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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all-day Brain in Action: The Neurobiolog... @ Zagreb, Croatia
Brain in Action: The Neurobiolog... @ Zagreb, Croatia
Dec 13 – Dec 15 all-day
Brain in Action: The Neurobiology of Trauma @ Zagreb, Croatia
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 of flashbacks, body memories, intrusive[...]
Feb
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10:00 am Brain in Action: The Neurobiolog... @ Philadelphia, PA
Brain in Action: The Neurobiolog... @ Philadelphia, PA
Feb 7 @ 10:00 am – Feb 9 @ 3:00 pm
Brain in Action: The Neurobiology of Trauma @ Philadelphia, PA
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 of flashbacks, body memories, intrusive[...]
Feb
8
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9:00 am TSM Workshop: Making Friends wit... @ Bangalore
TSM Workshop: Making Friends wit... @ Bangalore
Feb 8 @ 9:00 am – Feb 11 @ 5:00 pm
TSM Workshop: Making Friends with Defenses in Actions @ Bangalore
This workshop teaches you to support people who have had to use the survival skills of fight, flight or freeze to cope with trauma and violence to develop more adaptive support systems. Survival, addiction and eating disorders[...]
Feb
13
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9:00 am Transforming the Trauma Triangle @ New Delhi
Transforming the Trauma Triangle @ New Delhi
Feb 13 @ 9:00 am – Feb 16 @ 5:00 pm
Transforming the Trauma Triangle @ New Delhi
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[...]
Feb
21
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all-day Psychodrama Revisited: Exploring... @ Dallas, TX
Psychodrama Revisited: Exploring... @ Dallas, TX
Feb 21 – Feb 23 all-day
Psychodrama Revisited: Exploring the Internal Role Atom with the Therapeutic Spiral Model @ Dallas, TX
This workshop looks at trauma and post-traumatic growth through the lens of the trauma survivors internal role atom (TSIRA). This clinical map guides the practice of the a Therapeutic Spiral Model and TSM Psychodrama to[...]
Mar
13
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10:00 am Brain In Action: The Neurobiolog... @ The Brighthelm Centre
Brain In Action: The Neurobiolog... @ The Brighthelm Centre
Mar 13 @ 10:00 am – Mar 15 @ 3:00 pm
Brain In Action: The Neurobiology of Trauma @ The Brighthelm Centre
People who have experienced traumatic events can have significant chang- es in the neurobiology of their brain. The right brain holds emotions, relationship information, and unprocessed trauma, often in the form offlashbacks, body memories, intrusive[...]
Mar
22
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all-day Containment, the Key to Safety w... @ Zagreb, Croatia
Containment, the Key to Safety w... @ Zagreb, Croatia
Mar 22 all-day
Containment, the Key to Safety with Action Methods @ Zagreb, Croatia
Our brains are hardwired to Fight, Flight or Freeze from danger. Unfortunately, long after many traumatic experiences happened, the survivor continues to use those survival defenses, forming rigid patterns that shut down or overwhelm the system[...]
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6:00 pm International Women’s Salon For ... @ Osho Leela Meditation Center
International Women’s Salon For ... @ Osho Leela Meditation Center
Apr 16 @ 6:00 pm – Apr 19 @ 3:00 pm
International Women's Salon For Post Traumatic Growth @ Osho Leela Meditation Center
Join Dr. Kate, and Karen Drucker for this International Woman’s Salon. You are meant to be at this workshop if you are still fighting the traumas of the past inside yourself, even after becoming professionally successful[...]
May
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all-day Making Friends With Defenses in ... @ Location TBA
Making Friends With Defenses in ... @ Location TBA
May 1 – May 3 all-day
Making Friends With Defenses in Action @ Location TBA
This workshop teaches you to support people who have had to use the survival skills of fight, fight or freeze to cope with trauma and violence to develop more adaptive support systems. Survival, addiction and eating disorders[...]
Jun
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all-day TSM Workshop: Making Friends wit... @ Zagreb, Croatia
TSM Workshop: Making Friends wit... @ Zagreb, Croatia
Jun 26 – Jun 28 all-day
TSM Workshop: Making Friends with Defenses in Actions @ Zagreb, Croatia
This workshop teaches you to support people who have had to use the survival skills of fight, flight or freeze to cope with trauma and violence to develop more adaptive support systems. Survival, addiction and[...]