Dream Work in Practice

Format: DVD [Closed Captioned]
Running Time: over 100 minutes
Item #: 4310905
ISBN: 978-1-4338-1308-5
List Price: $99.95
Member/Affiliate Price: $69.95
Copyright: 2013
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In this DVD, Clara E. Hill demonstrates her three-stage model for working with dreams, where she works with the client to explore the dream in detail, find insights by expanding on initial interpretations of the dream, and consolidate those insights and take action to address issues in her waking life.

The first stage, exploration, is informed by client-centered theory and involves enlarging key images of the dream to enhance their vividness and help the client experience them again with emotion and depth. In the second stage, insight, client and therapist take what they've learned from the exploration process and conceptualize what the dream means to the client's present life. The third stage of action allows the client to apply her understanding of the dream and determine what waking changes should be made based on newfound knowledge from the dream.

In this session, Dr. Hill and the client discuss at length a dream that the client has had recurrently since she was 18 years old. Recurring dreams often represent recurring themes in people's lives, and the client considers the powerful notion that if she can gain insight into her dream, she could perhaps change her life.

Dreams are useful therapeutic tools because they help people circumvent their defenses to reach deeper levels of self-awareness. Developed over many years by Hill and her students, the approach integrates aspects from several existing dream theories, such as Freudian, Jungian, Gestalt, phenomenological, client-centered, and behavioral, to create a theoretically consistent, three-staged model. Working in collaboration with their clients (patients), therapists can help them explore their dreams, gain insight into the meaning of their dreams, and take action to resolve issues in their waking life.
About the Therapist

Clara E. Hill received her PhD in counseling psychology from Southern Illinois University in 1974, and has been in the Department of Psychology at the University of Maryland since then. Her current areas of interest are the identification and training of counseling skills, process and outcome studies of psychotherapy, working with dreams, and qualitative research. She is a licensed psychologist in the state of Maryland.

She was the editor of the Journal of Counseling Psychology (1993–1999), is currently the North American editor of Psychotherapy Research, and is a past president of both the North American and International Society for Psychotherapy Research.

She has written seven books: Therapist Techniques and Client Outcomes; Eight Cases of Brief Psychotherapy (1989); Working With Dreams in Psychotherapy (1996); Helping Skills: Facilitating Exploration, Insight, and Action (1999); Helping Skills: The Empirical Foundation (2001); Dreamwork in Therapy: Facilitating Exploration, Insight and Action (2003); Helping Skills: Facilitating Exploration, Insight, and Action, 2nd Edition (2004); and Insight in Psychotherapy (with L. G. Castonguay, 2006); and over 200 journal articles and book chapters.

Dr. Hill was awarded the Leona Tyler Award from APA Division 17 (Society of Counseling Psychology) in 2001, the Distinguished Psychologist Award from APA Division 29 (Psychotherapy) in 2003, and The Lifetime Achievement Award from the Section on Counseling and Psychotherapy Process and Outcome Research of APA Division 17 in 2005.

Suggested Readings
  • Castonguay, L., & Hill, C. E. (Eds.). (2007). Insight in psychotherapy. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.
  • Hill, C. E. (1996). Working with dreams in psychotherapy. New York, NY: Guilford Press.
  • Hill, C. E. (2009). Helping skills: Facilitating exploration, insight, and action (3rd ed.). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.
  • Hill, C. E. (Ed.). (2004). Dream work in therapy: Facilitating exploration, insight, and action. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

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