Conference 18 Abstracts
Association for the Study of Dreams
UCSC Santa Cruz, California, USA
Starting a Professional Dream Work Practice
Leslie D. Perkins, MA: Dreamwork as Ministry
Barbara Leake, M.A.: Follow Your Bliss
Vera M. Lind, M.A.T.P., Ph.D.
Kim Birdsong, MA: You Don't Have To Know It All
Kate Kelley, MS, MFT: The Zen of Dream Practice Building
Chairperson: Jeremy Taylor
A) Kim Birdsong, MA, DreamTender and Spiritual Consultant,
A Spiritual Consultant in private practice, Kim holds a Master's
Transpersonal Studies and a Certificate in Women's Spiritual Development
ITP. Through DreamTending, she assists clients in establishing ongoing
relationships with the living images in their dreams. She also hosts a
weekly radio show "Spirit Matters" on KNRY AM 1240.
B) Kate Kelley, MS, MFT, DreamTender, Laguna Beach, California
Kate Kelley, MFT, has an M.S. in Psychology from Cal State San
She has extensive training in Psychodrama. She is certified in
DreamTending through Pacifica Graduate Institute. She practices in
Riverside and Laguna Beach
specializing in psychospiritual counseling, intuitive development,
dreamtending and dream theater. She writes a bi-monthly column on dreams
for The Coastline in Laguna Beach.
C) Leslie D. Perkins, MA, Dreamworker, Sunnyvale, California
Leslie D. Perkins is a Dreamworker in private practice, and a
and apprentice with Jeremy Taylor. She has an M.A. in Transpersonal
and a Certificate in Creative Expression from the Institute of
Psychology. She is working toward her D. Min. degree at the University
Creation Spirituality.e-mail: email@example.com
-E) Barbara H. Leake, M.A., R.N., Dream Facilitator, Exeter,
Barbara Leake conducts dream workshops and offers individual dream
Leake holds an M.A. in Counseling and a B.S. in Nursing, has studied
psychology, and participated in a Professional Enrichment Program for
Studies. She is a licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor.
4. Summary of Presentation
Several dream workers will discuss the personal and professional
issues involved in starting a practice. Topics will include making a
commitment to dream work, getting training, aligning personal and
professional values, choosing office space, establishing fees,
advertising, insurance, ethical and legal considerations, working with
groups and individuals, and public service.
5. Learning Objectives
A) Learning objectives
1. To gain an understanding of the issues involved in making a
start a professional dream work practice.
2. To gain an understanding of the personal values and decisions that
the process of starting a professional dream work practice.
3. To gain an understanding of the professional values and decisions
into the process of starting a professional dream work practice.
B) Evaluation questions
1. Do you understand what kind of issues you will need to consider
deciding whether to become a professional dream worker?
2. Do you understand the personal values you will need to consider,
personal decisions you will have to make as a professional dream worker?
3. Do you understand the professional values you will need to
consider, and the
professional decisions you will have to make as a professional dream
8. Partial Abstract
Birdsong, MA: You Don't Have To Know It All
Both personal and professional issues surfaced and continue to arise
in the development
of my private DreamTending practice. Personally, issues of worth,
exposure, vulnerability and the need for protection as I put myself
"out there" in the
professional world emerged. Developing a balance between spirituality
continues to be an ongoing issue. Topics covered in this portion of the
discussion include identifying and coping with these challenges.
Professionally, topics covered include my experience in the following
areas: 1) Locating office space; 2) Sharing space or going it alone; 3)
Advertising: print ads, radio;
4) Establishing rates: sliding scales, the value of trading for
services; 5) What am I willing to do for free? Public speaking
engagements; 6) Establishing a logo, business cards, and website; 7)
Teaching the value of DreamTending and dreamwork to local therapists and
the public at large; 8) Insurance and legal considerations.
