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IASD E-Study Groups

FAQ
[frequently asked questions]
and 
Guidebook

 

Index 
FAQ for group members and students

  1. What are IASD E-Study groups and who can join?

  2. Where is the full list of IASD E-Study Groups?

  3. How do I subscribe to an IASD E-Study group?

  4. How do I unsubscribe from an IASD E-Study Group?

  5. How do I manage my IASD E-Study Groups when I go on vacation?

  6. What special features and resources are available?

  7. What are the rules for conduct on IASD E-Study Groups?

  8. How do I start my own IASD E-Study Group?

  9. Who do I contact if I have questions?

  10. Ethical Guidelines - General

  11. Dream Sharing Guidelines

  12. Glossary

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Index
FAQ for hosts and moderators

  1. What is an IASD E-Study Host, how do I become one, and what responsibilities do I have?

  2. What's the difference between a host, a moderator, a scribe and a research associate?

  3. How do I subscribe and unsubscribe members from my IASD E-Study group?

  4. How can I invite people to join my group?

  5. What do I do if someone is abusing the list by violating IASD ethical standards?

  6. What special options are available to those with moderator status?

  7. Who can join E-Study groups?

  8. What kind of dream sharing is or isn't permitted?

  9. Ethical Guidelines - General what to do if you have problems.

  10. Dream Sharing Guideline

  11. How do I start a new topic group?

  12. Glossary

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FAQ and Guide for group members and students

   


1. What are IASD E-Study groups and who can join?

ASD E-Study groups are online discussion groups hosted by the Association for the Study of Dreams.
http://www.asdreams.org/study

There are a wide variety of groups, each focusing on a different area of dreams and dreaming, including the use of dreams in clinical settings, lucid dreaming, dreams in film, dream research, paranormal dreaming and many other topic areas.

Who can join? E-Study groups are a membership benefit of the Association for the Study of Dream. A one month free membership can be offered to those considering joining IASD. Otherwise E-Study participation is limited to members only. Out of fairness to dues paying membership, E-Study Hosts, Scribes and Associates are encouraged to politely enforce this rule.

Join IASD now! 

The immediate purposes of the Dream E-Study e_mail groups are to

1) Promote community and active communication among IASD members with common interests;
2) To share, discuss, and explore current research, writings, art, or unique projects across the spectra of dreaming and dream studies;
3) To work together on mutual projects such as research and/or preparing seminars or presentations for IASD conferences and regional meeting or in your own locations and communities;
4) To provide guidance and mentorship to members who want to develop their interests in a particular field;
5) To ultimately attract new members who will want to join in these active dream studies' "incubators" of ideas and synergy;
6) To develop educational materials on the IASD website;
7) To develop curricula for IASD's continuing education program;
8) To inspire collaboration and synergy with the intrusion of administrative constraints and travel to meetings, and with the convenience of participating when and how you choose.

In addition, each E-Study group will be encouraged to

A) Develop symposia or focused discussions for IASD annual conferences;
B) Post periodic digests of interesting discussions that occur on the IASD bulletin board;
C) Become developers and incubators and collectors of educational articles and links that can be made available on our web site to enhance IASD's educational mission.
D) Develop continuing education materials that might be used in a future IASD Continuing Education Certificate.
E)) Recruit new members for IASD by offering in depth discussions of specific areas of dreaming and dream studies.



2. Where is the full list of IASD E-Study Groups?

The full list of IASD E-Study groups can be found on the IASD website:
http://www.asdreams.org/study



3. How do I subscribe to an IASD E-Study group?

There are several ways to subscribe to an IASD E-Study group.

A. Preferred Subscription Method:
Register at yahoogroups.com ( for free) at by going to the IASD E-Study web page, http://www.asdreams.org/study
and putting your e-mail address in the E-Study group of your choice. This will take you to the correct page. 

If you have ~already~ registered with YahooGroups (for some other IASD E-Study group, or ANY other http://groups.yahoo.com/  group, then you *don't* have to re-register. Simply sign in, make sure you are on the group page of your choice, and select the subscribe option.

If you are registering for the first time with http://groups.yahoo.com/  simply select the "register" option, fill out the information on a couple of pages to the best of your ability, and select "Join". You will be sent your password via e-mail within seconds, or minutes. You can use this user-identification (usually your e-mail address) and your password to sign-in at http://groups.yahoo.com/  and then subscribe to the group you want.

