While preparing to present at the International Expressive Arts Therapy Conference tomorrow, Dr. Kate has the most amazing view from her hotel. This is the first conference in Asia. The title of her presentation is Spontaneity Training For Trauma: The Therapeutic Spiral Model.
Psychodramatic Doubling in Action
Obama did a hilarious version of doubling at the correspondent's dinner. This would be a fun warm-up game. Click on the link below to view the shorter version of the Correspondence dinner.
Title: A Skype session with Dr Kate doing a TSM Sandtray
It has certainly been a long time since I refreshed what is current at TSI. For those of you who don’t know I badly broke my ankle in July, 2014 (multiple breaks with a plate and 7 screws now) and have been in a long-term recovery process of healing. Had to immediately cancel all my workshops for fall and early winter in Europe, San Francisco and Asia so have really missed connecting with my old friends in Asia and new possibilities in Europe. I started walking with a cane in late 2014 and have continued with PT, which seems very worthwhile and therapeutice.
Meanwhile I have been doing additional Skype sessions with folks from all over the world and am very excited about increasing Skype sessions, doing personal dramas here in my home office, and working on the East and West Coast. We have included a new photo showing how I do Sandtray work via Skype and invite people to see what can be done in this very interesting medium. It is like doing home visits. I come to you in your home rather than you coming to my office and in this way we both get to know each other much better. Most people report really loving Skype along with a personal session or half day, day long, or weekend intensive.
In addition to the confidentiality offered by Skype and personal dramas, I am also warming up to work in 2015 via workshops. We are having a women’s weekend Jan. 30-Feb 1on “Releasing Shame and Finding your Light” in Charlottesville. The same workshop will be held in Portand, OR March 6-7th for a larger and more general group of people working on trauma. Please come join our TSM like-minded community to heal from past traumas or current stress and learn to live in your Authentic Self and Appropriate Authority.
Also in the first half of 2015 I will be continuing the West Coast Level 1 training as well as starting a Level 1 training group near Washington DC on the East Coast. East Coast is residential and West Coast is not at this time. See our calendar for dates of these trainings.
I am most excited to be returning to Ottawa Canada to do a workshop this summer June 5-7 also on Releasing Shame and Finding Your True Light. I trained Monica Forst, M.Ed, and Roy Salole, MD long ago and for ten years they have been running TSM workshops up there on their own. I think it has been 10 years, though that is hard to believe, except for the fact that I have spent most of the past 10 years teaching in China! So please come join us in a reunion in Ottawa in June 2015.
I hope you will enjoy our new website layout that will follow soon upon this Current Affairs update! Blessings and Balance to all, Dr Kate.
Many of you know that I fell and broke my ankle July 23rd, 2014 and this has limited me to doing my Skype consultations rather than the international training I had scheduled for London, Copenhagen, Berlin and San Francisco in the past and next few weeks. It did give me time to read this article that helps explain, although from an education standpoint why virtual reality can truly be a great way to connect with a therapist, supervisor, educator, consultant across time and space that you feel compatible with rather than being limited to providers nearby in your community.
I have being doing both personal and professional consultation on Skype for about 5 years, starting with my work in China where Skype was more popular than in the USA a few years ago. People report great satisfaction in working me in many different countries for personal growth, education, training and supervision. I do live supervision via Skype as well as teaching and personal sessions still using the action methods of the Therapeutic Spiral Model.
Since, I won’t be doing as much international traveling as I have at least for awhile; it’s a good time to try out a Skype session with me. Contact me at DrKateSpiral or a contact request on Skype or via email at DrKateTSI@mac.com
Enjoy the article. Dr. Kate
Hello Fellow TSMers or People newly interested in the Therapeutic Spiral Model to Treat PTSD and other trauma related difficulties such as addiction and eating disorders. I just returned from two weeks in San Francisco where I first did the TSM Trauma Triangle with Sylvia Israel who is a social worker and TEP. We had a group of 14 practitioners and a waiting list! So, we are officially starting a SF West Coast training group with the Containment: The Key to Safety with All Action Methods September 26-28th. Here you will learn the most important TSM Intervention Module, the Containing Double as reported by all 14 authors in the 2013 book “Healing World Trauma with the Therapeutic Spiral Model: Stories from the Frontlines”. You will also learn other safety action structures to make action methods, whether it is psychodrama, playback theatre, community organizing, peace building, etc safe for even the most vulnerable folks.
I then was delighted to be asked by Armand Volkas of the Living Arts Center to come do an Introduction to his interns outside of SF in Emeryville and also attended Armand’s workshop at the American Society of Group Psychotherapy and Psychodrama (ASGPP) the following weekend. He and I are now planning to put together a Skype supervision group as he concentrates on collective and historical trauma while I concentrate on individuals, so we are excited about working together. Look for more information on this Supervision Group as we get it together!
