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Dream Work in Coaching
Carl Jung discovered that “in sleep we awaken to who we are.”
Dream work in the coaching process offers an opportunity to invoke an inquiry for greater understanding, awareness and clarity of the important issues in a clients waking life. Dream work can help clients discover for themselves new thoughts, perspectives, beliefs & emotions that strengthen their ability to take action and achieve what is important to them.
The Dream Work in Coaching program will:
- Facilitate learning & create awareness: Dreams show us what we need to know about our waking life but don’t (Jung). They are like the reigns of a horse showing us when we are off or on track in areas of our lives (Maria von Franz). They are valuable in helping identify areas in personal and professional life that need attention, correct erroneous beliefs and shift thinking and behaviors. Dreams have an advantage over other techniques of self knowledge in that “they give us a dynamic, continuous self diagnosis, and can clarify momentary erroneous attitudes or reactions to situations” (Maria von Franz).
- Bring powerful questions to dream work: For example, in what ways might this dream be a metaphor of your waking life? Dreams can show specific areas of life that may need to be looked at. e.g. health, interpersonal relationships, satisfaction and feeling or attitudes towards work. They may bring into awareness underlying concerns of the client, differences between "facts" and interpretation. Dreams may challenge fixed ways of perceiving the world as well as clarify disparities between thought, feelings and behaviors.
- Lay a foundation for designing actions, planning and goal setting: Since dreams show areas of life that need attention, they are useful in goal setting. Each dream is asking something of us. They can help the coach and client set goals that are authentic to the client and assist in the individuation process. Dreams may offer real time feedback as to the progress and effectiveness of coaching. Dream Work can assist in communicating broader perspectives and inspire a commitment to shift view points and find new possibilities for action and living.
Program Presenter: Peter Metzner, PCC, incorporates dream work in life and leadership coaching. He worked extensively with dreams when he taught Psychology at Vance-Granville Community College, facilitated Leadership and Innovation at Elon University as well as in classes at (then) Peace College in Raleigh, NC. He has studied dreams and dream work through organizations and from workshops including the Journey Through Wholeness and the Triangle Jung Society. Peter has studied with Robert Johnson, Barry Williams, Jeremy Taylor, John Ryan Haule, Henry Reed and others. He has written articles on Leadership and Dream work and has given keynote presentations as well as workshops on dreams to organizations such as The National Wellness Institute, The Center For Creative Leadership, and the ICF (Cleveland, 2014). Prior to creating Dynamic Change, Inc., Peter served as Vice President of Client Relations and Program Development for The Leadership Trust and was employed by the Center for Creative Leadership in Greensboro, NC. To learn more about Peter's dream work, click here.
Related ICF Core Competencies for Dream Work in Coaching:
B. Co-Creating the Relationship
Coaching Presence - Being fully conscious and creating spontaneous relationships with clients, employing a style that is open, flexible and confident.
C. Communicating Effectively
Active Listening - Ability to focus completely on what the client is saying and is not saying, to understand the meaning of what is said in the context of the client’s desires, and to support client self-expression.
Powerful Questioning - Ability to ask questions that reveal the information needed for maximum benefit to the coaching relationship and the client.
Direct Communication - Communicating effectively during coaching sessions, and using language that has the greatest positive impact on the client.
D. Facilitating Learning and Results
Creating Awareness - Ability to integrate and accurately evaluate multiple sources of information and to make interpretations that help the client to gain awareness and thereby achieve agreed-upon results.
Designing Actions - Ability to create with the client opportunities for ongoing learning, during coaching and in work/life situations, and for taking new actions that will most effectively lead to agreed-upon coaching results.
Planning and Goal Setting - Ability to develop and maintain an effective coaching plan with the client.
Managing Progress and Accountability - Ability to hold attention on what is important for the client, and to leave responsibility with the client to take action.
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