Advanced Dream interpretation

3rd Trimester of Year 2 and Year 3 of the Full Training in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis

(can be also taken as an individual post-graduate certificate course; no pre-requisites)

(12.5 hrs of post-graduate training certificate)

Instructor: Margaret A. Yard, PhD, APRN, BC

Course Calendar: 3/19/15-5/28/15 (Thursdays, 8:15pm -9:30pm)

Location: 160 East 84th Street, NYC or via virtual participation


“…To die to sleep,
To sleep, perchance to Dream; Ay, there's the rub,
For in that sleep of death, what dreams may come,
When we have shuffled off this mortal coil,
Must give us pause…” (Hamlet. William Shakespeare) 

Although more than 100 years have elapsed, the conception of dream life which Freud established in 1900s is still today the essential referent in therapy. “The Interpretation of Dreams” which Freud maintained as his most important work, goes far beyond the explanation of dreaming, by proposing a general model of how the mind works, both on a normal and a pathological basis. From 1900 until the present day, both post-Freudian contemporary developments, as well as discoveries in neuropsychiatry have increased knowledge regarding dream formation, but still we remain with no other new theory.  This course will study the legacy of the interpretations of dreams applied in clinical practice using case methodology. We will review Freud’s revisions in his theory of dreams, and its application for dream psychology in the analytic and therapeutic situation.

Further, we will use the same case (Martha) for clinical interpretation of different theoretical dream models, with more intensive focus on the Object Relations Model. Trauma and bereavement dreams will be analyzed, as well as patient cases presented by students.

Finally, we will explore dreams within the postmodern context reflecting changes in cultural, environmental, political and emotional contexts.


Lansky, M. R. (Ed.) (1992 ). Essential papers on dreams.  New York: New York University Press

Fosshage, J. L. and Loew, C.A. (1987). Dream Interpretation: A comparative study. New York: PMA Publishing

Gibb, E. (2002).  Dreaming after a traumatic bereavement: Mourning or its avoidance?  In C. Garland, Understanding of trauma: A psychoanalytical approach (pp.123-138). London, Karnac. [First published by Gerald Duckworth, 1998]

Quinodoz, J. M. (2005). Reading Freud. London: Routledge.                                            

Reading assignments will be taken from the listed texts as well as a selection of papers. Each student presents dream material from selected patients. A final course presentation on interpretation of dreams from an object relations orientation is required. 

Margaret A. Yard, PhD, APRN, BC - Asst. Professor, Lehman College, CUNY, Faculty, Psychiatry, New York University School of Medicine, Alumni Program in International Trauma Studies, Columbia University, Alumni Adult Psychoanalytic Program and Analytic Group Therapy Programs, Post Graduate Center for Mental Health, Past President Post-Graduate Psychoanalytic Society, Co-Chair Educational and Training Programs, Faculty for Psychoanalytic Training, Object Relations Institute and Washington Square Institute. She is a faculty and training supervisor for Chinese American Psychoanalytic Association (CAPA) and teaches psychoanalysis in Beijing and Singapore. She is a Chair of the Province Review Board for Dominican Fathers and Brothers of the Affirming and Protecting Children and Young People Program as well as consultant for contemplative monastic communities for nuns in the Dominican Order of the Catholic Church. Read more about Dr. Margaret Yard at http://orinyc.org/Dr_Margaret_Yard.html

Tel: (212) 794-8598 (212) 947-7111 E-mail: yard_m@msn.com


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