APA-Approved Continuing Education

For MENTAL Health Professionals

Online Seminar

Presented by Kristen LaMarca PhD


Lucid Dreaming Therapy:

An Introduction to Skills-Training for Mental Health Professionals

An APA-approved Continuing Education (CE) Online Seminar

Instructor: Kristen LaMarca, PhD

Format: Audio, Video, and Forum

Copyright: 2018

Product Code: LDTCE1801

Media Type: Online Seminar

Dates: Ongoing

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This 4-part video seminar presents an introduction to the art and science of Lucid Dreaming Therapy by clinical psychologist, Kristen LaMarca, PhD.  As an innovative therapeutic tool, lucid dreaming holds remarkable potential to help clinicians address many complex challenges encountered in psychotherapy. 

Contrary to ordinary dreaming, it is explicitly known when lucid that the present state of consciousness is a dream. Fully knowing one is dreaming, a greater sense of safety and psychological flexibility can be cultivated to produce interactions with unconscious conflicts represented in dream content that promote health and well-being. Since lucid dreaming is a natural capacity that can be strengthened through training, psychotherapists can further client growth by integrating lucid dreaming into evidence-based treatments for nightmares and a broad spectrum of mental health conditions.

Well-versed in the latest scientific literature on lucid dreaming, Dr. LaMarca will provide an overview of lucid dreaming, its applications, and how to address common obstacles faced by professionals in providing Lucid Dream Therapy.  Theoretical and research support of lucid dreaming as a psychotherapeutic agent and the most effective induction methods known will be reviewed. Case examples and didactics will guide attendees in how to train clients in lucid dreaming while facilitating therapeutic processing and integration of lucid dream experiences.  Practical issues such as patient selection, assigning home skills practice, and population-specific considerations will be incorporated into the material.

As part of this home study course, a discussion forum will be available to ask questions of Dr. LaMarca and interact other professionals interested in Lucid Dream Therapy. 


This seminar was specially created for mental health professionals who are using or are interested in lucid dreaming as a form of treatment, including but not limited to psychologists, social workers, substance abuse counselors, marriage and family therapists, psychology students, nurses, and more (Target audience: Intermediate).


Other persons, including researchers, educators, and dreamworkers, in addition to personal practitioners of lucid dreaming may also find this presentation informative, but should not attempt to implement Lucid Dreaming Therapy without possessing the credentials to provide clinical mental health treatment.



  1. Summarize the theoretical and research support underlying lucid dreaming and its clinical applications.

  2. Describe the mental set and psychophysiological conditions that are necessary for deliberately inducing lucid dreaming.

  3. Develop strategies for integrating research-supported induction techniques and other lucid dreaming skills into traditional evidence-based treatments for various clinical populations.

  4. Describe the advantages of adding a lucid dreaming component to standard Imagery Rehearsal Therapy for nightmares.



You will receive 4.5 contact hours that are approved by the American Psychological Association (APA).  You must pass a brief post-test to obtain your certificate through the program's co-sponsor, R. Cassidy Seminars, P.O. Box 14473, Santa Rosa, CA 95402.  Visit R. Cassidy Seminars to ensure this course meets requirements for your state licensing board prior to registering.


(Above) Dr. LaMarca presenting a live clinical workshop on Lucid Dreaming Therapy at the annual meeting of the International Association for the Study of Dreams, June 18, 2018.

Kristen LaMarca PhD is a clinical psychologist with expertise in applied psychophysiology and behavioral treatments for sleep disorders, notably insomnia and nightmares.  She currently practices at Lucidity Sleep & Psychiatry, a sleep medicine group in Southern California.


As a teacher, researcher, and practitioner of lucid dreaming for over 10 years, she specializes in Lucid Dream Therapy for a broad range of emotional and behavioral issues. Since 2010, she has been a  co-facilitator for the Lucidity Institute's intensive training programs on lucid dreaming.  She has published research on the lucidigenic effects of cholinergic stimulation, and an integrated protocol for maximizing the efficacy of lucid dream induction techniques.  Committed to improving accessibility to the lucid dream state clinically and scientifically, she regularly provides APA-approved continuing education trainings to professionals in psychology and presents at various universities and healthcare organizations. 


Visit Dr. LaMarca's biography at Lucidity Sleep & Psychiatry for more information on her professional training and background.  


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How is the course presented?

4-part video series lecture presented by Dr. Kristen LaMarca viewable from standard devices (e.g. desktop, tablet, smart phone). Powerpoint presentation to reinforce key points. Exercises to practice new skills. Reflections to help you apply what you’re learning to your clients. Downloadable worksheet and Bonus Training Video Questions, Answers and Discussion (through an online forum).

How long is the presentation?

4.5 contact hours are divided into a 4 part video series + a bonus training video. It is not necessary to complete the training in one sitting.

How many APA-approved CE credits will I receive?

