Core Process Oriented Skills 2: Working with Body Symptoms and Dreams

Core Process Oriented Skills 2: Working with Body Symptoms and Dreams

Unit Description

Learn and practice skills for working safely with unfolding sensory and grounded information present in body symptoms.

This unit introduces students to grounded skills-based Process Oriented approaches for working somatically and with the unconscious. Body symptoms and dreams are viewed as symbolic doors to uncover unconscious meaning in holistic counselling and psychotherapy. Students will learn and practice skills for working safely with unfolding sensory and grounded information present in body symptoms in this unit. These are essential skills for working with trauma and psychosomatic presentations.

Students will also be introduced to Arnold Mindell’s concept of the dreambody and its evolution, and will develop skills to unfold the channels of awareness within dreams with clients. Students will learn to differentiate between primary and secondary information in body work and dreams to enhance client

Unit Code

105

Unit Type

Core Unit

Credit Points

3.0

Consultation Times

30 minutes before and after workshop intensives and by appointment during the semester

Topics Covered

  • Process Oriented methods for working with the body and body symptoms: Unfolding the process
  • Primary and secondary symptoms in bodywork and dreamwork
  • Somatic awareness and applications in holistic counselling
  • Contraindications for body work and making referrals
  • The Process Oriented approach to dreamwork: Theoretical foundations
  • The Process Oriented approach to dream work: Unfolding the process
  • Consensus reality, dreamland and the dreaming

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Competently apply bodywork in counselling practice and recognise contraindications for use
  2. Unpack information about clients’ body symptoms and the pain maker and discover each symptom’s unique message
  3. Differentiate between primary and secondary symptoms in bodywork and dreamwork
  4. Critically analyse the roots of dreamwork in Jungian theory and use symbolic thinking to unfold dreams
  5. Articulate and apply the concepts of consensus reality, dreamland and the dreaming in practice sessions
  6. Recognise and utilise appropriate dream doors to enter the dreaming process
  7. Assist clients to ground new information gained from bodywork and dreamwork in their daily lives

Assessment Overview

Theoretical Essay

Analyse the theoretical foundations of the Process Oriented approach to bodywork, and outline the application of somatic awareness in practice.

Dream Work Exercises

Theory Assignment: Articulate the Process Work structure for unfolding a dream

Dream Work Assignment:

Work with the dream of a client or fellow student using the concepts of consensus reality, dreamland and the dreaming. Write a journal entry about the experience of working with the dream and the learning about primary and secondary symptoms.

Unit Resources

Textbook

Mindell, A. (2016). Metaskills: The spiritual art of therapy. Portland, OR: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform.

Prescribed readings

Diamond, J., & Jones, L. S. (2018). A path made by walking: Process work in practice (2nd ed). Santa Fe, NM: Belly Song Press.

Mindell, A. (2014a). Working on yourself alone: Inner dreambody work (2nd ed.). Portland, OR: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform.

Mindell, A. (2014b). Working with the dreaming body (2nd ed.). Portland, OR: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform.

Young Brown, M. (2004). Unfolding self: Psychosynthesis and counseling. New York, NY: Skyhorse Publishing.

Delivery Mode

Workshop Intensives

On-campus workshop intensive 2:

9:00 am – 5:30 pm
Seven hours of teaching and learning

On-campus workshop intensive 3:

9:00 am – 5:30 pm
Five hours of teaching and learning

Online delivery
1.5 hour Zoom discussion

Study Buddy activities
Eight hours over the semester

Student Workload

The total unit workload is equivalent to 7.3 hours per week over the semester, 117.5 hours in total.

  • 12 hours on-campus workshop intensives
  • 1.5 hours Zoom discussion
  • 8 hours study buddy work
  • 96 personal study hours

Written by: Mr Samuel Minton • Created: 21 Jul 2020, 10:11 a.m.