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Unit 105S

Unit 105S

Core Process Oriented Skills 2: Working With Body Symptoms And Dreams

Unit Description

This unit introduces students to skills-based Process Oriented approaches for working with body symptoms and dreams.

This 3-credit point unit introduces students to skills-based Process Oriented approaches for working with body symptoms and dreams. Body symptoms and dreams are viewed as symbolic doors to uncover the secondary process in holistic counselling and psychotherapy.


Students will learn and practice skills for working safely with unfolding sensory grounded information present in body symptoms and dreams. These are essential skills for working with trauma and somatic presentations.

Students will learn about Arnold Mindell’s concept of the dreambody and its evolution in application to body symptom and dream work, and will develop skills to unfold signals in the channels of awareness within body symptoms and dreams with clients.

Students will learn to differentiate between primary and secondary information in body symptom work and dreams to enhance client awareness. This learning through experiential exercises is embedded in timetabled and untimetabled study.




Core Unit


Year 1, Semester 2




Martin Hemsley


30 minutes before and after workshop intensives and by appointment during semester

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this unit, students will be able to:

a) Competently apply body symptom work in holistic counselling practice and recognise contraindications for use.

b) Unpack information about clients’ body symptoms and identify polarities such as the symptom maker/symptom receiver and discover a symptom’s unique message.

c) Differentiate between primary and secondary processes and identify and work with edges in body symptom work and dreamwork.

d) Critically analyse the roots of dreamwork in Jungian theory and use symbolic thinking to unfold dreams.

e) Articulate and apply the concepts of consensus reality, dreamland, and essence in practice sessions.

f) Recognise and utilise appropriate dream doors to enter the dreaming process.

g) Assist clients to ground new information gained from body symptom work and dreamwork in their daily lives.

Student Workload

The total unit workload is equivalent to 7.34 hours per week over the semester, 117.5 hours in total.

  • 12 hours on-campus workshop intensive

  • 1.5 hour Zoom classes

  • 8 hours study buddy work

  • 96 personal study hours

Delivery Mode

On-campus teaching comprises 12 hours in total - 9:00 am - 5:30 pm

Online delivery

1.5 hour Zoom discussion

Workshop intensive on-campus

Study Buddy activities

Eight hours over the semester

Graduate Attributes

Ethical practice and integrity
Our graduates will demonstrate high ethical standards in their work and follow professional Codes of Ethics to do good (beneficence) and avoid harm (maleficence)
Our graduates will have a highly developed understanding of their work roles and responsibilities and uphold a high level of professional conduct in their work and manage conflict skilfully
Holistic awareness
Our graduates will have an in-depth understanding of how the physical body, the psyche and mind/ spirit/self are in constant interaction and relationship with each other and with the environment
Our graduates will have well-developed written and oral communication skills, including listening deeply and receiving, interpreting and transmitting complex information, on many levels of awareness with colleagues, clients and the community
Lifelong learning
Our graduates will have the skills necessary to successfully manage their careers and continue their personal and professional development in rapidly changing environments across their career spans
Critical thinking
Our graduates will have critical thinking skills necessary to evaluate and analyse information and make informed professional judgements
Available In Courses

Available In Courses

This unit is available in the following courses:

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