Open(ing) Dialogues: 2 Day Online Workshop
An invitation to explore dialogical ways of working in mental health and social crises, repeated to connect with people across different time zones.
Trainers: Iseult Twamley, Mia Kurtti & Rai Waddingham.
19-20 April 2021: Europe, Africa
24-25 May 2021: Americas
9, 10, 16 & 17 June 2021 (half days):
Asia and the Pacific, Central Asia, Middle East, Africa and Europe.
“It’s our job not to leave them alone”
– Markku Sutela
The need to be heard and responded to is fundamental to us as human beings. Yet, in health and social care services we are often focused more on what we can do when someone in crisis as opposed to how we can truly ‘be with’ them and their loved ones. Whilst this approach has its merits, many of us can easily recall times where those we have wished to help have left feeling unheard, disconnected and/or harmed.
Open Dialogue is an approach that originated Western Lapland where system, philosophy and practice have been developed to complement and support the nurturing of dialogue between people in crisis situations. It has gained an increasing following across the world, with proponents being excited by the outcomes (especially with those diagnosed with forms of psychosis) and the way in which this approach fits within an ethical, trauma informed and human rights-based way of working. The key principles and elements of Open Dialogue have been adapted in its various implementations – it is an approach that can be used in response to local contexts, rather than one that is imposed irrespective of this.
In a multi-cultural society where there is no single way of understanding the world and our experience of it, these dialogical ways of working provide a structure for both respecting our differences whilst fostering the connections and resources needed to survive and grow in challenging times.
This is an invitation to …
- Explore what it means to be ‘in dialogue’ with others and what this might offer in our lives and work
- An embodied experience of dialogic relating – listening and responding to self and others
- Learn more about dialogic approaches to mental health and social crises, and some of the different ways these have been implemented around the world.
- An opportunity to connect with others, creating collaborative communities that will last beyond the training
- A learning space where lived and professional voices and experiences are welcomed and can be explored together.
This online workshop combines presentations, practice examples, experiential exercises and space for dialogue.
We welcome …
This workshop is suitable for anyone interested in using these ideas and practices to support and connect with others, including those engaged in nursing, psychology, psychiatry, peer support, community development work, social care, occupational therapy, counselling and more.
Please note, this is an English-language workshop.
Dates & Times
In order to offer training that can be accessible around the world, we are repeating this workshop at different times. We have offered the times in UTC.
You can use www.thetimezoneconverter.com to find out what time this relates to in your local area.
€275 – Standard (attendees funded by statutory, commercial or large charities/NGOs)
€175 – Reduced (self-funding attendees, and those funded by smaller charities)
A limited number of scholarships are available on a first-come first served basis.
Please read our terms and conditions before booking your place.