The Dream Studies Certificate Program

Earn your Certificate in Dream Studies 100% online at Sofia University.

Program Overview

Sofia University’s Dream Studies Certificate is offered in our Institute of Transpersonal Psychology. It is one of the few Dream Studies certificate programs presently offer at an accredited university in the United States.

The program has an interdisciplinary orientation, exploring dreams from transpersonal, integral, psychological, scientific, mythological, spiritual, religious, and crosscultural perspectives. Courses cover subjects that include sleep, dreams, and states of consciousness; ordinary, extraordinary, and anomalous dreams; dreams as they relate to health and creativity; a practicum in dream-sharing with individuals and groups; personal mythology and dreamwork; and a final Certificate integration group presentation.

Next Start

The next start date for the program is scheduled to begin for the Fall Quarter, October 3, 2022.

Program Length

12 months

Format

The program is 100% Online

Total Units

13

Cost

$10,000 for non-Sofia students*

*For students who are currently enrolled in our MATP, MACP, and PhD programs, please contact our Admissions Office at admissions@sofia.edu for details about pricing. 

Program Goals

Introduce students to theories, principles, practices, and applications of cross-cultural ways of dreaming.

Provide students with opportunities to work with personal and collective dreams both individually and in dream circles.

Introduce students to a variety of dream experiences including archetypal, precognitive, cross-cultural, transpersonal, and collective.

Provide opportunities for students to gain insights about their dreams through multiple ways of knowing such as journaling, creative explorations, and other forms of dream work.

Introduce students to Personal Mythology, Archetypes, Myths, and Symbols, which speak in the language of dreams.

Curriculum

The Dream Studies Certificate can be earned alone or in combination with our Transpersonal Psychology Masters or Doctoral Programs. To receive a Graduate Certificate in Dream Studies, students must successfully complete a minimum of 13 units. The following courses fulfill Dream Studies certification requirements:

GPHD6214/MTP6214 Anomalous States of Consciousness (3 Units)

An altered state of consciousness may be defined as any state of consciousness that deviates from normal waking consciousness in terms of marked differences in the level of awareness, perception, memory, thought, emotion, behavior, and the way we experience time, place, and self-control. In this course, we explore ways these states may be induced by meditation, psychoactive medicines, fever, psychosis, sleep, and religious experiences. Particular interest in the ways altered-state experiences may inform and transform ordinary, daily life.

GPHD6411/MTP6411 Psychology of Extraordinary Dreams (3 Units)

This course focuses on the experience of extraordinary dreams and how they impact the dreamer’s behavior. These unusual dreams are characterized by a vividness and intensity that makes them difficult to forget. They have been known to launch religious movements, inspire creative productions, and to change the course of relationships, vocations, and personal mythologies—the cognitive-affective maps that direct people’s life decisions. The conventional scientific approach has been to focus on recent dreams gathered from surveys or sleep laboratories, considering extraordinary dreams “outliers” or exceptions. This course assumes the position that highly memorable dreams need to be at the forefront of dream science, as they afford an invaluable route into psychology’s understanding of the psyche. These dreams tend to be “transpersonal” because their content extends beyond the socially constructed identity of the dreamer. They have been termed “big dreams” by Carl Jung, “mythic dreams” by Mircea Eliade, and “dreams of the light” in the Upanishads. Extraordinary dreams may foretell the future, may initiate social movements, and may provide breakthroughs in art, science, and technology.

GPHD8202/MTP8202 Transpersonal Approach to Dreams and Dreaming (3 Units)

Be introduced to the world of dreams and dreaming. Explore projective dream work, multiple layers of dream awareness, synchronicity, and culturally diverse ways to engage with dreaming. Record dreams in a dream journal. Work alone and with others to gather greater insight into their dreams. Deepen their understanding of how dreams can facilitate transpersonal awareness.

GPHD7330/MTP8201 Archetypes, Myths and Symbols (3 Units)

This course explores archetypes, myths, and symbols as living energies that transcend time and culture. Students will reflect both personally and conceptually on themes from several different cultures, and express their insights in writing and symbolic art.

GPHD Certificate Integration / Artistic presentation (1 Unit)

To conclude the Dream Studies certificate, students will write an integration paper and give an artistic presentation in this course.

Commonly Asked Questions

What is the admission process for new students to Sofia?

  1. Start by submitting an application
  2. Submit a 1-page statement of purpose
  3. Provide transcripts showing the completion of a degree, Bachelor or Master’s degree accepted
  4. Schedule a faculty interview

What is the admissions process for students already enrolled in a degree program at Sofia?

  • Students will not need to submit a statement of purpose or interview with Sofia faculty, they can just enroll in the required courses and enroll for the certificate. 

Can units transfer to a degree program at Sofia?

Yes, in many U.S. states*, units in our Dream Studies certificate program can be transferred to either the MA in Counseling Psychology (MACP), MA in Transpersonal Psychology program (MATP), Ph.D. in Transpersonal Psychology program (PhD), or Chinese-Language MA in Transpersonal Psychology Online (MATPO) program. Please note that the units can only transfer to one degree program.

*Please check with the Admissions Office to see if your state applies.

What are the admissions requirements?

Prospective students who are interested in enrolling for the Dream Studies Certificate program must have the following:

  1. B.A. degree with a 3.0 GPA
  2. Provide a one page Statement of Purpose
  3. Complete an Interview with the Instructors

Dream Studies Certificate Learning Outcomes

Following the successful completion of our program, students will be able to discuss:
1

The experiences and states of consciousness that can be referred to as “anomalous” because of their rarity and/or their challenge to conventional explanation.

