The Open Dialogue approach is a philosophical and theoretical approach to people experiencing a mental health crisis and their families/networks, as well as a system of care developed in Western Lapland in Finland over the last 25-30 years. Open Dialogue teams work to help those involved in a crisis situation to be together and to engage in dialogue. It has been their experience that if the family/team can bear the extreme emotion in a crisis situation, and tolerate the uncertainty, in time shared meaning usually emerges and healing is possible.
In the 1980s psychiatric services in Western Lapland were in a poor state. In fact, they had one of the worst incidences of ‘schizophrenia’ in Europe. Now they have the best documented outcomes in the Western World. For example, around 75% of those experiencing psychosis have returned to work or study within 2 years and only around 20% are still taking antipsychotic medication at 2 year follow-up.
Currently Open Dialogue UK are running training programs for professionals and seminars for anyone with an interest to attend. They are also working with families and networks in London.
20 Dalston Lane, 152 City Road, London, E8 3AZ
07467 236290 (best number to use), 02081333441 (landline monitored less frequently)
Who is it for:
Families and networks of people who experience psychosis
How to apply:
Get in contact via the details above