Night Journeys: A Therapeutic Approach to Our Client’s Dreams
Lynn Flewelling, MFTI
Carl Jung wrote: “A dream that is not understood is a mere occurrence;
understood, it becomes a living experience.” In the didactic portion of
the workshop, Lynn Flewelling will outline what depth psychology is;
give a brief overview of the history of 20th century Western dream work;
and present three methods for working with dreams, drawing from the
work of Sigmund Freud, Jung, and Stephen Aizenstat, Ph.D., creator of
the Dream Tending method, which approaches dreams as living
manifestations of the dreamer’s psyche. In the experiential portion, Ms.
Flewelling will demonstrate the dream tending method with a volunteer,
then workshop participants will divide into dyads and tend each other’s
dreams under the guidance of the instructor. Sufficient time will be
given so that both dyad partners can personally experience this method.
Finally, participants will create art inspired by their own dream work
write down one of your recent dreams and bring it for the dyad work.
Practicing with our own material is crucial for doing dream work with
others. As Jung observed, we can only take our patients as far as we
have been ourselves.
Please bring drawing paper and whatever you like to draw with, so long as there are colors. Crayons are great!
1. Develop a basic understanding what the umbrella term Depth Psychology includes.
2. Understand the history of Western therapeutic dream work.
3. Have a schematic model encompassing the conscious and unconscious and how they connect.
Understand the difference between popular “dream interpretation” and
therapeutic dream work and be able to explain it to clients.
Learn a methodology with which to work with both a client’s dreams and
their own, including providing a safe container in which to do the work.
6. Understand that doing dream work with clients requires ongoing learning and practice with the therapist’s own dream material.
Flewelling is a Marriage and Family Therapist Registered Intern
(#86877) supervised by Sheralyn L. Shockey-Pope, LMFT, as well as an
internationally published author. She was working with dreams in both
her writing and her life long before she took a Dream Tending class with
Dr. Stephen Aizenstat at Pacifica Graduate Institute, in Carpinteria,
CA. Inspired by both psychologically-based dream work and PGI’s
foundation in Depth Psychology, she enrolled the following autumn and
graduated in 2015 with a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology with
Emphasis in Depth Psychology.
Flewelling is a therapist at Central Counseling Services in Riverside,
CA, where she uses her training to work with individuals, children and
teens, couples, and families, including the LGBTQIA community. She is a
member of CAMFT, the American Association of Play Therapists, and the
World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH). She also
teaches creativity workshops based on Julia Cameron’s book, the Artist’s
Inland Empire Chapter of CAMFT is a CAMFT Approved CEU Provider Agency Provider # 62278
This course meets the qualifications for 2 hours of continuing
education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and LEPs as required by the
California Board of Behavioral Sciences
Completion certificates will be awarded at the conclusion of the
training and upon participant’s submission of his or her completed
If a participant is unable to attend and notifies IE-CAMFT 24 hours in
advance of the training, full reimbursement will be sent within ten (10)
If any aspect of the training is not to the full satisfaction of any
participant, please notify the coordinator, CEU committee chair, or
another IE-CAMFT board member. We hope to resolve any issue immediately
on-site. If not resolved, the full IE-CAMFT board will review and
resolve the issue.
IE-CAMFT wishes all participants to have an excellent learning experience.
Please notify the coordinator or other board member if you need special
accommodations. If possible, call Garry Raley at (951) 640-5899 in
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At Our Last Meeting
Welcome New Members!
AT OUR LAST MEETING . . .
July Board Retreat
THE HATS OFF AWARD GOES TO……
Compton for hosting our yearly board meeting; she always does such a
wonderful job. Annette is a wonderful and gracious hostess; a big thank
you from all the board.
We take a summer break in July and a winter break in December
Welcome New Members!
Gabriel Sanchez, Jenna Hardy, Ava Denise Phillips, Rachel Day, Kimberly Lloyd
Merriam-Webster dictionary defines the word“transition” as: “a passage from one state, stage, subject,or place to another,a:change;andb: a
movement, development, or evolution from one form, stage, or style to
another.” I was thinking about our clients and how they come to see us
weekly and they are asking us to help them change, to adjust, to
accommodate, garner insight, and transition from one perspective or
feeling to another. As all of us know, change can be hard,stressful, and
yet can also be exciting, hopeful, and freeing. I know that when I see
growth within my clients, interns, students, my colleagues, and even
myself I feel happy and hopeful and encouraged. Recently, it seems we
have had a series of bad news locally and worldwide and sometimes I
wonder if we are making a difference.
if I look into our world carefully I will find hope and growth and
light. I find people, just regular people like you and me, doing
wonderful acts of kindness and showing great compassion for the human
race. Sometimes it’s small,like helping a neighbor jump start their
car. Other times it’s huge like sitting and being present while a little
girl and her mother tell you about the suicide of their brother and son
respectively, and how a kind police officer stayed with the little girl
all night long singing songs, coloring pictures,and holding both mom
and daughter in his arms until family from out-of-state could arrive to
be with the family.
kind of compassion rarely makes the news. What we as therapists do
rarely makes the news but that doesn’t mean for a second that it does
not matter. I was teaching the other day and a couple of students came
to me and asked my opinion of their dream to start two non-profits; one
to help with the sex trafficking that would have a treatment and housing
component and the other was a one-stop shop for services for CPS
families: one or two places they could go to receive parenting skills,
drug treatment, medical care, and have a visitation center.Their eyes
sparkled and their voices were very excited about their possible dreams.
I gave them counsel and encouragement. But they gave me more, the idea
that hope is still out there, that we as humans want a better world for
all,and that these young people will be part of the solution.