Course: Therapeutic Spiral Model (TSM) Psychodrama: Theory & Practice with Trauma. How TSM Works? Foundations and Expansions.

11 modules

Discover and master TSM with the experts Dr Kate Hudgins PhD/TEP (USA), Linda Ciotola M.Ed./TEP/CET III (USA), Mario Cossa RDT/MT/TEP (USA/Bali), Sylvia Israel LMFT/TEP/RDT/BCT (USA) and Ina Hogenboom TEP (Netherlands).

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*11 individually purchased Modules cost $540 for 100 days access while the bundle of 11 modules only costs $450 for 180 days access

What is TSM? 

This video course introduces Innovative Clinical Psychodrama as an effective and safe method for treating trauma and PTSD. Recent research in the neurobiology of trauma and attachment underscores the efficacy of experiential, body-based approaches in psychotherapy and education. Clinicians working with trauma aim to establish a secure and contained therapeutic environment. Action therapy plays a pivotal role but can sometimes trigger unprocessed trauma material, leading to flashbacks and decompensation. TSM, developed by Board Certified Psychodrama Trainers, Educators, and Practitioners Kate Hudgins, Ph.D., and Francesca Toscani, M.Ed., TEP, serves as a guide for trauma treatment. TSM integrates classical psychodrama, attachment theory, and insights from interpersonal neurobiology and trauma theory, enhancing safety and structure when working with trauma.

This video course delves into TSM's historical foundations, highlighting the distinctions between classical and TSM psychodrama. It provides practical insights on applying the TSM clinical map, exploring the trauma triangle and establishing TSM prescriptive roles in both clinical and non-clinical settings. The course guides through directing a protagonist towards Post-Traumatic Growth using prescriptive, trauma-based, and transformative roles. It demonstrates innovative ways of doubling, establishing safety, and working with defenses. Witness how to direct individual and group sessions using the TSM model, leading protagonists to Post-Traumatic Growth. This course offers a unique opportunity to observe therapeutic sessions, showcasing the personal and professional growth of a diverse group of 14 international students, including psychotherapists, counselors, business owners, private practice owners, and business coaches.

This course is designed for:

• Therapists

• Social workers 

• Psychologists

• Counselors

• Psychodramatists

• Educators 

• Coaches 

This Course is appropriate for those who are new to action methods, as well as experienced practitioners, students in mental health fields, and those who want to develop their skills in action methods. Acting skills are not necessary.

How and where to use:

• Issues/concerns: trauma work, ptsd, cptsd

• In Clinical and non-clinical setting

• Individual and group setting

• Online and in-person (therapy, counseling, classes, group leading)

• Education and Coaching (wellness, business)

Learning Objectives:

Module 1:

• Define the similarities and differences of classical and TSM psychodrama

• Describe the adapted Hollander curve for TSM

• Establish the role of Autonomous Healing Center (AHC)

Module 2:

• Demonstrate practical proficiency in establishing the role of the Observing Ego (OE).

• Explain the functioning of prescriptive roles within therapeutic context.

• Analyze the clinical map, detailing the three stages of TSM work.

Module 3:

• Define the three stages of the TSIRA clinical map.

• Describe how prescriptive roles contribute to creating a therapeutic container, including an understanding of prescriptive, trauma-based, and transformative roles.

• Define the TSM trauma triangle, its components.

• Describe how to direct a protagonist to establish the Prescriptive Role of the Observing Ego and the restoration roles within the therapeutic context.

• Describe how to recognize and address the defenses in the therapeutic process.

Module 4:

• Describe the six TSM Action Safety Structures, emphasizing their role in creating a secure therapeutic environment.

• Demonstrate how to assist clients  in identifying their strengths and recognizing their unique capabilities and resources.

Module 5:

• Differentiate between classical and TSM doubling, highlighting key distinctions in their practical applications.

• Demonstrate how to utilize Doubling techniques in diverse scenarios and therapeutic contexts, expanding their application in support of individuals on their journey of healing and personal growth.

Module 6:

• Define the strengths roles a protagonist may need

• Describe how to establish a clinical contract

• Describe how to direct simultaneous protagonists and role reversal with strengths

• Distinguish Post Traumatic growth 

Module 7:

• Identify defenses and demonstrate how to direct the TSM Action Intervention of the Manager of Defenses 

Module 8:

• Describe the TSM Trauma Triangle and its versatile applications in education, therapy, and organizational contexts.

• Explain the use of the TSM Trauma Triangle to illustrate the trauma internalization into victim, perpetrator, and abandoning authority roles.

• Demonstrate how to assess TSM trauma-based roles.

