Bay Area Moreno Institute


San Francisco


San Rafael, CA


Phone: (415) 454 7308



January 11-13, 2019

Transforming the Trauma Triangle: 


With Kate Hudgins, Ph.D., TEP & Sylvia Israel, MFT, RDT/BCT, TEP 


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, 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 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 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.
Date: Jan 11-13, 2019, 
Friday & Saturday 10am-6pm; Sunday 10am-4pm   
Location: IMAGINE! Center for Creativity & Healing, San Rafael, CA.
Fee:  $650. Early Discount:  $600 before 12/20/18
Send $100 deposit to:  TSI, 1460 Stoney Creek Drive, Charlottesville, VA 22902  
Information: Sylvia Israel, or 
Kate Hudgins,
Professional Continuing Education:19 CEU credits MFT/LCSW/LPCC/LEP. 
Psychologists & RNs - Contact Sylvia Israel for CEs. Additional fee applies.
Training hours for Psychodrama and Drama Therapy. 

Professional Program Goals
Learn the Therapeutic Spiral Model's Trauma Triangle and how it can be help trauma survivors understand their experience and utilize it for healing and post-traumatic growth. 

Learning Objectives
After the workshop participants will be able to: 
- Describe how sociometric exercises create cohesion and safety in a group 
- Use the role of Observing ego in a session 
- Describe the importance of the role of Observing ego
- List the three types of TSM's Prescriptive roles and why they are important for transforming the trauma-based roles safely without re-traumatization.
- Demonstrate how to help a client role play a Prescriptive role
- Name the roles on the Trauma Triangle
- Explain how the roles on the Trauma Triangle are internalized 
- Discuss how the Trauma triangle is a useful tool for working with trauma
- Describe the TSM Trauma Triangle and its many uses in education, therapy, and organizations.
- Demonstrate how to teach the Trauma Triangle 
- Give an example of messages from each role on the Triangle
- Define a Transformative Role 
- Give examples of actions the Appropriate Authority would take
- List the three parts and the five elements of of every psychodrama
- Utilize doubling 
-Explain the importance of accessing spontaneity and creativity for healing  
Kate Hudgins, PhD, TEP, is an internationally recognized expert on Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.  She developed the research-supported Therapeutic Spiral Model™ (TSM) to treat PTSD, demonstrating that experiential approaches create immediate change and new learning for those suffering various stages of breakdown, subsequent to overwhelming traumatic events. Kate has taught and worked internationally for over 20 years and is a published author and recipient of numerous awards.

Sylvia Israel, MFT (mfc #31245), TEP, RDT/BCT, is a nationally certified Psychodrama Trainer, Educator, Practitioner (TEP), Registered Drama Therapist/Board Certified Trainer (RDT/BCT) and Founder/Director of IMAGINE! Center for Creativity and Healing, Founder/past-Director of Bay Area Playback Theatre and Founding member of Bay Area Moreno Institute. She is adjunct faculty at the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) and has presented at Spirit Rock Meditation Center and at professional gatherings nationally and internationally. Sylvia is past President of the Northern California Chapter of the National Association of Drama Therapy. Her work blends verbal therapy, psychodrama and other expressive arts. Sylvia specializes in grief and loss, blocks to creativity, trauma and childhood abuse recovery. She maintains a private practice in Marin and San Francisco working with individuals, couples and families.
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