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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7:00 am Building Resilience in Youth wit...
Building Resilience in Youth wit...
Jul 14 @ 7:00 am – Aug 18 @ 9:30 am
Building Resilience in Youth with TSM Psychodrama
Presented by: Mario Cossa, RDT/MT, TEP, Certified TSM Trainer, ASGPP Innovator’s Award Recipient for 2019. I believe passionately that adolescence is the prime time in life to both correct the developmental milestones that were missed[...]
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21
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Building Resilience in Youth wit...
Jul 21 @ 7:00 am – Aug 25 @ 9:30 am
Building Resilience in Youth with TSM Psychodrama
Presented by: Mario Cossa, RDT/MT, TEP, Certified TSM Trainer, ASGPP Innovator’s Award Recipient for 2019. I believe passionately that adolescence is the prime time in life to both correct the developmental milestones that were missed[...]
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28
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7:00 am Building Resilience in Youth wit...
Building Resilience in Youth wit...
Jul 28 @ 7:00 am – Sep 1 @ 9:30 am
Building Resilience in Youth with TSM Psychodrama
Presented by: Mario Cossa, RDT/MT, TEP, Certified TSM Trainer, ASGPP Innovator’s Award Recipient for 2019. I believe passionately that adolescence is the prime time in life to both correct the developmental milestones that were missed[...]
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4
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7:00 am Building Resilience in Youth wit...
Building Resilience in Youth wit...
Aug 4 @ 7:00 am – Sep 8 @ 9:30 am
Building Resilience in Youth with TSM Psychodrama
Presented by: Mario Cossa, RDT/MT, TEP, Certified TSM Trainer, ASGPP Innovator’s Award Recipient for 2019. I believe passionately that adolescence is the prime time in life to both correct the developmental milestones that were missed[...]
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10:00 am Using the Therapeutic Spiral Mod...
Using the Therapeutic Spiral Mod...
Aug 5 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Using the Therapeutic Spiral Model in Individual Therapy
For those with some experience in the model, this group is for therapists, counselors and coaches who work with clients in 1:1 settings, and want skills and supervised practice to build confidence using TSM with[...]
Aug
11
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7:00 am Building Resilience in Youth wit...
Building Resilience in Youth wit...
Aug 11 @ 7:00 am – Sep 15 @ 9:30 am
Building Resilience in Youth with TSM Psychodrama
Presented by: Mario Cossa, RDT/MT, TEP, Certified TSM Trainer, ASGPP Innovator’s Award Recipient for 2019. I believe passionately that adolescence is the prime time in life to both correct the developmental milestones that were missed[...]
Aug
18
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7:00 am Building Resilience in Youth wit...
Building Resilience in Youth wit...
Aug 18 @ 7:00 am – Sep 22 @ 9:30 am
Building Resilience in Youth with TSM Psychodrama
Presented by: Mario Cossa, RDT/MT, TEP, Certified TSM Trainer, ASGPP Innovator’s Award Recipient for 2019. I believe passionately that adolescence is the prime time in life to both correct the developmental milestones that were missed[...]
Apr
15
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9:00 am Brain In Action: The Neurobiolog... @ Taipei, Taiwan
Brain In Action: The Neurobiolog... @ Taipei, Taiwan
Apr 15 @ 9:00 am – Apr 18 @ 5:00 pm
Brain In Action: The Neurobiology of Trauma @ Taipei, Taiwan
People who have experienced traumatic events can have significant changes in the neurobiology of their brain. The right brain holds emotions, relationship information, and unprocessed trauma, often in the form ofashbacks, body memories, intrusive thoughts[...]
Apr
22
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9:00 am Surviving Spirits @ Taipei, Taiwan
Surviving Spirits @ Taipei, Taiwan
Apr 22 @ 9:00 am – Apr 25 @ 5:00 pm
Surviving Spirits @ Taipei, Taiwan
This Surviving Spirits workshop offers the perfect opportunity to personally experience TSM Psychodrama using The Therapeutic Spiral Model. Join us to and the joy of posttraumatic growth as you also learn the Six Safety Action[...]