An exciting research project designed to measure and quantify the benefits of Dreaming Healthy Families is underway.

The research utilizes clinician-coach participants. Clinicians-coaches can choose to be co-authors of the research study. Research will be submitted to the Journal of the American Association of Group Psychotherapy and Psychodrama for publication. Co-authors will choose one of the following sections of the research paper to co-write:

  literature review






  Reference List

The Burn’s anxiety inventory, UCLA Loneliness Scale, and the San Diego Wisdom Scales are used as pre-post tests. Do reciprocal interviews decrease worry/anxiety/fear levels? Is there a measurable decrease in loneliness and increase in wisdom?

Each of the clinician/coach participants will choose two interviewing partners, at least one of which is a family member, to see what difference, if any, the exchange of interviews does to heal, balance, or transform familial relationships. The other interview partner could be a friend, associate, or client, to both gauge their response and interest in sharing the interviewing process with their families and friends.

For example, with five clinician/coach participants, this makes a total of fifteen people and thirty interviews, since each person is be interviewed twice, plus two more initial self interviews by the five participants, bringing total interviews in the research to forty. 

Each of the clinician/coach participants will:

  • watch an example of filling out the on-line short form so they know how to do an on-line interview with others;
  • do two self-interviews, one on a dream character of their choice and one on a life issue of their choice;
  • over a four week period, interview two other people of their choice, with at least one being a family member. Each person would be interviewed twice, one dream and one life issue interview, using the IDL on-line interviewing protocol; 
  • over the same four weeks, be interviewed twice by each of those two people they interview – each interviewing a dream character and a life issue chosen by the person being interviewed.

Each clinician/coach participant and interviewing partner will:

1) read the explanatory information on Dreaming Healthy Families at

2) take the pre/post anxiety inventory, three question loneliness questionnaire, and the wisdom scale;

3) choose one recommendation from each interview to operationalize and test, reporting to the support partner with whom they are exchanging interviews on their progress.

4) share the recommendations, application, and results in an on-line report. The purpose is to problem-solve application issues and to see if measurable life changes occur. Those findings will be part of the published research, with participant identities remaining anonymous. 

5) complete the interviewing in a four-week period, with tracking of interview recommendations for four weeks after each interview. If an interview occurs in week number four the recommendation tracking and post-test would be completed by the end of week number eight, at the latest. 

Times for all interviews would be scheduled and put on a calendar, allowing two hours, one for the interview itself and one to create a plan for application to monitor the recommendation on line, over the subsequent four weeks.

Measures of assessment are:

  1. The pre/post scores on the Burns Anxiety Inventory, the UCLA Three Item Loneliness Scale, and the Santa Barbara Wisdom Scale.

 2) Records of participant’s application of recommendations from interviews over a four-week period (four weekly calendars in which check marks or numbers are placed), and 

3) the subjective assessments of the participants and interviewing partners:

     – How helpful was the interview? (0-10)

     – What impact, if any, did interviewing have on your relationship with the interviewer/family members?

     – How relevant were interviewing recommendations to understanding/resolving your life issues?

– If you had nightmares, traumatic, or repetitive dreams, did they increase, decrease, or stay the same over the course of the experiment?

– Did you notice any change in your waking life dramas? Did they increase, decrease, or stay the same?

     – When you interviewed dream characters, how would you score your understanding of why you had the dream? (0-10)

     – Degree of interest in 1) doing further self-interviews; 2) teaching the interviewing process to others? (0-10)

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