Finally, I presented a workshop on the Six Safety Action Structures of TSM at the ASGPP that was very well received and led to me being invited to start a training group in the Northwest in either Seattle or Portland so look for more information as that happens too! I have also been asked to go to Bangladesh and will have to hear more about that to make a decision as the people are truly lovely but the travel is far!
I will be adding some new Level 1 courses on the calendar soon as we also start out Level 2 Advanced Clinical Training Group as a closed group this May, July, and August. We do still have one more spot for the course open. See calendar for more information.
I will be going to China and Taiwan in July and while it will be HOT there, it won’t be hotter than Virginia in the summer and I get to see some of my all time favorite students in the world.
I want to recognize Dr Lai Nien-hwa, who is the first TSM Trainer in Asia and whom just received the Scholar’s Award at the ASGPP for all the outstanding work she has done as a trainer, researcher and publisher of psychodrama, including a chapter in the 2013 book on combining TSM with art therapy for women and children from homes with domestic violence! We had a lovely book reading by Nien-hwa at the conference where she shared the process of using art following the three strands of TSM, Safety, Trauma and Transformation to really make huge changes in the lives of these women and children. She truly deserved the award!
Don’t forget to sign up for my other international workshops. Pre-conference of BPA/IAGP in London August 26-27, Copenhagen Sept 3-4 and Berlin September 6-7.
Blessings and Balance to all, Kate
Kate will be presenting at the ASGPP Conference on May 3, 2014. We have posted the handout under the calendar event for your future reference.
Today is the first day of Spring and I wish everyone growth and beauty in your lives as we come out of the darkness of winter and into the light again. I just presented my book with Francesca Toscani “Healing World Trauma with the Therapeutic Spiral Model: Stories from the Frontlines” at the University of Virginia’s Festival of the book. It was a profound experience to share the stage with two veterans. One who wrote a book about his losses….his feelings of “going crazy” 4 years after he returned home from Iraq and another who wrote poems that made him cry. I cried too as I read passages from my book about the survivors I have been blessed to work with.
I am now on my way to San Francisco next week for a workshop on Transforming the TSM Trauma Triangle with Sylvia Israel and the SF Action Healing Team. At the same time, Axel Eichel, our European Trainer is presenting the Triangle at the FEPTO conference in Lisbon, Portugal. The following week I will be presenting the Six Safety Structures of TSM (Cox 2001) at the annual psychodrama conference held by the ASGPP (asgpp.org) in Oakland, CA this year. I look forward to being in my favorite US city for a week and catching up with friends. We are hosting a TSM Open House at the conference on Saturday night if anyone reading this is coming to the conference.
I will be home doing my individual Skype sessions and some local training in April and then begin the Advanced Clinical Series May 21-15th. We still have a single opening in this group so contact me at DrKateTSI@mac.com if you would like information on it.
Larry Goldstein and I am offering a new personal and professional development workshop May 30-June 1, also in Charlottesville, VA titled “Spontaneity and Creativity: The Path to Healing Trauma” that will focus on building spontaneity, vitality, and change through the Prescriptive Roles of TSM and spontaneity exercises by Larry. Come join us for a lighter look at trauma and repair.
Stay up to date with our ever-changing calendar as more workshops are added for 2014 here and aboard.
Love and support to all, Kate
A selfie with Zerka T. Moreno, January 28, 2014
Charlottesville Training Group in Kate's group room for workshop Neirobiology and Attachment in Trauma which was held in January 2014. Here is a photo from that workshop.
Here’s a news item sent to me by Phoebe Atkinson. I think it partially offers a rationale for psychodrama, and more specifically, for re-doing a past somewhat traumatic scene so that it’s better integrated:
It was a rainy night in October when my nephew Lewis passed the Frankenstein statue standing in front of a toy store. The 2 1/2-year-old boy didn't see the monster at first, and when he turned around, he was only inches from Frankenstein's green face, bloodshot eyes and stitched-up skin. The 4-foot-tall monster terrified my nephew so much that he ran deep into the toy store. And on the way back out, he simply couldn't face the statue. He jumped into his mother's arms and had to bury his head in her shoulder.
For hours after the incident, Lewis was stuck. He kept replaying the image of Frankenstein's face in his mind. "Mom, remember Frankenstein?" he asked over and over again. He and his mom talked about how scary the statue was, how Lewis had to jump into her arms. It was "like a record loop," my sister said.
