Dream Tending 2024 Clinical Intensive Program

A two part Intensive Program with Dr. Stephen Aizenstat

March 18,  19, 20 & May 13, 14, 15, 2024

Dream Tending is a comprehensive dreamwork methodology that offers ways of accessing the healing powers of dreams. This approach views the dreaming psyche as multidimensional. Dreams are perceived as portals, opening the doors to the personal, collective, and universal realms of consciousness. Dream Tending is different from dream interpretation. To tend a dream is to experience the figures in dreams as embodied, with imaginal substance and pulse. As dreams are animated, it becomes possible to experience their intelligence and listen to their stories. These teachings inform our life purpose and respond to what the world is asking of us now.

Participants of this Clinical Intensive Program will build practical skills grounded in traditional and emerging methods of dreamwork. They will learn how to apply these skills to their therapeutic practice through the use of various case studies, experiential learning, group discussions, and individual reflection. Participants will learn how to honor the wisdom of  clients’ dreams and work with them as a source of guidance, inspiration, and healing.

The Dream Tending methods developed by Dr. Stephen Aizenstat build on the methods of association, amplification, and animation pioneered by Freud and Jung, and expanded upon by James Hillman and Marion Woodman. Dream Tending puts animation into practice and allows us to experience dreams in their living, embodied reality.

If you would like to join us, please reach out to our program coordinator at program@dreamtending.com or at 805-770-0195

Topics To Be Covered

Module I – Online

General Dream Tending concepts:

  • Dream images are a form of emergent phenomena from a multi-dimensional web of the dreaming psyche.
  • Dream Tending differentiated from Dream Interpretation and Dream Analysis
  • Skills to deepen a personal daily praxis that accesses hosting the beautiful and the intolerable dream images in times of stress and uncertainty
  • Essential skills and methods of understanding dreams and dream images
  • Methods of tending dreams for self and others
  • Specific skills in association, amplification, and animation
  • Dream work and nightmares

Clinical Dream Tending concepts:

  • Clinical techniques when working with dreams
  • Generative value of including dream work in clinical practice
  • Use of dreams in diagnosis, treatment planning, prognosis
  • The initial dream in therapy
  • Individual psychotherapy: dream work and the Primary Anchoring System
  • Contraindications of dream work
  • Transference and the intersubjective imaginal field
  • Dream work and addiction
  • Dream work and the treatment of trauma
  • Dream work and nightmares/PTSD dreams

Module II – In Residence

General Dream Tending concepts:

  • Dreamwork with Special Populations: Wisdom within the Marginalized, and International Communities of Dream
  • Dream Enactment: Psychodrama skill set
  • Psyche and Soma: Dreams and Somatic Resonance, craft of Illumination
  • Integrative Medicine: Dreams utilized in treatment of physical illness

Clinical Dream Tending concepts:

  • Dreamwork with Individuals
  • Dreamwork with Children
  • Dreamwork over time: Transformation of Dream Figures
  • Dreamwork with Couples
  • Dreamwork with Families
  • Dreamwork with Groups

     Learning Objectives

Module I Learning Objectives:

  1. Write 3 ways in which Dream Tending Differs from Dream Analysis
  2. Identify two ways to apply methods of association with clients
  3. Identify two ways to apply methods of amplification with clients
  4. Explain dream animation in terms of the autonomy of the dream image
  5. Identify 3 reasons why clients want to work with dreams
  6. Identify 3 clinical diagnosis that would benefit from dream work
  7. Identify 3 beneficial therapeutic effects of dreamwork with therapy clients
  8. Identify at least two themes in the mood or affect of dreams which might suggest screening for mood disorders
  9. Explain how dreamwork is an effective treatment modality in relation to cyber addiction
  10. Describe two methods to help clients remember their dreams
  11. Explain the connection between psychopathology and nightmares

Module II Learning Objectives: 

  1. Identify three examples of gestures or cues in dream work which might prompt questions about physical health
  2. Evaluate how the intolerable image can be accessed for  healing
  3. Identify components within the Dream which suggest remedies or healing properties for common concerns like uncomplicated grief, adjustment disorders,
  4. Create an individual treatment plan that will incorporate Dream content into daily healing rituals
  5. Prepare a screening process to identify persons for whom Dream work is not presently indicated
  6. Explain how to address client dreams in which the therapist or the therapeutic process is a figure, overtly or symbolically
  7. Explain dream work as rehearsal for exposure to relapse triggers or practice of refusal skills
  8. Design two methods of grounding rooted in allies, safe places, and effective practices suggested by their dream
  9. Apply one’s own self-regulation within the intersubjective Dream space as a calming and grounding technique
  10. Identify in what circumstances dreamwork is contraindicated
  11. Write the six steps of working with nightmares

Earn 20 Continuing Education Credits

20 continuing education credits are available for MFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and LEPs through the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (provider #67021), for RNs through the California Board of Registered Nurses (provider #CEP 7177), and for psychologists through the California Psychological Association (PAC014). Pacifica Graduate Institute maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Full attendance at the program is required to receive a certificate. A $40 fee will be charged for each certificate requested.

