Clinical Symposium King, Liberty, Nelson, Schneider

Dreams in the Treatment of Trauma: Have We Made Progress? Johanna M. King, Chair In my 1996 presidential address, I observed: “Though dreams, specifically nightmares, are widely acknowledged as common consequences of trauma, … little in the mainstream trauma literature … focuses directly on dreams, discusses their place in the existential meaning of trauma, discusses how to understand and deal with them in the context of trauma, or talks about how to use them in the recovery process.” This paper looks at the progress made over the last 13 years. "See You in My Dreams": A Systemic Approach to Dream Work Lauren Z. Schneider With therapeutic cases and personal anecdotes, this paper presents how dreams can inform and transform our relationships. Demonstrating the shift from a person-centered to a systemic approach to dream work, the presentation will delve into the psychosocial, transpersonal, and collective aspects of dreams as it elucidates the nature of our connectedness. Toward a New Theory of Dream Interpretation Adrian Medina-Liberty Dream content interpretation has been seldom treated within psychology with the notable exception of clinical psychologists. This paper presents a preliminary framework for interpreting dream content within the boundaries of sociocultural psychology. This approach consists in the interpretation of dream content on the basis of three general steps: 1) recollection and first inquiry, 2) categorizing and seizing dream content, and 3) reflecting on the dream & linking to previous experiences. Safety in Dream Groups: The Clearness Committee as Model Rev. Geoff Nelson Safety in dream groups is a major concern of the IASD as well as anyone new to dreamwork and dream groups. This presentation will cover the Clearness Committee, a Quaker discernment tool, as a model for dream groups, showing how it provides adaptable attitudes and methods for safe dream groups.