B. Optional Subscription Method.
Send a request to the host of the IASD E-Study group that interests you. Tell the host you have read the ethics statement and will agree to follow it during the group and that you are an IASD member. Be sure to include the name of the IASD E-Study group. The host's e-mail is listed with the group at:
http://www.asdreams.org/study

Please read the ethics statement and dream sharing guideline before joining.

: : There are 3 subscription options : :

(how you can have your email messages delivered to you)
You can control these options by registering at http://groups.yahoo.com/  and then selecting your group options on the lists which you are subscribed.

1) Individual e-mails
Messages are delivered one at a time to your e-mail inbox. This is the best option if you want to keep up on the latest posts immediately. E-mail attachments will be sent directly to you. Please scan all attachments before opening them. IASD is not responsible for attachments sent by members that have not been virus checked.

2) Daily Digest
Messages are delivered in batches of 25 or daily, whichever comes sooner. This is the best option if you want to receive fewer mail messages and don't need up-to-the minute posts in your inbox. E-mail attachments are not available in digests. Also, you cannot respond to other group members very well more than once a day.

3) No Mail / Web Only
This option puts e-mail message delivery on hold, for example while you are on vacation. You can view them on the website archive. Also, if you have a second e-mail address that you would like to SEND from but not RECEIVE e-mail, you can use this option on that e-mail address.



4. How do I unsubscribe from an IASD E-Study Group?

A. Preferred Method:
To unsubscribe via e-mail: From your e-mail program, send a blank message to:

groupname-unsubscribe@yahoogroups.com, substituting the group you wish to
leave for "groupname."

 For example, to unsubscribe from IASD-research, send an e-mail to
IASD-research-unsubscribe@yahoogroups.com

Alternatively you may wish to remain a member but reduce or eliminate group e-mail by changing your subscription option to No Mail/Web only or Daily Digest. Stop by the website and change your option.

B. Optional Unsubscribing Method.
Send a request to the host of the IASD E-Study group you are interested in. Tell the host you would like to be unsubscribed from the list. The host's e-mail is listed with the group at:
http://www.asdreams.org/study

DO NOT send your request to unsubscribe into the list. There is no need to tell everyone on the list and generate extra e-mail, unless you want to send a personal goodbye to everyone.



5. How do I manage my IASD E-Study Groups when I go on vacation?

Sign in at http://groups.yahoo.com/  and select "My Groups" Change the options on all the groups you want changed to WEB ONLY and select Save Changes. Later, you can return them to digest or individual e-mail status. You can get the email you missed by reading the archive. The archive is an option you can select as a member at http://groups.yahoo.com/



6. What special features and resources are available?

The first feature is an extensive FAQ file for all aspects of egroup.com. You can view the full list of FAQ file by signing-in, selecting the HOME tab and then selecting the HELP tab. Also, each subsection of YahooGroups will allow you to select the HELP tab and will provide you with an FAQ relevant to that section.

http://groups.yahoo.com/  offers a wide variety of support features for each IASD E-Study group, including places to keep files online to share with others, calendars that everyone can access, voting and polling systems, chat rooms, a place to suggest and store links, database tables for more complex presentations and many other features. However, in return for these free services, they often place a three line ad at the bottom of the email sent through the group. Note that IASD does not necessarily endorse these commercials. 



7. What are the rules for conduct on IASD E-Study Groups?

All participants on IASD E-Study group lists are required to follow IASD ethical guidelines. Before joining a group, please read these Ethical Concerns.

Or http://www.asdreams.org/ethics.htm#ethics3

 

Personal Dream Sharing is allowed on a limited basis. Be sure to read the Dream Sharing Guidelines before sharing a dream or commenting on a dream. 

Further, each group may have it own particular guidelines, which will be provided upon subscription, or by request from the host.



8. How do I start my own IASD E-Study Group?

E-Study Groups must apply to the IASD Electronic Communications Committee for permission to launch and maintain an E-Study Group.

The application should contain the following elements
a.) A statement of purpose of between 100-500 words indicating the areas you want to focus on;
b.) The names of 5 IASD members who will sponsor and support the group as members and participants;
c.) The name of a Host with a biographical statement or a curriculum vita indicating special skills and training or areas of interest related to the topic of the E-Study Group;
d.) The name of a Scribe or secretary for the group who will digest important content areas for 1) transmission to groups members once per month, and 2) for posting on a special E-Study section of the IASD web bulletin board;
e.) A statement from the Host agreeing to support all IASD ethical principals related to dreamwork and netiquette such as no flaming and spamming, treating members with courtesy and respect and a do no harm approach

Send to Alan Siegel, Ph.D. at dreamsdr@aol.com

TO APPLY TO BE A GROUP MODERATOR/COORDINATORS (CALLED HOST), SCRIBE, OR RESEARCH ASSOCIATE (PROVIDES TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE) FOR A NEW GROUP: Please contact Alan Siegel dreamsdr@aol.com if you are interested.