2

The reasons why most of these experiences defy attempts to consider them as symptoms of severe mental illness.

3

The difference between a “spiritual emergency” and a “spiritual emergence,” and how the former often leads to the latter.

4

The evidence for parapsychological experiences as well as the challenges to the validity of “psi-related experiences“.

5

The role that anomalous experiences/altered states have played in personal and social, artistic, and cultural breakthroughs.

6

The psychological and neuropsychological methods that have been utilized to study anomalous experiences and altered states.

7

The significance of anomalous experiences/altered states for transpersonal psychology and other transpersonal studies.

8

A dozen different types of extraordinary dreams and how to work with them.

9

The neurobiology of the dreaming process as well as its disorders.

10

Various ways to recall and work with dreams as a contemplative practice.

11

A number of theoretical stances regarding extraordinary dreams.

12

The role of extraordinary dreams in transpersonal psychology and other transpersonal studies.

Meet the Instructors

Director

Angel Morgan, Ph.D.

Angel Kwan-Yin Morgan, Ph.D. founded Dreambridge (thedreambridge.com) in 2008. She specializes in dreams, creativity, and the connection between the two (Dream-Arts). She has worked with adults, children, teens, and parents as a Dream-Arts educator since 1995. An interdisciplinary artist and filmmaker, she received her Ph.D. in Psychology after completing the Dream Studies and Creativity Studies programs at Saybrook University. Before that, she received an M.A. in Human Development from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, a B.A. in Theater, Film, and Television from UCLA, and is a graduate of the Idyllwild Arts Academy.

Dr. Morgan has worked professionally as an actor, director, dancer, singer-songwriter, and visual artist in Toronto, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Chapel Hill, NC. While raising her two children, she earned her teaching certification from the Rudolf Steiner College and a Quality Classroom certificate from the Institute of HeartMath. For five years she was a Waldorf class teacher in Los Altos, CA, where she taught all subjects (Grades 4 – 8) through storytelling, music, art, and drama, educated parents, and was the faculty co-artistic director.

A recipient of the William Fadiman writing award, she is widely published and has written many dream psychology articles ranging from Cambridge Journals to The Huffington Post. In 2017, she won the Best Screenplay Award from The Buddha International Film Festival in India for a story filled with dreams, spiritual development, consciousness exploration, and humor. Dr. Morgan is a Board Director and Past President of the International Association for the Study of Dreams, and a member of The American Psychological Association. She is a Professor in the Transpersonal Studies program at Sofia University.

An experienced lucid dreamer, she started learning about her own dreams when she was four years old from her father, a psychologist who gave her tools from Kilton Stewart’s Senoi Dream Theory. Her other dream mentors as a teen and young adult were Eduardo Duran, Ph.D, and Clara Stewart Flagg, the widow of Kilton Stewart.

Licensures & Certifications
  • Certificate in Dream Studies - Saybrook University
  • Certificate in Creativity Studies – Saybrook University
  • Waldorf Teacher Training – Rudolf Steiner College
  • Quality Classroom Certificate – Institute of HeartMath

Robert Wood, Ph.D.

 

Education

• Ph.D. Psychology (Concentration in Transpersonal Psychology) – Sofia University (formerly ITP)
• J.D. – University of Utah
• M.A. Transpersonal Psychology – Naropa University
• MBA – University of Utah
• M.S. Economics – University of Utah
• B.A. Economics – University of Utah

Educational Research

Ph.D. Psychology – Dissertation: Psycho-Spiritual Transformation Experienced by Participants of Modern Wilderness Rites of Passage Quests: An Intuitive Inquiry

M.S. Economics – Thesis: The Impact of Capitalism on Individual Self-Actualization

Research & Training Interests

Ecopsychology, transformation through nature, vision quest, shamanism, archetypal psychology, and psychospiritual transformation, intuitive inquiry, and quantitative psychological research.

Licensures & Certificates

Certified Public Accountant (CPA)

Publications

Wood, R. (2007). The archetypal experience of a modern vision quest. East Coast Sandplay Journal, 8(1), 1-9.

Nancy (Ilana) Rowe, Ph.D.

 

Education

• Ph.D. – Texas A&M University
• MTP – Institute of Transpersonal Psychology
• M.Ed. – Texas A&M University
• B.S. in Elementary Education – University of Texas

Licensures & Certificates

Registered Expressive Arts Therapist (REAT)

Research & Training

Ecospirituality – Spiritual Connection with Earth, Transformative Education—Lifelong Learning, Creativity and Innovation

Publications

• Rowe, N. Mangano (2013) Intentional kayaking: Awakening to intimacy within the natural world. International Journal of Transpersonal Studies, 32(2), 2013, pp. 63-78.
• Rowe, N., and Braud, W. (October 2013). Transpersonal Education. In H. Friedman & G. Hartelius (Eds).Wiley-Blackwell Handbook of Transpersonal Psychology, Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, pp. 666-686.
• Rowe, N. Mangano (2011). Walking on sacred soil (in memory of Thomas Berry. Presence: An International Journal of Spiritual Direction. Rowe, Ilana (Nancy). Sacred Stories: A Caregiver’s Journey Through Alzheimer’s (To be published in July)

Ted Esser, Ph.D.

 

Education

• Ph.D. Humanities, East-West Psychology – CIIS
• Master of Arts Philosophy & Religion – CIIS

Licensures & Certificates

• Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC, LCPC) – New Mexico & Illinois
• Registered Art Therapist (ATR)
• Infant Mental Health Endorsed (IMH-E®)

Research & Training

Spiritual Emergence Network Association for Transpersonal Psychology, International Association for the Study of Dreams, American Academy of Religion, International Journal for Transpersonal Studies

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