Live and Interactive Dream Tending and Deep Imagination Certificate I Program with Stephen Aizenstat, Ph.D.

January 6, 2023 – June 28, 2023

The Live Certificate program will occur online and in-person on the *Pacifica Lambert Campus
Second Session Enrollment Opportunity
Our Dream Tending and Deep Imagination Certificate I program just had a successful first module and the conversations among the participants were overwhelmingly positive. Dreamers and seekers came together from afar to create a potent community. As you think about when to join the Dream Tending community, we want to let you know that there is still time to join our 2022-2023 Dream Tending and Deep Imagination Certificate I program.
After reflection and a generative spark of insight, we are pleased to share beginning on January 6, 2022, we will conduct the three-day Module 1B course. This second session enrollment opportunity will be conducted online and be a repeat of Module 1: The Living Image where you will learn essential skills and methods of understanding and tending dreams. This creates the program to be the perfect gift for a loved one or family member this holiday season.
Upon completion of Module 1B, you will join the rest of the Certificate I community for Module 2 held January 23-25, 2023. Module 2 will be simulcast online and on Pacifica Graduate Institute’s Lambert Road campus. There is no extra cost for this addition to our program. Payment plans and limited scholarships will continue to be available. To hold your spot today and learn more please email Programs@DreamTending.com.

The Dream Tending and Deep Imagination Certificate I Program is a limited-enrollment program that takes place over four separate three-day sessions. The four modules reflect the multiple dimensions of psychic life and the dream. Learning in dream theory and methodology is both content based and experiential. Much of the learning will also take place in the dimension of dream life that is sensitive to aesthetic perceiving, poetic imagining, nuanced intuiting, and the art of not-knowing. Space is limited for this special event and you will not want to miss this experience!

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Anyone may apply. Please reach out with any questions.
The live Dream Tending and Deep Imagination Certificate I program offers 24 Continuing Education Credits.

This program is ideal if you want to:

  • Connect with a sense of calling, purpose, and belonging
  • Establish a connection with your dream life and deep imagination
  • Be able to recognize what the callings of soul are asking of you
  • Learn about a relational approach to your dreams, nightmares, and waking life experience

By the end of this program, you will:

  • Have deepened the relationship between your soul life and the soul of the world
  • Be able to establish intimate relationships with your soul companions
  • Be able to tend dreams and imagination in the many ways that express their desires

Live and Interactive Schedule

This is a live and interactive program hosted by Dr. Stephen Aizenstat

January 6, 2023 – June 28, 2023

The Dream Tending and Deep Imagination Certificate I Program is a limited-enrollment program that takes place over four separate three-day modules. The four modules reflect the multiple dimensions of psychic life and the dream.

To learn more about the Dream Tending Certificate programs, please contact Myka or Samantha at programs@DreamTending.com or 805-770-0195 and schedule a phone call or Zoom video meeting to discuss questions, program price, and payment plan options. Limited spaces are available on a first-come-first-serve basis.

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Module One

The Living Image Tool Set
Learn essential skills and methods of understanding and tending dreams.

January 6, 2023
This live module will be online.

Module Two

Nightmares: Tending the Intolerable Image
Develop a practical approach to discovering the healing possibilities that exist in the nightmarish images of dreams.

January 23-25, 2023
This live module will be simulcast online and is planned to be located on campus.

Module Three

The World’s Dream and Methods of Animation
In these uncertain times, filled with both destructive and generative impulses, discover a way of listening to the world’s psyche speak through the figures of dreams.

March 6-8  2023
This live module will be online.

Module Four

Medicines of the Soul: Cultivating a Dream Healing Practice
Experience an Asclepian sanctuary of dreams to learn about the healing power of dreams in relation to physical illness.

June 26-28, 2023
This live module will be simulcast online and is planned to be located on campus.

Earn 24 Continuing Education Credits

24 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 $25 fee will be charged for each certificate requested.

Certificate I Benefits

1. Certificate I provides a full immersion into the craft of Dream Tending
2. Students gain competency to work with their and other people’s dreams
3. Graduates of Certificate I become eligible to apply for Certificate II
4. A live and interactive experience with Dr. Stephen Aizenstat

Recent Testimonials

Karla Refoxo
Randal Lea
Lev Krasnoselskiy
Chanin Hardwick

“The experience has been the most powerfully moving experience in my continuing education and growth as a therapist and as a human being. I learned so much about myself, which is the missing link in much of the training I’ve been participating in . . . thank you!”
~ C.J., MFT

“It exceeded my expectations. I expected a good experience but had no idea the training would provide such a rich personal experience and that Dream Tending would add so much depth to my work with dreams.”

~ A.F., psychologist

“I wanted to share for others that the experience in the Dream Tending Certificate program was like entering another realm, a realm that is overflowing with interconnection, love and compassion. Even in nightmare, the dream is like a sweet love note from psyche. In this program it became abundantly clear to me that psyche is only interested in offering balance, suffering and joy can coexist, and we will survive, really and thrive. Experiencing Steve in the field is truly a gift, the blessing of the collective dream-space manifest days or weeks later but, is so rich. Since the training, dreamwork has come to me. I am finding my clients, women of color, are bringing in their dreams more and more. This training has opened a portal for me personally and professionally. I am extremely grateful.”

