Using dreams to train the reflective practitioner: the Ullman dream group in social work education

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Abstract:

Reflective practice does not need to be and cannot be taught, but is an innate capability inherent in us all. It involves an intuitive sensitivity which the creative unconscious can attain to infinitely better than the conscious deliberative mind. Working with dreams using the Ullman experiential dream group is a method of choice to acquaint students and teachers with their inner reflective resources and train them to move aside learned misconceptions long enough for new, more accurate ways of defining and approaching opportunities to make themselves felt. The Ullman method is neither psychotherapy nor counseling and requires no expertise in psychology or dream theory. It is very effective in the classroom and safe for use by teachers and students. Employing a sample classroom dream, this paper illustrates how the Ullman dream group works to draw from within the student changes of attitude that lead to creative renewal and enhanced professional artistry.

Keywords: Montague Ullman experiential dream group; Taiwan; Taiwan aborigine; dreams; reflective practice; social work curriculum; social work education

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14623940903290570

Affiliations: Taiwan's National Chi Nan University,

Publication date: November 1, 2009

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