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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Mar
28
Thu
6:00 pm TSM Directing Practice: Psychod... @ Temenos Retreat Center
TSM Directing Practice: Psychod... @ Temenos Retreat Center
Mar 28 @ 6:00 pm – Mar 31 @ 6:00 pm
TSM Directing Practice:  Psychodrama and Trauma Done Safely! West Chester, PA @ Temenos Retreat Center
We invite you to attend this weekend residential training in using psychodrama for trauma-informed therapy.  While the Therapeutic Spiral Model is the primary lens we will look at to create containment, self-regulation and narrative label,[...]
Apr
26
Fri
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[...]
May
2
Thu
all-day DISCOVERING NEW WORLDS: Transfor... @ Manchester Downtown Hotel
DISCOVERING NEW WORLDS: Transfor... @ Manchester Downtown Hotel
May 2 – May 5 all-day
May 2 – 5  “DISCOVERING NEW WORLDS: Transformational Advances in Psychodrama, Sociometry and Group Psychotherapy” 77th ASGPP Annual Conference. Manchester Downtown Hotel, Manchester, NH. Contact: www.asgpp.org On May 2nd, Dr. Kate Hudgins & Dr. Steven Durost[...]
May
24
Fri
10:00 am Where I Begin and You End : A t... @ Ottawa, Ontario
Where I Begin and You End : A t... @ Ottawa, Ontario
May 24 @ 10:00 am – May 26 @ 2:30 pm
Brene Brown said it best, “daring to set boundaries at the risk of disappointing others is having the courage to love one’s self” Using the Therapeutic Spiral Model, participants will learn to set boundaries from[...]
Jun
14
Fri
all-day 2nd IAGP Research Congress on Tr... @ MEDITERRANEAN PALACE HOTEL
2nd IAGP Research Congress on Tr... @ MEDITERRANEAN PALACE HOTEL
Jun 14 – Jun 17 all-day
2nd IAGP Research Congress on Trauma and Crisis @ MEDITERRANEAN PALACE HOTEL
On behalf of the International Association of Group Psychotherapy and Processes (IAGP), the IAGP Research Committee and the Local Organizing  Committee of the Congress we are glad to invite you to attend the 2nd IAGP [...]
Jun
20
Thu
all-day Transforming the Trauma Triangle @ Zagreb, Croatia
Transforming the Trauma Triangle @ Zagreb, Croatia
Jun 20 – Jun 23 all-day
Transforming the Trauma Triangle @ Zagreb, Croatia
The Therapeutic Spiral Model’s (TSM) “Trauma Triangle” is a unique configuration that clarifes the destructive cycle of victim, perpetrator, and abandoning authority. Indistinction to Karpman’s Triangle, this last role was created by TSM to explain[...]
Jun
27
Thu
all-day Surviving Spirits, Healing Traum... @ TBD
Surviving Spirits, Healing Traum... @ TBD
Jun 27 – Jun 30 all-day
Surviving Spirits, Healing Trauma with the Therapeutic Spiral Model @ TBD
This Surviving Spirits workshop, in a beautiful residential setting on the Southern coast of Spain, offers the perfect opportunity to personally experience TSM Psychodrama using The Therapeutic Spiral Model. Join us to find the joy of post[...]
Aug
2
Fri
all-day Men’s Retreat: Making Action Ch... @ Philadelphia, PA
Men’s Retreat: Making Action Ch... @ Philadelphia, PA
Aug 2 – Aug 4 all-day
Men’s Retreat:  Making Action Change in Your Life @ Philadelphia, PA
Men today are facing a world that challenges notions of identity and what it means to be a ‘man’. In order to find harmony in our life and society, we need to reflect on who[...]
Aug
15
Thu
all-day International Woman’s Salon for... @ Temenos Retreat Center, West Chester county, PA
International Woman’s Salon for... @ Temenos Retreat Center, West Chester county, PA
Aug 15 – Aug 18 all-day
International Woman's  Salon for Post Traumatic Growth @ Temenos Retreat Center, West Chester county, PA
Join Dr. Kate, Amy Stone, LSCW Kimberly Bass, LCSW, and Avital Spiegel, LCSW for this Residential International Woman’s Salon. You are meant to be at this workshop if you are still fighting the traumas of[...]