But then, suddenly, Lewis' story completely changed. My sister was recounting the tale to the family: how they left the store, how they had to walk by Frankenstein. And then — "I peed on him!!" Lewis blurted out triumphantly, with a glint in his eyes. In that instant, Lewis had overpowered Frankenstein — if only in his mind.
"Well, your nephew is a brilliant story editor,'" says psychologist Tim Wilson of the University of Virginia. Wilson has been studying how small changes in a person's own stories and memories can help with emotional health. He calls the process "story editing." And he says small tweaks in the interpretation of life events can reap huge benefits. This process is essentially what happens during months, or years, of therapy. But Wilson has discovered ways you can change your story in only about 45 minutes.
Wilson first stumbled on the technique back in the early 1980s, when he found that a revised story helped college students who were struggling academically. "I'm bad at school" was the old story many of them were telling themselves. That story leads to a self-defeating cycle that keeps them struggling, Wilson says.
The new story Wilson gave them was: "Everyone fails at first." He introduced the students to this idea by having them read accounts from other students who had struggled with grades at first and then improved. It was a 40-minute intervention that had three years later. "The ones who got our little story-editing nudge improved their grades, whereas the others didn't," Wilson says. "And to our surprise ... those who got our story-editing intervention were more likely to stay in college. The people in the control group were more likely to drop out."
Similar interventions have also helped students feel like they socially at college and have helped parents to stop abusing their kids. The idea is that if you believe you are something else — perhaps smarter, more socially at ease — you can allow for profound changes to occur. You can even try story-editing yourself at home with . Simply pick a troubling event. And write about it for 15 minutes each day for four days. That's it.
These exercises have been shown to help relieve mental anguish, improve health and increase attendance at work. No one is sure why the approach works. But Wilson's theory is that trying to understand why a painful event happened is mentally consuming. People get stuck in thinking, "Why did he leave me?" or "Why was she so disappointed in me?" Or for Lewis, "Where did that scary Frankenstein face come from?"
As you write about the troubling, confusing event again and again, eventually you begin to make sense of it. You can put those consuming thoughts to rest. So as you look forward to changing yourself this year, consider looking back on whatever your Frankensteins may be. And if you squint your eyes a little and turn your head just a bit, you may see that your leg was lifted. That maybe you did pee on him after all.
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Adam’s comment: In this way, psychodrama shares with other postmodern theories about re-narrating your life, some edges of family therapy, some types of narrative therapy, perhaps others you can think of.
Warmly, Adam Blatner
My huskies are hoping that the weatherman will actually be right this time and we will get the 3” of snow forecast for us tomorrow. Meanwhile, I am warming up for the true winter weather in Hamilton Ontario Canada I will be traveling to Feb 27 for our workshop on Trauma and Addiction with Martha Peirce and Christine Belleville being held January 30-February 2. It is my 2nd trip to Hamilton and it is a great group of folks looking for personal and professional growth. I hope to return in August and make this a twice a year annual group for training, education and growth.
February also finds me at Springfield Hospital presenting the Spirit of the Therapeutic Spiral Model at Springfield Hospital on February 8th. While this is a short workshop, it will focus on how we use spirituality and clinical foundations in action to build spontaneity and creativity for a healthy personality structure to heal trauma.
We will also be conducting our Level 1 workshop on the Neurobiology of Trauma and Action Methods in Charlottesville Feb 19-23. This is a small group for deep learning on the interpersonal aspects of self-organization and attachment that are disrupted by PTSD and other trauma experiences from birth through adulthood. You will learn an action structure to teach PTSD quickly and easily and about the Attachment Styles of Patricia Crittenden's work in this workshop. Hope you can join us as we only have one space open at this time. You can register with me directly at my email DrKateTSI@mac.com
Marchis an exciting month with 3 special events. First, it starts out with our new training group in NYC. See the calendar to register directly with MindFreedom.org. Then, I will be presenting my most recent book co-edited by Francesca Toscani (2013) “Healing World Trauma with the Therapeutic Spiral Model: Stories from the Frontlines” at the Virginia Festival of the Book here in Charlottesville. Finally, I will be rejoining Sylvia Israel and a TSM Team in Marin County, near San Francisco for a personal and professional development workshop on the updated TSM Trauma Triangle. It will show the internalization of trauma into the roles of victim, perpetrator, and abandoning authority, along with the feelings they organize around and most importantly help you learn to create your Appropriate Authority and become the Director of Your Life.
