#173 – Prison Dreams and Fairy Tales

photo of Dr. Dana Houck


Dana Houck D.Min, Ed.D. is currently a psychotherapist working in Minnesota in private practice and is working part time as a licensed School Counselor working with troubled youth in Rural Minnesota Schools. He worked as a prison Psychologist for over ten years before recently retiring. While working in the prison setting he lead numerous groups of men using myths, fairytales and dream work to assist their development and uncovering the reasons they brought themselves to prison. He also conducted individual therapy sessions using dream work with these incarcerated individuals enabling them to work through issues surrounding their crimes, lifestyles and perceptions preparing them to reenter society as caring and productive individuals.

He is an author having recently published, The Hooded Lady Speaks: A Spiritual and Psychological Conversation and is currently working on his next book, Lesson of Life from Hard Core Cons in which he revisits the stories of Inmates as they began their process of change.

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  1. Rick V.
    Posted September 22, 2008 at 3:47 am | Permalink

    AMAZING! wow what insight, I will definitely purchase his book upon release. Those prison officials were idiots. When Dana completed his metaphorical analysis of the story of the three little pigs I found myself with my mouth wide open in aw and my mind overwhelmed with the depth of his interpretation and application of that story. If you ever have a top ten compilation of programs this would have to be in it. I am just blown away.

  2. Bruce
    Posted September 26, 2008 at 11:17 am | Permalink

    You need to have Dana on again, it was great. I really enjoyed the little pigs, I never thought of the myths and fairy tales this way!

  3. Chris
    Posted October 10, 2008 at 12:45 pm | Permalink

    I agree with the last two posts. I’d also love to hear more on fairy-tale analysis, both Jungian and Freudian. Working with images and metaphor seems to hold a unique “numinous” quality within us all, going beyond conscious associations. It seems to lead to powerful synchronicities type experiences with the story or image. I’d love to hear you expand on the idea of symbols vs signs in relation to fairy tales and dreams. I’m sure there are many good people to interview on these subjects. I’d Love to hear about the “Peter Pan Complex” and the “Cinderella Complex” that’s often referenced in pop literature. Thanks, love the show.

  4. John Knight
    Posted November 30, 2009 at 9:46 pm | Permalink

    That was really good, what’s his homepage url? I really related to him more than anyone else I’ve heard yet! 🙂

  5. Posted November 30, 2009 at 10:56 pm | Permalink


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