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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9:00 am Sociometry of Connection & Psych... @ Bryn Mawr, PA
Sociometry of Connection & Psych... @ Bryn Mawr, PA
Feb 2 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
This workshop will demonstrate sociometry’s unique ability to strengthen connections within a group, while also demonstrating psychodrama’s unique ability to renegotiate loss. We will explore loss in different forms including death/grief, as well as ambiguous[...]
Feb
10
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all-day Psychodrama for Personal Restora... @ TAKSU HEALING HAVEN – Ubud, Bali
Psychodrama for Personal Restora... @ TAKSU HEALING HAVEN – Ubud, Bali
Feb 10 – Feb 15 all-day
Psychodrama for Personal Restoration, Renewal & Cultural Connection @ TAKSU HEALING HAVEN – Ubud, Bali
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Feb
15
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9:00 am Brain In Action: The Neurobiolog... @ Vedadrama.com Training Centre, near NIMHANS
Brain In Action: The Neurobiolog... @ Vedadrama.com Training Centre, near NIMHANS
Feb 15 @ 9:00 am – Feb 21 @ 5:00 pm
Brain In Action: The Neurobiology of Trauma @ Vedadrama.com Training Centre, near NIMHANS
Brain In Action: The Neurobiology of Trauma Bangalore: February 15-17, 2019 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,[...]
Feb
28
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all-day Therapeutic Spiral Mode Psycholo... @ B1, No. 2, Lane 339, Changchun Road, Taipei City (Songji District People's Activity Center Auditorium). Near MRT Nanjing Fuxing Station
Therapeutic Spiral Mode Psycholo... @ B1, No. 2, Lane 339, Changchun Road, Taipei City (Songji District People's Activity Center Auditorium). Near MRT Nanjing Fuxing Station
Feb 28 – Mar 3 all-day
Therapeutic Spiral Mode Psychology (TSM) Training Workshop: Projective identity flyer Date : 2019 Nian 2 Yue 28 ~ March 3 (Thursday – Sunday) morning 9: 00-12: 00 pm 1: 30-5: 30, 7 hours a day, a total of[...]
Mar
2
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9:00 am Enrolling Strengths to Transform... @ Bryn Mawr, PA
Enrolling Strengths to Transform... @ Bryn Mawr, PA
Mar 2 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Presented by Scott Giacomucci, Adam Lush, and Linda Degnan-Solomons This workshop will both teach and explore compassion fatigue, vicarious trauma, and burnout in the helping professions (therapists, activists, educators, lawyers, nurses, doctors, etc). Using TSM[...]
Mar
17
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all-day Psychodrama for Personal Restora... @ TAKSU HEALING HAVEN – Ubud, Bali
Psychodrama for Personal Restora... @ TAKSU HEALING HAVEN – Ubud, Bali
Mar 17 – Mar 22 all-day
Psychodrama for Personal Restoration, Renewal & Cultural Connection @ TAKSU HEALING HAVEN – Ubud, Bali
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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! 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
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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[...]
May
2
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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
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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[...]