Marin Institute for Projective Dream Work (MIPD)

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Introduction
Why Professional Training to become a Dream Worker?
This is a reasonable question. ANYONE who has a basic grasp of the projective process of dream exploration, (see "Basic Dream Work Tool Kit"), can start doing responsible, productive dream work with any one, any time. So why seek further training? Many people have come to me, particularly over the past few years, with a deep desire to do this work professionally, in schools, churches, prisons, hospices, and other organizations and professional settings. They all say, and I can only agree, that in order to persuade others to let them do the work, let alone hire them to do it, they require some sort of "credential" - at very least a certificate saying that they have successfully completed a course of study involving the basic skills and information necessary to do the work.

It is to meet the needs of this growing number of people that the "Marin Institute for Projective Dream Work" was formed in 2002.

"Projective dream work" is not the only technique for exploring the multiple levels and depths of meaning that inhere in every dream, but I am firmly convinced it is the best way to begin. That said, I also believe that dreamers and dream workers should have as full a range of tools & techniques at their disposal as possible. However, THIS certification program is for those wanting a focus in projective dream work.

Jeremy is one of four founding members of the INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR THE STUDY OF DREAMS (asdreams.org): MIPD is an ”organization member“ of IASD. Members of MIPD get a discount of $25 when they first become members of IASD.

MIPD subscribes to the IASD Dream Work Ethics Statement.

IASD DREAMWORK ETHICS STATEMENT
IASD celebrates the many benefits of dreamwork, yet recognizes that there are potential risks. IASD supports an approach to dreamwork and dream sharing that respects the dreamer's dignity and integrity, and which recognizes the dreamer as the decision-maker regarding the significance of the dream. Systems of dreamwork that assign authority or knowledge of the dream's meanings to someone other than the dreamer can be misleading, incorrect, and harmful. Ethical dreamwork helps the dreamer work with his/her own dream images, feelings, and associations, and guides the dreamer to more fully experience, appreciate, and understand the dream. Every dream may have multiple meanings, and different techniques may be reasonably employed to touch these multiple layers of significance.

A dreamer's decision to share or discontinue sharing a dream should always be respected and honored. The dreamer should be forewarned that unexpected issues or emotions may arise in the course of the dreamwork. Information and mutual agreement about the degree of privacy and confidentiality are essential ingredients in creating a safe atmosphere for dream sharing.

Dreamwork outside a clinical setting is not a substitute for psychotherapy, or other professional treatment, and should not be used as such.

IASD recognizes and respects that there are many valid and time-honored dreamwork traditions. We invite and welcome the participation of dreamers from all cultures. There are social, cultural, and transpersonal aspects to dream experience. In this statement we do not mean to imply that the only valid approach to dreamwork focuses on the dreamer's personal life. Our purpose is to honor and respect the person of the dreamer as well as the dream itself, regardless of how the relationship between the two may be understood.

What kind of program is this....
The Marin Institute for Projective Dream Work (MIPD) is a non-residential, individualized, "apprenticeship" style program and is meant for mature learners able to think creatively about what they want to do with a dream work credential, and what their dream work focus might be. We ask students to be self-directed and self-motivated; the benefit of this is you are, to large measure (within our parameters) designing your own program.

Since this is a non-residential program, you will satisfy the four seminar requirements either by attending seminars in your area - seminars that we approve as appropriate to satisfy the Seminar requirement - or via live web seminar done by Jeremy twice a year.

In some cases you may have already taken a seminar that will qualify for MIPD credit, but just attending is not enough to receive credit for the seminar - see the details of the Curriculum below.

Fulfillment of the Practicum requirements will involve you putting theory into practice by forming your own dream group (which you facilitate), working with your own clients, and working on your own dreams with a mentor. We will consult with you about how to do this and how to find a mentor to work with.
Curriculum & Costs
Costs

There are four “set costs” for the program: $50 application fee; $50 certification fee; $70/hr discounted rate for all appointments with Jeremy ($73 via Paypal); $50 reading fee for each paper read by Jeremy. You'll be taking a total of four seminars; the amounts you pay for the seminars will vary, depending on where you take them and from whom.
Curriculum


Seminars
Note that all Seminars can be done via live video using Zoom.us platform (free). They are offered twice a year.

Seminar #1: "Introducing Group Projective Dream Work" (10hrs)

Learning goal: a basic grounding in projective dream work. Any one of Jeremy's "Introductory Dream Work" workshops will satisfy this requirement; most often you will take the seminar from Jeremy but there may be some occasions when it is offered by an MIPD graduate. A seminar which is a survey of dream working techniques (although useful) will not satisfy this requirement. And just attending the workshop will not satisfy the requirement.

To receive credit for the workshop you will need either to write a paper or have a one-hour phone conversation with Jeremy which will address what you've learned. What we are most interested in is having you pay particular attention to how you might present the idea of projective dream work, and begin to formulate an answer to how you would do an "introduction" of the work to a previously uninformed audience; what target audiences are most appealing to you; what written materials will be used; what should go into the publicity and promotion; what philosophy and experience underpins this introduction; ethical issues in doing dream work and more.

Seminar #2: "Global Perspectives on Dreams & Dreaming" (10 hrs)

Learning goal: to gain a perspective on Western and non-Western forms of dream work; to gain a broader and deeper appreciation of the spiritually important and creatively dynamic place dreams and dreaming have always held in cultures and societies around the world, in all periods of history and pre-history; to gain a basic knowledge of the most common psychological/biological theories about dreams and dreaming. If you cannot find a workshop satisfying this requirement you may do it via independent study.