9. Who do I contact if I have questions not covered by this FAQ?

  •  If you need help subscribing or unsubscribing, contact the listed host of the group.
    The groups and their hosts are listed at http://www.asdreams.org/study
  •  If you need with the www.egroups.com options, use their faqs from the HELP tabs.
  •  If you have questions about the conduct of members of the list, contact the group host.
  •  If you have concerns or questions about your host, contact the E-Study Coordinator,
    Alan Siegel, Ph.D. E-mail: dreamsdr@aol.com
  •  Please direct all other question to the Chair of the Electronic Communications Committee,
    Richard Wilkerson, E-Mail: rcwilk@dreamgate.com

10. Ethical Guidelines while participating on IASD E-Study Groups.

Participants are expected to show respect and tolerance for all other participants and members of IASD E-Study groups, as well as following the general principles set forth by the IASD Statement of Ethical Concerns.

Sharing Dreams : see the Dream Sharing Guideline.

 

FAQ for  Moderators and Hosts and Scribes and Research Associates
 
1. What is an IASD E-Study Host (Moderator), how do I become one, and what responsibilities do I have?

ASD E-Study Hosts are responsible for directing the topics of discussion on the group, as well as attempting to fulfill the immediate and general purposes of the IASD E-Study groups as outlined under "How do I start an IASD E-Study group?"
The Hosts are responsible for protecting the members of the group from abusive behavior/posts and seeing that the IASD ethical guidelines are maintained throughout the group process. They may unsubscribe members who cannot follow these guidelines.


2. What's the difference between a host, a moderator, a scribe and a research associate?

Please see the TERMS given at the beginning of this IASD E-Study Group Manual and FAQs Document.


3. How do I subscribe and unsubscribe members from my IASD E-Study group I am hosting?
Preferred: Sign-on at www.egroups.com. Select MY GROUPS and the group in question. Select the Members option on the left. This will display all the members. Select the option to the right of the member's name, one will be unsubscribe.
If you don't see the unsubscribe option, you may not have moderator status, contact the tech assistant or scribe, whichever have moderator status. If none are available contact the Lists Manager, Richard Wilkerson,
After you have selected the option for the member, be sure to complete the transaction by selecting the "Save Changes" button.

If you are having trouble with this, contact the research associate for your list.


4. How can I invite people to join my group?

While you can always send individual e-mail invitations, the http://groups.yahoo.com/  system allows you to send a note that has all the information about the group and allows the invited guest to simply select "reply" to subscribe.

You can access this option by signing on, selecting your group, and selecting the Members option. Near the top of the page you will see "Add/Invite" option. When you select this, you will be given two forms,
one in which you can add the e-mail of the invited members (up to 40-50) and another form to add the invitation message.
Select the HELP tab on that page for more information.



5. What do I do if someone is abusing the list by violating IASD ethical standards?

The Hosts will facilitate and negotiate the guidelines. Members of the group will contact the Hosts if there are questions or concerns. Host have the authority to warn and unsubscribe any members that are being disruptive or abusive. Hosts are requested to post a short explanation on the Yahoogroups managers/hosts list estudy-news@Yahoogroups.com

If there is reasonable suspicion of any situation where the well-being of an E-group participant appears to be compromised by their participation, please refer this situation for consultation to the E-Study Coordinator Alan Siegel, Ph.D. (at dreamsdr@aol.com) who will seek consultation from the IASD E-Committee and IASD Board.


6. What special options are available to the IASD E-Study Moderator and List? 

Sign-on to http://groups.yahoo.com/  and select the tab HOME, then the tab HELP


7. Who can join E-Study groups? 

E-Study groups are a membership benefit of the Association for the Study of Dream. A one-month free membership can be offered to those considering joining IASD. Otherwise E-Study participation is limited to members only. Out of fairness to dues paying membership, E-Study Hosts, Scribes and Associates are encouraged to politely enforce this rule.


8. What kind of dream sharing is or isn't permitted? 

Limited dream sharing is allowed on the  E-Study groups at the present time. Please read the Dream Sharing Guideline before sending in dream texts to the list. 


9. Ethical Guidelines and abuse

Participants are expected to follow the IASD guidelines as set forth by the Statement of Ethical Concerns

If there is reasonable suspicion of any situation where the well-being of an E-group participant appears to be compromised by their participation, please refer this situation for consultation to the E-Study Coordinator Alan Siegel, Ph.D. dreamsdr@aol.com  who will seek consultation from the IASD E-Committee and IASD Board.


