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Rubin Naiman, PhD, FAASM

Healing Our Sleep, Dreams, And Consciousness: An Integrative Approach

July 24th - July 28th, 2023

This course is only offered In-Person


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15-Hour In-Person Course
Monday - Friday: 9:00a.m. - 12:30p.m. EDT / 30-Minute Break Daily

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Course Description

Sleep and dreams are the very roots of the tree of waking life, profoundly impacting our mental health and physical well-being. Sleep loss, a most prevalent health concern, is strongly linked to anxiety, depression, obesity, and other chronic illnesses. Although mental health professionals routinely encounter insomnia in their practices as well as personal lives, few are adequately prepared to effectively address it. Unfortunately, our fundamental beliefs about sleep and dreams are excessively medicalized and myopic. In the end, we don’t get sleep simply because we don’t get sleep.

Join world-renowned sleep and dream expert Dr. Rubin Naiman for a truly transformative learning experience that enhances both clinical skills and personal consciousness. This program addresses insomnia and sleep health from a comprehensive body, mind, and spirit perspective, integrating complementary and alternative medicine, cognitive-behavioral interventions, and Jungian/archetypal approaches. Through engaging presentations, in-depth discussions, personal exercises, and optional dream circles, participants can expect to gain a rich and practical understanding of sleep and dreams to better help their clientele as well as themselves.


A novel integrative approach to sleep and dreams

  • Our purpose: objectives, outline and method

  • Night fever: we are seriously sleep and dream deprived

  • Fifty years of sleep medicine and things are getting worse

  • The ramifications: physical illness, mental illness and life as a zombie

The nature of sleep and dreams

  • We don't get sleep because we don't get sleep

  • Medicalization: the brain doesn’t sleep, we do

  • Negative definitions and the loss of the sleeper

  • The science and rhythms of sleep, REM sleep and dreaming


The big picture: social and cultural factors shaping our nights

  • Hyperarousal: industrialization as a psychosocial force

  • The suppression of night, darkness and melatonin

  • Living in the waketrix: the subservience of sleep and dreams

  • Sleep and dreams as fundamental consciousness issues

Understanding and evaluating major sleep disorders

  • Screening and evaluation of sleep and dreams

  • The pros and cons of sleep tracking devices

  • The presentation and etiology of sleeplessness and insomnia

  • Personal evaluation: investigating our "nightstand"


Healing sleeplessness and insomnia

  • Sleep self-efficacy: can we trust ourselves?

  • The Noise Reduction Model: taking and letting go of something to sleep

  • Sleeping pills and alternatives: botanicals, nutraceuticals, cannabis, and melatonin

  • Sleeping in the forest: restoring the art and poetics of sleep and dreams

Managing body and bed noise

  • The body as the unconscious mind

  • The princess and the pee: what really keeps us up at night?

  • Stimulus control: getting out of bed to sleep

  • Our sleep environment: beds, bedding, bedrooms and nature


Managing mind noise

  • Thinking, beliefs and meta-cognitions around sleep (CBT-I)

  • Going out of our (waking) mind to sleep

  • A non-violent approach to night, sleep and dreams

  • Sleeping together: the night side of relationships

Re-writing our bedtime story

  • Where do you go when you go to sleep?

  • The art of psychospiritual surrender

  • Cultivating awareness of sleep

  • Falling in love with sleep again


Dreams as the forgotten bridge to sleep

  • Dream hygiene: interpretation, relation and healing

  • REM sleep, dreams and psychedelics

  • Bad dreams, nightmares and shadow work

  • The waking dream: re-enchanting everyday life

The United States of consciousness: sleep and dream lessons for waking

  • What is consciousness?

  • Braid theory and Turiya: toward a unified sense of self

  • On becoming practically conscious

  • Laughter, dreams and consciousness

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Rubin Naiman, PhD, FAASM

Rubin Naiman WOMR Interview-Healing Sleep and Dreams
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What Alumni are Saying...

“Rubin Naiman is a presenter who has the knowledge and skills to be completely absorbing and informative.” - 2019 Participant

“I have left with a greater comfort and understanding of the sleep and dreaming process. This course has and will continue to benefit me, which will benefit my clients, staff, and supervision.” - 2019 Participant

“Dr. Naiman is a wonderful person as well as a (wonderful) presenter.” - 2019 Participant

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