If you are a mental health professional, it is critical to understand when nightmares are of clinical concern and how to treat them. Frequent nightmares are linked with posttraumatic stress, anxiety, depression, and a higher risk of suicide.
In this 2-hour continuing education webinar, Dr. Ellis will summarize what nightmares are, current theories about their causes, who suffers from them, and a simple method to treat them. Dr. Ellis will also present a recent research paper on nightmares and the autonomic nervous system that advances nightmare theory and offers a treatment protocol for nightmares that incorporates an updated understanding of the nervous system's response to cues of threat and safety.
This introductory continuing education webinar is designed to help mental health clinicians:
Statement of the program material's accuracy, utility, and risk: This program presents clinical and scientific information about nightmares that is based on an extensive review of current peer-reviewed literature. This program discusses strategies for applying the concepts taught in a clinically responsible manner, although the presenter may not know how to apply all principles discussed to every situation or person. A body of research surveyed in the program suggests that the methods are effective and safe. As always, however, misapplication of the concepts with various populations could lead to harmful outcomes.
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Dr. Leslie Ellis is a leading expert in the use of somatic approaches in psychotherapy, in particular for working with dreams, nightmares, and the effects of trauma. She is the author of A Clinician’s Guide to Dream Therapy (Routledge, 2019) and offers many training opportunities in embodied, experiential dreamwork based on her book. She has a PhD in Clinical Psychology from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology, with a specialization in somatic approaches. Her dissertation on using focusing-oriented therapy to treat PTSD for refugees with recurrent nightmares won the Ernest Hartmann award from the International Association for the Study of Dreams.
Dr. Ellis has a Masters from Pacifica Graduate Institute and worked as a therapist in private practice in Vancouver, BC for more than 20 years. Her approach to therapy combines Jungian and focusing-oriented techniques. She was adjunct faculty at Adler University where she taught clinical skills and developed a trauma course for the Masters of Counselling program. She is a Certifying Coordinator and past president of The International Focusing Institute. For many years she has offered a Vancouver-based certification program for practicing therapists who want to incorporate focusing-oriented therapy techniques into their practice.
Dr. Ellis has published numerous book chapters and journal articles on the use of focusing and dreamwork in psychotherapy. She has also presented her work to a worldwide audience. For example, she offered a keynote address for the 2020 online conference for the International Association for the Study of Dreams, has presented on nightmare treatment at MIT, and was a featured speaker and panelist at the 2020 FOT (Focusing-Oriented Therapy) Conference. She also offers courses through The Jung Platform and is vice president of the International Association for the Study of Dreams.