In this workshop, we begin to focus on the trauma-based roles of the TSIRA by learning TSM’s Trauma Triangle—a configuration that clarifies the destructive cycle of Victim, Perpetrator, and Abandoning Authority. In addictions treatment, Karpman’s Triangle is well-known with the interpersonal roles of Victim, Perpetrator and Rescuer. Through years of clinical experience, we’ve redefined this triangle to represent the internalized experience of the trauma survivor. Using role theory, TSM’s Trauma Triangle incorporates the trauma-based roles of Victim, Perpetrator and Abandoning Authority, this last which is internalized when there is no rescuer available in the interpersonal world. The unique TSM role of the Abandoning Authority helps describes how trauma survivors learn to abandon themselves to dissociation, self-harm, addictions, eating disorders, and lack of self-care.
The Trauma Triangle represents a closed circuit of energy embedded in the personality structure of those who have survived cruelty or trauma, repeating itself as life-long patterns of abuse and neglect. Through personal dramas, this training provides tools to transform the trauma-based roles, empowering transformation from self-neglect to self-care, and instilling healthy problem-solving into daily life. The transformative role of Appropriate Authority is taught as the antidote to the TSM Trauma Triangle using action demonstrations and full psychodramas.
Assessment and enactment of the TSM Trauma Triangle is taught as a pen and paper tool, in action by walking the triangle, using sociodrama, or individual psychodramas.
- The TSM Trauma Triangle and its many uses in education, therapy, and organizations.
- Assessment methods of the TSM trauma-based roles of victim, perpetrator, and abandoning authority.
- To integrate TSM’s prescriptive roles to enact and transform the trauma-based roles safely without re-traumatization.
- To identify a personal pattern on the Trauma Triangle.
- To transform the identified pattern and build the role of appropriate authority that can stop the repetitious internalized pattern of trauma.
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Therapeutic Spiral International (TSI) presents an International Certification in Experiential Trauma Therapy, at four levels, using the Therapeutic Spiral Model (TSM): Trained Auxiliary Ego (TAE), Assistant Leader (AL), Team Leader (TL), and TSI Trainer. This is an acknowledged and research-supported method of using clinically modified psychodrama and experiential psychotherapy to treat trauma with individuals, groups, and communities who present with symptoms of PTSD, anxiety, or depression. It has also been applied to addictions and eating disorders, as well as to uses in education, theatre, community building, business, and law.
TSI offers a comprehensive training program in TSM psychodrama to treat Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and its aftermath that when completed fulfill the TSI requirements for International Certification in Trauma Therapy. This training is for mental health care professionals, educators, community organizers, business persons, lawyers, or volunteers who wish to learn or improve their skills in working with people who are highly stressed or suffer from PTSD.
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Dr. Kate Hudgins is a clinical psychologist and psychodramatist, internationally recognized for her innovating model for healing trauma, the Therapeutic Spiral Model (TSM). TSM is a healing method for trauma survivors, a specific modified psychodrama for the trauma treatment in a safe and efficient path. From the very beginning, Dr. Hudgins has spread and trained in the TSM model over 40 countries.