10. Dream Sharing Guideline select to jump


11. How do I start a new E-Study Topic Group? 

E-Study Groups must apply to the IASD Committee for permission to launch and maintain an E-Study Group.
The application should contain the following elements


1) A statement of purpose of between 100-500 words indicating the areas you want to focus on;
2) The names of 5 IASD members who will sponsor and support the group as members and participants;
3) The name of a moderator/coordinator with a biographical statement or a curriculum vita indicating special skills and training or areas of interest related to the topic of the E-Study Group;
4) The name of a Scribe or secretary for the group who will digest important content areas for A) transmission to groups members once per month, and B) for posting on a special E-Study section of the IASD web bulletin board;
5) A statement from the Moderator agreeing to support all IASD ethical principals related to dreamwork and netiquette such as no flaming and spamming, treating members with courtesy and respect and a do no harm approach. You can get a copy of this agreement at http://www.asdreams.org/study/agreement.txt

TO APPLY TO BE A GROUP MODERATOR/COORDINATORS, OR SCRIBE FOR A NEW GROUP.
Please contact Alan Siegel dreamsdr@aol.com  if you are interested. This program will be launched in September, 2000 under the auspices of the IASD Electronic Committee. For those who want to participate, a packet of information and procedures will be sent to you and you will be a part of all future planning. Further updates will be given in the  IASD E-News.

 

Glossary of Terms

  + member: Anyone participating on an IASD E-Study Group.

+ host : The person who is guiding the content & themes of a group watching the activities of its members.
Hosts have moderator status at http://groups.yahoo.com/

+ scribe: The scribe assists the host in keeping track of the discussions and generating periodical reports and summaries. They may also have moderator status and be research associates as well.

+ research associate: Have moderator status and help the hosts, scribe and members with the technical aspects of the list, including subscribing and unsubscribing, inviting members and guests, uploading files, making links, updating welcome files and other activities related to the mechanics of the list.

+ lists manager: Responsible for setting up and maintaining a discussion list system. Assists research associates in the technical aspects of maintaining the elists. For our lists, this role is carried out by the Chair of the Electronic Communications Committee, Richard Wilkerson, e-mail, rcwilk@dreamgate.com
With the egroups.com system, the list manager is referred to as the "owner" of the list, though the lists are actually owned by IASD.

+ coordinator: Responsible for overseeing the whole E-Study program, providing guidelines and acting as liaison to the IASD board of directors. Alan Siegel, Ph.D. e-mail, dreamsdr@aol.com

+ moderator status: Has the ability to subscribe and unsubscribe members from or to a group.

+ moderator: a general term we are avoiding using here. When used, note that it may have one of two meanings. The first is a person with egroup.com moderator status who can subscribe/unsubscribe members. The second is that the term is often used to mean the host who moderating the discussion topics.

+ subscriber: Has joined an IASD E-Study group by subscribing to the e-mail listserver.

+ registered subscriber: Has registered at egroups.com as well as subscribed.

Confused by some of the Internet jargon?  Use this dictionary of online terms.

 

IASD E-Groups Dream Sharing Policy

 

IASD E-Study Groups Dream Sharing Guideline

All subscribers on IASD E-Study groups are expected to abide by the IASD E-Study Groups Dream Sharing Guideline while participating in these IASD venues. In general, sharing dreams is allowed, but dreamwork is not. In particular, we are requesting that interpretations which impose personal meanings or values on a dream be withheld, as well as explorations of personal meanings of shared dreams.

Subscribers who share dreams are requested to not ask for personal interpretations, such as in "What does this dream mean?" or "What do you think this means?" as well as "Do you feel this dream means I should...?"

Subscribers may share their own opinions about the meaning of their own dreams they have given the dream in the past, but not solicit opinions and judgments from others. In other words, avoid asking "Do you think this interpretation is correct?" or "What do you think about my interpretation?"
Please do not use the E-Study groups for performing a public dreamwork on yourself. If your dream and the meanings you have given it contribute to the discussion at hand, you are welcome to share them. Refrain from displaying a dream and the meanings you have assigned it to simply solicit comments.

Dreams and their interpretations may also be shared and the meaning discussed if they are examples of research, public literature, or the moderator asks for clinical or case study examples. Please observe all rules of confidentiality, which include not using the clients name or any material that might link the material to the person. Contact the host about specific rules before sharing case material.