In March, Axel Eichel will be presenting at an international conference being held in Lisbon Portugal. You can learn more about this great opportunity in Europe at his new website www.therapeutic-spiral-method.de. Keep watch on my website and his for our European workshops September 3-4 in Copenhagen on the Neurobiology of Trauma and in Berlin on September 6-7, a Personal Growth workshop on using TSM Relational Triangle to Heal Intimate Relationships. I look forward to going to Copenhagen for the first time and returning to Berlin again.
April finds me presenting at the ASGPP’s annual conference and hosting a TSM Reunion for participants and local folks in San Francisco area. Please see asgpp.org for more information on this annual psychodrama conference and all the great presenters. Look for further information on the TSM Reunion as time and date is set at the conference. Hope to see old and new faces all joined together for a few hours in a like-minded community to heal trauma.
Look for our Level 2 Advanced Clinical Series that is a closed group and is offering a discounted pre-registration of $600 per workshop up until February 15th when it will go up to $800 per group as we have a newly formed team of three with myself, Francesca Toscani and the creativity of Larry Goldstein joining us.
That is what is up for the next few months. And don’t forget that what my Skype practice seems to be getting known for is “Inpatient treatment on an Outpatient basis” where I basically run a concierge practice of 24/7 texts, emails and Skype calls for people who are serious about their trauma recovery and don’t have the time from their busy lives to go to inpatient treatment. While I am not often taking new referrals due to the intensity of my support, I am currently open for one or two new referrals since I am not doing so much international training this year. (Yeah!).
Blessing and Balance to all. Kate
Happy Winter Solstice! This year I am a little later at moving into my winter patterns where I only do Skype work and spend time with family and friends and of course my dogs. It has been a productive year of certification for the International Program in Trauma Therapy in Canada, China, Germany, Taiwan and of course the good ole USA. See Gallery Photos (put link here please).
Francesca Toscani and I published our final TSM book “Healing World Trauma with the Therapeutic Spiral Model: Stories from the Frontlines (2013). Available on Amazon and filled with heartwarming healing stories of how TSM has been adapted across populations, settings, languages, and futures around the 20 countries where people have studied it. It is a book we are proud of and shows great collaboration among the TSM Global Community. Please friend me at Kate Hudgins, Ph.D., TEP, The Therapeutic Spiral Model (put in link) to stay connected to our international training and healing work.
I have applied to UVA for a Writer’s Fellowship to write a non-fiction book called “Miracles and Madness: A Virginia Woman’s Perspective on Bringing Psychology to China 2004-2014. If I receive it, I will be at the university from Sept 2014-May 2015. I am visioning that this happens!
As I look ahead to 2014, I want to warm you up to some of my new adventures with TSM. I start the year by returning to Canada…in the cold snowy days to continue our group on Trauma and Addiction that I am doing with Martha Peirce and Christine Belleville. Then, I am doing the second of a series of training, education, and personal growth groups that I am doing in SF March 28-30 with Sylvia Israel. She and Mario Cossa offer the Level 1 training courses out there too.
We are starting a training group in NYC in March and will offer all Level 1 training courses up there in 2014. MindFreedom. In Charlottesville, we are holding a closed group Level 2 training in Advanced Clinical Work with Trauma. We currently have two openings in the group for a commitment of May, July and September in 2014. These are the challenging but really interesting classes that I like to teach as they really help you hone yourself as an instrument of healing and change for yourself and others.
In the fall, I will go to Copenhagen Denmark for the first time on Sept 3-4 and then will continue the education and personal growth group with Axel Eichel in Berlin that weekend on Sept 6-7th.
So, already it is shaping up to be an interesting year in where TSM will be and where I will be spending my time physically. For now, I will settle into my less stressed winter state of Skype calls and catching up on paperwork and being connected to family and friends for love, restoration, and support.
Happy New Year to all!
I am currently in San Francisco (Oct 11-13) doing our "old time" Surviving Spirits workshop where we do full yet safe trauma re-enactments so you can change the end of a trauma that keeps repeating in your brain through the symptoms of PTSD such as flashbacks, body memories, and somatic experiences. I leave for China on Oct 15 and will work at Nanjing University, Xiamen University and with a private company in Chongqing China to continue my 10 years work of helping them to build their first mental health centers mandated by the government and based on the Therapeutic Spiral Model. It is exciting work, but I have to say I am getting a bit old for the long haul travels!
So, great news….starting in 2014 we will be partnering with Mind Freedom in NYC and offering our full International Certification in Trauma Therapy program as well as doing two workshops in San Francisco next year with Sylvia Israel and Mario Cossa, both certified in TSM and are nationally certified Trainers, Educators and Practitioners of Psychodrama, Sociometry and Group Psychotherapy.
