The Therapeutic Spiral Institute (TSI) offers a comprehensive training program in psychodrama to treat Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
This training is designed for 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.
Training programs for 2015-2016 are currently scheduled in the United States, Canada, China, Taiwan, England, and Denmark. Teams are also available for training in Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. Students who complete this two-year program will receive an International Certification in Trauma Therapy using the Therapeutic Spiral Model™.
Kate Hudgins, Ph.D., TEP, is the lead trainer and supervisor and may be assisted by one or more faculty members, most of whom are listed at the right. Excellent supervision-in-person, Skype, video, and written-is provided to maintain the highest levels of safety and learning for students in the certification program.
The first part of the program is educational in nature. This highly experiential training programis presented in weekends and week long intensives and teaches participants how to address trauma safely with action methods. In addition, all participants have the opportunity to focus on their personal issues and to assist with others’ healing.
Level 1: These courses are best completed in one year, in conjunction with local practica and supervision.
The Neurobiology of Trauma
Containment: The Key to Safety with Actions Methods
Transforming the Trauma Triangle
Level 2: Advanced Clinical Courses:
Projective Identification in Groups
The Dance of Transference and Countertransference
Differential Directing and Team Practice
Why experiential therapy is the best treatment for PTSD, according to neurobiological studies.
The non-pathologizing "roles" of dissociation and trauma.
How to create and assign Prescriptive Roles to promote healing.
Immediately useful hands-on, experiential interventions for containment, exploration, and transformation of stress and trauma.
The use of sociometry to create safety and authentic connection in groups.
A step-by-step protocol of the Therapeutic Spiral Model™ to treat PTSD in individual, group, couples, and family therapy.
The integration of art and ritual to assist deep healing.
How to develop applications specific to your community, education, or therapeutic setting.
Additionally, students must attend one personal growth workshop to complete their certification in Theory.
In the second part of the program, each student designs their own practica with Dr. Kate Hudgins or other supervisor to meet the behavioral demonstration of specific skill sets to be certified as a Trained Auxiliary Ego, Assistant Leader, and Team Leader.
Professional practica can be established in any setting 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 book, “Healing World Trauma with the Therapeutic Spiral Model: Psychodramatic Stories from the Front Lines," published in January 2013. Essentially, this means that students in the course can get certified in hospital groups, in individual therapy, in playback theatre, and in other settings.
To become a full certified Trainer of TSM requires an additional two years.
For a full description of TSM roles and skills necessary for accreditation, please click on the following pages:
Each student who is in the certification program must meet monthly via Skype, in person, or by phone. This can be individual or group supervision. Individual is an hour to an hour and a half. Group supervision is 2-3 hours.
For information on fees, click here.
Continuing Education Credits
Credit hours for all trainings with Kate Hudgins, Ph.D., TEP, and other certified TSM TEP's, are provided for psychodrama certification with the American Board of Examiners in Psychodrama, Sociometry and Group Psychotherapy and the American Society for Experiential Therapists.
In addition, continuing education hours are available for addictions counselors, licensed professional counselors, and certified group psychotherapists.
Credits can also count toward the International Certification in Trauma Therapy using the Therapeutic Spiral Model.