For dreamwork taking place outside this venue, please refer to the IASD Dreamwork Ethics Statement.
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         IASD Ethics

 

Statement of Ethical Concerns

In articulating a statement of ethical concerns regarding the study of dreams, the members of the Association for the Study of Dreams acknowledge not only the value and importance of the personal and professional study and use of dreams but also the responsibility inherent in such study and use. The Association also recognizes that, since the study and application of dreams is undertaken in such diverse contexts, it is neither possible nor appropriate to set forth specific standards for the proper enactment of this responsibility. Nevertheless, the Association does wish to establish and make clear its expectations regarding its own membership.

To begin it should be understood that while membership in The International Association for the Study of Dreams clearly indicates an interest in this study, this membership should not be taken to imply competence in any given field of the study or application of dreams. Nor should membership in the Association, which is open to anyone, be taken to imply any endorsement whatsoever of the activities of those persons maintaining such membership.

Nevertheless, it is expected that all members of the Association for the Study of Dreams will do their utmost to respect the rights and dignity of other persons in whatever formal or informal involvement they may have with dreams. It is expected that members will make every effort to insure the welfare both of those persons who may seek their services as well as of those persons whose assistance or participation members themselves may seek in their own dream related activities. Furthermore, IASD members who are researchers and practitioners are expected to be familiar with and conduct all of their professional activities in accordance with the established standards of their respective professions.

In addition to these general ethical requirements of its members, the Association hereby makes clear its intention to establish and uphold three basic principles with regard to its own functions and to the conduct of those who are involved in carrying out these functions. Such functions include but are not limited to the Annual International Dream Conference, local programming, IASD sponsored professional presentations and media coverage associated with any of the above activities.

Principle 1: The Upholding of Honesty, Accuracy and Openness

All invited speakers and presenters for IASD functions or programs as well as all officers, board members and other persons serving IASD in any official or unofficial capacity are expected to make every reasonable effort to insure the presentation of accurate, complete information and the free exchange of ideas and alternate points of view. More concretely, this general principle may be understood to include but not be limited to the presentation of one's own credentials, competencies, training and education as well as one's own activities whether these be scientific, academic, social or clinical in nature. This principle may also be taken to include but not be limited to the presentation of accurate, unbiased information and resources regarding dreams and dreaming whenever a member offers or participates in any IASD functions.

Principle 2: The Avoidance of Conflict of Interest

All invited speakers, presenters and workshop leaders for IASD functions as well as all officers, board members and other persons serving IASD in any official or unofficial capacity are expected to make every reasonable effort to avoid situations which may present a conflict of interest or which may compromise their ability to make objective and responsible decisions. These persons shall not unduly exploit their responsibilities with and for The International Association for the Study of Dreams nor their involvement in any IASD related program or function to further their own personal, political or business interests. Such undue exploitation of their association and responsibilities with IASD may be understood to include but not be limited to the active solicitation of clients for private practice; the use of position, trust or dependency to engage in sexual harassment or activity; and the concerted pursuit or acceptance of immoderate material or financial gain.

Principle 3: The Insurance of Informed Consent, Privacy and Confidentiality

All invited speakers, presenters and workshop leaders are expected, in all IASD activities, to obtain free and informed consent for any participation required by or offered to others. It is understood that such consent involves an adequate disclosure of purposes, requirements, benefits and risks of the activity in question and that such consent not be obtained under conditions which may be perceived as threatening or coercive. Furthermore, it is expected that all invited speakers, presenters and workshop leaders will, in all IASD activities, respect the privacy of others and take every reasonable step to insure that personal information gained while engaging in these activities be kept confidential.  

Also see the Dreamwork Ethics Statement

Notes                        

    

WE NEED ADDITIONAL MODERATOR/COORDINATORS AND SCRIBES FOR EACH GROUP.

We would very much like to include additional groups in

1) Dreams and Religious Studies and Spirituality
2) Dreams and Trauma
3) Content Analysis
4) Long-term journaling;
5) Dream group leadership forum.
The possibilities are infinite and we invite your ideas.


ALAN SIEGEL, PH.D.
PAST PRESIDENT, ASSOCIATION FOR THE STUDY OF DREAMS
EDITOR-IN-CHIEF, DREAM TIME MAGAZINE
EDITOR, IASD ELECTRONIC NEWS (ASD E-NEWS)
WWW.ASDREAMS.ORG

 

A list of all the E-Study groups 
help with your e-mail options at http://groups.yahoo.com/

If you would like to contact someone at IASD not listed above,
please see the Contact Us and Who is Who? pages.

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