I will also be offering workshops in Denmark and Germany in September, so at least work is getting closer to home next year! At my age (60 many people are looking forward to retirement and traveling, for me it is the opposite. I have no interest in retirement following my "psychodrama mama Zerka Moreno" who is still doing sessions at 96 from a nursing home….and I am ready to travel much less having brought TSM to 20 countries over the past 25 years!
Best news is we have some newly certified folks in TSM.
Axel Eichel in Berlin just received his Certified Team Leader
Sylvia is to receive her Certified Assistant Leader this weekend
Lauren Mehr just received her Certified Trained Auxiliary Ego in the current Charlottesville Training Group
Congratulations to them all!
We had a great time at the TSM First Annual Beach Retreat in September and more pictures are coming to show you our group and the wonderful Sandtray letting go ceremony Francesca Toscani created for the group to release their shame into the great big ocean.
Join us for our Releasing Shame and Standing in Your Appropriate Authority personal growth workshop in Charlottesville, VA Dec 6-8 and see you next year for more Certification groups in Charlottesville, NYC, San Francisco, and Europe. Dates to be posted soon.
Blessings and Balance, Kate
The Freedom Theatre has the Pleasure of Inviting You To the Graduation Ceremony of the Trauma Response Training Program
7th July 2013
10am – 12 noon
North Gate Hotel, Jenin
Graduates will be awarded with an International Certification in Trauma Therapy
using the Therapeutic Spiral Model™
Contact: Rania Wasfi at Ph: 0592318617
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Palestinian Mental Health Workers Graduate with International Certification in Trauma Therapy
On 7th July, 13 Palestinian mental health workers from Jenin District will graduate from the Trauma Response Training Program – an intensive, 18-month program run by The Freedom Theatre in partnership with the USA-based, Therapeutic Spiral Institute.
The Trauma Response Training Program was the first long-term psychodrama training program to be offered in the West Bank of occupied Palestine. Program participants included 13 mental health workers from various organizations including YMCA, Ministry of Education, Arab American School and the Women’s Cultural and Heritage Association. Ben Rivers, an international trainer and Registered Drama Therapist from Australia, led the program. Psychodrama practitioners from Palestine, Switzerland, Italy, and the USA also provided training to program participants.
The Therapeutic Spiral Institute will award graduates of the program with an International Certification in Trauma Therapy using the Therapeutic Spiral Model™.
The graduation ceremony will take place from 10am – 12noon at North Gate Hotel, Jenin.
Over the past 1.5 years, the graduates of this program have engaged in a profound journey of self-discovery and professional development. They have worked deeply to recognize and develop their unique strengths and resources whilst simultaneously applying psychodrama to their own histories of hardship and oppression. Through many hours of study and practice, these graduates have also developed their skills and knowledge in trauma healing and psychotherapy. The graduates of this program have therefore proven their ability to undertake and succeed in the long and sometimes difficult process towards becoming an effective clinician. For this, each graduate is worthy of sincere respect and applause. In addition, we should also thank these graduates for the pioneering efforts they have taken within the new and exciting field of psychodrama in Palestine.
- Ben Rivers, Director, Applied Theatre Program, The Freedom Theatre.
First Annual TSM Beach Reunion
Being held September 15 - 22, 2013 at Corolla, North Carolina, Otter Banks
This workshop is an opportunity provided to anyone who has even been in a TSM experience, or if there is space, for people newly interested in being part of our community. The original team of me, Francesca, Mimi and Cathy Wilson are scheduled to all be there as chance for TSM people from brand new students to Trainers to understand the experience the evolution of TSM as it is now, 13 years after the publication of my first book on this protocol for safe experiential psychodrama for trauma survivors.
While the original team will be there and probably direct 2-3 dramas throughout the week, it is also a time for students already enrolled in the TSM Certification in Trauma Practice to do practicums. You can be on spontaneously formed teams of students looking for practice, assessment, or final evaluation of the role of Trained Auxiliary Ego (TAE), Assistant Leader (AL) or Team Leader (TL). Students as well as faculty will do warm-ups of practice to full drama as they spontaneous are co-created by the group of people who arrive for the workshop.
There will be personal growth work, training on subjects the group wants to understand better, concepts, and methods the original team see people there need to learn and practice. So, if you are enrolled in the TSI Certification, and the reunion is listed as part of your Individualized Training Program, then it can be used as training hours for certain Level I or II courses or for practice, assessment, and/or evaluation of your competencies in TSM. It is also a time to learn and share how TSM is being used in different places around the world, in different settings, and combined with their own original ideas and skills.
This workshop has 10 partial scholarships available donated by a TSM Thriver who wishes to give back by offering others the opportunity to meet with the original team and come together at a beautiful, beachfront house in Corolla, NC with the nearest airport being two hours away at Norfolk, VA. Carpools will be set up as the list of up to 20 people who can fit in the 8 bedrooms and 8.5 bath home.
