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The Healing Role of Dreams in PTSD


Pleasant Hill - Main University Campus 100 Ellinwood Way
Pleasant Hill, CA 94523-4817

February 8, 2018 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

“A lot of people think of PTSD dreams as a symptom that needs to go away. I’m seeing them as the opposite of that,” says Karen Jaenke, Chair of the Consciousness & Transformative Studies Program. “They’re a harbinger of the healing that wants to occur.”

Jaenke believes that all dreams come in service of healing and growth, gently urging the dreamer to experience some part of their psyche that had been previously blocked and that is trying to resurface. But the PTSD dream is special. While still an initiation of the healing process, the PTSD dream is not so gentle as the rest. Instead, it is a terrifying recurrence that seems to condense all the dreamer’s combat experiences into one high intensity event.

Join us for this intriguing installment of the Soapbox series, and prepare to take a deep dive into the psyche. Jaenke will focus on the special case of PTSD dreams to highlight the key processes and exciting potential of dreamwork in general. Exploring the example of a war dream, participants will witness the incredible capacity of dreams to restore our experiences and expand the personality.