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

  • Compare the similarities and differences in the treatment of dreams and nightmares within the context of each model (Jungian Psychology and EMDR therapy) while understanding more recent scientific studies that support dream work as a valuable therapeutic intervention.
  • Utilize the three-part dream structure for our examination of a dream or nightmare.
  • Identify the various the types of dreams to determine which dreams are relevant and which dreams can be ignored, including more recent scientific studies that examine the vividness and frequency of nightmares after a traumatic experience.
  • Identify and utilize the various components of the dream through the process of dream amplification and being made aware of the scientific evidence that shows the therapeutic benefit of this process.
  • Utilize the five-step dream interpretation process to develop an accurate interpretation of the dream(s).
  • Develop an EMDR protocol from problematic dream material thus expanding material that the EMDR therapist can choose to process.

Friday, October 01, 2021

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09:00 AM EDT - 04:00 PM EDT

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About the speaker


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, practice and employ the three-part dream interpretation structure to begin preparation for the interpretation

11:00am   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 and explain the five-step process.

3:15pm     Return to main group to process. Video.

3:30pm     Develop EMDR protocol from dream concise interpretation

4:00pm     Dismissal

CE Information - Earn 6 CE Credit Hours

CE Approvals

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 3/31/2025
EMDRIA Credit Provider
Andrew J. Dobo is an EC Provider (#18026) and this program (#18026-02) is approved for 12 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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