Right now, 3 of the 10 partial scholarships have been received based on need. To apply for one of the donated partial scholarships to help with the $750 tuition, you must be enrolled in the certification program and send me the request and need for tuition assistance. They will be given on a first served based on true need for assistance.
There will be 5 staff, including Chip who will join us to provide his usual and delicious meals. Hot tub, pool, and the ocean will help us take time for self-care and connection with old and new friends in a calm, peaceful, and fun setting.
To view the flyer, click here.
The house rent--about $200-$250 per person depending upon the number of participants who attend the reunion and the food costs are still to be determined. Tuition is $750 for a team of four!
Addiction and Trauma: A Personal Growth Experience with the Therapeutic Spiral Model
Being held August 22 - 25, 2013 at Hamilton, Canada
August is an exciting month for the Therapeutic Spiral Model. We are doing our first workshop near Hamilton, Canada on Trauma and Addiction. It is a residential workshop in combination with PennRose Associates. The owner, Martha Peirce, is one of the founders of Food Addiction Recovery in Canada and has a long-term practice working with all addictions and the traumas that underlie many of them. Please contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and registration. I am very excited about returning to Canada after having worked there and trained a TSM team in Barrie and Ottawa, Ontario with Monica Forst, Roy Salole, and Rick Goodwin who runs the Men's Project, the only program in all of Canada that is devoted solely to sexual trauma for men. Monica and Roy continue to offer TSM workshops several times a year in Ottawa and TSM is used in the Men's Project groups.
We are also offering our first TSM workshops for veterans August 30 -September 1, 2013. This is a free workshop "Healing a Soldier's Heart: The Therapeutic Spiral Model with Veterans and will be part of a research project at James Madison University to show that TSM, which has long been used in Sydney and London at Torture and Trauma Centers with war veterans, works with US veterans. As all the research on neurobiology and PTSD shows, experiential psychotherapy is the treatment of choice and standard of practice for PTSD, although the Veterans Programs have been reluctant to embrace them and still mostly rely on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and anti-psychotic medicine, which at best has been shown to manage symptoms, not sure them at the neurobiological level. TSM, as a research based, clinical model of change, is a combination of CBT and experiential psychotherapy from psychodrama and gestalt therapy, helping to balance the action work with cognitive containment to provide safety from retriggering and teaching of how to work through flashbacks rather than simply controlling them. We need 6 brave soldiers with PTSD to volunteer for this great opportunity. Please pass this information on to others you think may be interested and/or email Kate for further information. The workshop is held in Gordonsville, Virginia.
Please also see our two new books on TSM, especially "Healing World Trauma with the Therapeutic Spiral Model: Stories from the Frontlines" co-edited by Francesca Toscani and myself with chapters on using TSM around the world with different populations, cultures and languages available at amazon.com.
We will also be offering our first workshop on the West Coast in a couple of years Oct. 11-13, supported by CIIS. This is the original Surviving Spirits TSM Workshop for people with PTSD or clinicians wanting to learn the whole weekend protocol for safety and containment. Please contact Sylvia Israel for registration information. We will be in San Francisco and hope to see many of you whom have requested TSM on the West Coast there.
Blessings and Balance, Kate
I have been working in Taiwan and Mainland China for the past month followed by a wonderful 10-day vacation in the islands and mountains of Thailand with my husband and my son. Now, I am getting ready to go present "The Therapeutic Spiral Model for the Solo Practitioner" at the ASGPP annual psychodrama conference. Therefore, it has been a time of being very busy, but also a time for reflection.
Francesca Toscani and I and 14 other authors, and practitioners of TSM, including the last chapter Zerka Moreno ever wrote for a book, is finally being published "Healing World Trauma with the Therapeutic Spiral Model: Stories from the Frontlines" making me feel complete. Then I turned 60 and kept wondering, what am I going to do for the next 15 years of my work life? I have published academic books, taken TSM to 20 countries in 20 years, and we have certified trainers, team leaders, and others around the world. As my TEP Trainer and mentor, Dale Richard Buchanan, told me recently, Francesca, I, and TSM have changed the way psychodrama is done around the world…for the better. That would seem like enough, but I could hear my wanting to retire self-speaking softly ever so often.
