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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Sep
28
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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>Ottawa, 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
19
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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[...]
Nov
1
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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)[...]
Nov
8
Thu
9:00 am The Neuroscience of Trauma: The ... @ Care Corner Counseling Centre
The Neuroscience of Trauma: The ... @ Care Corner Counseling Centre
Nov 8 @ 9:00 am – Nov 10 @ 4:00 pm
The Neuroscience of Trauma: The Brain in Action<h5>Singapore</h5> @ Care Corner Counseling Centre | Singapore
This is Workshop 1 of 2 events in the Taiwan Workshop Series Both Workshops must be attended. People who have experienced traumatic events can have significant changes in the neurobiology of their brain. The right[...]
Nov
12
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9:00 am Containment: The Key to Safety ... @ Care Corner Counseling Centre
Containment: The Key to Safety ... @ Care Corner Counseling Centre
Nov 12 @ 9:00 am – Nov 14 @ 1:00 pm
Containment:  The Key to Safety with Action Methods for Trauma<h5>Singapore</h5> @ Care Corner Counseling Centre | Singapore
This is Workshop 2 of 2 for the Taiwan Tour series. Our brains are hardwired to Fight, Flight or Freeze from danger. Unfortunately, long after many traumatic experiences happened, the survivor continues to use those[...]
Jan
12
Sat
10:00 am Men’s Retreat at Brandywine<h5>M...
Men’s Retreat at Brandywine<h5>M...
Jan 12 @ 10:00 am – Jan 14 @ 6:00 pm
Presented by Steven Durost, Ph.D. and Action Team. More info. and registration: Steven Durost, Ph.D. stevendurost@castlecreate.com    
Jan
18
Fri
10:00 am TSM Women’s Salon in the Bay Are...
TSM Women’s Salon in the Bay Are...
Jan 18 @ 10:00 am – Jan 20 @ 6:00 pm
With Dr. Kate Hudgins, Ph.D., TEP and Sylvia Israel, LMFT, BCT, TEP.   Cost: $1,000.00 Contact Kate for more information.
Feb
15
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10:00 am Dr Steven Durost Takes TSM to In...
Dr Steven Durost Takes TSM to In...
Feb 15 @ 10:00 am – Feb 23 @ 6:00 pm
Bangalore: February 15-17, 2019 New Delhi, India: February 22-24, 2019 Please contact Steven Durost at the above email for further details.    
Mar
28
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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!<h5>West Chester, PA</h5> @ 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
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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[...]