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Living the Dream...

A focusing-oriented dreamwork intensive

September 18-20, 2015 in New York City

Join Leslie Ellis for an adventure into the world of dreaming…

Would you like to…
gain a deeper appreciation of your own dreams?
increase your comfort and skill in working with the dreams of others?
work with your and others’ dreams in a focusing-oriented way?

This dreamwork intensive will provide you an enriched understanding of how to work with dreams and the complex felt senses they bring. The workshop will include lots of experiential practice as well as background theory, discussion, in-class demonstration and clinical examples.

According to Gendlin, “A dream is alive.” Discover what he means by this evocative statement, and how dreams can help you and your clients use dreams to discover a life-forward path that may be surprising. Dreams offer creative, and sometimes highly alternative points of view that can move us out of our everyday way of seeing things, and re-infuse our life stories with a sense of wonder.

Who should attend

The workshop is aimed at clinicians, focusing practitioners and students in the mental health professions interested in developing and/or deepening skills for working with both personal and client dreams. Focusing experience is an asset, but is not required.

Workshop Overview

Introduction to FOD theory and experiential practice
We will begin this focusing-oriented dream workshop by briefly exploring the foundations of the focusing-oriented approach to dreams. We will discuss Gendlin’s theory of dreams as ‘unfinished process’ and how one can work with dreams to move them forward to completion. There will be lots of experiential small-group practice to allow participants to become personally familiar with them.

Learning the language of dreams
Dreams speak in visual metaphor that includes the body. They are not trying to confuse or mislead us, but speak a language that requires some practice and shift in perspective. In the latter half of this session, we will work with metaphor and dreams to begin to understand their unique mode of expression.

Program Schedule

Friday evening: 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Saturday and Sunday: 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM

About the presenter

Leslie Ellis, PhD, is a coordinator with The Focusing Institute. She has a PhD in clinical psychology with a specialty in somatic approaches. She has worked in private practice for 15 years using a combination of dreamwork and focusing to help her clients recover from depression, anxiety and the effects of trauma. She is the author of many journal articles on focusing and dreams, and wrote a chapter on focusing-oriented dreamwork for the recently-released book, Emerging Practice in Focusing-Oriented Psychotherapy: Innovative Theory and Applications. She has a Masters in Counselling Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute, where she learned to practice therapy from a depth-oriented, experiential and Jungian perspective.

Testimonials from recent dream workshop participants:

Leslie's dream workshop was well worth attending. Through a balanced blend of experiential exercises, teaching, and discussion on the topic of dreams, I was given a good foundation on which to begin to explore my clients’ dreams from a focusing perspective. Leslie is a very knowledgeable and engaging presenter.

The scope of Leslie's teaching was beautiful and inspiring.


Tuition: $395 until August 31, 2015, $450 thereafter.
Payment plans are available. To inquire call Elizabeth at 845-480-5111.
Registration closes at midnight, Wednesday, September 16, 2015.

Member discount: Members who have paid 2015 dues receive $25 off. If you aren't a member, become one here now, and then choose the member price at registration.

Accommodations: The Alma Mathews House has guest rooms on the premises. Please click here to check rates and make reservations and payments directly with The Alma Mathews House.


The Focusing Institute is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Focusing Institute maintains responsibility for this program and its content. CEUs awarded participants: 15.

There will be a $25 fee for processing requests for CEUs.


Refund policy: A full refund minus a $50 administrative fee will be given to participants who cancel by August 31, 2015. Cancellations after August 31, 2015 are non-refundable. The Focusing Institute reserves the right to cancel or re-schedule for insufficient enrollment or for other unanticipated reasons. In such cases you will be given a choice of applying your tuition to future programs, or the full enrollment fee will be returned.

For questions regarding registration: Elizabeth at elizabeth@focusing.org
or (845) 480-5111

For questions about course content: Leslie Ellis at lae@telus.net

Leslie Ellis, PhD
Coordinator with The Focusing Institute. She has a PhD in Clinical Psychology with a specialty in somatic approaches. She has worked in private practice for 15 years using a combination of dreamwork and focusing to help her clients recover from depression, anxiety and effects of trauma.

Product Code: W-150522-FOD




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