Training Programmes and Seminars

Open Dialogue training programmes and seminars

Foundation Training Programme

Since 2016 we have been running our Open Dialogue foundation training programme in London, from 2017 we have been running it internationally in public mental health services and on an in-house basis in the NHS (early intervention, crisis and home treatment and inpatient teams), and from 2020 we have also been running it online.

On this training programme participants learn the essential skills for starting to use the Open Dialogue approach. Learning is mostly through practice, using a variety of exercises and role plays, but also through presentations and dialogues around theory and service development. For testimonials on this training programme, please see this page.

This programme is led by Nick Putman and other leading international trainers, including trainers from Western Lapland.

We currently have plans to run the training in London in 2025 (further details here) and online in 2025 (further details here). Please visit these pages for more details of the training programme and, if you would like to participate, please submit your application as soon as possible.

If you are interested in the possibility of us running this training in-house in your organisation, please complete the form below and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

One and Two Day Seminars

Over the past ten years we have been running one and two day seminars across the UK and internationally to introduce the Open Dialogue approach. These seminars can cover any of the following topics:

  • Background and history of the development of the approach
  • The 7 principles and 12 key elements of dialogical practice
  • The structure of the service in Lapland
  • The practice of facilitating network/family meetings
  • Aims and process in the work
  • Psychosis and medication
  • Outcome research
  • The roots of the approach – systemic family therapy, Gregory Bateson, social constructionism, collaborative therapy, dialogical theory/Bakhtin, etc.

A one day seminar includes time for participants to discuss the Open Dialogue approach and in particular the 7 principles in small groups. A two day seminar also enables participants to start to practice the approach through exercises.

If you would like us to run a one or two day workshop in your service/region, please complete the form below and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Register your interest in an Open Dialogue seminar/training in your service/region

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