Michigan Council for Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy

Monthly Meeting


New Ideas about Dreams and How to Work with Them

Mark Blechner, Ph.D.


This meeting will take place online via Zoom

Sunday, October 18, 2020

11 am - 1 pm 



Dreams continue to be enormously helpful in psychoanalysis and psychotherapy, yet our understanding of how they are formed and the best ways of working with them have changed in many ways.  We will review some of the main ideas of Freud and Jung about dreams, and then explore how those ideas have been changed by discoveries in clinical work and in laboratories.  We will reconsider the use of associations, symbols, and manifest content.  We will explore how a patient’s dreams reveal things about the transference and the countertransference, along with revelations about psychological defenses.  You will come away from this presentation with a new view of how dreams have evolved, how they function in our psychology, and exciting new ways they can best be used to enhance psychological treatment.


Mark J. Blechner, Ph.D. is Training and Supervising Analyst at the William Alanson White Institute, and Professor at New York University.   His latest book is The Mindbrain and Dreams: An Exploration of Dreaming, Thinking, and Artistic Creation (2018).  He has published three other books: Sex Changes: Transformations in Society and Psychoanalysis (2009), The Dream Frontier (2001), and Hope and Mortality: Psychodynamic Approaches to AIDS and HIV (1997).  He is former Editor-in-Chief of the journal Contemporary Psychoanalysis.

His book The Dream Frontier (Routledge, 2001) has become a widely used text for courses on dreams in universities and psychoanalytic institutes. The Dream Frontier has been praised for its new ideas on how dreams are formed and how to work with them clinically, for integrating the thinking of the major thinkers about dreams, and for exploring the links between dream phenomena, symptoms of brain damage, and research in neurobiology.   


At the end of this presentation participants will be able to:

  1. Summarize changes in the theory of dream formation from Freud’s model.

  2. Identify ways of working with dreams from both an intrapsychic and interpersonal perspective.

  3. Outline how neurological advances have changed our thinking about dreams and how clinicians can contribute to neurological research.


Continuing Education Credits: This program offers 2 CE credits. For non-MCPP members there is a $25.00 fee.

How to Register for the Live Zoom Meeting: Go to mcpp.online, scroll down, and click on the Upcoming Events tile. You will find instructions with a link for registration on that page.  Please complete registration by 10:30 a.m. EDT on the day of the presentation.


For questions about this presentation, please email David Freiband, Ph.D., V.P. for Programs, at dfreiband@gmail.com 

For questions about the live Zoom meeting, please email Peter Wood, M.S.W. at petrosh.wood@gmail.com 

For questions about registration, please email Reena Liberman, M.S. at rmliber@gmail.com 




Michigan Council for Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy (MCPP) is an independent, contemporary training institute founded on feminist principles and open to diverse theoretical perspectives.  We offer a positive professional community and welcome colleagues from within and without the psychoanalytic community to join us for our free monthly programs and classes. Monthly programs include continental breakfast.

This presentation is open to all interested persons, regardless of their level of experience or knowledge of psychoanalysis. There is no registration needed for our Sunday presentations.

Two social work CEUs and psychology CE credits are available. There is a $25 fee for non-members.*  

The Michigan Council for Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy is approved by the Michigan Social Work Continuing Education Collaborative to provide CE credits for social workers. The Michigan Council for Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy maintains responsibility for this program and its content.  

The Michigan Council for Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education credits for psychologists. The Michigan Council for Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Click here for the APA certificate. 

For more information please contact V.P. for Programs, David Freiband, at dfreiband@gmail.com. Regarding CEUs for social workers, please contact Marybeth Atwell, LMSW at maryb.atwell@gmail.com and CEs for psychologists, please contact Ralph Hutchison, PhD at rhutch0219@gmail.com.

* None of the planners and presenters of this continuing education program have any relevant financial relationship to disclose.