OPEN DIALOGUE AND DIALOGICAL PRACTICE

Judith believes that training in clinical practice is best provided by practising clinicians who regularly encounter and address its unique challenges. She currently provides training in Open Dialogue and dialogical practice for therapists, counsellors, multidisciplinary mental health clinicians and other practitioners in the field. Training has a particular focus on the clinical skills necessary for working in this approach, whether with individuals, couples or families, and in a variety of contexts.

Training is informed by Judith’s international experiences over many years, her dialogical PhD research methodology, as well as her ongoing clinical, supervisory and training practice in the Australian context. It is uniquely informed by a recent research collaboration between Judith and a fellow Finnish therapist, which explored trainers’ and trainees’ experience of the psychotherapist’s training in Open Dialogue and dialogical practice (2016-2018).

Training is offered in the form of:

  • external training for individuals and groups

    Scroll down for 2019 clinical training programmes including seminar, introductory training, clinical skills, family-of-origin small group, advanced clinical skills.

  • in-house training, tailored to meet specific requirements of groups or teams in terms of location, numbers, differing formats including half or full day to cover learning from seminar, introductory training or clinical skills.

Some comments from training participants

‘Most helpful was definitely the link to practice and what it looks like and feels like in the room’

‘It has been a very special experience, grounded in practice and has strengthened my dialogical skills’

‘Helped me become clearer in understanding the foundations of Open Dialogue and process’

‘This has been a truly profound experience, like no other training I have attended before’

‘Containment of process into structure’

'It's all been so valuable’

CLINICAL TRAINING PROGRAMME 2019

SYDNEY, Australia

OPEN DIALOGUE SEMINAR - 1 day

 

INTRODUCTION TO OPEN DIALOGUE & DIALOGICAL PRACTICE

4 days (FRIDAY - MONDAY Inclusive)

OCTOBER 25 - OCTOBER 28, 2019, Sydney

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  • A 4 day training introducing the core concepts of the theory and practice of the Open Dialogue model of care (OD), including current practices in northern Europe, Scandinavia, UK and Australia. The primary focus of the training will be dialogical practice, the clinical practices that underpin and emerge from OD. There will be a particular focus on open network meetings and working therapeutically with families in a variety of clinical contexts.

Although the 4-day training (above) is termed 'Introduction', it is assumed that practitioners who attend have knowledge and experience of therapeutic practice in varying contexts, disciplines and modalities. The focus is on the theory and practice of Dialogical Practice, as specific to Open Dialogue (OD). The 4-day training begins a process of developing and integrating clinical skills in Dialogical Practice within the existing clinical practice of those who attend. The 2-day Clinical Skills training (below) builds upon this, preferably after practitioners have had some experience of putting introductory dialogical learnings into their clinical practice.

 

CLINICAL SKILLS IN DIALOGICAL PRACTICE - 2 DAYS

OCTOBER 19 & 20, 2019, SydneY (Saturday & Sunday)

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  • A detailed focus on the development of clinical skills in dialogical practice, with particular attention to reflecting processes and dialogical elements of practice in clinical sessions. Includes role play, experiential exercises, and reflection on the clinical work of participants.

Open Dialogue Introductory Course (differing versions) is a prerequisite

 

DIALOGICAL FAMILY-OF-ORIGIN SMALL GROUPS

4 BLOCKS OF 2 DAYS 2019 and 2020

Dec 7-8, 2019, Feb 1-2, 2020, March 21-22, 2020, May 9-10, 2020

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  • A series of four x 2 day family-of-origin sessions over a one year period. Maximum of 6 participants in each closed group. Participants prepare and bring to the sessions explorations of family-of-origin. Each day involves presentations of family-of-origin in the context of a reflective group process.

    (Introductory Course preferred)

 

ADVANCED CLINICAL SKILLS IN DIALOGICAL PRACTICE - 2 dayS

Dates to be aDVISED, Sydney

  • Advanced development of clinical skills in dialogical practice, with the aim of increasing sensitivity to the nuances of the dialogical process and dialogical moments within clinical sessions. Training methods include role play, experiential exercises, and reflective observation of participants’ video material of clinical sessions.

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    (Open Dialogue Introductory Course and Clinical Skills are a prerequisite)

 
Is this not the life undertaking of us all ... to become human? It can be a long and sometimes painful process. It involves a growth to freedom, an opening of our hearts to others, no longer hiding behind masks or behind the walls of fear and prejudice. It means discovering our common humanity.
— Jean Vanier