Institute for Integrative Psychotherapy

Integrative Psychotherapy
Training Programs and Workshops


Dreams, Fantasies, and Illusions

Richard Erskine, Ph.D.
Sponsored by BIOS Psychotherapy Training Institute Bilbao, Spain

A 5-day Experiential Workshop in Relational and Integrative Psychotherapy: Friday, June 23 to Tuesday, June 27, 2017
Bilbao, Spain

Dreams, fantasies, and illusions are important aspects of human experience. They reveal unconscious dimensions of our sub-symbolic experiences; the developmental origins of unconscious relational and pre-reflexive patterns; physiological survival reactions and non-conscious organization of experience; and the significance of nonverbal communication.

This five-day experiential workshop will focus on the centrality of the therapeutic relationship while emphasizing the in-depth methods of a psychotherapy that integrates unconscious communication with the client’s affect, cognition, physiology, and behavior. Various methods of decoding unconscious communication; deciphering the meaning of dreams; the significance of fantasy; the power of illusion, and working within an involved therapeutic relationship will be taught and demonstrated.

This experiential workshop is for mental health professionals who want to apply theory into clinical practice as well as enhance their effectiveness through identifying the inherent meanings in dreams, illusions, and fantasies that may be present in their personal and professional lives.

Dr. Erskine will demonstrate, teach, and elaborate on the concepts in Relational Patterns, Therapeutic Presence by Richard Erskine, 2015; Beyond Empathy: A Therapy of Contact in Relationship by Richard Erskine, Janet Moursund, and Rebecca Trautmann, 1999; and Integrative Psychotherapy in Action, by Richard Erskine & Janet Moursund, 2011 (available at

Contact: Amaia Mauriz Etxabe. Dtra.
Institute, “Bios, Psicólogos”.
C./ Bertendona n.1, 3 izda.
48008 Bilbao

Phone: .+34 944219408 / +34 944215732 / +34 665739648
Web page:
This workshop will be in English and Spanish with professional simultaneous translation into Spanish. This Advanced course will provide 30 hours of training credit towards certification as an Integrative Psychotherapist by the Commission on Standards and Certification of the International Integrative Psychotherapy Association. A certificate of Continuing Professional Education will be issued on completion of this course. The workshop will be held at Amalurra Conference Centre (
The Institute for Integrative Psychotherapy is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists, by the National Board of Certified Counselors for counselors and by the American Board of Examiners in Pastoral Counseling for pastoral counselors. The Institute for Integrative Psychotherapy maintains responsibility for this program and its content.