4.5 continuing education (CE) credits are available, which are approved by the American Psychological Association (APA). This home study course is co-sponsored by R. Cassidy Seminars. If you are interested in CE, you must purchase the CE separately and pass the post-test hosted by R. Cassidy Seminars. Ensure the course will meet your state licensing board requirements for CE prior to registering.

Does this CE meet the requirements of my state licensing board?

This home-study course meets the requirements for the following hours by discipline. Licensing and continuing education requirements vary by state. Contact your state's licensing board to verify if this course meets your continuing education requirements for licensure. You may also visit R. Cassidy Seminars who is co-sponsoring this course for more information. Satisfactory Completion
Participants must have paid course fee, submitted signed verification statement, completed evaluation, and completed post-test with passing grade of 75% in order to receive a certificate. Failure to complete and submit these materials will result in forfeiture of credit for the entire course. No exceptions will be made. Partial credit is not available. Psychologists
R. Cassidy Seminars is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to offer continuing education for psychologists. R. Cassidy Seminars maintains responsibility for this program. (4.5) CE hours.

NY: R. Cassidy Seminars is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed psychoanalysts. #P-0005. (4.5) clock hours.

Social Workers
CA: The Board of Behavioral Sciences has deferred CE course approvals to APA for its licensees. See those approvals under Psychologists and Social Workers
NY: R. Cassidy Seminars is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider (#0006) of continuing education for licensed social workers. This program is approved for 4.5 contact hours self-study.
OH: Provider approved by the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist Board for (4.5) clock hours, #RCST110701 Counselors/Marriage and Family Therapists
CA: The Board of Behavioral Sciences has deferred CE course approvals to APA for its licensees. See those approvals under Psychologists and Social Workers.
Other States: If your state is not specifically listed, nearly all state Counselor and MFT boards accept either APA approval, or are reciprocal with other state licensing board approvals, such as those listed below. Check with your board to be sure. The Ohio Board includes Counselors and MFTs.
IL: Illinois Dept of Professional Regulation, Approved Continuing Education Sponsor, #168-000141. (4.5) hours.
NY-LMHCs: R. Cassidy Seminars is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board of Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed mental health counselors. #MHC-0015. (4.5) contact hours.
NY-LMFTs: R. Cassidy Seminars is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board of Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed marriage and family therapists. #MFT-0011. (4.5) contact hours.
OH: Provider approved by the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist Board for (4.5) clock hours, #RCST110701
TX: Approved CE Sponsor through the Texas State Board of Examiners of Marriage & Family Therapists. (4.5) CE Hours. Provider #151 Creative Arts Therapists
NY: R. Cassidy Seminars is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board of Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed creative arts therapists. #CAT-0005. (4.5) contact hours Chemical Dependency Counselors
CA Provider approved by CCAPP; CCAPP Provider #4N-00-434-0220 for (4.5) CEHs. CCAPP is an IC&RC member which has reciprocity with most ICRC member states.
TX: Provider approved by the TCBAP Standards Committee, Provider No. 1749-06, (4.5) hours general and/or (4.5) hours (specific specialization), Expires 3/31/2019. Complaints about provider or workshop content may be directed to the TCBAP Standards Committee, 1005 Congress Avenue, Ste. 460, Austin, Texas 78701, Fax Number (512) 476-7297.. Dentists
CA: R. Cassidy Seminars is a provider approved by the Dental Board of California as a registered provider of continuing education. RP# 4874. (4.5) CE Hours. Some state dental boards are reciprocal. Check with your licensing board to be sure. Nurses
CA: Provider approved by the CA Board of Registered Nursing, Provider #CeP12224, for (4.5) contact hours. Many state nursing boards are reciprocal with other states. Check with your licensing board to be sure. Educators
TX: R. Cassidy Seminars is an approved provider with the Texas Education Agency CPE# 501456. This course is (4.5) CE Hours. This course is co-sponsored by R. Cassidy Seminars, P.O. Box 14473, Santa Rosa, CA 95402

Do I need to be online at certain times?

No, the course video lecture can be listened to at anytime convenient for you. You can participate in the forum at anytime.

How long will I have access to course materials after purchase?

You'll have access to the online seminar and forum indefinitely.

What is the course outline?

PART 1 (46 minutes)



Cognition, schematic beliefs, and mental models of the world

Differentiating between explicit and implicit memory

Constructing and applying adaptive mental models in lucid dream states


Recent metanalysis of the last 50 years of research


Practical, personal, clinical, and scientific applications


Conducting experimental tasks in the lucid dream state as a method for investigating consciousness and mind-body relationships

Implications for clinical interventions and populations

Psychophysiological bases and electrophysiological correlates of lucid dreaming

PART 2 ( 31 minutes)


Mental Set and psychophysiological conditions

Integrated induction protocols of intensive training programs

Effects of Acetylcholinesterase Inhibition (AChEI) on lucid dreaming in the context of an integrated induction protocol

PART 3 (86 minutes)


Psychoeducation on sleep stages and sleep hygiene

Dream recall and dream journaling; Nightly Experience Logs

Dreamsign Training

Techniques for prolonging lucidity

Mnemonic Induction of Lucid Dreaming (MILD)

Evaluating approaches to nightmares and relating with dream content; Self-integration and shadow work

Wake-Initiated Lucid Dreaming (WILD)

Sleep interruption and cholinergic supplementation

PART 4 (82 minutes)


Nightmare treatment

Imagery Rehearsal Therapy – Lucid Dreaming modification (IRT-LD)

Clinical considerations

Patient selection, assessment, and treatment planning.

