Sat, May 25, 2024 to Sun, May 26, 2024
10:00 - 1:00 pm
CE Credits: 
Participant Limit: 

$210 General Public
$150 NCSPP Full Members
$120 NCSPP Associate Members
$90 NCSPP Student Members
$90 Scholarship Rate (must have prior approval)

Early Registration Deadline: 
May 11, 2024
Registration Notes: 

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Dreaming as an Expression of the Spiritual Psyche

Course Overview: 

Through the presentation of dreaming as an expression of the spiritual psyche, a felt sense of the spiritual psyche in clinical practice and in everyday life will emerge. Participants’ relationship to their own dream life will be catalyzed through reflective engagement and discussion. Dreaming — not ony at night but also in waking life — will be related to as a continuous mode of awareness and relationality that fosters vitality, imaginative interplay, and connection to our world and the cosmos.

Commitment to Equity: 

NCSPP is aware that historically psychoanalysis has either excluded or pathologized groups outside of the dominant population in terms of age, race, ethnicity, nationality, language, gender, religion, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, disability, and size. As an organization, we are committed to bringing awareness to matters of anti-oppression, inequity, inequality, diversity, and inclusion as they pertain to our educational offerings, our theoretical orientation, our community, and the broader world we all inhabit.

Presenters Response:

We are all dreamers, across all dimensions of age, race, ethnicity, nationality, language, gender expression, religion, spirituality, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, disability, and size. However not all people are supported in their dream life. This course seeks to offer each dreamer regard, recognition, and support for their relationship to their dreams.

Course Objectives: 
  1. Participants will be able to state two ways they will apply an understanding of the spiritual psyche to clinical practice.
  2. Participants will be able to state two ways they will further develop their own capacity to dream, as a resource of the spiritual psyche in clinical practice.
  3. Participants will be able to define the term caesura in its psychoanalytic context and apply this concept to multiple modes of dreaming: being and becoming, thinking and imagining.
Empirical Reference: 
  • Pearson Trimbach, W. (in press). Welcoming dreams. The welcoming object in the work of Michael Eigen (L. Daws and K. Cohen, Eds.). Routledge.
  • Pearson Trimbach, W. (2022). Part 1: Integral relational practice of dreaming the caesura. Part 2: Dreaming Charlotte Small Thompson. Jung Journal: Culture & Psyche, 16(4)
  • Pearson Trimbach, W. (2022). Dreaming, mourning, transformation, and truth:Shifa Haq and Willow Pearson Trimbach in conversation. Jung Journal: Culture & Psyche, 16(4).
  • Pearson, W. & H. Marlo (2021). The spiritual psyche in psychotherapy: Mysticism, intersubjectivity, and psychoanalysis. Routledge.
  • Solms, M. (2023, July 17). Freud and the neuroscience of dreams. The Weekend University,

Willow Pearson Trimbach, Psy.D., LMFT, MT-BC, is Associate Professor and Director of Clinical Training, Clinical Psychology Department, CIIS. A licensed clinical psychologist, licensed marriage and family therapist, and nationally board certified music therapist, Dr. Pearson has a private practice in Oakland, where she sees adults and provides supervision. Dr. Pearson is co-editor and contributing author of The Spiritual Psyche in Psychotherapy: Mysticism, Intersubjectivity, and Psychoanalysis, published by Routledge (2021).

Target Audience & Level: 

This intermediate level course is for clinicians with an emergent experience of working with dreams and some background in the principles of psychodynamic approaches.

Continuing Education Credit: 

LCSW/MFTs: Course meets the requirements for _ hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs and/or LEPS, as required by the CA Board of Behavioral Sciences. NCSPP is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (Provider Number 57020), to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCS, and/or LEPs. NCSPP maintains responsibility for this program /course and its content.

Psychologists: Division 39 is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Division 39 maintains responsibility for these programs and their content.

Cancellation & Refund Policies: 

Enrollees who cancel at least SEVEN DAYS prior to the event date will receive a refund minus a $35 administrative charge. No refunds will be allowed after this time.  Transfer of registrations are not allowed.

Contact Information: 

For program related questions contact Ghazal Karimpour at

For questions related to enrollment, locations, CE credit, special needs, course availability and other administrative issues contact Michele McGuinness by email or 415-496-9949.


Education Committee

The Education Committee is responsible for the development of a variety of courses and workshops given throughout the year in San Francisco and the East Bay.

Ronna Milo Haglili, Psy.D., Chair
Ghazal Karimpour , Psy.D.
Jasmine Khor
Grace Kiriakos, Psy.D.
Natasha Oxenburgh, MA