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Welcome to the IASD's Online Course Center. Here you can enroll in CE and non-CE courses on dream research, dreamwork methods, lucid dreaming, spirituality and dreams, nightmare treatment, and a variety of other dream-related topics. 

Our courses are based on books, IASD's annual conference presentations, the recent Online Dream Research Conference (coming soon), and peer-reviewed journal papers. All courses are open to the public.

Most of our courses award CE credits. IASD is the provider of CE Credits, and is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. IASD maintains responsibility for this program and its contents. 

Many licensing boards for psychologists, social workers, marriage and family therapists and counselors will accept credits from an APA-approved sponsor. Check with your licensing board to make sure that credits from an APA sponsor, such as IASD, can be applied for your license renewal.

Enrolling in Courses

Before enrolling in courses, you must open an account here by clicking on the link at the upper right hand corner of this page.  You will be sent an email confirmation.

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Once you've opened an account, click on the Courses link in the Navigation box (upper left on this page) to access our current offerings. You will see:

  • Four book-based courses that can now be purchased here.
  • Courses that are arranged according to topic, all of which are based on IASD Conference presentations and workshops.These are becoming increasingly available, so come back often to see what we've added to the collection.

You must first open an account at this site before you can take any of our courses. Once you have opened an account, you can register for any of the courses listed below with a "P" beside it. Each course has its own Paypal portal, through which you can self-enroll in the course. At any point after enrolling in a course, you may access your grades and activity reports. Please see the page that we have provided below titled "Accessing Certificates, Grades and Activity Reports."

Dr. Scott Sparrow, Chair of the Education Committee 

If you have site-related questions, or if you run into any problems enrolling in, or completing courses, please contact the Manager of the Online Courses Center, Anna-Karin Bjorklund at

Available courses

On November 11-13, 2016, the International Association for the Study of Dreams sponsored the first Online Dream Research Conference, which featured some of the best-known dream researchers in the world.

Open to the public, and offering CE certificates for each presentation, IASD's Online Dream Research Conference was the first of its kind. It fostered collaboration and inquiry among dream researchers, neuroscientists, mental health providers, and lay dream workers everywhere.

Now you can enjoy the conference presentations, and receive 13.5 CEs for the 9-session conference-based course. The presentations are as follows:

Erin Wamsley, PhD: Memory Consolidation in Dreams and Waking Thought

Sophie Schwartz, PhD:  Processing Emotionally-Relevant Information in Sleep and Dreams (The audio for this presentation was poor, so it is included as a bonus, without additional cost.)

Robert Stickgold, PhD: The Induction of Specific Dream Content

Antonio Zadra, PhD:  Discoveries and Challenges in the Study of Nightmare

Mark Blagrove, PhD: Exploration-insight from Discussion of REM Dreams, NREM Dreams and Daydreams Using the Ullman Dream Group Method

Tracey Kahan, PhD: Predictors of Metacognition in Dreaming and Waking: Another Look

Jennifer Windt, PhD: The Philosophy of Sleep & Dreaming: Questions and Future Perspectives

G. William Domhoff, PhD: We Need Bigger and Better Samples of Dream Reports: ‘Most Recent Dream’ Reports and Dream Journals Are The Best Answer

Michael Shredl, PhD: Can We Learn Something About Dreaming by Studying Gender   Differences?

Standard cost $89

Group Student discount (Requires contact from professor verifying use of course in curriculum, and minimum of six students) $30/student

A 2-CE workshop by Alan Siegel that was presented at the 2015 IASD annual conference in Virginia Beach that covers significant aspects of working ethically with post-traumatic nightmares. (Designed to meet the ethics requirements for the relicensing of mental health professionals)

Cost $20

A 2-CE workshop by Alan Siegel that was presented at the 2015 IASD annual conference in Virginia Beach that covers significant aspects of working ethically with dreams in psychotherapy. (Designed to meet the ethics requirements for the relicensing of mental health professionals)

Cost $20 via Paypal

A three-module mentored course--based on a presentation given by Scott Sparrow at the 2014 IASD Conference (as well as three refereed articles)--that focuses on helping you acquire the skills to facilitate co-creative dream work. This mentored course includes feedback from Dr. Sparrow to your required forum postings.  The course awards 10 CEs. 