Contraindications and risks

Length required to teach clients to induce lucid dreaming

Lucid Dreaming Therapy: Case Examples



Adapting the cognitive behavioral thought record to enhance the mental set for inducing lucid dreaming

Downloadable worksheet


Are student discounts available?

Students are eligible for a rebate at 40% off the current price. Send a copy of your current class schedule and ID card to Dr. LaMarca and your method of purchase will be refunded in approximately 5-10 business days.

Are group discounts available?

Yes. Contact Dr. LaMarca to discuss arrangements that will meet the needs of your department or practice setting.


How do I access the online post-test to obtain my CE credits?

You can access the post-test for purchase through R. Cassidy Seminars at the following link.

Is 24/7 customer support available?

While customer service is not available 24/7, you can expect to receive a response in about 1 business day.

How do I access the course?

1. Register for the course here. 2. Go to the seminar and enter the password emailed to you in your registration confirmation when prompted. If you lost the password, contact Kristen. You will then be able to stream videos from the course page. 3. Become a site member or log in to participate in the discussion forum. A link to the forum is also included on the video channel page.

What are the technical requirements?

  • The course is accessible from standard desktop computers, smart phones and tablets. The course may not be fully supported on all mobile devices.
  • Audio speakers (either internal built into your computer or device) or external (plugged into your computer or device).
  • A strong internet connection.
  • The course is accessed through a private page at, which is supported on the most recent versions of Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Safari. Other browsers may not be supported. Ensure that your browser and operating system are the most up-to-date versions. You may have difficulty with viewing content if your temporary files have not been cleaned in a long time, and therefore, you may need to clear your cache and cookies for the optimal viewing experience.
  • A viewer for PDF documents, such as Adobe.

How do I access the forum?

Access the forum here using your site membership account. If you are not a site member yet, you will be prompted to create an account.

How long will the online forum be active?

The forum will allow you to ask questions and discuss material with Dr. LaMarca indefinitely at this time.

Enrollment and Accounts

What is your refund policy?

Registrations are nonrefundable.

How do I enroll in the course?

Register here.

What payments do you accept?

Paypal, credit, or debit.

I don't know what my login information is. What do I do?

You may access the video channel here using the password emailed to you when you purchased the course. Access the forum by becoming a site member. Use the forgot password feature if needed. If you're having trouble, contact Kristen.


Lucid Dreaming Therapy:

An Introduction to Skills Training for Mental Health Professionals 


Online Seminar

Dates: Ongoing

Cost:  $59

Includes a recorded video presentation, and forum for discussion with the instructor and other professionals.

CE test and certificate purchased separately from R.Cassidy Seminars for $20

All registrations are non-refundable.

After completing your registration, access the seminar here using the password that was emailed to you.



Already registered?  Access the video channel her using the password emailed to you upon registration.

Past Continuing Education Trainings

  • Lucid Dream Therapy: Case Conceptualization, Treatment Planning & Intervention
    DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Hotel Paradi
    Jun 16, 2020, 9:15 AM – 11:15 AM MST
    DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Hotel Paradi, 5401 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85250, USA
    This workshop at the annual International Association for the Study of Dreams conference focuses on the planning, justification, and implementation of LDT interventions using theoretically-informed case-formulations.
  • Lucid Dream Therapy: Skills Development Workshop for Professionals
    DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Hotel Paradi
    Jun 18, 2018, 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
    DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Hotel Paradi, 5401 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85250, USA
    Lucid dreaming is an innovative therapeutic tool with the potential to assist in many complex challenges encountered in psychotherapy. This workshop is tailored to mental health professionals interested in integrating lucid dream skills training into existing evidence-based practices.
  • Dreaming & Awakening: Lucid Dreaming, Conscoiusness, & Dream Yoga
    Hawaii Island Retreat
    May 31, 2018, 7:00 PM – Jun 08, 2018, 12:00 PM
    Hawaii Island Retreat, 250 Lokahi Road / 185 Kapaau, HI 96755
    Lucidity Institute presents this 8 day intensive retreat on enhancing lucidity and mindfulness with Dr. Stephen LaBerge and Dr. Kristen LaMarca: A perfect opportunity to focus on honing the art of lucid dreaming with expert guidance while exploring the beautiful big island.

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