Open Dialogue

‘This feels more like spin-the-bottle than science’: my mission to find a proper diagnosis – and treatment – for my son’s psychosis

“Tanya Frank’s son Zach has lived with mental illness since he was a teenager. But after years journeying through the traditional healthcare system, could radical alternatives save him from an endless cycle of hospital stays and drugs?” This article by Tanya…
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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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