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September 2016, 265pp, 61/8x91/4, eBook/Hardcover
Print: 978-1-4408-4266-5
$48.00 / £37.00 / 40,00 € / A$62.00
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Imprint: Praeger
Primary Subject:
Psychology/Child and Teen
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Sleep Monsters and Superheroes

Empowering Children through Creative Dreamplay

Clare R. Johnson and Jean M. Campbell, Editors
Foreword by Deirdre Barrett

1 Volume

Children can feel powerless in waking life, a fact that is often reflected in their dreams. This book shows how to take an active role in guiding children's dreams to help grow their confidence and improve their coping skills for real-life difficulties. Contributors from across various fields provide simple techniques to help children utilize dreamwork as a conduit for creative discovery and empowerment.

Each chapter includes case studies and methods for working in practical ways with children, explaining what may trigger nightmares for children and how "monster" dreams can be guided to become "superhero" dreams. Essays encompass a spectrum of children's dreams with experts discussing dreams of trauma, dreams as a reflection of emotional and physical development, dreaming in the community, spiritual or religious dreams, lucid dreams, dreams during wartime, and dreams of death, among others. Throughout the work, the narrative discusses the use of dreams as teaching aids for use in art therapy, storytelling, and self-empowerment.


Addresses how video games and today's news media can affect children's sleep/dreams and how trauma can trigger PTSD-like nightmares

Details how children's dreams reflect their emotional and physical development

Includes vignettes/case studies of children's nightmares from countries around the world, including a heavily war-torn country

Explains what may trigger nightmares for children and how "monster" dreams can be guided to become "superhero" dreams

Describes how children can interact with dreams by becoming lucid and by engaging in creative dreamplay

Clare R. Johnson, PhD, is board director of the International Association for the Study of Dreams (IASD), a lucid dream researcher, a novelist, and an award-winning writer. Johnson's work in the field of dream studies has won her an IASD Dream Research award and academic recognition. Her published works include Breathing in Colour and Dreamrunner.

Jean M. Campbell is editor of the International Association for the Study of Dreams (IASD) magazine, DreamTime, and CEO of the nonprofit research organization, The iMAGE Project. Campbell annually hosts IASD's two-week, online, PsiberDreaming conference and is a board member of the IASD. Her published works include Group Dreaming: Dreams to the Tenth Power.

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