontaneity Revisited:  The Therapeutic Spiral Model Personal Growth Workshop for Professionals Time:  Friday-Saturday 10am-6pm; Sunday 10am-5pm Information:  Email  Kate Hudgins or locally email
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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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10:00 am TSM Men’s Workshop<h5>Media, PA<... @ TBA
TSM Men’s Workshop<h5>Media, PA<... @ TBA
Aug 17 @ 10:00 am – Aug 19 @ 6:00 pm
TSM Men's Workshop<h5>Media, PA</h5> @ TBA
Presented by Scott Giacomucci, MSS, LCSW, CTTS, CET III; Steven Durost, PhD, AL Further information will follow at a later date.