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

Module 3. Trauma Survivors Internal Role Atom (TSIRA): the Clinical Map for Safety.

How to apply the clinical map for safety into your practice? Discover with the guidance of expert Mario Cossa


(100 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 module clearly outlines each stage of the TSIRA clinical map, establishing the basis for trauma-informed therapy. It introduces prescriptive roles to form a crucial therapeutic container, defines the trauma triangle, and illustrates working with defenses. Join the transformative individual therapeutic session of the counselor from the US led by Mario, putting the TSM foundations into action.

This module is designed for:

• Therapists

• Social workers

• Psychologists

• Counselors (including substance use counselors)

• Psychodramatists

• Educators

• Coaches 

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: 

• 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 highlights: 

• Warm Up: discover what is the TSIRA clinical map.

• Action: Get to know the variety of the therapeutic prescriptive roles

• Sharing: Discover how action methods help your clients to express long-hidden talents, feelings, and dreams.

• Engaging Content: Immerse yourself in 68 minutes of captivating video content 

• Comprehensive Resources: Access valuable handouts to reinforce your knowledge 


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.

Module Includes:

Main Content:

• Videos - 68 min

• Handouts - 147 min

Recommended Content:

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

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

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

• Self Practicum - 60 min

• Test - 30 min 

• Course Survey - 5 min 

Hours for Certificate:

• 5 Hours on Action Exploration Education Certificate (applicable for Psychodrama certification - includes practicum, test and survey)

Information on Continuing Education Hours

Psychodrama professional certification training hours: 

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

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.

Therapeutic Spiral Model (TSM) Psychodrama: Theory & Practice with Trauma. How TSM works. Foundations and Expansions. 11 modules

TSM modified classical psychodrama, combined with the attachment theory and recent research in interpersonal neurobiology. Incorporating trauma theory to ensure safe applications while working with trauma. By taking this course you bring containment and structure into your work.  

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