General Information

Schedule a Time to Talk

To learn more about the Dream Tending Certificate program, please email Program@DreamTending.com to discuss questions, program price, and payment plan options. One of our Program Coordinators will get back to you shortly.

Payment Plans Available

Please contact programs@DreamTending.com regarding payment plans.

*Continuing Education Credits
20 continuing education credits are available for MFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and LEPs through the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (provider #67021), for RNs through the California Board of Registered Nurses (provider #CEP 7177), and for psychologists through the California Psychological Association (PAC014). Pacifica Graduate Institute maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Full attendance at the program is required to receive a certificate. A $40 fee will be charged for each certificate requested.

Continuing Education Credit Detials

This program meets the qualifications for 20 hours of continuing education credit for Psychologists through the California Psychological Association (PAC014) Pacifica Graduate Institute is approved by the California Psychological Association to provide continuing education for psychologists.  Pacifica Graduate Institute maintains responsibility for this program and its content.  Full attendance is required to receive a certificate.

This course meets the qualifications for 20 hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.  Pacifica Graduate Institute is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (#60721) to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs.  Pacifica Graduate Institute maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content.  Full attendance is required to obtain a certificate.

For Registered Nurses through the California Board of Registered Nurses, this conference meets qualifications of 20 hours of continuing education credit are available for RNs through the California Board of Registered Nurses (provider #CEP 7177).  Full attendance is required to obtain a certificate.

Pacifica Graduate Institute is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs.  Pacifica Graduate Institute maintains responsibility for each program and its content.  Full day attendance is required to receive a certificate.

Continuing Education Goal.  Pacifica Graduate Institute is committed to offering continuing education courses to train LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and LEPs to treat any client in an ethically and clinically sound manner based upon current accepted standards of practice.  Course completion certificates will be awarded at the conclusion of the training and upon participant’s submission of his or her completed evaluation.

CECs and Online Program Attendance: Participants requesting Continuing Education Credits (CECs) for Online programs must attend all live sessions (offered via Zoom) in order to receive CECs. Please make sure that your Zoom account name matches the name of the attendee requesting CECs.

Cancellations

Deposits and full tuition payments made towards Dream Tending Certificate Programs can be refunded 21 days prior to the start of the program. After that, any payments made can be put towards future Dream Tending programs. Dream Tending reserves the right to cancel any program or expel participants at any time. In the case of an unforeseen canceled program, you will be refunded in full. In the case of program expulsion, possible refunds will be examined on a case by case basis.

Refund Policy

Refunds will be given 21 days prior to the start of the program. After that, any payments made can be put towards future Dream Tending programs. No transfers will be given after the start date of a Certificate Program.

Confidentiality

The Dream Tending and Deep Imagination Certificate program is a professional training program offered under the auspices of the Continuing Education Program of Pacifica Graduate Institute. Participants are encouraged to present material from their personal dreams for discussion during seminar sessions with the understanding that the ensuing dreamwork is part of an educational opportunity. The Program is not psychotherapy and will not provide the “container” of the therapeutic consulting room. Thus, there is no legally protected confidentiality for a “psychotherapist-client” communication. Although the presenter is a Clinical Psychologist and licensed psychotherapist, he will be working as seminar leader and instructor in this training program. While there will be a continuing relationship among the participants over the nine months of the seminar series, the focus of this experience is educational rather than therapeutic. Participants will want to keep this in mind in deciding what to share during seminar sessions.

As a part of this training, seminar participants will work with their own and each others’ dreams in meetings of the entire group as well as during triad and small group sessions. Triad and small group sessions have their own confidentiality, and participants must reach a mutual agreement before sharing material from these smaller meetings in the general sessions of the entire group. What participants share and learn from each other must remain within their agreed upon limits of confidentiality and does not fall under the responsibility or liability of Dream Tending.

Seminar participants who wish to include case material from their clinical practices in this training program may do so. If you choose to do this, you must present the material in a manner which obscures the client’s identity and otherwise preserves the client’s confidentiality rights.

Disability Support

It is the goal of Dream Tending to make programs and experiences accessible to all members of the community. It is the participant’s responsibility to contact Program@DreamTending.com directly if accommodations are desired. Each person, disability, and situation is unique, so needs will be considered individually.

All reading materials in the Dream Tending Certificate program are formatted to be compatible with read-aloud programs.

Anti-Discrimination Policy

Dream Tending will not discriminate against any individual or group with respect to any service, program or activity based on gender, race, creed, national origin, sexual orientation, religion, age or other prohibited basis. Dream Tending does not require attendees to adhere to any particular religion or creed in order to participate in its programs.

Grievances

We want to ensure your experience in the Dream Tending Certificate programs is educational and enjoyable. The Dream Tending Program Coordinators will respond to complaints in a reasonable, ethical and timely manner when submitted by program attendees in writing to Program@DreamTending.com or call (805) 770-0195.

FAQs

Who can I contact with any questions?

Please get in touch with a Dream Tending Program Coordinator at Program@DreamTending.com or call (805) 770-0195.