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
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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