Introduction to Working with Dreams

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This two-day professional development programme will explore the theory, approaches and practical skills of working with dreams in practice, either with individuals, groups or for personal development.


Professional Certificate in Working with Dreams

According to several studies, most therapists report that they attend to client dreams at least occasionally. Though dreams have been foundational to the early development of psychotherapy since the publication of Sigmund Freud’s “Interpretation of Dreams”, many contemporary therapists seem unsure as to how to work with dreams in clinical practice having barely (if at all) been equipped to work with dreams during their primary training. This programme aims to address this gap as well as offering therapists rich new avenues to personal growth and development as well as a professional skill to employ in clinical practice.


Who is this course for? 

This course is for any counselling or psychotherapy student or practitioner, psychologists or those more broadly in the mental health arena. No previous experience of working with dreams is necessary, except to have a curiosity about this phenomenon. The opportunity to work on your own dreams will be provided throughout the programme.


What are the benefits of doing this course? 

Dream work research informs us of the likely benefits of working with dreams including; decreases in general client symptoms and in levels of depression as well as increases in existential well-being when spiritual insight was the focus of the dream work. Further research shows that clients with positive attitudes towards dreams seem to have positive therapeutic outcomes. Therefore, therapists who can support clients in engaging with their dreams in therapy can further enhance therapeutic outcomes conducting talk-therapy alone. Another benefit of this course is in supporting your own psychological wellbeing by learning how to attend to your dreams. This can contribute directly to your self.


What will you learn?

Various dream theories, models and methods of working with dreams and their usefulness in clinical practice will be explored. Exercises and skills designed to provide insights into the therapeutic process, the role of dreams in our own personal development and the relevance of dreams in supervision will also be covered. This programme is based on a pluralistic approach to dream work and will cover Freud, Jung, Perls, Ullman and Hill’s theories and methods of working with dream material. You will learn two practical approaches to working with dreams; the narrative method and the quick-draw method which integrate these theories into a highly practical set of tools to use for personal development, supervision and in clinical practice.

Course Details




TIMETABLE: Friday from 9.30 am to 4.30 pm


AWARD: Certificate of Attendance


VENUE: Live-Classroom  

covid-10-addendumIn compliance with COVID-19, the classes will be delivered as live online lessons via Microsoft Teams, which is a platform built on Office 365. It is a secure platform and follows the compliance capabilities.



DAY 1: Introduction to Dreams In Therapy

  • The secret world of sleep and dreams
  • A short history of dreaming
  • Dreams and psychotherapy
  • Psychodynamic, Psychoanalytic & Gestalt perspectives
  • Dream imagery through film, music, poetry.
  • Dream work in practice – live demonstration & discussion

DAY 2: Dream Ethics, Process and Practice

  • The International Association for the Study of Dreams, ethics & practice
  • Dream work skills – introducing dreams to clients
  • Dream Science: The Hill Cognitive Experiential Model for dream work
  • Applied dream work (basic level) using Hill
  • Practice using the Hill Model


DAY 3: Experiential encounter with individual and common dream motifs

  • Dream work methods, simple to the complex
  • One step dream working
  • The ‘I am / I need’ method
  • The Narrative method
  • The Hill Method (reprise)
  • Archetypal, Big Dreams and 7 Common dream motifs in therapy    
  • Working with nightmares and night-terrors

DAY 4: Dreams in other contexts, limitations and constraints    

  • Dream and dream work in supervision
  • Case presentation – applied dream work (30 minutes per student) with group feedback
  • The sharp edge of dream work in therapy – constraints and limitations
  • Dream work for ongoing personal development
  • Contributing to the field of dream work study and research

DAY 5: Integration & Assessment Day
The Integration Day takes place in a relaxed atmosphere, where participants are given the opportunity to outline and describe how they have integrated the learning from the four core workshops and applied it to their practice. The Integration Day will solidify learning and provides an opportunity for case discussion and supervision. It will also signpost additional ongoing resources useful in making dream work part of personal and professional development.




  • Poster presentation on the application of dreamwork techniques (personal or professional context). 
  • Reflective statement

Entry Requirements



Qualification in Counselling, Psychotherapy or other helping professionals with therapeutic experience and students currently in professional training (BSc Degree Year 2 onwards). 


IT SKILLS: Students require sufficient IT skills to complete the course.


Students can expect to be provided with advice and support concerning any learning difficulties that they may encounter. Any diagnosed learning difficulty, e.g. dyslexia, must be noted on the application. 

Course Fees



Cost of Days 1 & 2 - £235

Cost of Days 3,4 and 5* - £475

Full Price: £660 (Save £50)

PCI College Graduate & Student Full Price*: £610

*PCI College Student rate applies to BSc Degree and Postgraduate students only.



Applicants are invited to book online using the book now. Applications must be accompanied by the payment of the full course fee. Applicants are entitled to a refund if they decide to cancel within 14 days of receipt of their booking, and didn't participate on the course. Please note that the name used on your application needs to be the same name that you have on your passport.


Fees are non-refundable in all personal circumstances. The College makes every effort to avoid altering course times, course commencement and conclusion dates. However, should any changes be necessary, you will be notified at the earliest opportunity. All courses run subject to demand and the formation of a viable class cohort. A full refund will be given to all applicants in the event that the class does not proceed


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