Open Dialogue Foundation Training
COMMENCING IN JUNE 2017
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 are represented on it, as well as those working in public services internationally, independent practitioners and peers.
Our 2017 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.
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Dates for Training
28 June – 1 July 2017
20-23 September 2017
22-25 November 2017
Dates for 2018 TBC
£3250 per person
or 4 installments of £895
+44 20 8133 3441
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The training programme will take place in London and will consist of 20 days over the course of 2017/2018, divided into 5 blocks of 4 days (see dates above). The training days will consist of a mixture of presentations on theory and practice, large group discussions, and role plays, where trainees will gain considerable experience of practicing the keys elements of dialogical work. Theory and practice are well integrated such that learning is embodied as well as conceptual. Reading will be provided to complement the training days. Among the topics covered are the following:
- Need adapted treatment and the Open Dialogue model
- Social network map
- Network meetings
- Reflecting and Reflecting Teams
- Network meetings in crisis situations
- Network meetings with psychotic crises
- Key elements of Open Dialogue practice
- Peers in a network meeting
- Circular questioning
- Anticipatory questions
- 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
- Secrets in families
- Violence in families
- Forms of supervision
- Ways to deepen your own practice
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 organisation
Nick 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.