Keynotes and Invited Speakers

We are pleased to announced our Keynotes and Invited Speakers for the 2020 IASD Dream Conference.

Robert Hoss, MS – Dreams Our Source of Resilience, in Times of Stress and Trauma

Dreaming appears to provide an emotional problem-solving capability, a natural source of resilience, helping us to better adapt to the adversities and uncertainties in life. The supporting theory, research and a host of dream vignettes will be discussed, from dreams that deal with life’s impacts and transitions, to post-traumatic nightmares.

Robert Hoss, MS is a director and past president of IASD, directs the DreamScience Foundation and is a Haden Institute faculty instructor. Author/editor of: Dreams: Understanding Biology, Psychology & CultureDreams that Change Our LivesDream to FreedomDream Language and published in 12 other dreaming related books and journals.

Leslie Ellis, PhD – Combining Focusing and Jung: An embodied-experiential approach to working with dreams and nightmares

This talk weaves the embodied-experiential dreamwork techniques developed by Carl Jung and Eugene Gendlin into a practice that demonstrates how experience creates meaning. Using Gendlin’s philosophy of the implicit as a theory to ground dreamwork, Leslie Ellis will demonstrate through personal and clinical examples how dreamwork can be a fluid, moment-by-moment process; a certain kind of attention invites dreams to shift into waking imaginal journeys that bring fresh perspectives, insight and change.

Dr. Leslie Ellis is an author, teacher, speaker and psychotherapist who teaches other therapists how to work with dreams, complex trauma and the body. She is the vice president of The International Focusing Institute, and author of A Clinician’s Guide to Dream Therapy. Her dreamwork practices combine focusing and Jungian techniques to create a depth-experiential approach to working with dreams and the body.

Stephen LaBerge, PhD – Lucid Dream Research, Then and Now

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Dr. Stephen LaBerge pioneered Lucid dreaming research at Stanford University. He develed lucid dream induction techniques known as MILD and WBTB and devices such as the DreamLight and NovaDreamer. He is author of Exploring the World of Lucid Dreaming, and Lucid Dreaming: A Concise Guide to Awakening in Your Dreams and in Your Life. His recent research shows lucid dreaming sheds light on the nature of consciousness.

Ronald Keith Salmon, PhD – To Walk in Beauty (a visual and sensory experience)

Dreamtime visits by Nature’s creatures are often invitations to connect more deeply with the Natural World. We can accept these invitations by going out to meet the actual creatures in the waking world. Awake-time meetings then ignite new dreams. And new dreams then stimulate novel ways of further engaging the creatures in both the awake-time and in lucid imaginings—thereby establishing a creative fluidity that dances us effortlessly into greater harmony with Nature. 

Keith interweaves original videography, poetry, prose, sound, and song to explore the intimate relationship between the Natural World and the World of Dreams. His work represents a constellation of the insights and revelations gained through his lifelong exploration of Nature’s mysteries through the lenses of both biological science and art—and his 35-year apprenticeship in the study of dreams.

Michael Nadorff, PhD (Invited) – Bad dreams andNightmares: Causes, Correlates, and Interventions

Although people are often quick to describe their dreams, most are more reticent about their bad dreams and nightmares.  Why do we have bad dreams and nightmares, what effect do they have, and what can be done about them?  This presentation will address these questions through blending both old and new literature, as well as presenting some original data, to gain a better understanding of what makes these dreams different.

Dr. Nadorff is an associate professor of psychology and director of the clinical psychology doctoral program at Mississippi State University.  His research program focuses on the intersection between insomnia, nightmares, and suicidal behavior across the lifespan.  Dr. Nadorff’s work has been supported by NIMH and SAMHSA, with Dr. Nadorff being awarded more than $2.5 million in federal grant funding.

Rubin Naiman, PhD (Invited) – Integrative Health Model of Dreaming

This presentation provides an overview of an integrative health model of dreaming that incorporates body, mind and spirit approaches. It discusses factors contributing to the contemporary erosion of dreaming, offers recommendations for promoting a healthy dream life, and concludes with a description of an emerging comprehensive model of dreaming.

Rubin Naiman, PhD, is a psychologist, sleep and dream specialist and clinical assistant professor of medicine at the University of Arizona Andrew Weil Center for Integrative Medicine. Dr. Naiman is a pioneer in the development of integrative approaches to sleep and dream disorders, integrating conventional sleep science with depth psychological, transpersonal and spiritual perspectives.  He is the author of several groundbreaking works on sleep and dreams.