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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 

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Available courses

This course is a three-hour, three-part mini-tutorial on the science and psychology of dreaming, by Robert Hoss, MS, which covers: 1) the Basics; 2) the Psychology; 3) the Exceptional Dream Experience. The educational tutorial is designed for anyone interested in a summary of some of the theories and research findings related to our basic understanding of dreaming. Although there is still much unknown and even controversial about the nature of dreaming, this talk is an attempt to present a snapshot of some of the general thinking cited from research and theoretical literature.

The lectures will present basic information on: the nature and content of dreaming including sleep states, recall, aging and gender differences; a look at the neurobiology of dreaming brain and how it might contribute to the dream experience and potential dream function; psychological theories related to the understanding of dream imagery and potential function, such as a role in restoral, adaptive learning and personality growth; a discussion of nightmares, their causes and treatment; a look at lucid dreaming in relation to the phenomenon, the research and the exploration of consciousness; and a brief discussion of extraordinary/PSI dreams the nature of the phenomenon and supporting research. 

Cost $21



This is a one-hour course based on a keynote address of the same title delivered by William Domhoff at the 2017 annual conference at Anaheim, California.

Cost $7 via Paypal

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 non-CE course based on a presentation by Wojciech Owczarski PhD, titled "Dreams of Auschwitz concentration camp prisoners" at the IASD Annual Conference in Rolduc, summer of 2016.

In 1973, Polish psychiatrists sent out to former prisoners of Auschwitz camp a questionnaire about dreams. Wojciech Owczarski PhD has  subjected their answers to a multi-aspect analysis, with a focus on the adaptive and healing effects of these dreams.

Cost: $8 via Paypal

A non-CE course based on a talk by Alfio Maggiolini titled "The typical dreams in the life cycle" at the 2016 IASD Conference Rolduc, in the Netherlands.

Summary: Typical dreams themes are very frequent in dreams, more than in waking narratives. There is a certain stability of the number of typical contents per dreams through the life cycle, while changes in specific contents indicate that some themes vary from childhood to the elderly.

Cost: US$ 8 via paypal 

This 2-CE course is based on presentations part of a Clinical Symposium titled "Transpersonal Research," held in June 2016 at the Annual IASD Conference in Rolduc, with David Billington, Judy Pascoe, Dwight Turner, and Fulvio D’Acquisto.

Three brief presentations and one longer presentation on research undertaken within the transpersonal paradigm under the aegis of the Dream Research Institute (DRI) in London will be reviewed in this course. The presenters discuss the challenges of investigating dream experience from a psycho-spiritual perspective—heuristically, qualitatively and quantitatively—and will discuss their methods and findings.

The course includes the following presentations: 

David Billington “Dreams and Holistic Wellbeing: Method and Findings”

Judy PascoeOrganic and Art-based Inquiry into Dreams

Dwight TurnerBorn Again: Alchemy and Dreams of the Other

Fulvio D’Acquisto Dreaming Autoimmunity


Cost US$ 14

A non-CE course based on a presentation by David Kahn, PhD, titled "Emergence of a Dream" at the IASD Annual Conference in Rolduc, summer of 2016.

Fee: US$ 10 Paypal 

Functionality comes only after the collective interaction of individual memories leads to the emergence of a dream. Core functionality comes from emergence, and is thus independent of the specific content of the dream even if the specific content provides meaning for the dreamer.

A non-CE course based on a presentation by Dr Michael Schredl titled "Music in Dreams" at the IASD Annual Conference in Rolduc, summer of 2016.

Fee: US$ 10 Paypal 

A non-CE course based on a presentation by Umberto Barcaro at the IASD Annual Conference in Rolduc, 2016. 

Summary Overview: A method is described that allows the dreamer to provide associations, and consequently to recognize episodic dream sources and links among them, according to a well-defined protocol. Detailed examples of the application of the proposed method are given; specific phenomena evidenced by the recognized link patterns are described and analyzed.

Fee: US$ 7 via paypal 

Please note: There are parts where the audio quality is weak.

If you attended the conference and paid ahead of time as part of your conference tuition, you will be sent an enrollment key to access the recordings. If not, you can still purchase the recordings for $30 here through our Paypal processing system. Simply click on the 2017 Conference Recordings link, and you will be transferred to Paypal for payment. Thereafter, you will be able to access the recordings whenever you return to this site.

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 $14 via Paypal

A 2-CE workshop by Alan Siegel that was presented at the 2014 IASD annual conference in Berkeley, California, that covers significant aspects of working with nightmares and PTSD with children and adults.  (Designed to meet the ethics requirements for the relicensing of mental health professionals)

Cost: $14 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: $70

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 $21

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 $14

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 $7 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.

Cost $7 by Paypal

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

Cost $7 by paypal

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 $21 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 $14 via Paypal

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

Cost $14 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 $7

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 $14 via Paypal

A 3-CE course comprised of three presentations given by Robert Waggoner, Keith Hearne and Clare Johnson at a clinical symposium titled "Lucid Dreaming Symposium" during the Annual IASD Conference in Rolduc on June 25, 2016.

Part 1: "The future of lucid dreaming" by Robert Waggoner

Part 2: "Healing dreams and lucid dreamplay" by Keith Hearne

Part 3: "Lucidity now!" by Clare Johnson

Cost $21

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 $14 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 $21 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 $14 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 $14 via Paypal

This course is based on recordings of a talk given by Stephen Potthoff titled "Dreaming Paradise in Early Christian Cemeteries" as part of a Historical Perspectives Symposium held in 2016 at the Annual IASD Conference in Rolduc.

Cost: US $8 via paypal

A non-CE course by Bonnie Buckner, PhD, titled: Images not Symbols: The Dynamic Quality of People, Places, and Things in Dreams. 

Fee: US$ 10

This 1-CE course is based on recordings of talks given at a Clinical Symposium titled "Extraordinary Dreams," held on June 27, 2016 at the Annual IASD Conference in Rolduc, with presentations by David Saunders and Art Funkhouser.

The course includes the following presentations: 

  • David Saunders “A comparison of Motor-Imagery and Lucid Dreaming practise on motor-task performance enhancement”
  • Art Funkhouser “Déjà Vu Experiences and Dream Recall Frequency”

Cost: US $7

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 $14 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: $14

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

Cost $70 via paypal

A 9-credit CE course based on a book by the same title.

Cost $63 via paypal

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

Cost $56 via paypal

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

Cost $63 via paypal