I have found the Open Dialogue foundation training to be engaging, thorough and full of opportunity to reflect on one's own practice and in a broader sense one's way of being in the world. The reading list satisfies my interest in contextual and theoretical information whilst the role plays and exercises provide the experiential learning that is so vital. I have cherished the opportunity to learn alongside others in this rich environment.
I attended the 2016/17 Foundation training. It was a well thought out course, delivered by very experienced, competent and professional trainers. Whilst they brought a wealth of material and experience it was clear that they were attentive to the process and adapting to the needs of the current situation. It was clear that the trainers had so much to offer. From this they created a structured programme and provided ample written hand-outs. However it was the experiential aspect of the training that really had an impact on me. Being allowed to practice skills with knowledgable support and guidance was of great value. And the course was backed up by a full useful resource of reading material.
I am one of the trainers in training on the 3-year Open Dialogue (OD) Training with Nick Putman as an "architect" behind this very unique education where we work together with the very best trainers with in OD. It has been a very special journey to join the whole training group, 20 participants and the 9 trainers in training. Full of challenges, joy, tears, pain, inspiration, new knowledge and so many shared experiences. All this has given me strength to continue with my work and it has been an evolving rollercoaster I would not be without. I could have read thousands of books and still not have learnt what I have learnt during this educational journey.
The Open Dialogue UK Foundation Training is the most relevant professional development training I have undertaken. I have appreciated the patient guidance of our four highly skilled trainers who have structured the program in such a way as to create the conditions in which the Open Dialogue approach can be directly experienced - a powerfully effective way of learning. I highly recommend training in Open Dialogue to others who are seeking a therapeutic approach that has been extensively researched and demonstrated consistently better outcomes in mental healthcare over the past 30 years.
Walking through the Open Dialogue path is an inspiring way of re-thinking and refreshing our professional and life perspectives. The Open Dialogue Foundation Training is a gem in the international mental health panorama that highlights and spread around a deep sense of respect for others.The solid clinical experience of the trainers, gently offered to the participants, becomes an easy access to better understanding interactions among human beings. To me, the Open Dialogue process is becoming a new open state of mind.
I have appreciated how thoughtfully — even exquisitely — tuned the sequence of the training is, giving me the direct experience of doing the work with a dialogical perspective. As the training proceeds, the experience takes on a progressively more systemic perspective, so that we gradually attain the feeling of being able to bring this radically (and yet basic) shift in perspective to our work, on whatever scale or whatever systemic level we might be able to apply it. The readings are all profound and work together with the in-class exercises to produce a powerful shift in orientation that encompasses both work and private life, if one is open to it.
I am finding the Foundation training hugely expiring and formative for my personal and professional journey. I believe the training is very well thought in every detail. The theory is very robust and taught in a very comprehensible way. The training is balanced with role plays and exercises that I find essential and extremely useful and very emotionally touching.
I highly recommend the Open Dialogue Foundation Training at Open Dialogue UK. We have a wonderful group of trainers, highly experienced and each bringing their own individuality to the work. It is such a luxury to have them all embodying Open Dialogue. This training is a gem in providing a space to explore in depth how to establish dialogic relationships. My cohort is an incredibly rich and international group with people of all ages, gender and backgrounds. And Open Dialogue is the first setting where I have truly not experienced the 'them and us' division and everyone gets a chance to get heard. A wonderfully practical training that, mostly through role plays and exercises, allows for a shift towards Dialogic practice. Don't miss out.
The Open Dialogue Foundation Training includes many practical exercises that are extremely well thought out, and enjoyable to do. The two days spent in small groups talking about our Family of Origin was an unforgettable and healing experience.
Highly recommend this course, it has challenged me however has really given me skills that I didn't even know I had! It is inspiring, humane and helpful, I do think it is the way forward. The course is run by experienced practitioners that have oodles of wisdom that they are willing to share, that's an enriching experience. The connectedness with the group is strong and meaningful which leads to greater learning as we feel able to take risks "its ok to make mistakes". I have thoroughly enjoyed my foundation course and very keen to carry on now with the three year course too, its fascinating and leaves you wanting more! My practice and private life are both improved with this approach and it is the internal work that we do to embody this and something Mia (mentor) said was "it is a way of being" which I whole heartedly agree with and wish to aspire to.
This training has been transformative for me. When I joined the training I expected to learn how to 'do' Open Dialogue. I was healthily skeptical of what 'doing' Open Dialogue meant, but I expected to learn structured skills ... as if I would enter into the Open Dialogue conveyor belt and emerge three years later skilled up and ready to go. Yes, I have learnt a lot during my time on the course ... enough to feel more confident as a practitioner ... yet it is no conveyor belt. What struck me from the first week is the you don't 'do' dialogue ... you work towards living it. The dialogical approach, for me, includes a deep respect for others backed up by the development of a smorgasbord of ways of supporting ourselves and the families and networks we work alongside to truly be with and hear one another. Listening to those experienced in dialogic practice alongside the opportunity to deeply explore the subject from many different angles is helping this approach 'bed in' inside me. It's influencing the way I speak, the way I train and the way that I work ... not replacing my existing experience and skills, but enhancing and adding extra textures to them. I've relished the opportunity to walk this path alongside a range of international trainees - from different contexts, backgrounds and perspectives. Whilst there is much to love about this training, the highlight for me has been the Family of Origin groups. I've already spent years exploring my origins and how I came to be where I am, but I didn't fully appreciate the transformative nature of this part of the course. It challenged me to engage with my origins and family in a different way, opening up insights that I never expected alongside a small and supportive group who were each going through similar and different journeys with their own lives. Aside from the benefits to me as a human being, this process has helped me to more fully understand what it is we ask of families and social networks when we engage them in a dialogic process. I would not want to practise Open Dialogue without this part of the course - it feels essential to me. How can I ask something of someone that I am unwilling to explore in my own life?
Open Dialogue Approach and Practice for me is the most humaine way of helping people in mental health crisis. The approach appealed to me due to my background experience on how mental health crisis is dealt with in my African community. Little did I know that the training would open me up to a more understanding of myself and my relationships. I am now exposed to the search of discovering myself, my relationship with my parents, my children, my grandchildren and my wider social network. The Open Dialogue is the fundamental original relational approach to life and living while the training is once more equipping me with the tools for this original relational way of living. It's to a breath of fresh air.
As I move a little closer towards the end of my career in mental health nursing I feel that the training has helped me reconnect to the values that led me towards this vocation. This has been refreshing for my practice within a Crisis Resolution and Home Treatment Service. It has further changed how I think about and engage with individual clients, colleagues and social networks. I do not think this would have happened quite so powerfully if I had chosen a more conventional psychotherapeutic education. This training is different to any other I have encountered. Thankfully it seems far removed from the banalities of prescribed learning outcomes and powerpoint that stultify my learning. The trainers have created a living programme that honours the principles of human encounter and openness. My sense is that the dialogism we seek to engender with others is equally enacted within the training group. Difficulties and differences can be spoken and respected. The learning, including family of origin and supervision has felt enlightening and challenging as we co-jointly seek to understand more of ourselves and each other through our work together.
Open Dialogue has the potential to make a positive change to your life as well as make a significant impact on the future care of those suffering mental dis-ease. The programme will stretch you and encourage you to change how you communicate with others as well as yourself, your own inner dialogue! I would thoroughly recommend it to anyone with any interest in the care of others. At every professional level it will make an impact should you allow this process to change you. My only word of caution is that it will challenge others fearful of change and concerned with maintaining "control". I would point out to them that the current levels of "control" have produced a world where few parents say they are happy to pass this on to their children.