• Explore the methods to transform the trauma triangle roles safely into prescriptive roles of transformation.

• Demonstrate how to investigate personal trauma triangle patterns and develop strategies to transform the identified pattern, constructing the role of Appropriate Authority to interrupt the repetitive internalized trauma pattern.

Module 9:

•Demonstrate  how to facilitate simultaneous protagonists, ensuring equal opportunities for each group member to take on the role and contribute to a collective group mind.

• Explain the foundational Morenian concept of emergent Psychodrama, and demonstrate the techniques for engaging with the group's present state and uncovering narratives that naturally emerge from the collective dynamic.

• Describe the  interventions grounded in clinical principles, enhancing participants' ability to address effectively their therapeutic needs 

• Demonstrate a firsthand experience of Autonomous Healing Center

Module 10:

• Describe how to recognize Projective Identification.

• Explore the functions of the TSM Team Roles, including Director and Assistant Leader.

• Describe how to utilize diagrams in the processing of the sessions. 

Module 11:

• Describe how to utilize the Post Traumatic Growth “Pie” technique to systematically identify areas of growth.

• Describe the historical development of Post Traumatic Growth (PTG) and recognize its significance within the Therapeutic Spiral Model (TSM)

• Describe how to  direct a Role Reversal as a strategic technique to anchor and enhance the understanding of Post Traumatic Growth.


Dr. Kate Hudgins is PhD, TEP, an inspirational leader and a stellar trainer known worldwide for her innovative model of safe and effective trauma treatment. International expert and author on trauma, Kate brings rigorous clinical training in psychology, psychodrama, and experiential psychotherapy as well as cross-cultural and indigenous learning and her own life experience.

Linda Ciotola M.Ed., TEP, CET III, TSM Trainer, is co-author with Karen Carnabucci of Healing Eating Disorders with Psychodrama and other Action Methods - Beyond the Silence and the Fury, Jessica Kingsley, London, 2013; 2008 recipient of the Zerka Moreno Award and 2019 recipient with Nancy Alexander of the Collaborator's Award and Fellow of the ASGPP.

Mario Cossa RDT/MT, TEP, TSM Trainer – founder and Director of Motivational Arts Unlimited, and recipient of the ASGPP Innovator’s Award, 2019. Mario brings decades of experience as a group facilitator and psychodrama director and has worked in the USA, Canada, the UK, Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Korea, and China.

Sylvia Israel LMFT, TEP, RDT/BCT, Founder/Director of Imagine! Center for Creativity and Healing and Founder/past Director of the Bay Area Playback Theatre. In addition, Sylvia is Adjunct Faculty at the CIIS and Kansas State University and has taught at various universities including Sonoma State, Dominican, and John F. Kennedy. She is a Certified Trainer in the TSM for working with Trauma Survivors and is trained in Somatic Attachment Therapy and IMAGO couples counseling. Sylvia is past-President of NADT and a Fellow of the ASGPP.

Ina Hogenboom, Netherlands, TEP in Psychodrama, Trainer and Team-Leader in Therapeutic Spiral Model

Course Includes

Main Content:

• Videos - 694 Minutes

• Handouts - 1047 Minutes

Recommended Content: 

• Healing Trauma with the Therapeutic Spiral Mode. Interview with Dr. Hudgins. Part 1

• Healing Trauma with the Therapeutic Spiral Mode. Interview with Dr. Hudgins. Part 2

• Healing Trauma with the Therapeutic Spiral Mode. Interview with Dr. Hudgins. Part 3

• Self Practicum - 460 Minutes

• Test - 11 x 30 Minutes

• Course Survey - 11 x 5 Minutes

Hours for Certificate:

• 43 training hours for Action Exploration Education Certificate (applicable for Psychodrama certification. Includes main content and self practicums, excludes recommended videos)

• 29 Hours on CE (excludes test, survey and practicum time)

Information on Continuing Education Credits

Psychodrama professional certification training hours: 

• American Board of Examiners - ABE accepts a maximum of 120 training hours for psychodrama distant learning. This module/course will count as asynchronous distance-learning as long as the primary trainer approves it.

Continuing Education (CE): We are working on getting an approval and will update this information shortly. 

International Boards: You may be able to submit this certificate to your local Psychodrama board. Please contact your respective local board for information.

Experiential training hours: 

• International Society of Experiential Professionals: ISEP accepts experiential training hours administered by a TEP trainer. More information will be provided shortly. 

Social workers, Marriage and Family Therapists, and Professional Counselors: 

• We are working on getting board's approvals and will update this information shortly.

Other Disciplines:

• You may be able to submit this certificate for credits in other mental health disciplines. Please contact your local board for information.

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