Cost: $79

This 3-CE course is based on recordings of talks given at a Symposium titled "Four on Metaphor," held on June 9, 2015 at the Annual IASD Conference in Virginia Beach, by Dr. Donald Kuiken, Dr. Brigitte Holzinger, Dr. Shannon Downs Zivot, and Kenneth Arenson [session chair].  

The course also incorporates a workshop held on June 7, 2015 by Kenneth Arenson, titled "Inner Speech: How to Listen Slant to Hear More than is Said in a Dream Report." The Symposium asked whether and how eye movements [EMs] might function in the treatment of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder [PTSD] by Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing [EMDR]. The Workshop introduced the technique of Inner Speech that can be adopted to determine if PTSD-related nightmares are moving toward resolution.

The course includes the following presentations: 

Donald Kuiken, PhD, "Eye Movements and Metaphors: Is There a Common Brain Source?"

Brigitte Holzinger, PhD, "The Power (and Mystery) of Gaze by Dr. Brigitte Holzinger"

Ken Arenson, JD, "Are post-traumatic nightmares resolving when 'Inner Speech' appears?"

Cost $30

A 2 CE course based on a symposium presented at the 2015 annual IASD conference in Virginia Beach, including the following presentations:

Alison Ditner, "Female Gamers and the Nightmare Protection Thesis: A Further Exploration in Virtual Reality Game Play and Dreams"

Jayne Gackenbach and co-authors M. Lee, Z. Zhou, and G. Yu, China and Canada: "A Comparison of Media Use and Dream Intensity"

Sarah Gahr, "The Relationship between Dreaming and Self-Construals, Sex Role Orientation and Media Use in Canadians of Differing Ethnic Backgrounds"

Jayne Gackenbach and co-authors Ann Sinyard and Sarkis Hakopdjanian, "Relationship between Presence in Virtual Reality Game Play and Dreams"

Katja Valli, Discussant, dream and consciousness researcher

Cost $20

A 1-CE course based on presentations from the 2013 IASD Conference

Part 1: "Nightmare Prevalence among Finnish General Adult Population and WWII Veterans During 1972-2007" by Katja Valli

Part 2: "A Content Analysis of Dion McGregor's Sleep Talking Episodes" by Deidre Barrett

Cost $10 via Paypal


A 1-CE course, based on a presentation at the music festival, "Unsound Festival," in Krakow, Poland on Oct. 12, 2014 ( Dr. Gackenbach was invited to speak by Goethe-Institut, a German cultural institute in Poland. The theme of the festival was dreams in all its forms; thus the relevance of her work on video game play and dreams. The title of the talk was,  “Video Game Play as Nightmare Protection," which is the title of a talk she gave at the 2014 IASD conference, as well. The course includes a Youtube audio recording of Dr. Gackenbach's presentation, and her slideshow accompaniment.

A One-CE Workshop from the 2010 IASD Conference by Suzanne Saldarini

A 3-CE course comprised of three presentations from the 2013 IASD Conference

Part 1: "Dream as Story: Exploring the Themes of Your Dreams" by Robert Gongloff

Part 2: "Dreamwork Takes Lessons from Neuroscience," by Robert Hoss 

Part 3: "Safety in Dream Groups" by Geoff Nelson

Cost $30 via Paypal

A 2-CE Course based on a workshop titled "Comparative Analysis of a Dream Series from Different Theoretical Perspectives" from the 2014 IASD Conference by Alan Siegel, John Beebe, and Kelly Bulkeley

Cost $20 via Paypal

 A two-CE Workshop from the 2014 IASD conference, presented by Robert Hoss.

Cost $20 via Paypal

A Non-CE course based on three presentations that comprised a panel of this title at the 2014 IASD Conference.

Part 1: "The Nitty Gritties of Starting a Dream Group" by Christopher Sowton

Part 2: "Tilling the Soil and Gathering a Group Together" by Rosemary Gosselin

Part 3: "What Could Possibly Go Wrong in a Dream Group?" by Patti Allen

Cost: $15

This is a 1-CE course based on a presentation by Art Funkhouser at the 2015 IASD conference in Virginia Beach.

