PSY 310 Psychology of Dreams
Dreams are a mysterious phenomenon. A third of our lives is spent sleeping and dreaming, yet we still do not fully understand the purpose of dreaming. This course will take a multidisciplinary approach to the study of dreams, drawing from the academic disciplines of psychology, philosophy, phenomenology, and religious studies. We will explore dreaming as a primal source of insight, wisdom, and spiritual experience through the theoretical lenses of Western and Eastern traditions, with an emphasis on the fundamental beliefs and ideologies that helped shape the understanding of the psychology of dreams. We will examine the forms and contents of dreams through an intuitive/psychological lens to understand the hidden multiple meanings their specific shapes and structures reflect.
Janice Gerard, Ph.D.
Janice is a licensed clinical psychologist in private practice in West Los Angeles, a Professor in the Master's Program at UPR, teaching courses in Relational Gestalt and The Psychology of Dreams, Past-President of the Gestalt Therapy Institute of Los Angeles (GTILA) and has traveled extensively worldwide in Denmark, Australia, New Zealand and Japan training therapists and students in the practice of Relational Gestalt and her method of Guided Dreamwork. She graduated from The California School of Professional Psychology-Los Angeles in 1986 and became a Certified Gestalt Therapist in 1994. For over 30 years she has led workshops and training groups worldwide and has presented at many International Conferences on the subjects of Transpersonal Psychology, meditation and Relational Gestalt psychotherapy.
“I experience a fundamental joy and excitement for each occasion that I teach at UPR. I have been given the freedom by the administrative staff to teach what I know and what I deeply love about Relational Gestalt therapy and about dreams, the subjects that are closest to my heart. The most important aspect of my teaching experience is the high quality and intelligence of my students. I have never encountered more gifted or profoundly responsive groups. I look forward to each new connection to them.”