Open Dialogue – Foundation Training
COMMENCING IN FEBRUARY 2021
for NHS and other mental health teams, independent practitioners and peers
As is the case in Western Lapland, Open Dialogue foundation trainings are integral to any Open Dialogue service, helping staff to become familiar enough with the philosophy and practice of Open Dialogue, such that they can start to facilitate network meetings in their service.
The Open Dialogue UK foundation programme is largely based on a programme developed over the past 10 years by Volkmar Aderhold and others, and is now the most widely used Open Dialogue foundation training internationally. It is based on extensive clinical experience and several visits to study the Open Dialogue service in Western Lapland, and has been refined over the years, based on the experience of what has seemed most effective, having been run extensively in Germany, and also in Switzerland, the US, the UK and Australia. It provides a thorough grounding in the practice of facilitating Open Dialogue network meetings.
This programme was 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 undertook the training, led by Volkmar and Petra Hohn, as part of a systematic redevelopment of community mental health services in the city. It has been run four times in the UK, including teams from several NHS Trusts, as well as those working in public services internationally, independent practitioners and peers. In 2019 it was run on an in-house basis for South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. It was also the training chosen for the Queensland Peer Supported Open Dialogue project.
We are delighted to welcome back Volkmar Aderhold and Petra Hohn to lead this foundation training in London with Nick Putman. Volkmar and Petra are very experienced practitioners and trainers, and have now participated in several trainings with us. Further information about them can be found below.
The deadline for applications to this training programme is 31 October 2020.
Apply for Training
To apply for the training as a group please click here.
To apply for the training as an individual please click here.
DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS
31 October 2020
Dates for Training
24-27 Feb 2021
21-24 Apr 2021
23-26 June 2021
22-25 Sept 2021
1-4 Dec 2021
£3250 per person
or 4 installments of £895
+44 20 8133 3441
or contact us by clicking here.
The training will take place at Toynbee Hall in London:
28 Commercial St
- The 7 principles of Open Dialogue practice
- Reflecting and reflecting teams
- The facilitation of network meetings
- The elements of dialogic practice
- Circular and anticipatory questions
- Family of origin work
- Working in crisis situations
- Working with people experiencing psychosis
- Peers in network meetings
- Dealing with fears about network meetings
- Working with risk
Details of who will be considered for the training can be found below. We are particularly interested to hear from NHS Trusts that would like to take part in a pilot project to evaluate the implementation of the Open Dialogue approach. This research would be undertaken in collaboration with Jaakko Seikkula.
Applications for the training will be considered in the following order of priority:
- Mental health teams (including peers) from NHS Trusts involved in the full 3 year Open Dialogue training programme
- Mental health teams (including peers) from NHS Trusts interested in taking part in a pilot project
- Other NHS mental health teams (including peers)
- Independent therapists/practitioners/peers interested in working at a centre for dialogic practice in London.
- International teams working in public services
- Other mental health professionals working in teams
- Additional support for organisations/services
There will be a members area for trainees on the Open Dialogue UK website, which will include a forum for shared learning and for communication between training blocks.
This members area will also include resources for learning such as reading lists, articles, videos, etc. Books relating to the training will be offered at discount prices.
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. See below for Nick’s biography.
Volkmar is a Psychiatrist and Psychotherapist with a Doctorate in Human Medicine, and is internationally recognised for his contributions to the field of psychiatry. His expertise has been developed through lengthy experience as a clinical director, active researcher, lecturer and publisher. He worked as a senior consultant in the University Clinic for Psychiatry and Psychotherapy in Hamburg for 10 years. There his accomplishments included working on a new project for people with difficult to treat psychosis including individual and group therapy practices. He was among the first to be involved with voice hearers in Germany. Together with engaged teams he also started to implement more and more elements of the Need Adapted Treatment Model and Open Dialogue practices on an acute ward for people with psychotic experiences.
Volkmar led the first project in Germany to implement the Need Adapted Treatment Model and Open Dialogue practices. Over the past 8 years he has developed a variety of in-house training programmes for the practice of Open Dialogue for multi-professional teams, often including peers (in total more than 30 training programmes). He has run these trainings along with many other senior therapists across 17 districts in Germany, and variations on the programme have been run in the USA (The Parachute Project), Switzerland and Poland.
Volkmar is inspired to develop humane approaches to people experiencing severe distress, following the principles of the peer and recovery movement, within an integrated practice. He writes:
“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.”
Nick Putman is a registered psychotherapist and a certified Open Dialogue practitioner and trainer, having completed a two year training in the Open Dialogue approach with Mary Olson and others in the US and a three year trainer’s training programme in London with Jaakko Seikkula and others. He is the founder of Open Dialogue UK, which established the first full training in the Open Dialogue approach outside of Western Lapland. Nick has visited the Open Dialogue service in Western Lapland on a number of occasions to study the approach and the structure of the service. He has more than 20 years experience working in a variety of mental health settings, and considerable experience working with people experiencing psychosis and their families. Nick is currently working with families in London, along with colleagues, both at the Open Dialogue UK premises and at home visits.