Kelley, MS, MFT: The Zen of Dream Practice Building
Dreams know me. I open myself to knowing them. I have recorded my
dreams for a quarter of a century. Seven years ago I woke up to dream as
specialty. I have moved twice seeking a town where dream might be
embraced. My vow to dream as career path has been a teaching, a waking
meditation. It has been a journey from doubt to deep-seated knowing. A
path of heart.
My mentor taught me "let it come to you". Just as dreams
come to us in their own time, dream practices manifest only when they
are ready. In the meantime it is our job to hold to the dream, to listen
into what it requires for nourishment and to be sustained. The dreams
themselves guided me in practice building. They came as bright lights in
the dark moments. In one I was told to include on a flyer
"something old and something gold". In another I was given
five steps, the first being "rigorous honesty". Twelve step
programs teach the importance of walking the talk. Similarly, as dream
workers it is important we live the dream. Dreamwork is about a way of
being in the world, a way of poetic seeing. My dream practice began to
flourish once I aligned body, mind and spirit with dream.
Perkins, MA: Dreamwork as Ministry
Leslie D. Perkins recently started a private practice as a
Dreamworker after working with
Jeremy Taylor for more than two years as a teaching assistant and
apprentice. Leslie had
originally planned to become a licensed therapist, but while she was
studying for her
counseling degree she realized that she wanted to practice dreamwork
within the context
of spiritual ministry rather than psychological counseling. She felt the
need for more
training in dreamwork as a form of ministry, so she decided to
apprentice with Jeremy
Taylor and to pursue a D. Min. degree at the University of Creation
chose to set up an office in her home, rather than renting outside
office space, and this
involved enlisting the cooperation of her husband and daughter. She
practice after assisting Jeremy Taylor with a workshop at her church,
where she passed
out fliers about her dreamwork practice.
D) Vera M. Lind, M.A.T.P., M. Mus., Ph.D. (abd), Mountain View,
Vera M. Lind is a Ph.D. student at the Institute of Transpersonal
Psychology with interest in transpersonal issues in communication and
healing. She has been a student of Jeremy Taylor. Her background
includes teaching and performance in music and theatre, creative
expression, and spiritual guidance to support psychological and
E) Barbara H. Leake, M.A., R.N., Dream Facilitator, Exeter, New
Barbara Leake conducts dream workshops and offers individual dream work.
Ms. Leake holds an M.A. in Counseling and a B.S. in Nursing, has studied
transpersonal psychology, and participated in a Professional Enrichment
Program for Jungian Studies. She is a licensed Clinical Mental Health
Vera M. Lind, M.A.T.P., Ph.D.
As a transpersonal psychologist, I am drawn to dream work for its
special blend of therapeutic learning, unique community building,
the opportunity for the practice of compassion. I enjoy the adventure of
ever new and yet ancient story. I have kept a dream journal for over 20
studied dreams with Jeremy Taylor and Hillevi Ruumet.
Dreams usually provide lessons for other group members as well as the
dreamer. When the group becomes particularly cohesive, and develops into
a caring community, the experience of shared lessons is enhanced. For
this panel, I will present my personal experience in forming a dream
group, which meets in my home on a weekly basis. Further, I would like
to discuss the use of the dream group for research into the experience
of shared, mutual dreams, and how it might be facilitated.
Barbara Leake, M.A.:
Follow Your Bliss
Joseph Campbell admonishes us to "follow our bliss". My
bliss came to me in a numinous dream followed by a numinous knowing. I
am now committed to conducting dream workshops, speaking on and teaching
the value of dreams and working with individuals, all focused on
"Exploring Your Dreams".
Establishing clinical credibility enhances collegial professional
relationships in the healing community. It is important to identify a
mental health diagnosis if for no other reason than to provide a safe
foundation when helping a client explore his/her dreams. A myriad of
other issues include ethics, confidentiality, insurance, fees and record
But most important, guiding a client to explore his/her dreams leads
to an affirmation of the spiritual gift within.