The Essentials of Dreamwork and Advanced Dreamwork (online) courses are aimed at practising psychotherapists. 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.

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. The course content will also relate dreamwork to alchemy, which can facilitate a profound understanding of the psycho-spiritual transformation process.

Facilitator: Melinda Powell


Application Process

Please note:

  • This course will be offered only online
  • 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 online Zoom interview is required to determine suitability for the course (for a £50 non-refundable fee).
  • The application process and interview must be completed by November 30th.
  • On acceptance and to retain your place on the course, a £200.00 non-refundable deposit is required.
  • Contact: [email protected] and cc: [email protected]

Timings

The course starts in January 2022 and will run for 28 weekly sessions, spread over 3 terms of 6-11 weeks each. The days and times will be confirmed later this year. Provisionally, the course will be on either a Tuesday or Wednesday from 4:30 – 5:50.

  • Term I: Wednesday 19th January – Wednesday 30th March
  • Term II: Wednesday 27 April – Wednesday 25th May
  • Term III: Wednesday 7th Sept – Wednesday 11 November

Course Fees

£50 Online Interview Fee (non-refundable) and £1800 (including £200 deposit)


Award

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


CPD

The Essentials of Dreamwork Online provides 1.5 CPD hours per group session attended.


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


Introduction

The intention of the Dreamwork Certificate Courses is to train people who want to deepen their understanding of 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 Divinity 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 Essentials of Dreamwork and Advanced Dreamwork courses are aimed at practising psychotherapists. 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.

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. The course content will also relate dreamwork to alchemy, which can facilitate a profound understanding of the psycho-spiritual transformation process.

The Essentials and Advanced Dreamwork courses are also experientially oriented, in that they are based on the dreams of the group members. Initially the course will be focused on demonstrating dreamwork and deepening the personal process of participants by following, expanding and connecting to their dreams. Later, especially in the Advanced course, members will have opportunities to practice skills by working with colleagues, supported by the facilitator. There is no written component of the course but you must attend at least 80% of the sessions, participate fully, and demonstrate readiness to work with people’s dreams in order to receive the certificate.

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

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

Please note that the Essentials of Dreamwork is not a requirement for the Essentials of Lucid Dreaming Course.


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.


Entry Requirements

Mandatory

  • Access to Zoom in a private setting
  • Completion of a psychotherapy training course equivalent to the CCPE Diploma. (Applicants who have completed the taught portion of the Diploma and are nearly finished the course work and hours will be considered on the recommendation of their year tutor and/or the Director of Professional and Academic Studies.)
  • Have a keen interest in one’s own dreams and psychology, and those of others
  • Be curious about and open to psychological and spiritual perspectives on dreams and dreamwork
  • Have a keen interest in (or curiosity about) Transpersonal Psychology and its applications
  • Have prior or current experience of personal therapy
  • Be willing to fully participate in experiential group learning
  • Be self-reflective and receptive to constructive feedback
  • Take active responsibility for your own learning
  • Attend an online interview with the course leader
  • If requested, provide a letter of recommendation and/or certificates from prior training
  • Completion of the Essentials of Dreamwork course is required for the Advanced Dreamwork course online.

Recommended

  • Experience of group work in the context of therapy, personal development, or spiritual growth
  • Continuing or previous experience of spiritual practice
  • Regular dream recall.

About the Course Facilitator

Melinda Powell is author of The Hidden Lives of Dreams (Bonnier Books UK, 2020) and Lucid Surrender: The Alchemy of Awakening in Lucid Dreaming (in press). She co-founded the Dream Research Institute at the Centre for Counselling and Psychotherapy Education, London to promote research into the relationship between dreams and wellbeing. She has served as past vice-president of the International Association for the Study of Dreams and as director of HELP Counselling Centre, London. Melinda works as a psychotherapist and teaches on the subject of dreams and dream lucidity.


Register

If you would like to register for the course, please contact [email protected] and Melinda Powell at [email protected] to arrange for an interview (via Zoom video link). The non-refundable fee for the interview is £50. Completed applications must be submitted by 30 November 2020.

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