Using Props to Enhance Coaching Sessions with the Karpman Drama Triangle

I am an experienced coach and I believe in the power of action during coaching to help energise and facilitate the understanding of different perspectives. When I am in a meeting room or outside, I am always on the look-out for props – things which I can use to create a space for exploration and experimentation.

Making the Most of the Karpman Drama Triangle

The Karpman Drama Triangle outlines three positions in which we can consider conflict – Victim, Persecutor and Rescuer. I’m not here to provide a detailed explanation on how to coach using this method, but rather to explain how a coach can use their space to improve the coaching experience.

To make the most of the Karpman Drama Triangle, it can help to place large card or post-it notes on the floor with the labels of the Triangle – Victim, Persecutor and Rescuer. It is important that the notes are spaced apart, allowing the coachee to physically go between each note.

  • The coachee can then reflect on which position they stepped into within the Triangle and how it made them feel.
  • The coachee can then physically move around the Triangle, being self-directed by their thoughts and describing the sensations, emotions and feelings they experience with each step.
  • The coachee may then want to revisit any of the spaces they have explored.
  • Finally, the coachee can step out of the Triangle and reflect from a detached position on their experience.

The Karpman Drama Triangle is just one of many coaching models which can be ‘roomised’. Think about some of your favourite methods and share your ideas with us!

Props can be an incredibly valuable tool when it comes to coaching. Using the physical space available to you and positioning props accordingly can help to create an environment of exploration and experimentation. Try out the Karpman Drama Triangle for yourself and see the difference it can make to your coaching sessions!