Date: May 15, 2018
Time: 6:00 – 7:30pm MT
Virtual Program – Call in details sent upon registration
CCEUs: 1 in Core Competencies and 0.5 in Resource Development
Neuroscience tells us that everybody dreams. History tells us that dreams have inspired scientific discoveries (Einstein, Bohr), music (McCarthy) and literature (Shelly, Stevenson) to name a few. Virtually all cultures prior to the modern age valued dreams as part of the human experience; it is only fairly recently that we have confined dreams to the analytic process and convinced ourselves that their meanings are clouded in mystery that can only be deciphered by experts.
Coaching traditionally deals with what we could call Day School. We work with the client’s waking experience and help them transform through the radical change that comes from the deep awareness they experience in the coaching process. Night School, the time that we are asleep, offers us an additional pathway or dimension to the coaching relationship. In seeing dreams as messages from the soul or the self, we provide the client an opportunity to become aware of the fullness of their experience as a human being. The goal is to integrate what they learn in Night School to what they know from their experience in Day School and vice versa.
As coaching reclaims this experience for our clients we demonstrate how the fundamental tools of active listening and asking powerful questions provide the client with the confidence to access and understand the different elements of dream messages. That understanding, like any transformative insight is co-created between the coach and the client. We listen to dreams with the same profound curiosity as we do the needs and values of our clients. By going on the journey with them into a dream we expand the intimacy and trust that is the cornerstone of the coaching relationship.
Participants in the teleclass will get an overview of:
- How to use the basic coaching tools of active listening and asking powerful questions to help the client access the message of their dream through the co-creative process.
- How to help their clients remember and document their dreams.
- The context of understanding how dreams communicate with the rational mind.
- The roles of the Dreamer (the client) and the Listener (the coach) in working with dreams
- How to demystify the process of working with dreams through the use of imagination. Active Imagination allows the coach and client to re-enter a dream and further explore the animals and characters that may appear.
- How to understand the emotional arc of a dream, identify where the greatest energy is and work with the client to explore how that informs their waking life.
Understand that some dreams are diagnostic in that the demonstrate a limiting belief or behavior (sometimes these appear as repetitive dreams and sometimes and nightmares) and some dreams are prescriptive, suggesting that we pay attention to an experience or intuition.
Approximately half the class will be a discussion of using dreams in the context of the coaching paradigm and the second half will be a demonstration – so bring your dreams!
For the first 13 years of Will’s adult life he worked in psychiatric facilities, initially as a teacher in a children’s unit and then as a therapist at the VA. He holds a clinical degree from the Hunter School of Social Work.
Following a few years as an actor, bartender and law school student Will taught himself the basics of telecommunications and bootstrapped his way into a technology job on Wall Street. What followed was a 30+ year international career in IT, real estate and risk management in financial services, advertising and consulting.
More recently as a coach he became interested in leveraging the power of dreams in the coaching process. The context of coaching in seeing people as whole along with the basic tools of active listening and asking powerful questions is the perfect combination for this work. Will uses Dreamwork with his clients who range from executives, artists and other coaches to help them understand their soul’s purpose. He also teaches a virtual course in Dreamwork three times a year.