Sylvia Israel, LMFT, RDT/BCT, TEP

1924 Fourth Street. San Rafael, CA 94901

312 Third Avenue. San Francisco, CA 94118

415-454-7308

http://www.bayareamorenoinstitute.com/

http://imaginecenter.net/

Sylvia IsraelThe Therapeutic Spiral Model has given me a framework for working with trauma survivors in individual and group therapy. I know where to start and what steps to follow. Of course, no model can be the same for every client, but overall, I have some general principles to guide me. For example, before a protagonist can take a wounded child role, the protagonist needs to be able to rescue him/herself.

As therapist and psychodrama director, I am guided by The Intra-Psychic Role Atom of the Trauma Survivor (TSIRA). When I first came to understand it, I was relieved. I was a beginning therapist and psychodramatist, and for the first time, I felt I had something to “hang my hat on.” I could see the roles that were needed and the ones that clients were stuck in. The TSIRA aided me in formulating a treatment plan. It was a road map that led to healing; it elucidated the steps to take and included how to navigate the journey safely without re-traumatizing my clients. When clients were overwhelmed or dissociated, I knew how to help them regulate. I continue to use the TSIRA integrating my more recent studies of neuroscience and somatic attachment therapy.

Additionally, I have learned how the trauma in my family has affected me. TSIRA has provided me with the tools to work on my own healing and regulation. I can take the role of observing ego to get an objective view of my feelings and behaviors, notice my defenses, use my internal containing double when overwhelmed, and role reverse with my strengths.

As a trainer in TSM, Kate and I have been offering TSM courses over the past few years in the San Francisco Bay Area. In Spring 2017, we completed the full cycle of courses. In Fall 2017 I am beginning a new cycle of certification courses and am offering Surviving Spirits for Personal Growth and Professional Development with local team members. Kate will offer something and continue to come here once or twice a year. I also use TSM, and the TSIRA to inform my supervision.

In addition, I teach Psychodrama courses in two graduate programs, California Institute of Integral Studies and Kansas State University where I always include classes on TSM. I also offer training through the Bay Area Moreno Institute that includes TSM. TSM and the TSIRA also informs how my supervision.

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Feb
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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
Sun
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
Fri
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
Thu
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
Sat
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
Sun
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
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
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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
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[...]