Certifications / Associations
Unfortunately, there is no one set "certification program" to do this type of work. I will delineate some of what I have done below. There are many dream related programs out there. And psychology, psychiatry and counselling programs may or may not acknowledge dreams as being important. I have none of these specific certificates. I do have a medical degree which helps give me perspective on ethics and the concept of "do no harm".
My mentors of this working with dreams (that I call dreamwork) and those who have trained me are good human beings who have personally "walked the walk" and delved into their own dreams. We meet weekly to biweekly online as this community is quite geographically diverse. We have formed an association called the Association of Dreamwork Practitioners (ADP). But at this point it exists mainly as an organizational hub and reminder of a code of ethics statement.
The websites and bios of many of my colleagues are found in the links from this website. In meetings with peers and facilitators we discuss and reflect practices and what we have learned personally. I also follow my own dreams and work with another practitioner to help hold the mirror for me.
- BSc: Bachelor of Science 1990, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, B.C., Canada.
- MD: Medical school UBC 1994 with electives in psychiatry, Vancouver, B.C., Canada.
- CCFP: Family medicine training 1996 Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia, Canada . 20 years medical practice with about half doing family medicine primarily , 10 years part time pain clinic . Currently practicing emergency medicine and anesthesia as well as pain medicine and dreamwork.
- Dreamwork retreats: have attended 10 across Canada and USA led by Bill St Cyr, Susan Marie Scavo, Rodger Kamenetz and North of Eden (no longer a group).
- Currently in fourth year of having dreamwork clients. First 2 years did with mainly with supervision .
- 4 years of working my own dreams with a dream facilitator .
- Scattering of couples dreamwork sessions with my wife Beth and Bill and Sue.
- Community initiatives: 5 separate talks in community about dreamwork over the past 3 years.
- 3 "Art & Dream" nights over the past 6 months at the local art gallery getting (6-12 attendants each time).
- Have met with three church leaders so far to discuss what I am doing with dreams and be in dialogue and to get perspectives.
- Integration into mainstream medical culture: Accepting referrals from local MD’s.
- Using dreamwork in hospital ward and in emergency room.
- Integration of pain clinic with dreamwork clinic ongoing. Offer pain patients dreamwork as an adjunct to external treatments.
- Research: Involved in helping educate and inform Birgit Laskowski in her Masters thesis on effects of dreamwork on 6 dreamers in Smithers (see pdf) .
- Applied for, and tentatively received, funding offer for another larger study on effects of dreamwork and pain and depression on local population (perhaps larger population) of dreamers. To work with same researcher Birgit.