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Multiday Session Course

F23-202 An Introductory Workshop on Listening and Responding to Client Dreams (2 Half Days)

Total Credits: 6 including 6 Category I CE

200 Adults, Couples & Families |  800 Online
Kathleen Deal, MSW, PhD
Course Levels:
6 hours

Schedule at a glance


This two-part workshop prepares clinicians to respond therapeutically when a client presents a dream for exploration. The workshop emphasizes Carl Jung’s view that all dreams come in the interest of health and wholeness. Part 1 introduces participants to basic Jungian concepts, guidance on how to listen to a client’s dream, and specific techniques to engage a client collaboratively in dream exploration. Part 2 uses experiential exercises designed to apply the information and skills on listening and responding to client dreams presented in Part 1. The workshop addresses ethical considerations in dream exploration, includes information about recent research on the benefits of exploring dreams in psychotherapy, and addresses ways to incorporate some basic elements of dream work into participants’ clinical practice.   


Kathleen Deal, MSW, PhD Related seminars and products

Dr. Kathleen (Kathy) Deal is an experienced clinician, teacher, workshop presenter, and small group facilitator. She worked for 19 years in Virginia as a clinical social worker in mental health and addiction outpatient settings. After receiving a PhD in social work, she taught graduate-level courses at several schools of social work, including the University of Maryland (15 years), University of Kentucky, and Smith College. She has presented at over 20 professional conferences and developed training programs for social work field instructors. Most recently Kathy became certified in dream work through The Haden Institute’s Dream Work Program. Her experience as a mental health practitioner, theory and practice professor, and currently as a dream work facilitator contributes to the development of a workshop focused on basic ways for clinicians to include dream work in more traditional therapeutic approaches.  

Agenda & Learning Objectives


Day 1  

1:05 – 1:15 Log On/Registration   

1:15 – 1:25   

Workshop Overview  

1:25 – 2:00  

Presentation of Concepts from Jungian Theory and Application to Dreams  

Key Concepts: Model of Psyche; Individuation; Shadow  

2:00 – 2:30   

Listening to a Client’s Dream  

Dream Structure   

Symbolic Language  



2:30 – 2:45 BREAK  

2:45 – 4:00  

Responding to a Client’s Dream  

Overview of Working with Dreams   

Specific Techniques   

Framing Questions  

“Six Magic Questions”  

Carrying a Dream Forward  

Small Group Exercise  

4:00 – 4:30   

Ethical Considerations  

Ethical Guidelines from the Association for the Study of Dreams  

4:30 Questions and Adjournment  


Day 2 

1:05 – 1:15 Log On/Registration  

1:15 – 1:45  

Recent Research: Using Dream Exploration in More Traditional Psychotherapies  

1:45 – 2:30  

Dream Work Demonstration  

Workshop Presenter and Volunteer Demonstrate Exploring a Dream  

Discussion, Questions about the Demonstration  

2:30 – 2:45 BREAK  

2:45 – 3:30  

Small Group Exercise  

In dyads or triads workshop participants try out roles of dream presenter (client) and dream work facilitator (clinician)  

3:30 – 4:30   

Large Group Processing of Small Group Exercise  

Benefits and Cautions in Working with Clients’ Dreams  

Discussion/Questions/Concerns about Incorporating Dream Exploration into Clinical Practice  

“Aha” moments  

Remaining Questions  

4:30 Questions and Adjournment  



Upon the completion of this workshop, participants will be able to:

Day 1  

Participants will be able to: 

  • Understand basic concepts of Jungian theory, including layers of Psyche, Individuation, and Shadow.  

  • Increase awareness of the nature and function of dreams in promoting health, healing, and wholeness.  

  • Recognize dream elements of structure, setting, symbolic language, and key images.  

  • Begin to experiment with dream work techniques.  

  • Recognize ethical boundaries and cautions around dream exploration in a mental health setting.   

Day 2  
Participants will be able to:   

  • Apply basic dream work techniques, such as eliciting associations and posing the “Six Magic Questions”.  

  • Gain confidence in ability to use a collaborative approach in listening and responding to client dreams.  

  • Appraise the research on the use of dream work in clinical practice.  

  • Appraise the benefits and challenges of integrating dream work into their clinical practice.   

Bibliography & References


Beauchemin, K. (2018).  Through the Looking Glass: Reflecting on Counsellor Dreams for Enhanced Self-Care and Effective Practice. Int J Adv Counselling, 40: 52–59.  

Caperton, W. (2012) Dream-Work in Psychotherapy: Jungian, Post-Jungian, Existential, and Cognitive Experiential Approaches,” Graduate Journal of Counseling Psychology:3:1, Article 3,  

 Carcione A., Santonastaso M., Sferruzza F., Riccardi I. (2021). Esoteric power, useless, useful: considerations about dreams in cognitive-behavioural therapy. Research in Psychotherapy: Psychopathology, Process and Outcome, 24(2), 130-137. http://doi: 10.4081/ripppo.2021.543. 

Fogli A, Maria Aiello L, Quercia D. (2020). Our dreams, our selves: automatic analysis of dream reports. R. Soc. Open Sci. 7: 192080.  

 Hacket, M. (2015). Has the time come to resurface ‘The Royal Road to the Unconscious’: Reflections, research and the case for embracing dream work in clinical practice and therapist development. Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, 15,(3), 13-17.  

Pesant, N. & Zadra, A. (2004). Working with dreams in therapy: What do we know and what should we do? Clinical Psychology Review 24, 489–512. Available from 

 Roesler, C. (2020). Jungian theory of dreaming and contemporary dream research – Findings from the research project ‘Structural Dream Analysis’, Journal of Analytical Psychology, 65 (1), 44–62. 

 Roesler, C. (2020). The structural approach to the empirical investigation of the meaning of dreams - Findings from the research project ‘Structural Dream Analysis’. International Journal of Dream Research, 13, (1), 46-55.  

 Jung Platform (2020). Re: The Practice of Dreamwork has Changed [Online article by Leslie Ellis]. 

Jung Platform (2020). Re: Why Work with Dreams?  [Online article by Leslie Ellis]. 

Jung Platform (2020). Re: Turning Toward Our Dreams [Online article by Leslie Ellis]. 



Hoss, R.J. Dream Language. Ashland, OR: Innersource.  

Johnson, R. A. (1986). Inner Work: Using Dreams and Active Imagination for Personal Growth. New York: HarperCollins.   

Raffa, J. B. (1994). Dream Theatres of the Soul: Empowering the Feminine through Jungian Dream Work. San Diego: LuraMedia.  

Taylor, J. (2009). The Wisdom of Your Dreams: Using Dreams to Tap into Your Unconscious and Transform Your Life. New York: Penguin. 

Course Completion & CE Information

Category I Maryland BSWE Requirement

The Office of Continuing Professional Education at the University Of Maryland School Of Social Work is authorized by the Board of Social Work Examiners in Maryland to sponsor social work continuing education programs. This workshop qualifies for {6} Category I Continuing Education Units. The Office of Continuing Professional Education is also authorized by the Maryland Board of Psychologists and the Maryland Board of Professional Counselors to sponsor Category A continuing professional education.

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Target Audience

Social Workers, LCPCs, and Psychologists

We welcome anyone interested in the topic!


Late Fees and Refunds

Fee & Registration:

Cost is $XX and includes CE credit. Registering after DATE will incur an additional $20 late fee. Cancellations* must be received 24 hours in advance prior to the workshop to receive a refund or an account credit.


*ALL cancellations will be subjected to a $35.00 administration fee.

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