Integrating Jungian Dream Strategies with EMDR Therapy
Integrating Jungian Dream Strategies with EMDR Therapy
From some deep center of reality, a dreamer within speaks to us. This reality knows everything about us, has wisdom greater than ours, and provides these nightly dramas for our transformation. These dramas tell us who we are, where we have been, where we have strayed from the path, how we can get back on the path and where our destiny would lead us. (Kelsey, 1986 p. xxxv in Bosco).
Francine Shapiro encouraged integration of other models with EMDR therapy. She stated, “Integrating models with EMDR causes profound psychological change...Read more.” (Shapiro, 2018, p. 52).
This course has two primary purposes: first to bring the Jungian influence within EMDR to light and second, to honor Shapiro’s encouragement of integrating EMDR therapy with other models, in this case the Jungian model’s aspect of dream work. This course integrates both EMDR therapy and Jungian Psychology creating a powerful synergistic understanding of the magnificent of the human psyche.
An optional, purpose is to invite the training therapists to do their own internal personal exploration. This course offers the trainee an opportunity to have a deeper awareness and understanding of their own process of individuation. The trainee is invited to exploring their own dreams and the impact their negative cognition(s) is having on their life.
The method used for dream analysis is structured and scientific. Once a better understanding of the dream occurs then there will be an integration of the dream material with the EMDR model. This enhances both models expanding material for EMDR therapist to consider.
It is of the highest importance to learn that there are things in our minds which are not of our own making. –C. G. Jung Less...
- 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.
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About the speaker
Andrew J. Dobo, Psy.D.
Fortunately, one of our professors was trained in EMDR by Francine Shapiro in the early ’90s, when EMDR was in its infancy. He offered a course in it, I took it, and I’ve been using this model of therapy ever since. After twenty years and tens of thousands of EMDR sessions later, it is my privilege to train therapists at this stage of my career.
Our trainings are more than learning a new therapeutic technique for your toolbox.
EMDR has transformed my work and my life. I sought out my own EMDR therapist to dismantle my core belief, “I’m not good enough.” This negative belief was the culprit infiltrating every aspect of my life. Once the cognition shifted to “I am good enough,” everything internally calmed down and a profound sense of okayness and self-acceptance set in. I never felt anything like it. Without doing my own EMDR work, I doubt I would train therapists because I would think I’m not good enough.
EMDR Educators of Florida’s mission is to transform the lives of therapists so they can transform the lives of their patients. It is the journey we’ve taken with incredible results. Let us guide you through this journey to places you never imagined you could go.
Dr. Dobo’s EMDR story began in 1998 in graduate school. A local EMDR therapist came into the school for a presentation on EMDR. She waved her hand in front of a student volunteer’s eyes and reduced his anxiety about an issue in about fifteen minutes. A few weeks later, he questioned the student volunteer about the status of his anxiety. The student assured him it was no longer a problem. Dr. Dobo was sold on this therapy.
Dr. Dobo’s knowledge of Jung and his concepts was clearly at work during EMDR processing sessions. For example, Jung has a concept called the “shadow.” It is hidden material that must be uncovered. Using psychoanalytic therapy, this can be a long process. When EMDR is employed, this Shadow material can be accessed and resolved in minutes. EMDR and Jungian concepts are perfect companions.
It is a little known fact that Francine Shapiro’s initial understanding of EMDR was through the lens of exposure therapy but after a time she realized there was more going on than exposure to desensitize a memory. She soon realized that EMDR activated reprocessing and at that point she embraced the psychoanalytic component of free association.
EMDR is like Jungian therapy on steroids. Jung would most certainly be an EMDR therapist if he was alive. It was clear to Dr. Dobo that much like Shapiro’s understanding of the importance of free association is to the EMDR process, Dobo realized there were many other parallels and complimentary ways in which to integrate the two models creating a powerful integrative combination that enhances generalization and accelerates the EMDR process.
Dr. Dobo is excited to share this integrative approach with others in this course which was preceded by his book, Unburdening Souls at the Speed of Thought which will continue in his next book, Beyond Trauma: Transforming Power of the Integrating EMDR Therapy with Jungian Psychology.
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).
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