~ C. Hardwick

“The Dream Tending Certification Program strengthened my personal dream practice and bolstered my confidence to engage my community in dreaming. I now feel empowered to help re-awaken dream in the world!”

– B. Bain

“The Dream Tending Certificate program helped me deepen my connection to the dream realm, and maintain daily access to the extraordinary healing, support and creativity that is inherent in this realm. It also taught me how to impart that access to other people through clear and applicable techniques. Dream Tending has helped me build a sturdy bridge to my soul. In today’s world of strife and uncertainty, this bridge has become invaluable. “
~ L. Rosager, Writer and Creative Coach

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To learn more about the Dream Tending Certificate programs, please contact Myka or Samantha at programs@DreamTending.com or 805-770-0195 and schedule a phone call or Zoom video meeting to discuss questions, program price, and payment plan options. Limited spaces are available on a first-come-first-serve basis.

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Meet Dr. Stephen Aizenstat


Stephen Aizenstat, Ph.D., 
is the Founder of Dream Tending, Pacifica Graduate Institute, and Academy of Imaginal Arts and Sciences. He is a world-renowned Professor of Depth Psychology, an imagination specialist, and innovator. He has served as an organizational consultant to major companies, institutions, Hollywood films, and has lectured extensively in the U.S., Asia, and Europe. He is affiliated with the Earth Charter International project through the United Nations where he has spoken. He has collaborated with many notable masters in the field including Joseph Campbell, James Hillman, Marion Woodman, and Robert Johnson.

General Information

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Schedule a Time to Talk
To learn more about the Dream Tending Certificate programs, please contact Myka or Samantha at programs@DreamTending.com or 805-770-0195 and schedule a phone call or Zoom video meeting to discuss questions, program price, and payment plan options. Limited spaces are available on a first-come-first-serve basis.

*Continuing Education Credit
24 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 $30 fee will be charged for each certificate requested.

Module One Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe association and list its components, purpose, and uses.
  2. Describe amplification and list its components, purpose, and uses.
  3. Describe animation and list its components, purpose, and uses.
  4. Observe demonstrations of advanced Dream Tending techniques.
  5. Learn and practice techniques of active imagination, dream journaling, and engaged mindfulness.
  6. Develop a daily praxis working with dreams applying basic level Dream Tending techniques.
  7. Discuss, evaluate, and critique current literature and research in the field of dreams and dream work.
  8. Learn small group interpersonal skills through dyad work and group discussions.
  9. Develop a practice of utilizing art, movement, and writing to tend dreams

Module Two Learning Objectives:

  1. Define nightmare and describe how it is considered the most alive of dream images.
  2. Continue a daily praxis working with dreams applying advanced Dream Tending techniques.
  3. Explain the difference between nightmares and night terrors.
  4. Explain the connection between psychopathology and nightmares.
  5. Describe the six step system of working with nightmares.
  6. Identify a supportive dream figure to use with nightmare work.
  7. List the psycho-diagnostic qualities of nightmares.
  8. Demonstrate a technique for working with a threatening animal image.
  9. Observe demonstrations of advanced Dream Tending techniques.
  10. Discuss, evaluate, and critique current literature and research in the field of dreams and dream work.
  11. Continue and expand small group interpersonal skills through dyad work and group discussions.

Module Three Learning Objectives:

  1. Define dream council and explain its uses as life presence, as offering of life guidance, and as a way to cultivate the psyche and animate the soul.
  2. List and describe personal dream council members to instructor and/or TAs
  3. Observe advanced methods of Dream Tending.
  4. Demonstrate ability to apply techniques of Dream Tending in dyads under observation of instructor and/or TAs
  5. Define the anima mundi and explain its connection to night-time dreams
  6. Explain the difference between tending a personal dream and tending the world’s dream
  7. Define shadow figures and explain their role in dream council, personal psyche, and the world’s dream.
  8. Discuss, evaluate, and critique current literature and research in the field of dreams and dream work.
  9. Continue and expand small group interpersonal skills through dyad work and group discussions.

Module Four Learning Objectives:

  1. Articulate what “dreaming the world forward” means to self, community, and planet.
  2. List uses of dream images as medicines and explain how dream images can represent rhythms of psyche and soma
  3. Describe how dream images can be categorized as homeopathic remedies
  4. Explain at least three ways images and body symptoms can be correlated
  5. Define addiction and describe how Dream Tending methods of association, amplification, and animation can be used to work with addictive syndromes and chronic illnesses
  6. Define the “wounded image” and give at least two examples of a wounded image from lecture and discussion.
  7. Discuss, evaluate, and critique current literature and research in the field of dreams and dream work.
  8. Continue and expand small group interpersonal skills through dyad work and group discussions.

Continuing Education Credit

This program meets the qualifications for 24 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 24 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 24 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.

Payment Plans Available
Please contact programs@DreamTending.com regarding payment plans.

Fees
The tuition for the Dream Tending Certificate program includes instruction and selected reading material.

Scholarships
A limited number of partial scholarships are available to those who find it prohibitive to pay the full cost of the seminar. To apply, send a letter of request explaining the situation with your application. Please be specific regarding your financial circumstances.

Location
Use of Pacifica Graduate Institute Lambert campus is pending on Pacifica’s campus reopening plans.

Cancellations

Cancellations 21 days or more prior to the program start date receive a 100% refund of program registrations. After 21 days, no refund is available, but the balance will be transferred to a future program.