When I was in Asia, several new projects have started to show some promise of interesting things for me. In addition, on the home front, here in the USA three interesting developments are occurring. The first is that we are now well established that we offer the original Core and Advanced TSM Theory Courses for International Certification in Trauma Therapy here in Charlottesville, Virginia. Both training and personal growth workshops are offered in small groups of no more than 8 people sharing a home for a 5-day workshops, complete with the use of our universal Spirit Fire to bring out the deepest spontaneity, creativity and healing for all who have joined us there in the past few years. The second is that another TSM trainer is talking about wanting to do larger group training in the USA for TSM in its now evoked form and so I am interested in that of course. Several people keep asking me to bring a workshop out to San Francisco, but no one seems to be able to offer to organize it for me yet. Finally, I just met with two graduate students from JMU who want to do a research project on TSM and Veterans and that I am very excited about.
I have tried finding inroads to the VA system more than once in the past 3 years as everyone asks…why do you do so much work overseas when your work is needed here for our veterans? So, I have worked one on one with some vets, some have attended our monthly Spirit Fire, and others have waited to see if a door opens for local or even USA based work with veterans. We shall see.
Dr. Kate takes a journey to Asia during March 2013
Dr. Kate returns to Taipei and Mainland China during the month of March. She will teach the TSM International Certification Course on Creating A Manager of Defenses with Dr. Lai Nien-hwa in Taipei for a week, where she will also join a group of her students to commemorate the victims of the war to establish Taiwan as an invited guest into a family party.
Kate then goes on to teach at Nanjing University, one of the oldest and most honored of China's Universities over the decades. She has taught there since 2005 when she was a keynote speaker at the first Mental Health Conference at Nanjing University. She then returns to teach a government sponsored post-graduate course on Action Psychotherapy with Professor Sang and Mr. Fei.
The last part of her trip will be a return to Xiamen (pronounced shaman) for a workshop with Professor Zhao Binjie at her new center called "Present.” It sounds like a beautiful new venue and she looks forward to her brief visit to Hua Qiao University to work with the psychological staff where she was a Visiting Professor for 3 months in 2009.
Please go to the gallery tab here on our website over the next month to follow her spring journey to Asia. She will be continuing her teaching to people about PTSD and the Therapeutic Spiral Model. Her journey continues with a visit to old friends to continue building local TSM Action Healing Teams and certify local leaders on trauma therapy using TSM.
Hello All Interested TSM Readers
I just got back from working and playing in the UK and wanted to share a little about the new workshop we offered, "Using the Therapeutic Spiral Model to Treat Trauma as a Solo Practioner.”
Since I work with a team 99.9% of the time, it was a workshop I was interested and excited about presenting, and getting participant feedback on. As I wrote this report on the workshop, I also looked at the theme of how my travel reflected my journey from the international TSM Community of support among trauma workers to what it really does feel like to work alone with trauma...very lonely and hard, hard work. So, to share my journey or parallel process we clinical psychologists persist in saying....
First, I went to Sheffield, England and visited a retired team member, Enid MacNeil, who let me join in her Scottish brood while I recovered from jetlag. Being an only child, it was a true joy to be at several large family dinners! I hope to visit Enid's home in Scotland next year!!!! She says the role of grandmother is the absolute best of her life!
Next, I was hosted by Chip Chimera, a TSM Team leader, in a lovely little suburb of London called Leather Head, where I enjoyed my annual visit to this cobblestone main street, good food, and my dog's favorite pet store. It was lovely to see her daughter Emily and soon to be son in law, Stuart if only briefly.
Then, I moved even closer to being a Solo Practitioner, as the training team did meet for warm up for the actual London workshop on using TSM by yourself. We welcomed Caitlin Buon and Jeni Pemsel-Goodfellow as new team members with the support of Olivia Lousada of the London Psychodrama Network. A big thanks goes to Caitlin for the new handouts on our website!
Eventually, the question became...how to teach about using TSM without a team when in fact you do have a team? An important question as I will present the workshop at both the American Society of Group Psychotherapy and Psychodrama and the National Association in 2013.
Caitlin and I shared the solo practitioner role from time to time and the team and the group all learned a lot about what is needed to work as a Solo Practitioner with trauma.
We of course used Mimi Cox's TSM Safety Action structures to create group cohesion, find out what goals people had, and got connected to the spontaneity of the here and now. Each was then presented as a tool for solo practice: Observing Ego cards, a Circle of Safety, Spectrograms, and Locograms, all psychodrama interventions. The Containing Double was demonstrated, practiced and lived into creativity for students in whatever role they took from protagonist to auxiliary work.
What we did learn and was very helpful is I need to teach this workshop alone. Having a team that was held helpless by not being able to do their roles was hell for them as well as almost impossible for me to not look to for support when directing a TSM drama alone.