Since 1989, Funkhouser has led a dreamwork seminar at the C. G. Jung Institute in Küsnacht, Switzerland. Over the years, an approach and methodology has emerged which has proven to be both easy to use and still very effective.

Cost $10

A 2 CE course based on a symposium presented at the 2015 IASD conference in Virginia Beach, which included these presentations:

"Dreamwork in Integrated Psychodynamic Psychotherapy-IPP Method," by Cristinia Bottoni and co-author Giuseppe Lago

"Spiritual Dreams and Attribution Theory: A Look at the Multiple Component Interactions Mediating the Spiritual Recognition of Dreams," by Robert Sears

"The Depth of Dreams in Music and Philosophical Practice," by Maria Neves

Cost $20 via Paypal

A two-CE course based on an IASD Conference presentation and a research study by G. Scott Sparrow published in the International Journal of Dream Research in 2013.

Cost $20 via Paypal


Part 1: "The Phenomenology of Light as Experienced in the Process of Spiritual Awakening" by Nigel Hamilton (2013)

Part 2: "Awakening to Expanded Awareness through Lucid Dreaming," by Nigel Hamilton (2013)

Part 3: "The Alchemy of Light, Lucidity and Consciousness," by Mary Ziemer (2013)

Part 4: "Lucid Surrender: The Alchemy of Psycho-Spiritual Transformation," by Mary Ziemer  (2012)

Part 5: "The Importance of Situated and Non-situated Awareness in the Experience of Healing, Ecstasy and Light in Dreams" by Gregory Scott Sparrow (2013)

Part 6: "The Role of Lucid Dreaming in the Creative Process" by Clare Johnson (2005)

A three-CE course based on IASD Conference presentations

Cost $30 via Paypal


A 2-CE course based on a feature presentation from the 2012 and 2014 conferences at Berkeley by Merideth Sabini and John Beebe. The recording was made at the 2012 conference.

Cost $20 via Paypal

A 2-CE course based on presentations from 2013 IASD Conference

Part 1: "A Neuromythological Approach to Working with Dreams" by Stanley Krippner

Part 2: "Neuroscience Looks at Aspects of the Self, the Brain Basis of Self, and the Emergence of Self" by David Kahn

Part 3: "Dreaming is a Form of Mental Functioning: The Most Connective and Creative Form" by Ernest Hartmann

Part 4: "Recent Neurological Studies Supportive of Jung’s Theories on Dreaming" by Robert Hoss 

Cost $20 via Paypal

A course based on a presentation by Marja Moors at the 2016 IASD annual conference in Rolduc, The Netherlands. 

The guru-devotee relationship can be seen as the most important relationship one can have in one’s life. Western people are skeptical about it because of the danger of dependency. Dreams can help to navigate in this field at a time when the world needs enlightened leaders more than ever.

Cost $8 via Paypal

A 2 CE course based on a panel presented at the 2015 IASD Conference in Virginia Beach, which includes the following presentations:

"The Science and Psychology of Transcendent Dreams," by Robert Hoss

"Evidence for Inner Awareness: How Lucid Dreaming Shows a Second Psychic System," by Robert Waggoner

"The Fisher King Wound and Its Healing as a Life Theme Heralded by a Dream," by Scott Sparrow

"Dreams Prepare Us for Change," by Robert Gongloff

Cost $20 via Paypal

A non-CE course based on a presentation by Laurel Clark at the 2014 IASD Conference.

Cost: $10

A 2-CE course based on a panel by the same title at the 2014 IASD Conference, which included the following four presentations:

"Developing a Dream Studies Program in Academia" by Fariba Bogzaran

"No Dream Deferred: Using Dreams as a Teaching Tool in the Adult Literacy Classroom" by Tzivia Gover

 "Teaching Dreamwork in Clinical Courses" by Jacquie Lewis

 "Dreaming Transformation: Experiences Teaching Dreams and World Mythology in the College Classroom" by Stephen Potthoff

Price: $20

A 10-credit CE course based on a book by the same title--price $80

A 9-credit CE course based on a book by the same title--price $72

An 8-credit CE course based on a book by the same title--price $64

A 9-credit CE course based on a book by the same title--price $72