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Working with dreams in clinical practice: realising the full richness, depth and significance of dreams with Marcus West

This workshop will give an overview of the history of dreams and dream interpretation, Freud’s and Jung’s approach to dreams, the neuroscience controversies around dreams, and an exploration of how the unconscious works in respect to dreams, but will centrally focus on working with dreams in clinical practice.

Although it primarily looks at dreams from a Jungian perspective, the workshop offers an approach that can be applied by all practitioners, supplementing their existing way of working. Essentially this involves unpacking the many levels and layers of meaning embedded in dream symbols and dynamics. My central interest is in the way that dreams illuminate our internal working models - our implicitly-held early relational experience - that are central of therapeutic practice. I will illustrate this approach by looking at four of Jung’s own key dreams, which will also elucidate the heart of Jungian psychology.

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