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Workshop 6: Saturday Early Afternoon (S2W6 ) - 90 Minutes

Schema Therapy with Dreams: An Introduction

by Lynda Parry

Lynda Parry


1.Demonstrate how dreams can reveal modes that have not yet emerged in therapy sessions, particularly the vulnerable child mode. Simard et al (2018) suggest that dreams reveal the primary schemas which may not be picked up by the YSQ. This presentation will demonstrate how this has occurred within the presenter’s practice
2.Illustrate how this information can then be applied to offer the appropriate limited reparenting and interventions required in therapy sessions.

3.Demonstrate how clients’ dreams can offer feedback of the progression of therapy
4.Understand the role played by dreams in memory consolidation and how this relates to therapy sessions.
5.Understand the rational for the suitability of different techniques required for working with recurrent nightmares or with dream material 6.Be able to apply the schema therapy model of modes and schemas to dream material
7. Understand how working with clients' dreams increases interest and enjoyment and improves the therapeutic relationship

Teaching Methods:

Slides, case examples, a case study, demonstration and dyadic role plays will be used to enable participants to practice the techniques of concretisation, imagery rehearsal and limited reparenting.

Learning Objectives:

1. Increase understanding of the role played by dreams in memory consolidation.
2.Understand how to utilise this knowledge in therapy
3.Develop clarity of the different technique used for working with recurrent nightmares in contrast to using dream material in therapy sessions?
4.Develop understanding of the rational for using the differing approaches?
5.Assist in how to apply concretisation, imagery rehearsal and reparenting when working with dreams of clients?
6.Understand and apply how dream work improves the therapeutic relationship and why clients usually report enjoying dream work and consistently rate working alliance, insight and session quality significantly higher when dreams are included in therapy sessions (Wonnel & Hill, 2000).

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Relevant Background Readings on Topic:

Krakow & Zadra, A. (2010) Imagery Rehearsal Therapy: Principles &Practice

Parry, L. (2018) Schema Therapy and Dreams: accessing the vulnerable child mode. Schema Therapy Bulletin, December 2018

Simard, Valerie & Laverdière, Olivier & Bedard, Marie-Michele & Brassard, Claudia & Merlo-Galeazzi, Hector. (2018). Early maladaptive schemas in most recent dreams: Core fears never sleep. Current Psychology. 10.1007/s12144-018-9917-4.

About the Presenter:

Lynda Parry

Lynda Parry is a Clinical Psychologist who has been in private practice for 34 years. Originally an early childhood educator she has a passion for developmental psychology which led to 4 years post graduate study and accreditation in contemporary psychodynamic psychotherapy. At graduation her thesis on Dreams: Remembering, Reviewing and Reconstructing the Self was awarded the Ron Lee award for best thesis. She went on to present her paper Is Dream Analysis Obsolete? at the 6th World Congress for Psychotherapy in Sydney, Australia in 2011.

Lynda is trained in psychodrama and worked at The Psychodrama Centre, Sydney for 10 years. The experience of running psychodrama groups and training in both psychodynamic psychotherapy and CBT has stood her in good stead for embracing Schema Therapy. She is an accredited advanced schema therapist, trainer and supervisor, the director of the Schema Therapy Centre of NSW, a member of the ISST Ethics Committee and ISST co-regional training co-ordinator along with Rita Younan for Australia.

Her article Schema Therapy and Dreams: Accessing The Vulnerable Child was published in the ISST Bulletin, December, 2018. As well providing training in the ST model she runs workshops on ST with Dreams and Nightmares: Accessing the Vulnerable Child Mode. This workshop was booked out at the 2019 APS National Clinical College Conference. A video of a shortened version of this workshop was put on You tube for a month by the NSW College of Clinical Psychologists for their members only and attracted 435 views.

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