Live Training

Mentoring Lab in Dreamscaping
with the Developer of Dreamscaping

Earn Credit for 3 Mentoring Sessions toward
Certification in Grief Therapy as Meaning Reconstruction
or Certification in Art-Assisted Grief Therapy
Offered by the Portland Institute.

AUG-OCT, 2021

9-10am, EDT (Mon) or 

8:30-9:30pm, EDT (Wed)

[4 mentoring hours in total]

Presented by
Nancy Gershman, LMSW

Memory artist and developer of Dreamscaping

Board-certified, licensed clinical social worker

BHAVA Therapy Group

Select "Mentoring (GTMR)"

or "Mentoring (AAGT)"

under "Online Components" section

To register for this Dreamscaping Mentoring Lab, 

you first need to complete the Live or Online module entitled

"Liberating Joy from Loss: Prescriptive Memory-Making through Dyadic Creativity"

Memories of the bereaved are often overshadowed by the imagery of illness, death or a void.  Yet, Dreamscaping is surprisingly effective in resourcing positive, consoling, even inspiring memories.  So, how does one arrive at the memory a client needs in order that new insights can emerge?  How does this imaginal and photo-based practice move them from isolation to re-integration in the world?

In Portland Institute's Technique Module, "Liberating Joy from Loss: Prescriptive Memory-Making through Dyadic Creativity," learners are first introduced to Dreamscaping’s playful approach by excavating precious memories—then joining the client there to figure out ways to enhance or build a new (prescriptive) memory from embodied, felt sense.  Through the didactics of case studies, live captioned recordings and ensemble Dreamscaping, learners gain mastery in how to uncover unmet (and unrealized) needs through the creative alliance.  At the same time, they are getting a sense of how one compounds prescriptive memories in the client’s imagination.


Where clinically attuned work in Dreamscaping begins in earnest is in Portland Institute’s Mentoring Lab.   Here is where we practice what semi-directive, dyadic creativity looks like with different clients:

  • How do we optimize curiosity to help the client resource reliably positive, felt-sense memories and images?

  • How do we co-create a new, prescriptive memory that can lead clients to new sources of courage and humor?

  • How do we know when the client wants this personally-developed imagery as only as an internal, mental resource, or conversely as a tangible, photorealistic “picture” assembled with photo collage (handmade or digital)?

"Dreamscaping literally constructs a sustaining continuing bond with the deceased,

in a way that keeps their stories alive."

Upon completion of this Mentoring Lab, you will be able to listen to clients as never before.  You will seize upon “novelty” in the recesses of your client’s memory.  You will welcome seeming limitations (e.g., few memories or no photos); black and white or scientific thinking, etc..  You will repurpose and re-contextualize personal photos and other imagery as a consummate memory artist, liberating joy from loss.


As a technique, Dreamscaping’s success relies on a balance between provocative, open-ended questions, improvisational play, and a stance of “lightness that travels deep, without the heaviness.”  This Mentoring format is the ideal environment in which to achieve competence in real world applications of Dreamscaping:

  • Deepen the process with Nancy actively engaging with you and your fellow learner as Therapist or Active Observer;

  • Consolidate your knowledge in Interviewing and Brainstorming, engaging as Dreamscaping practitioner with the second person in your lab, or as Client with Nancy as the practitioner; and

  • Embark on Photo Search and Co-creation, completing the tangible dreamscape begun in an earlier Mentoring session or Techniques Module, working with Nancy or the Client you were previously paired with.


  • Memory Artist’s Toolkit including:

    • tips, guidelines and infographics on all phases of Dreamscaping and style options; and​

    • guidance on how to coalesce multiple felt sense memories into a single prescriptive memory.

  • Art Materials Checklist and resources for photo collage

Note: Completion of three Mentoring sessions, together with submission of a prescriptive memory (described) and/or a dreamscape (collaged, etc.), plus an accompanying Case Anatomy (refer to the Course Pack from the Technique Module, "Liberating Joy from Loss: Prescriptive Memory-Making through Dyadic Creativity"), confers 3 Mentoring credits leading to Certification in Grief Therapy as Meaning Reconstruction or Certification in Art-Assisted Grief Therapy.

SESSION TIMING (Sessions to be arranged directly with Nancy, at a time convenient for you both)

  • 9-10am, EDT (Monday): New York, NY, which corresponds to 7-8am in Portland, OR, 3-4pm in London, and 4-5pm in Amsterdam.

  • 8:30-9:30pm, EDT (Wednesday): New York, NY, which corresponds to Thursday at 8:30-9:30am in Singapore, 9:30-10:30am in Tokyo, and 10:30-11:30am in Sydney / Melbourne.

The Zoom meeting link and the module materials will be emailed to all registrants in due course.

To register for this Dreamscaping Mentoring Lab, 

you first need to complete the Live or Online module entitled 

Liberating Joy from Loss: Prescriptive Memory-Making through Dyadic Creativity.


Guest Presenter

Nancy Gershman, LMSW is a board-certified, licensed clinical social worker with BHAVA Therapy Group in New York City, a memory artist and developer of Dreamscaping, an imaginal, embodied practice for working with people contending with the loss of self, a person, place, or thing.  An international presenter who regularly supervises practitioners using Dreamscaping, her publications include Prescriptive Memories in Grief and Loss: The Art of Dreamscaping (Routledge, 2019) with Barbara E. Thompson, and case studies in Robert A. Neimeyer’s Techniques of Grief Therapy (Routledge, 2012, 2016). Her Dreamscaping work with end-of-life patients and their families at Visiting Nurse Service of NY’s Haven Hospice was featured on NY1’s “New Yorker of the Week” (2016). Since 2013, she hosts Death Café New York City.

Nancy Gershman, LMSW

Select "Mentoring (GTMR)"

or "Mentoring (AAGT)"

under "Online Components" section

For other enquiries, simply email Nancy.