THERAPEUTIC SPIRAL MODEL™ INTERNATIONAL CERTIFICATION TRAINING PROGRAM IN TRAUMA THERAPY
The Therapeutic Spiral Institute offers a comprehensive training program in the Therapeutic Spiral Model™ (TSM), a clinically-based and researched method of psychodrama to treat symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and other stress-induced difficulties. Requiring 7 training modules, the program has three components—theory, practice and supervision. The modules focus on current psychological theory and its clinical applications, and provide training in the therapeutic use of group work, psychodrama, art and other experiential therapies to address the adverse impact of traumatic stress in all of its forms. Supervision emphasizes application to one’s own practice.
TSM training is designed for all health care professionals, educators, community organizers, business people, lawyers, and volunteers who wish to learn or improve their therapeutic skills in working with people who are highly stressed or suffer from PTSD. While the training is in groups, the methods and interventions themselves are applicable to individual, couples and family therapies, as well as to groups of all sizes in education, community organizing, etc.
Training programs for 2016-2017 are currently scheduled in the United States, Canada, China, and Egypt. Teams are also available for training in Australia, England, continental Europe, New Zealand, and South Africa. Students who complete this two-year program with theory courses and supervised practice receive an International Certification in Trauma Therapy using the Therapeutic Spiral Model™. People who take only the theory courses gain a broad knowledge of PTSD and its symptom picture.
Kate Hudgins, Ph.D., TEP, is the Director of Training and Primary supervisor and may be assisted by one or more faculty members, most of whom are listed on the right. Excellent supervision—in person, by Skype, video, and written—is provided to maintain the highest levels of safety and learning for students in the certification program.
THE TSI TRAUMA THERAPY PROGRAM
All training programs with TSM Trainers comprise 2 parts and cover the clinical material listed below. However, certain Trainers have devised programs to suit the nature of their culture and the needs of their communities and may require additional readings or projects.
THE FIRST PART of the program is educational and theoretical in nature. A highly experiential training program, presented in weekends and weeklong intensives, teaches participants to address trauma safely with action methods. In addition, all participants have the opportunity to focus on their own personal issues and to assist with others’ healing.
As part of the course work, students are required to read Experiential Therapy to Treat PTSD: The Therapeutic Spiral Model (Hudgins, 2001) and TSM’s latest book, Healing World Trauma with the Therapeutic Spiral Model: Psychodramatic Stories from the Frontlines (Hudgins & Toscani, Eds. 2013). There will also be supplemental readings and, since TSM is about experiential learning, at least one personal growth workshop is required, either prior to or during each level of training.
Please click here for full description of the courses. All courses can be taken as stand-alone modules with skills practice as well as being part of the TSI Certification Training Program. They can be taken in any order and across multiple sites.
LEVEL 1 - CORE TRAUMA COURSES: Level 1 courses are best completed in one year, in conjunction with local practica and supervision.
LEVEL 2 - ADVANCED CLINICAL TRAUMA COURSES: These advanced courses focus on clinical concepts that are important to anyone working with trauma. They provide an opportunity to address both the subtler and more difficult aspects of trauma practice, while providing opportunities for personal work.
THE SECOND PART of the program requires that each student design their own practicum with Dr. Kate Hudgins or another supervisor/TSM Primary Trainer. The purpose of this work is to demonstrate specific skill sets toward certification as a TSM team member: Trained Auxiliary Ego (TAE), Assistant Leader (AL), and Team Leader (TL).
Professional practica can be established in any setting in which the student works, from individual therapy to social activism. The scope of fields that trainees and trainers have chosen to integrate TSM is shown in the course book referenced above and in current articles. Together with their Primary Trainer, students devise an Individualized Training Program for application in their practice settings and receive supervision, as described below, to apply the action learning of the theory modules.
Each student who is in the certification program must meet monthly via Skype, in person, or by phone with their chosen TSI supervisor or Primary Trainer. This can be individual or group supervision. For information on fees, click here.
CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDITS
Credit hours for all trainings with Kate Hudgins, Ph.D., TEP, and other certified TSM TEPs, are provided for national psychodrama certification with the American Board of Examiners in Psychodrama, Sociometry and Group Psychotherapy (ASGPP), the American Society for Experiential Therapists (ASET), the British Psychodrama Association (BPA), Australia and New Zealand Psychodrama Association (ANZPA), as well as Taiwan Psychodrama Association and credit toward psychodrama certification in China. Credits also count toward the International Certification in Trauma Therapy using The Therapeutic Spiral Model.
In addition, continuing education hours may be available for addictions counselors, counselors, group psychotherapists and other specialties with various TSM Trainers. Please check with Trainers of each workshop to see if the CEUs you need are offered. CEUs for psychologists have been approved for our workshops in San Rafael, CA.
PLEASE NOTE: Previously, offering a training workshop as a member of ASGPP automatically approved those other certifications. Currently, it depends on each workshop and each site.