Open Dialogue Foundation Training
Commencing in JANUARY 2019
for mental health teams, independent practitioners and peers
Organised in conjunction with
PLEASE NOTE: This training is also being run in London, commencing in October 2018. For further details, please see this page.
We are very pleased to be able to be able to run our foundation training in conjunction with South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, commencing in January 2019. Over the last year we have been exploring ways in which we can travel to run this training on an in-house basis in the NHS, and thereby reduce the cost to Trusts, due to the lack of accommodation/travel cost and the cheaper places we can offer if the training is hosted in-house. In order to do so we have adapted the training so that it can be run in shorter blocks of 2/3 days, spread over the course of one year. In house trainings can be run with a minimum of 18 people, but not all have to be from the same Trust, as Trusts can partner to train teams together or, as in the case of this training, the cohort can be made up of a mixture of staff from the Trust hosting the training, and external participants who apply to participate (if you are interested in participating there are links on the right of this page to apply). Further details of the training are included below.
Over the last year we have been exploring ways in which we can travel to run this training on an in-house basis in the NHS, and thereby reduce the cost to Trusts, due to the lack of accommodation/travel cost and the cheaper places we can offer if the training is hosted in-house. In order to do so we have adapted the training so that it can be run in shorter blocks of 2/3 days, spread over the course of one year. In house trainings can be run with a minimum of 18 people, but not all have to be from the same Trust, as Trusts can partner to train teams together or, as in the case of this training, the cohort can be made up of a mixture of staff from the Trust hosting the training, and external participants who apply to participate
Our foundation training programme draws significantly on the longest running training programme outside of Western Lapland, originally developed by Volkmar Aderhold and others, and is 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 training 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 have undertaken the training as part of a systematic redevelopment of community mental health services in the city.
So far 8 NHS Trusts have been represented on our foundation trainings run in London, as well as those working in public services internationally, independent practitioners and peers.
This program will be led by Nick Putman, founder of Open Dialogue UK, along with other accredited Open Dialogue trainers. 2 trainers will be present on every day of the programme, to facilitate small groups, and enhance the quality of the training experience.
To watch a video introducing our 2016 Open Dialogue Foundation Training please click the link below.
For more information on the trainers on this programme please click here.
The deadline for applications is September 14 2018.
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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:
14 Sept 2018
Dates for Training
31 July – 2 Aug
£3250 per person
or 4 installments of £895
+44 20 8133 3441
or contact us by clicking here.
The training programme will take place at the South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust Recovery College in Barnsley and will consist of 20 days over the course of 2019, divided into 7 blocks of 2 days and 2 blocks of 3 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
- Family of Origin
- Families with children
- Secrets in families
- Violence in families
- Forms of supervision
- Ways to deepen your own practice
Applications for the training will be considered in the following order of priority:
- Mental health teams (including peers) from NHS Trusts involved in the Open Dialogue UK 3 Year Open Dialogue training programme
- Mental health teams (including peers) from NHS Trusts
- Other mental health professionals working in teams
- Independent therapists/practitioners/peers
- International teams working in public 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. 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.
Nick is a psychotherapist and certified Open Dialogue practitioner who specialises in working with people experiencing psychosis and their families. He has spent the last 12 years living and working in a variety of community based services for people experiencing psychosis and other extreme states, including those run by the Philadelphia Association, the Arbours Crisis Centre, the Richmond Fellowship, and Windhorse in Massachusetts. Nick has undertaken the Open Dialogue training programme with Mary Olson, Jaakko Seikkula et al. in the US, and has spent considerable time with the Open Dialogue teams in Western Lapland. He has also spent time with the Parachute Project in New York, which draws heavily on the Open Dialogue approach, studying their community-based services and training programme.
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.