Integrating Jungian Dream Strategies with EMDR Therapy

As an EMDR trainer and consultant, trainees will often report that their clients will share a dream with them after a critical EMDR processing session. Since they have no training in the content or meaning of dreams, they say things to me like, “I am completely ill-equipped to discuss a client’s dreams,” or “I don’t know anything about dream.,” They tend to move on with the treatment plan and move away from any discussion of the dream. Considering that the dream was so important to the early pioneers of psychology, it is unfortunate that this study has all but disappeared from the modern psyc...Read morehology landscape. This course attempts to fill that void. Pioneer of EMDR therapy, Francine Shapiro, encouraged the integration of other models with EMDR therapy. She stated, “Integrating models with EMDR causes profound psychological change” (Shapiro, 2018, p. 52).

This course has three primary purposes: First, to bring the Jungian influence within EMDR to light. Second, to honor Shapiro’s encouragement of integrating EMDR therapy with other models of psychotherapy, such as the Jungian model’s use of dream work. Thirdly, to examine current research, understanding, and utilization of dreams in psychotherapy. This course integrates both EMDR therapy and Jungian Psychology, creating a robust synergistic awareness of the magnificence of the human psyche. This course emphasizes experiential learning, by inviting trainees to do their own internal exploration. It offers the trainee an opportunity to have a deeper awareness and understanding of their own process through dream analysis.

The method used for dream analysis is based on the systematic and objective analysis of the content of dreams known as “Structural Dream Analysis” (Roesler, 2020). Additionally, we will discuss more recent therapies for working with dreams. (i. e., Imagery Focused Therapy (IFT) (Krakow, B., et. al. 2000) and Focused Oriented Dream (FOD) Therapy (Leijssen, M. 2004). Lucid dreaming will be discussed (Corlett, P. R., et. al., 2014; Chunyun, Y. & Heyong, S. 2020; Jarrod, G., et. al. 2020) and compared to Jung’s active imagination process. EMDR therapy is used in the trauma-informed approach to grief, often accompanied by dreams, which can be utilized and understood (Black, J., et. al. 2020). All three of these models, EMDR, IFT, and FOD, lack an in-depth examination of the content of the dream/nightmare. The purpose of these therapies is to have the nightmare extinguished and sleep improved. This training integrates EMDR therapy with Jungian strategies to enhance EMDR’s therapeutic understanding of the content of dreams and nightmares (Nilcerson, R. 2019).

This training alters no aspect of EMDR Therapy. It relies heavily on maintaining the fidelity of all aspects of the EMDR Therapy Model. The training adheres to the EMDRIA definition of EMDR therapy.

This is an advanced training. It assumes that each attendee is well versed in all eight phases of EMDR therapy and can administer all phases of EMDR competently. It is, however, assumed that the trainee will have little or no knowledge of Jungian Psychology, which is fine. Less...

Learning Objectives

  • Describe EMDR Therapy, the Jungian model of psychotherapy, imagery-focused therapy (IFT) and focus-oriented dream therapy (FOD).
  • Explain the limitations of EMDR, FOD, and IFT with respect to dream work.
  • Describe the three-part dream structure.
  • Explain different types of dreams and how they are integrated into dream work with EMDR therapy.
  • Explain the dream amplification process and cite scientific evidence that supports the therapeutic benefit of the process.
  • Utilize the five-step dream interpretation process within the context of EMDR therapy.

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Agenda

9:00am   

Introduction: Trainer's history with EMDR and Jung.

General discussion and questions.


9:30am   

Discuss the similarities and differences of dream/nightmare used in the respective models.


10:00am 

Discuss, limitations of EMDR, Imagery Focused Therapy (IFT) and focus oriented dream therapy (FOD) when working with dreams and nightmares. Identifying the benefit of integrating Jungian strategies to amplify the value of the dream’s content within EMDR therapy.


11:00am 

Identify and practice breaking dreams into three-part structure (small group practice).


12:00pm                                          

Lunch


1:00pm

Discuss dream types, and dream components.


1:30pm              

Discuss and explain the five-step process of dream amplification.


2:30pm

Interpret dream in small groups using the five-step process.


3:15pm

Return to main group to process.


3:30pm

Develop EMDR protocol from dream concise interpretation.


4:00pm 

Dismiss


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American Psychological Association
CE Learning Systems, LLC is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. CE Learning Systems maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling
The Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling Provider #50-21046-Expires 3/31/2021
EMDRIA Credit Provider
Andrew J. Dobo is an EC Provider (#18026) and this program (#18026-06) is approved for 6 EMDRIA Credits. Eligibility for EMDRIA Credits is restricted to those who have completed an EMDRIA-Approved Basic EMDR Training.
Florida Board of Psychology
Andrew J. Dobo is approved by the Florida Board of Psychology, CE Broker Provider #50-21046. Andrew J. Dobo will electronically report successful course completions to CE Broker.

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