Weekend 3: April 24 - 26, 2020 (Note: This is a new date!)
Transforming the Trauma Triangle: Working Safely with Trauma Survivors
The Therapeutic Spiral Model's (TSM) Trauma Triangle is 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, the last which is internalized when there is no rescuer available in the
interpersonal world. The unique TSM role of the Abandoning Authority helps describe how trauma survivors learn to abandon themselves to dissociation, self-harm, addictions, eating disorders and lack
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 workshop and 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 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.
Learn the Therapeutic Spiral Model's Trauma Triangle and how it can help trauma survivors understand
their experience and utilize it for healing and post-traumatic growth.
After the workshop participants will be able to:
- Describe how sociometric exercises create cohesion and safety in a group
- Demonstrate how to bring the role of Observing Ego into a session
- Describe the importance of the role of Observing ego
- List the three types of TSM's Prescriptive roles
- Discuss why the Prescriptive roles are important for transforming the trauma-based roles safely without
- Demonstrate how to help a client role play a Prescriptive role
- List the roles on the Trauma Triangle
- Explain how the roles on the Trauma Triangle are intra-psychic, though they originated
- Discuss how the Trauma triangle is a useful tool for working with trauma survivors
- Demonstrate how to teach the Trauma Triangle
- Recite messages from each role on the TraumaTriangle
- Define a Transformative role.
- Predict actions the Appropriate Authority might take
- List the three parts and the five elements of of every psychodrama
- Explain the importance of accessing spontaneity and creativity for healing
Dates: April 24-26, 2020
Hours: Friday 10AM - 6PM
Saturday 10AM - 8PM (includes group dinner)
Sunday 9 AM - 4PM
Where: IMAGINE! Center for Creativity and Healing
1924 Fourth Street San Rafael 94901 (Map)
When registering for each workshop
$550 per weekend three weeks prior to start date. $575 after.
Students (with Full-time ID) when registering for each workshop individually:
$425 per weekend three weeks prior to start date. $475 after.
Full refund up to two weeks prior first day. No refund thereafter.
Fee: When registering for two workshops - #2
(1/31-2/2/2020) & #3 4/24-26/2020
$50 fee reduction for each workshop
An interview with Sylvia is required if this is your first time attending
Payment: Check to Sylvia Israel, 1924 Fourth Street San Rafael, CA 94901. Zelle or Venmo to Sylvia Israel. (Contact Sylvia with