Experiential Treatment For PTSD: The Therapeutic Spiral Model

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Springer Publishing Company, Jun 7, 2002 - Psychology - 240 pages
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"This book introduces something substantially new...original, clinically valid and well-thought out ideas which have been extensively ëtestedí in workshops conducted internationally over the last decade...a great book!"
Adam Blatner, MD

The author presents the Therapeutic Spiral Model (TSM), a systematic modification of Psychodrama, for therapists working with people who are suffering from severe trauma and posttraumatic stress disorder. A step-by-step guide for using experiential methods safely, the author first explains the theoretical foundations of TSM, research and theories on trauma, and experiential psychotherapy as a basis for understanding its development. Throughout, clinical action structures and advanced intervention modules for using experiential methods are presented. Each chapter contains active vignettes and case examples to demonstrate the process and progress of the spiral technique.


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The Unique Clinical Action Structures of TSM
The Therapeutic Spiral Model in Action
The Future with Trauma Survivors
Diagnostic Criteria for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
Glossary of Terms in the Therapeutic Spiral Model
Overview of the Accreditation Process in the Therapeutic Spiral Model

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About the author (2002)

Kate Hudgins, PhD, is a clinical psychologist and board certified trainer in psychodrama, sociometry and group psychotherapy. She received the 2001 Innovator's Award from the American Society of Group Psychotherapy and Psychodrama for creating The Therapeutic Spiral Model, which integrates classical psychodrama with recent clinical advances in trauma practice and training. She established the nonprofit organization Therapeutic Spiral International in 2000 to bring this model of healing to underserved areas of the global community. She is a published author whose work includes "Psychodrama with Trauma Survivors: Acting Out Your Pain "(2002). Kate travels extensively and has trained Action Trauma Teams in Australia, Canada, England, New Zealand, Northern Ireland, and South Africa, and has taught in many additional countries including Israel, South Korea, and Turkey.

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