Boulder Psychotherapy Institute

Advanced Training in Applied Existential Psychotherapy (AEP) — since 1989

An Experiential Psychodynamic Gestalt Approach   •   Boulder, Colorado

Module VI: The Dream as an Existential Message: An AEP Approach

Betty Cannon, Ph.D. and Robyn Chauvin, M.A.,L.P.C.

  • Learn about the nature of dreams and the imagination from an existential perspective.

  • Compare and contrast AEP work with other modalities: psychoanalytic, Jungian, etc.

  • Deepen psychotherapy and the therapeutic relationship through dream work.

  • Uncover the existential message of the dream as it pertains to the here and now as well as to experiences from the past that impact the here and now.

  • Learn to create dialogues among the characters in a dream.

  • Learn to expand the dream dialogue to create healing experiences.

  • Learn to work with PTSD, traumatic, repeating, and childhood dream images.

  • Learn to facilitate group enactments of individual dreams.

  • Learn to Integrate music and other creative art modalities with dream work.

  • Turn on and turn clients on to the power of dream work.

The Training: This training provides practitioners with hands-on experience working with their personal dreams and facilitating others. We will demonstrate dream work and review the AEP dream process as well as coach participants in facilitating one another's dreams. Professional issues in dream work are discussed alongside the existential, personal and transpersonal scope of the dream. We will explore various creative approaches in working with dreams.

There will plenty of time in this class try try out all the skills learned in previous module with dream work with individuals, couples, and group. We will also talk about how to integrate body-oriented interventions into dream sessions.

Tentative Start Date: Spring 2028

Certification Hours: 48

The Trainers: Betty Cannon, Ph.D., Boulder Psychotherapy Institute President and AEP founder, is a licensed psychologist and certified Gestalt therapist. She has worked with individuals, couples and groups in Boulder for over 40 years and trained and supervised psychotherapists for over 30 years. She is professor emerita of the Colorado School of Mines and Senior Adjunct Faculty at Naropa University. Betty is a member of the editorial boards of three professional journals: Sartre Studies International, Existential Analysis, and Review of Existential Psychology and Psychiatry. She is an internationally known author, lecturer, and workshop presenter. She is the author of many journal articles and book chapters on existential psychotherapy. Her book, Sartre and Psychoanalysis, is often considered a classic in existential psychology.

Robyn Chauvin, M.A., L.P.C., is BPI's most Senior Trainer. She is a music therapist and musician as well as a Gestalt Therapist and AEP therapist and trainer. She has been working in private practice in Boulder and Longmont since 2008. Her previous work was in in-patient psychiatric contexts and hospice, and she brings a wealth of insight and examples from those contexts as well as private practice to her teaching. Robyn offers supervision/consultation, practice, and process groups as well as trainings at BPI. A prominent member of the LBGTQ community, she is currently writing about gender identity, developmental issues, and the practice of psychotherapy. She is well-known in the BPI community for her humor and wit as well as her Dream Process Groups and the Dream Training Module she teaches at BPI. She has taught and co-taught (with Betty) many other training modules at BPI.

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