Open Dialogue Foundation Training
COMMENCING IN EARLY 2019
for NHS and other mental health teams, independent practitioners and peers
This programme has been developed over the past 8 years by Volkmar Aderhold and others, based on extensive clinical experience and several visits to study the Open Dialogue service in Western Lapland. It has been refined over the years, based on the experience of what has seemed most effective, and provides a thorough grounding in the practice of facilitating Open Dialogue network meetings.
This course has been at the heart of the development of the Parachute Project in New York City, along with Intentional Peer Support training programmes. Clinicians and peers working in mobile crisis teams and respite centres across four of New York’s boroughs have undertaken the training, led by Volkmar and Petra Hohn, as part of a systematic redevelopment of community mental health services in the city.
Our first foundation training commenced in London in June 2016 and 7 NHS Trusts were represented on it, as well as those working in public services internationally, independent practitioners and peers, and we are currently running the 2017/2018 programme.
Our 2018 Foundation Training Programme will be led by Volkmar Aderhold and Nick Putman, with additional accredited Open Dialogue trainers, including Petra Hohn. 4 trainers will be present on every day of the programme, to facilitate small groups, and enhance the quality of the training experience.
This a unique opportunity to learn from those who have developed and are involved in the longest running foundation courses run in public services.
To watch a video introducing our 2016 Open Dialogue Foundation Training please click the link below.
IN HOUSE TRAININGS
To further the possibilities for developing in the UK we have decided to offer our foundation training to NHS Trusts and other mental health service providers on an in house basis, in addition to running the training in London, i.e. we will travel with a group of trainers to your Trust/premises. The programme has been designed so that it can be run over the course of a year in blocks of 2/3 days. This will put less strain on trusts/organisations financially, as places on the training will be cheaper, there will be no travel/accommodation costs, and it should be easier to arrange for time off work in 2/3 day blocks. Furthermore, it is also possible to fill some places on the training by inviting other local organisations and by people/teams applying independently, i.e. you don’t have to fill all places on the training with in house participants. The first such training will be run in conjunction with South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, starting in January 2019 and further details can be found here. If you are interested in us running a foundation training in your Trust/service, please click here to contact us.
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In house training
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Dates for Training
£3250 per person
or 4 installments of £895
(N.B. A different pricing structure is possible for in house trainings. Please contact us for more details).
+44 20 8133 3441
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- Need adapted treatment and the Open Dialogue model
- Social network map
- Network meetings
- Key elements of Dialogic practice
- Reflecting and Reflecting Teams
- Forms of supervision
- Circular questioning
- Anticipatory questions
- Family of Origin
- Secrets in families
- Violence in families
- Network meetings in crisis situations
- Network meetings with psychotic crises
- Peers in a network meeting
- Crisis planning with the social and professional network
- Dealing with clients’ fear about network meetings
- Dealing with one’s own fear about network meetings
- Risk evaluation in the course of a network meeting
- Families with children
- Ways to deepen your own practice
- Mental health teams (including peers) from NHS Trusts involved in the full 3 year Open Dialogue training programme
- Other NHS mental health teams (including peers)
- Other mental health professionals working in teams
- Independent therapists/practitioners/peers interested in working at a centre for dialogic practice in London.
- International teams working in public services
Support for development within your organisationNick Putman is available on a part-time basis to support the development of the Open Dialogue approach in your organisation/service, including working with teams on a clinical basis. Nick is a certified Open Dialogue practitioner, having completed the Open Dialogue training programme with Mary Olson, Jaakko Seikkula, Markku Sutela et al. in the USA. In addition to this Nick has visited the Open Dialogue Service in Western Lapland on a number of occasions to study the approach and the structure of the psychiatric service there, and has been running seminars on the approach for the past two years. Nick has also spent time with the Parachute Project in New York City, which draws heavily on the Open Dialogue approach, studying their community-based services and training programme. For more information about Nick please see his biography below.
“I love to run these trainings, to see the impact on professionals, and their capacity to create a frame for a process in which clients can overcome their sense of alienation, as well as find their individuality and their own meaning for extreme experiences. The mutual process of reconciliation and individualisation can be astounding while the actual dialogical practice is so subtle. I greatly appreciate the values that are at the heart of this approach, such as respect, growth, and a more socially inclusive way of life.”
Petra’s interest in working dialogically in healthcare settings started with her job at Kriscenter Soteria. Cornerstones of practice were the implicit attention given to clients and their family’s words and language, the acknowledgement that every human being is born into relationships, embedded in them, and that we as human beings are and need to be dependent on fellow humans. To be human and to become who we are, we need the answer of others. Others need to see, hear and respond to our being in the world. Dialogue as such is the foundation of our lives and we as species can’t survive without being a part of the social web of our relational and intersubjective existence.
Nick has been involved in the development of the Soteria model in the UK, and is actively working with others towards the introduction of a Soteria house. He has spent time with the original staff from Soteria house in the US in order to learn about this model, and has been to visit the Soteria Alaska project.