Open Dialogue

England’s mental health care lacks money, yes – but it also lacks compassion

“A series of scandals should focus minds on the punitive conditions far too many patients are confined in” This article by Jay Watts has been published in The Guardian. It begins: “We have made great progress in  England  when it comes to…
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“If I were you, I wouldn’t start from here”: Working for real change in societal responses to distress

This paper comes from David Harper and has been published in the Context journal. It begins: “Systemic therapists are well-used to considering the multiple layers of context within which our lives are embedded, so I thought I’d use the invitation to…
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“I’ve Lived that Thing that We do with Families”: Understanding the Experiences of Practitioners’ Undertaking a Three-Year Open Dialogue UK Training Programme

This research study – co-authored by A. Wates, J. Allen, A. Cooke, and S. Holttum – has been published in the Community Mental Health Journal. The abstract says: “Open dialogue is a systemically-based approach to mental healthcare, originating from Finland. Growing numbers…
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Dialogical Meetings in Social Networks (The Systemic Thinking and Practice Series)

This book has been written by Jaakko Seikkula and Tom Erik Arnkil. The publishers say: “This book describes and analyses two dialogic network practices: ‘Open Dialogues’ – developed for use in psychiatric crisis situations – and ‘Anticipation Dialogues’ – used in…
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Unconventional Views About Mental Health

“I am very concerned that senior, powerful, psychiatrists are trying to silence those who are vocal regarding psychotropic medications, and psychiatry’s ’medical model’. These issues can’t be ignored. Academic Psychiatry should acknowledge when new research raises serious issues (like withdrawal…
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My Reflections on the Finnish Open Dialogue Project

This article was created as a guest-post on Everything Matters: Beyond Meds, a blog-site run by Monica Cassani. The article stems from conversation she had with film-maker Daniel Mackler, the article’s author, who revealed that the psychiatric hospital he’d visited (when…
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Open Dialogue: an alternative Finnish approach to healing psychosis

This 74-minute film – a 3 minute trailer is also available – looks at the Open Dialogue Project  as developed in Finland by Prof. Jaakko Seikkula The film’s maker, Daniel Mackler, says this project is presently [as of 2010 when the film was…
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My Name Is Rachel

In this 27 minute audio recording from the BBC, Rachel Waddingham tells her story of being sectioned multiple times. At various different times, Rachel has been given a large number of different psychiatric labels/ diagnoses. These include schizophrenia (three times), depression, anxiety,…
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