To receive credit for the workshop you will need either to write a paper or have a one-hour phone conversation with Jeremy which will address what you've learned.

Elective seminars (2 are required, 8-10 hrs each).

Learning goal: this is a chance for you to explore specific areas of particular interest to you. For example, you might want to explore other ways of doing dream work, or focus on dreams and the body, or dreams and creativity/art; working with the dreams of the dying, exploring shamanic dream work or lucid dreaming, children's dreams or....

Before signing up for a seminar, email Kathy (kathryntaylor123@comcast.net) to be sure the seminar qualifies for MIPD Elective Seminar credit. Include all relevant information (Title, workshop goals, facilitator(s), dates, place, hours, and why you feel this workshop will address your needs as an MIPD candidate). Please do this even if you have discussed it previously with Jeremy.

To receive credit for each workshop you will need either to write a paper or have a one-hour phone conversation with Jeremy which will address what you've learned. Note: one hour conversation or paper for EACH Elective Seminar.

Practica

Practicum #1: Facilitation of Small Groups (5 meetings)

Learning goal: to fully articulate your own approach to teaching projective dream work (especially to those not familiar with it), and to gain experience facilitating your own small group doing projective dream work. You'll need to lead at least 1 small group, of at least 5 people, for at least 5 meetings. You will be responsible for setting up the group.

To receive credit you will need to have two phone conversations with Jeremy or write two papers, one at the beginning and one at the end. In some cases only one phone call or paper will be needed (we'll discuss that with you). It is also possible to do this with a mentor other than Jeremy (an MIPD graduate).

What we are looking for is a clear statement of your approach to doing projective dream work with a group. Any professional dream worker has to have a series of "talking points" to introduce the work. Specifically how will you introduce this work and what printed handouts, if any, will you distribute? You will be referring to Jeremy's Basic Dream Work Tool Kit, and may choose to use it as he has written it, but you may also choose to rewrite it to reflect your particular way of approaching this work.

At the end (or during the experience) we would like you to assess/discuss your response to leading the group. Together we will discuss your approach, ethical concerns, problems, and any other issues of importance to you.

There is one other way to satisfy this requirement: at least once a year and sometimes more often, Jeremy leads a large workshop that breaks out into small groups and Jeremy requires Teaching Associates. Each Teaching Associate will facilitate a small group and then meet together in a TA group, with Jeremy, to discuss the experience. Contact Kathy (kathryntaylor123@comcast.net) if this is an option that fits your schedule and life needs better.

Practicum #2: Working With Your Own Clients (10 hrs)

Learning goal: this is a chance to work one-on-one with your own clients. You'll find your own clients and you'll need to work 10 hours total with at least 2 clients (fore example it can be 2 hours with one and 8 hours with the other).

To receive credit you'll need to work with a mentor. If you are working with Jeremy as your mentor, you can schedule as many phone appointments as you need to feel comfortable about satisfying this requirement, keeping in mind that you will need to plan ahead and get the appointments scheduled far enough in advance to be sure he is available. At a minimum, you will need one appointment or one paper at the end of the 10 hours.

If you are not working with Jeremy, email Kathy (kathryntaylor123@comcast.net) with the proposed mentor's name (or consult with her for suggestions), information about him/her and why you want to work with that person. Once we have approved you can begin. All MIPD certificate holders are eligible to be your mentor for his Practicum. We will assume you stay in touch with your mentor, reporting on progress and assessing problems. At the end of the 10 hours, you will give your mentor the form “Mentor's Response/Practicum2” (which will be part of your admittance documents) to email or mail to us. You won't have credit until the form is received, so you'll need to contact your mentor to make sure this has been done. If you are working with Jeremy you do not need this form.

Practicum#3: Working Your Own Dreams With a Mentor (5 hrs)

Learning goal: we all need to keep in touch with our unconscious. Working with your own dreams "keeps you honest" as a dream worker.

To receive credit you'll do five 1 hour meetings or phone conversations with Jeremy or an approved mentor. If you are not working with Jeremy, email Kathy (kathryntaylor123@comcast.net) with the proposed mentor's name (or consult with her for suggestions), information about him/her and why you want to work with that person. Once we have approved you can begin. All MIPD certificate holders are eligible to be your mentor for this Practicum.

At the end of the 5 hours, you will give your mentor the form “Mentor's Response/Practicum3” (which will be part of your admittance documents) to email or mail to us. You won't have credit until the form is received, so you'll need to contact your mentor to make sure this has been done. If you are working with Jeremy you do not need this form.

Certification

When you and we feel you have satisfied the requirements, you can request final certification. Send a request, along with the $50 certification fee and be sure to specify how you would like your name to appear on your certificate.
MIPD Application
You can go to the link below to print out the MIPD Application. You'll need to include a small photo (a snapshot is fine) and an application fee of $50, payable to Jeremy Taylor. You may also pay via Paypal, ($53). Submit PayPal or Credit Card Payment Here

Mail or email your application to:

MIPD/Jeremy Taylor
736 San Pedro St
Fairfield, CA 94533

If you have questions you can email or call:

Email: kathryntaylor123@comcast.net
Phone: 707/422.9308

Download the application by clicking on this link: MIPD APPLICATION

After You've Been Admitted....

After you've been admitted you'll have a 1/2 hour phone conversation with Jeremy to discuss what you might already have credit for and how you'll proceed. There is no cost for this conversation.

You'll also be invited to join the MIPD Listserv where you'll have a chance to discuss dream related issues with other MIPD students and graduates, and have a chance to share your dreams and project on the dreams of others in the MIPD program. This Listserv is only for MIPD students or graduates.
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