The Introduction to Dreamwork course is an experiential dream group where you can learn about your own dreams, take your personal process further, and learn how to work with and understand your own dreams.

The course will give an experiential immersion in a psycho-spiritual perspective in dreams and teach how to recognise and work with the spiritual guidance that is present in your dreams. The course content will draw on personal and cultural associations as well as symbols and frameworks for recognising aspects of your own consciousness and growth, including the planes of consciousness, the alchemical process of transformation, and archetypal and mythical resonances for personal experience.

Application is open to dreamers of all backgrounds who have sufficient experience of personal therapy, personal development or other process work. You are recommended to have personal therapy in parallel to the course.

Introduction to Dreamwork is a continuing professional development (CPD) certificate course, but not a post-diploma certification as a dream therapist. People can attend for more than one year to go deeper into their own process. Qualified therapists may wish to move on to the Essentials and Advanced courses. Some may wish to move on to the Lucid Dreaming course.


The course is led by Dave Billington or Rashon Chowdhury. Each week, members will be invited to share a dream, and Dave will faciliate exploration of it using dreamwork techniques including the Waking Dream Process.


If you would like to apply for the Introduction to Dreams course, please send a brief application letter to [email protected] in which you express your reasons for being interested in the course, and your experience of dreamwork (if any), therapy, group work, personal development or spiritual practice of any kind. You will be invited for an interview (£50) in which you can inquire further about the course and find out if it is right for you.

Please contact [email protected] to arrange for an interview (via Zoom or in-person). The non-refundable fee for the interview is £50. Applications close 30 November 2021.


Application Process

Please note:

  • The course needs a minimum of 4 people to run. Maximum enrolment is 6 people.
  • Applications are open to qualified psychotherapists; people who have finished the taught portion of the CCPE Diploma (or equivalent) will be considered on recommendation from their year tutor and/or the Director of Professional and Academic Studies.
  • To apply, send a brief CV focused on related psychotherapeutic and personal development and training, and a brief cover letter/email detailing your interest in the course. You will also be asked to complete a CCPE/DRI application form.
  • An interview is required to determine suitability for the course (for a £50 non-refundable fee). This can be done via Zoom or in-person at CCPE.
  • The deadline for applications is 30 November while places remain on the course.
  • On acceptance and to retain your place on the course, a £200.00 non-refundable deposit is required.
  • Contact and applications: [email protected]

Timings

The course starts in January 2022 and will run for 30 weekly sessions spread over 3 terms of 8-11 weeks each. The course is offered on Wednesday mornings, 10am-1pm. Dates will be confirmed later this year, but provisionally they are:

  • Term I: Wednesday, 19 January – Wednesday, 30 March
  • Term II: Wednesday, 27 April – Wednesday, 15 June
  • Term III: Wednesday, 7 September – Wednesday, 16 November

Course Fees

£50 Online Interview Fee (non-refundable) and £2250 (including £200 deposit). Options for payment by installments are available on request.


Award

Certificate in Essentials of Dreamwork or Advanced Dreamwork. You must complete Essentials of Dreamwork in order to move on to Advanced Dreamwork.


CPD

The Essentials of Dreamwork provides 3 CPD hours per group session attended.


Dream Work Certificate courses under the auspices of CCPE’s Dream Research Institute


Introduction

The intention of the Introduction to Dreamwork Certificate Course is to facilitate a deeper understanding of your dreams, to use the spiritual perspective in working with dreams and to recognise and work with the spiritual guidance that is present in dreams.

Our state of mind and inner world is reflected in our dreams. Our spirit can also speak to us in the dreams through voice, metaphor and action. It can warn us, help us to be more aware and lead us to the spirit that is waiting within to be discovered.

A method of working with dreams – The Waking Dream Process – has been developed by combining the creative imagination, psychological knowledge and healing, together with the use of the body as a feedback instrument, to help in the process of personal transformation and spiritual guidance. It is an extremely effective way of combining the spiritual and psychological approaches to healing and for distinguishing between the two

We take time and care each year to form groups that will be safe, supportive environments for deep exploration of dreams and dreamwork from a spiritual perspective. To that end, all applicants are interviewed and are given opportunities to discuss what course is right for them.


The Course

The course is open to open to anyone with sufficient experience of personal psychotherapy, process work, spiritual practice or similar self-development. Members are expected to be mature, self-regulating and able to work positively in a group environment. Some dream recall is essential.

The course will give an experiential immersion in a psycho-spiritual perspective in dreams and teach how to recognise and work with the spiritual guidance that is present in dreams. We draw on metaphor, symbolism and the alchemical process of transformation, among other models, to facilitate a psycho-spiritual transformation process initiated by your own dreams.

A method of working with dreams – The Waking Dream Process – has been developed by combining the creative imagination, psychological knowledge and healing, together with the use of the body as a feedback instrument, to help in the process of personal transformation and spiritual guidance. It is an extremely effective way of combining the spiritual and psychological approaches to healing and for distinguishing between the two.

Some of the time spent on the course is used for the teaching of dream theory. However, members mainly present their dreams (and clients’ dreams if permission is granted by them) to the group during the session. The group facilitator works together with the students on their dreams through dialogue and the Waking Dream Process. Time is also allotted for discussion, suggestions and questions on the dreamwork session.

There is no written component of the course but you must attend at least 80% of the sessions and participate fully in order to receive the certificate.


Curriculum Topics

Whilst we work with personal issues in the dreams, once we have resolved our major inner personal conflicts, access to the more transpersonal levels of self and to experiences of the more subtle levels of consciousness become possible. The many spiritual traditions have given different names to this process: some have called it spiritual awakening, some soul consciousness, and some have called it clear perception.

These subtle levels of consciousness appear first metaphorically in our dreams; later they begin to become conscious experiences in which we have a direct experience of this phenomenon. In our practical dreamwork sessions, we work through our issues and then learn how to access these states, thereby experiencing both a healing of our psyche and a sense of spiritual awakening. Gradually, we begin to develop a consciousness of our soul nature, leading to a much deeper understanding of ourselves than is possible with current psychotherapy methods.


About the Course Facilitators

Dave Billington (MA, Dips Supvn, Psychotherapy, Cert. Adv Dreamwork) is the Director of the DRI and a working psychotherapist in London. Originally from Canada, he trained at the CCPE and completed his MA in Transpersonal Counselling and Pyschotherapy with CCPE and Northampton University. His research dissertation was on the effectiveness of the Waking Dream Process in psychotherapy. He is a UKCP-accredited therapist and an experienced supervisor and facilitator. In addition to teaching dreamwork, he lectures on the CCPE Diploma in Transpersonal Counselling and Psychotherapy and is a tutor on the Research M.A. programme.

Dr. Rashon Chowdhury (EdD, MA, Dipls. Psych, Supvn, Adv. Dreamwork Certificate) is a DRI Associate and Director of Professional & Academic Studies at CCPE. She is an experienced integrative transpersonal counsellor, psychotherapist and supervisor as well as a lecturer and scholar, and she is an experienced dreamworker, lecturer and teacher. She is UKCP-accredited.


Register

If you would like to register for the course, please contact [email protected] to arrange for an interview. The non-refundable fee for the interview is £50. Applications must be submitted by 30 November.

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