Dear Jeremy:( everyone on the discussion list)

Thank you for following up after our panel discussion on “ the 
criteria for responsible dream work training.”  We have been moving in 
the past month and settling to our new nest.  I have been following 
the discussion but have not had the chance to reply.

I like all the six criteria you have suggested.   In fact recently we 
had a Departmental meeting and I brought numerous revision for our 
Dream Studies Program.  I also read your criteria and we are 
considering them while we are revising our program.

I would like to bring several issues for discussion:

1) when I was a Board member in 1991,  I remember in one of our 
meetings a discussion about ASD certification on dreams.  One of our 
anthropologist members was against the  idea as she felt anyone should 
be able to share dreams and work with dreams.  The logic of the 
argument had a profound effect on me to the point that when JFKU 
administrators asked me to develop a certificate program on dreams, I 
refused.  The discussion is how interdisciplinary are these dream 
training programs? And when we make a certain criteria about working 
with dreams, from what discipline we make these presuppositions? I 
would be interested to hear also a perspective from an anthropologist 
in regard to our discussion.

2)The term “Dream work Training” and “dreamworkers” in relation to the 
six criteria bring an interesting issue.  Are we talking about 
therapy, counseling, consultant etc.  As you know this is a very 
sensitive issue in the state of California.  Referring to criteria # 
3, What are the criteria for the person who is supervising the 
“hands-on” dreamwork?  Should she/he be a MFT (MFCC) or licensed 
psychologist, a shaman, a minister or practiced dream working in the 
field for so many years? So I think this is worth discussing. Also the 
question for discussion is Therapy vs dreamworking vs dream sharing.

3) We are also dealing with two different types of training programs. 
1) academic 2) non-academic. Perhaps ASD can acknowledge two different 
types of dream training programs with a set of common criteria for 
both institutions such as ethics and different criteria appropriate 
for the institutions.  I know this issue came up in our panel 
discussion on “professional training in dream work”.  Already I sensed 
a bit of competition when people in the panel were asked for the cost 
of their training programs which I thought was inappropriate. We are 
dealing with two different types of training programs.

Well, I am interested to hear from you and the group.

All the best,
Fariba

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