A growing body of research is showing the high effectiveness of psychodrama and experiential therapies to make definitive and lasting changes in people who suffer not only the distress of daily life but also severe and painful traumas of abuse, crime, war, torture and natural catastrophes such as earthquakes, storms and floods.
We present on this page both general research about experiential psychotherapy as well as research specific to the Therapeutic Spiral Model.
More information will be added as it becomes available.
Safety While Working with Trauma
Art and Spirituality
Articles / Writings / Videos
Notes from Workshops
Resources for Research
A huge resource is free on the internet for psychodramatists, sociometrists, sociodramatists, role trainers, organizational development folks and teachers. In Australia and New Zealand Moreno's methods spill over into a wide variety of fields, including therapy but not limited to therapy. Each graduate writes a thesis, and there is the AANZPA Journal of fascinating articles. Visit AANZPA.org
Kyla Saby and Rebecca Perry showing the positive results from their research study "The Therapeutic Spiral with Female Veterans and Their Families"
Perry, R., Saby, K., Wenos, J., Hudgins, K., Baller, S. (Under review, 2015). Psychodrama Intervention for Female Service Members Using the Therapeutic Spiral Model. Journal of Psychodrama, Sociometry & Group Psychotherapy.
Browsing among the books on psychodrama available from various internet-connected booksellers, I noticed there are many inexpensive books! This is a good way to build up your library. Click here to order.
Dr. Kate Hudgins Articles
In early 2017 Dr. Kate Hudgins will have chapters in the following books which will be available on Amazon and Kindle:
Hudgins, M. K. (In Press) "PTSD Unites the World: Precention, Intervention and Training in The Therapeutic Spiral Model.
In C.E. Stout and G. Want (EDs). Why Global Health Matters: Guidebook for Innovation and Inspiration.
Original article by Dr Kate—Won the American Psychological Graduate Student Award for Research, 1986
Hudgins, M.K & Kiesler, D.J. (1987). Individual experiential psychotherapy: An analogue validation of the intervention module of psychodramatic doubling. Psychotherapy: Theory, Research, Practice, Training, Vol 24(2), 245-255. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/h0085711
Newest articles and chapters by Dr. Kate
Hudgins, K. (2015). Spiral Healing: A thread of energy and connection across cultures. In S.L. Brooke & C.E. Myers (eds). Therapists creating a cultural tapestry: Using the creative therapies across cultures. p. 260-281. Springfield, IL: Charles C Thomas Publishers, LTD.
Hudgins, K. (2014). Spontaneity and creativity: The path to healing trauma with the Therapeutic Spiral Model. British Psychodrama Association. 29, (1-2), 39-68.
Hudgins, K. (2013). The spirit of healing trauma: The Therapeutic Spiral Model. In S.B.Linden (ed). The heart and soul of psychotherapy: A transpersonal approach through theater arts. p. 361-370. North America: Trafford Publishing. Available at www.trafford.com
Hudgins, K. & Toscani, F. (2014). Containment = Safety with action methods. The Journal of Psychodrama, Sociometry and Group Psychotherapy, 62, (1), 105-110.
Hudgins, M.K. And Kiesler, D.J. (1987). "Individual Experiential Psychotherapy: An Initial Validation Study of the Intervention Module of Psychodramatic Doubling". "Psychotherapy" 24, 245-255
Zerka Moreno, the mother of Psychodrama, recently celebrated her 98th birthday. She says her happiness comes from helping others, which she has devoted her life to doing. This is her story...
Announcing the upcoming tenth edition of Kaplan and Sadock's Comprehensive Textbook of Psychiatry, edited by Benjamin J. Sadock, Virginia A. Sadock, and Pedro Ruiz, scheduled for publication in early 2017.
The edition will include an updated chapter entitled Psychodrama, Sociometry, Sociodrama, and Sociatry, written by Edward J. Schreiber
To let you know about two recent publications that may be of interest:
Baim, C. (2012). 'Psychodrama,' in C. Feltham and I. Horton (eds.), The Sage Handbook of Counseling and Psychotherapy, 3rd Edition (pp. 325-329). London: Sage
Also, for those of you interested in attachment theory, a recent book looking at attachment theory and its practical application in adult psychotherapy. The book is not primarily focused on psychodrama although several of the exercises use action methods. Here is the reference:
Baim, C. and Morrison, T. (2011). Attachment-based Practice with Adults: Understanding strategies and promoting positive change. Brighton, UK: Pavilion Publishers.
For months people have asked me for APA reference on the article I received the national graduate student award from APA on in 1986. Here is the article plus a couple of others that have been published on TSM that others may not have. Also look up Linda Ciotola and Nancy Alexander who published on the use of private TSM teams.
Alexander, N. & Ciotola, L. (2014). Teamwork and trauma recovery. The Journal of Psychodrama, Sociometry and Group Psychotherapy. Vol 62 (1), 91-104.
Individual experiential psychotherapy: An analogue validation of the intervention module of psychodramatic doubling. Hudgins, M. Katherine; Kiesler, Donald J. Psychotherapy: Theory, Research, Practice, Training, Vol 24(2), 1987, 245-255. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/h0085711
Hudgins, K. (2013) The spirit of healing trauma: The Therapeutic Spiral Model. In S.B. Linden (Ed). The Heart and Soul of Psychotherapy. North America: Trafford Publishing. Available online at www.trafford.com
Hudgins, K. (2014a). Spontaneity and creativity: The path to healing trauma with the Therapeutic Spiral Model. The British Journal of Psychodrama and Sociodrama, Vol 29 (1-2), 39-68.
Hudgins, K. (2014b). Containment = Safety with action methods. The Journal of Psychodrama, Sociometry and Group Psychotherapy. Vol 62 (1), 105-110.
and of course there is our most recent book
Hudgins, K. & Toscani, F. (2013). Healing World Trauma with the Therapeutic Spiral Model: Stories From the Frontlines. London: Jessica Kingsley.