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Sunday February 12, 2023

11:00am – 1:30pm (ET)

Online via Zoom

Nice Girl or Murderer?: Violent Dreams as Healing

Presented by Mary Ellen McMahon, LCSW

Description: Patients are frequently afraid of remembering their dreams, saying “I don’t dream.”  Very often, there can be childhood nightmares that contributed to this aversion to remembering dreams. Using the case of a very religious, “good girl” 40 year- old woman, who was terrified of her violent, murderous dreams, we can begin to look at how we can help patients work with these “not me” aspects of their personalities. We will discuss theoretical contributions by Jung, Bonime, Kohut, Fosshage, and others and see how they might contribute to helping this patient to heal via her dreams. Please bring your questions and case vignettes.


  Mary Ellen McMahon, LCSW a graduate of Northwestern and Columbia University School of Social Work, found her own “royal road” while at NIP, particularly in Dr. Fosshage’s Dream Course. Subsequently, she studied with Dr. Montague Ullmann, learning his “Experiential Dream Group” method. Mary Ellen has been in private practice for several decades, teaching the Dream Class at NIP and Derner.  She conducts private Dream Groups and Supervision Groups. 


Location: Online Via Zoom

NIPPA Focus Seminars do not offer CE hours.

NIP candidates: Free

NIPPA members: $10.00

General Admission:  $20.00All participants must complete online registration.      Learn more and register here

Save the Date …

February 12, 2023 – Mary Ellen McMahon: Dream Workshop

April 2, 2023 – Patricia Ticiento Clough, PhD, LP and Grace Cho, MEd, PhD: Tastes Like War

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