Dreams of Remembrance, Dreams of Today and Dreams of a Life Needing to be lived
January 31st - February 2nd, 2020
Westward Look Wyndham Grand Resort Tucson, AZ
While we can often rely on our clinical skills in managing the complexities of a case, there are moments when our counter-transference issues occlude our clinical judgement and clinical acumen. So too there are those terribly difficult cases which may ask more of us than we may be able to provide at a given moment.
This seminar will discuss the importance of looking at our client’s dreams to help us remain oriented to the specific clinical issues relevant to our case.
An important theme for this weekend seminar will be helping clinicians to learn how to evaluate the client's ego functioning through an analysis and understanding of their initial dream. For instance, we may find the client in a row boat or on a surfboard in the middle of the ocean, or traveling on an ocean liner. Where the former speaks of an ego unable to manage the vicissitudes of experiences likely to be encountered in the deep ocean; the later provides a welcome relief to the therapist, in seeing that a vessel made for such ocean crossings is available and perhaps representative of the therapeutic process. With the ability to translate such a dream, the clinician can more accurately and confidently evaluate how much psychological insight, stress or pressure, their client can manage.
We may also find dreams speaking of those instances when the therapist’s own personal issues have eclipsed their clinical perspective in a case. For instance, the dream may be of the therapist bringing the client into their own (the therapists) home or the therapy session being held in the therapists living room or bedroom. Here, each dream version may speak to the therapist’s lost objectivity. Rather than working from a place of sound clinical judgement and clinical objectivity, through translation of the dream we see that the therapist is treating the client from the perspective of their own very personal and unconscious space.
To illustrate these issues and therapeutic-relational perspectives, Dr. Conforti will present dreams from clinical practice, ways of working with dreams, and examples of dreams which offer a meaningful corrective to the therapist and the therapeutic process.
Demonstrate the compensatory function of dreams
Assess the role of the initial dream in clinical practice
Identify ways of understanding dream images to assist in clinical diagnosis and prognosis
Discuss the dream as an indicator of the involvement of counter-transference issues and apply appropriate intervention
The role in dreams in providing a meaningful diagnosis
The role of dreams in providing an accurate assessment of the strength and/or weakness of the client’s ego
Learning to see dreams as providing an accurate commentary about the therapist’s approach with their client
Learning to see how dreams often comment on the therapist’s counter-transference issues involving their work with a particular client
Seeing the role of dream images to describe the nature of a client’s traumatic experiences
Seeing the power of an image to suggest a needed next step in life for the client
This weekend will take an in depth look at this relationship between the personal and archetypal meaning in dreams while also presenting ways of making the dreams message understandable to the dreamer.
Dr. Michael Conforti is a Jungian analyst and the Founder and Director of The Assisi Institute. He is a faculty member at the C.G. Jung Institute, New York, Jung Institute, Boston, and for many years served as a Senior Associate faculty member in the Doctoral and Master's Programs in Clinical Psychology at Antioch New England. A pioneer in the field of matter-psyche studies, Dr. Conforti is actively investigating the workings of archetypal fields and the relationship between Jungian psychology and the New Sciences. He has presented his work to a wide range of national and international audiences, including the C.G. Jung Institute - Zurich and Jungian organizations in Australia Canada, Colombia, Cyprus, Denmark, Ecuador Italy, Russia, Switzerland and Venezuela. He is the author of Threshold Experiences: The Archetype of Beginnings (2007) and Field, Form and Fate: Patterns in Mind, Nature and Psyche (2002), which have been translated into Italian, Russian and a soon to be released Spanish edition. His articles have appeared in Psychological Perspectives, San Francisco Jung Library Journal, Roundtable Press, World Futures: The Journal of General Evolution, and Spring Journal. Dr. Conforti maintains a private practice in Mystic, CT and consults with individuals and corporations around the world, including working as a consultant for film and television projects.
Westward Look Resort
Conference Room Rates: $140.00/night (plus tax, gratuities and reduced daily resort fee of $15) for single/double occupancy $150.00/night (plus tax, gratuities and reduced daily resort fee of $15) for triple/quad occupancy
Regarding CEs for Winter Dream Conference The program is intended to meet Beginning Level learners where they are and introduce them into Archetypal Dream Patterning work. The material is presented in a manner that also facilitates deeper learning for those of a more Intermediate and Advanced Level. CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDIT
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