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Continuing Education

Using Dreams in Private Practice and for Personal Development

Date: 9:00am - 5:00pm PDT June 24 Location: Lewis & Clark Graduate Campus

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    Pilar Hernandez-Wolfe, PhD

Lewis & Clark Graduate Campus

Studies indicate that human beings spend one third of our lives asleep, and roughly one quarter of them within dreams. All humans dream each night, and many of us dream lucidly through the day. Yet we pay little to no attention to dreams as a source of guidance, liberation and connection to life.

Ongoing colonization has the ability to stifle one’s ability to dream, hope, and connect with ancestral traditions. Western Eurocentric discourses aligned with neopositivism and logic have tried to obliterate ways of knowledge that are not aligned with agnostic, non-spiritual or atheistic points of view.

For therapists, clients, and marginalized peoples, this has lead to a lack of resources and avenues to healing that may be connected to traditions deemed ‘unvaluable’ by Western academia.

This experiential workshop is designed to help practitioners uncover the potential wisdom that lucid and asleep dreaming may possess for their personal and professional development, as well as that of their clients. This is especially important to marginalized populations who may have lost their connection to dreams, hope and wonder due to current and historical oppression. 

Dreaming is powerful, possible and liberating—from both the internal boundaries of the mind and the external restrictions of one’s surroundings. In this space, participants will explore dream traditions within and outside of the counseling and psychology field.

We will look at the role of the unconscious, revealing patterns and schemas, describing relationship issues, and identify resources and suggestions for therapeutic change.

This is an experiential workshop where we will work with dream accounts from participants on an individual and group basis. The workshop will provide the opportunity for participants to lie down or recline in a relaxed position for some exercises and meditative activities. Participants are welcome to bring yoga mats or meditative cushions if they wish.

Participants in this workshop will learn and explore:

  • The history of dream work in ancient and contemporary times
  • Contributions from psychology and counseling to understanding dreams
  • How to introduce dream work to clients
  • Ways to use specific dream work techniques in clinical practice

Workshop Details & Registration

Date: Saturday, June 24, 2017, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Instructor: Pilar Hernandez-Wolfe, PhD

Cost: $125 before 6/1, $150 after, includes 7 CEUs or PDUs, $50 students. Lewis & Clark Alumni save 20%.

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About the Instructor

Dr. Pilar Hernandez-Wolfe is associate professor in the Counseling Psychology Department at Lewis & Clark. She is a licensed family therapist, a licensed professional counselor, and an approved supervisor of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. She maintains a private practice at All My Relations Counseling in Portland, Oregon.

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