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 Containment: The Key to Safety ... @ Tel Aviv, Israel
Containment: The Key to Safety ... @ Tel Aviv, Israel
Jul 5 – Jul 8 all-day
Containment:  The Key to Safety with Actions Methods @ Tel Aviv, Israel
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[...]
Jul
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all-day Making Friends With Defenses in ... @ Philadelphia, PA
Making Friends With Defenses in ... @ Philadelphia, PA
Jul 10 – Jul 12 all-day
Making Friends With Defenses in Action @ Philadelphia, PA
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[...]
Jul
30
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all-day International Women’s Salon For ... @ Osho Leela Meditation Center
International Women’s Salon For ... @ Osho Leela Meditation Center
Jul 30 – Aug 2 all-day
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[...]
Sep
10
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9:00 am Brain In Action: The Neurobiolog... @ Taipei, Taiwan
Brain In Action: The Neurobiolog... @ Taipei, Taiwan
Sep 10 @ 9:00 am – Sep 13 @ 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[...]
Sep
17
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9:00 am Surviving Spirits @ Taipei, Taiwan
Surviving Spirits @ Taipei, Taiwan
Sep 17 @ 9:00 am – Sep 20 @ 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[...]
Sep
18
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all-day TSM Psychodrama and Cultural Ide... @ Zagreb, Croatia
TSM Psychodrama and Cultural Ide... @ Zagreb, Croatia
Sep 18 – Sep 20 all-day
TSM Psychodrama and Cultural Identity @ Zagreb, Croatia
Facilitated by Mario Cossa, RDT/MT, TEP and an Action Trauma Team For many, the term “Cultural Identity” is equated with ethnicity and ancestry alone, when in fact our Cultural Identity is influenced by all the[...]
Sep
24
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all-day Rebels with a Cause: TSM Psychod... @ Zagreb, Croatia
Rebels with a Cause: TSM Psychod... @ Zagreb, Croatia
Sep 24 – Sep 25 all-day
Rebels with a Cause: TSM Psychodrama w/Adolescents @ Zagreb, Croatia
This workshop is offered as a two-day, pre-conference experience prior to the 2nd International Children and Youth Psychodrama Conference in Zagreb, Croatia. For workshop details and registration please follow this link: https://childrenyouthpsychodrama.com/rebels-with-a-cause-psychodrama-with-adolescents/ Workshop presenter, TSI’s[...]
Oct
16
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all-day Transforming the Trauma Triangle @ Philadelphia, PA
Transforming the Trauma Triangle @ Philadelphia, PA
Oct 16 – Oct 18 all-day
Transforming the Trauma Triangle @ Philadelphia, PA
Presented by Kate Hudgins, Ph.D., TEP with a TSM Action Healing Team The Therapeutic Spiral Model’s (TSM) “Trauma Triangle” is a unique configuration that clarifes the destructive cycle of victim, perpetrator, and abandoning authority. Indistinction[...]
Oct
30
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all-day International Woman’s Salon for... @ San Rafael, CA
International Woman’s Salon for... @ San Rafael, CA
Oct 30 – Nov 1 all-day
International Woman's  Salon for Post Traumatic Growth @ San Rafael, CA
 Join Dr. Kate and Sylvia Israel, LMFT, RDT/BCT, TEP 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[...]
Dec
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all-day Transforming the Trauma Triangle @ Zagreb, Croatia
Transforming the Trauma Triangle @ Zagreb, Croatia
Dec 4 – Dec 6 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[...]