What I also learned it how important it is for solo practitioner who works alone with trauma to have an internal support system of roles. I confirmed I have Prescriptive Roles of strength and resonation of intelligence, creativity and my connection to my sense of spiritual healing, as well as a well-developed Containing Double. What was new learning was that I do NOT have an internalized Assistant Leader. What I found is that without that role I was truly alone and lonely and as we processed on the team this theme was clear for everyone in the group.
Thus my hope for inspiration for future presentations of this workshop next year at the conferences and also near Charlottesville, Virginia, in 2013 is that we will both teach the competences for working with trauma, but will even more so provide a TSM community of support around the world.
Love and light, Kate
Healing World Trauma with the Therapeutic Spiral Model: Psychodramatic Stories from the Frontlines
Finally, the most integrated book on the Therapeutic Spiral Model is coming out in 2013. Feb. 11 in the United States and Feb. 6 in the United Kingdom.
Healing World Trauma with the Therapeutic Spiral Model: Psychodramatic Stories from the Frontlines. Edited by M.K. Hudgins and F. Toscani. (2013). London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.
This delightful and informative book starts with a recent new chapter from Zerka Moreno on the nuances of directing. We follow it with two chapters on the Therapeutic Spiral Model, showing both its similarities and evolution from classical psychodrama. Next is research in neurobiology, experiential psychotherapy, and TSM itself. The final two sections are from authors around the world that show how TSM has been used across problems, settings, languages, and cultures for the past 15 years. Case examples clearly show the usefulness of TSM for Directors, teams and clients alike.
It has been a long time getting out, coordinating, and editing 19 authors for the book, but it is well worth reading and is the textbook used for our International Certification in Trauma Therapy. Thanks to everyone who contributed.
The whole idea of the empty chair is to control and direct ones projections so they are no longer free floating and apt to land on unsuspecting others. Then, to role reverse with one's own projections to sort out what is true and accurate and what is in fact, transference or counter transference.
This is where the Psychodramatic phenomena called "tele" comes in. Tele is an accurate two-way perception of one person to the other. If psychodrama is the "drama of the soul" then Tele is the touching of these souls when they are clear and living as spontaneous creative human beings.
So the empty chair is an important and actually amazing tool for change when properly directed and use as a tool for dialogue. In the Therapeutic Spiral Model, the empty chair is only one of our experiential healing interventions that can be applied from individual therapy to social activism. See our calendar for 2013 for training and personal growth workshops that use the empty chair and more for personal, familial, organizational and even societal and political change.
I am on my way to return to Canada with TSM this Tuesday doing a workshop on Trauma and Addictions at a beautiful residential retreat center near Lake Erie, organized by Martha Peirce for her clients up there and a few of mine coming from the States. I look forward to seeing yet another beautiful spot in Canada, this time in rural Canada rather than Barrie, Toronto and Ottawa.
TSM Workshop "A Soldier’s Heart: The Therapeutic Spiral Model for Female Active Duty, Veterans, and Spouses of Military who have experienced sexual assault has been approved by James Madison University as an official research project being held Aug 30-Sept1. We will be doing a pre-post and repeated measures design with a control group, thus making it a robust research study of how the protocol for TSM works with our own military women and spouses. While we have a good deal of evidence-based research (1998, 2000, 2009), this is the first time we will be working directly with our own military, not soldiers, torture and trauma survivors from other countries, or from our own country but with PTSD from other causes, so that is very exciting in terms of getting our foot in the door of the VA system as an official and approved treatment. It is also the first time we have a research group that will have a control group, making it the best of scientific research. We are thankful to the personal donors of $25-$100 that have enabled us to get rooms at the local English Inn for our participants and feed them for the weekend, while we want to thank the English Inn for donating one room, Charlottesville Coffee for donating lunches on Saturday, and the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities at UVA for donating the space for our venue. A workshop that feels blessed in all ways. As a trainer who has been working around the world for 20 years, the last 10 mostly in Taiwan and Mainland China, "I wanna bring TSM HOME"!
The other current event is that there are still several places left in our TSM Beach Retreat being held Sunday Sept 15--Sunday Sept. 22. We start at 4Pm on the 15th and end at 10AM on the 22nd, so we will have plenty of time for personal and professional development, experiential education on the core concepts of TSM--Containment and the TSM Trauma Triangle and Developmental Repair, and of course a great time at our ocean front house with hot tub and pool! If you would like to join us and hear about partial scholarships available for tuition please email me at email@example.com.
Look for more news when the research project is completed so you can hear what we expect are our usual good results, as well as notice that we are having a TSM Personal Growth Workshop in December with a small group limited to 8 people. Please join us if you cannot get to the beach!
Balance and Blessings and love and care to all, Kate