For both students and practicing counselors, this book fills the gaps that exist between many current academic programs and practitioner’s needs for focused training on how to better assist clients with dream interpretations. Its main focus is on dreams concerning family members and other major figures in the dreamer's life with whom he or she interacts. Readers will first learn how to understand and use their own dreams, and then how to apply this in order to facilitate their clients’ interpretations of dreams. They will be amazed and fascinated by the issues, emotions, and problem-solving suggestions that are often revealed as they guide their clients' use of a personalized dream interpretation method developed by the author. Through the use of a detailed case example of a client and her dreams, the author shows how each step of this method can be applied and carried out in practice and is easily integrated with contemporary psychotherapies, especially cognitive behavior therapies.
"Finally, we have an authoritative guide, a workable and accessible method that shows, step by step, how we actually are the final authority on the meaning of our own dreams. In a well researched and practical way, how to unfold the interior meaning of our dreams with all their complexity and allure. It is a masterful and original contribution." – Edward Bruce Bynum, PhD, ABPP, University of Massachusetts Health Services. Author of Families and the Interpretation of Dreams
"Evelyn Duesbury has written an exceptional work. Her detailed description of her approach, personalized method for integrating dreams, PMID, is clearly and effectively done. This is a book that can be recommended to therapists at all levels of experience." – Milton Kramer, Clinical Professor of Psychiatry Emeritus, University of Cincinnati; author of The Dream Experience
Part I: Preliminaries of Dream Interpretation 1. Historical and Cultural Uses of Dreams. 2. Preliminaries to Working with Dreams. Part II: Personalized Method for Interpreting Dreams 3. Overview of the Personalized Method for Interpreting Dreams (PMID), Kimberly Tuescher, Brenda O’Beirne, and Evelyn Duesbury. 4. Daytime Events Reproduced in the Nighttime Theater of Dreams (PMID Step 1). 5. Daytime Thoughts: Questions That Nighttime Dreams Answer (PMID Step 2). 6. Dream Phrases: Products of the Dreaming Mind’s Amazing Creativity (PMID Step 3). 7. Emotions in Dreams: Intrinsically Honest (PMID Step 4). 8. Solutions and Suggestions in Dreams: Answers to the Dreamer’s Waking Life Issues (PMID Step 5). 9. Interpretation of Dreams from Family and Other Relationship Systems Perspectives: Further Clues to Relieving Stress (PMID Step 6). 10. Dreams Build on Each Other: The Individual’s Series Approach to Interpreting Dreams. 11. Review Dreams for New Insights: It May be Time to Move Onward. 12. Delivery Modes for Facilitating Dream Interpretation: How They Accommodate Short Term Counseling. Part III: Two Breakthrough Dream Interpretation Models of the Later Twentieth Century 13. Group Approach, Montague Ullman. Chapter 14. Cartwright’s RISC Model, Rosalind Cartwright and Lynne Lamberg.