On 30 July 2021 Routledge published the book Open Dialogue for Psychosis - Organising Mental Health Services to Prioritise Dialogue, Relationship and Meaning, as part of their ISPS book series. This is the first international book on the Open Dialogue approach, with 47 chapters written by people engaged in/developing the approach in 11 different countries.
This highly readable book provides a comprehensive examination of the use of Open Dialogue in working with people having psychotic experiences. It presents the basic principles and practice of Open Dialogue, explains the training needed to practice and explores how it is being developed internationally.
Open Dialogue for Psychosis will be a key text for clinicians and administrators interested in this unique approach, particularly those who recognise that services need to change for the better and are seeking guidance on how this can be achieved. It will also be suitable for people who have experienced psychosis and members of their families and networks.
- This is a much needed, timely book that provides the first account of the international implementation and adaptation of the Open Dialogue approach to promoting recovery among persons experiencing psychosis. Spanning theoretical, training, and research perspectives - with the welcome addition of first person accounts from providers, persons in recovery, and their loved ones - this comprehensive introduction is sure to hasten the spread of the first radically new approach to psychosis the field has seen in decades.LARRY DAVIDSON, PH.D.
PROFESSOR OF PSYCHIATRY
- Open Dialogue is one of the most optimistic developments in the care of people with mental illness in the last three decades. Relationships have always been central to the practice of psychiatry and OD provides a framework for both services and care teams to put this into practice. This book is vital in explaining what it is, what training is necessary, the experience of service users and the key research related to this approach. I recommend it to all mental health practitioners and those with lived experience.ADRIAN JAMES
PRESIDENT - ROYAL COLLEGE
- This book is the most complete description available of Open Dialogue. All aspects of this unique method are explored: from core concepts, personal experiences, training, implementation in various countries and research in various settings. Moreover, true to the ethos of Open Dialogue, the book opens a dialogue with other approaches. The authors convincingly illustrate that Open Dialogue should play an essential role in any treatment for psychosis and the organisation of services. I heartily recommend this book.LUDI VAN BOUWEL
CHAIR OF ISPS
- With this book Nick Putman and Brian Martindale aimed to create a comprehensive and thoughtful exploration of the Open Dialogue approach to psychosis and its wider application within mental health services - and they have delivered spectacularly. This book gives a comprehensive overview of the development, research and application of Open Dialogue from many perspectives. For the Family Therapy field, this book will make its mark as an excellent resource for practitioners, researchers, clinical training programmes and service commissioners.MONICA WHYTE
PRESIDENT OF THE EUROPEAN
FAMILY THERAPY ASSOCIATION
OTHER TITLES IN THE ISPS BOOK SERIES
Experiencing Psychosis: Personal and Professional Perspectives
Edited by Jim Geekie, Patte Randal, Debra Lampshire, John Read. View
Models of Madness: Psychological, Social and Biological Approaches to Psychosis (2nd Edition)
Edited by John Read & Jacqui Dillon. View
See every title in the ISPS book series here.
Nick is a psychotherapist and an Open Dialogue practitioner, supervisor and trainer. He trained as a psychotherapist at the Philadelphia Association (PA) in London, living and working in therapeutic communities run by the PA and Arbours during his training. He now works in private practice and, due to a desire to see changes in the approach taken in public mental health services, established Open Dialogue UK in 2013 in order to develop trainings for staff working in such services, as well as services for families and networks.
Brian is a psychiatrist and a psychoanalyst. He is past chair of ISPS (International Society for Psychological and Social Approaches to Psychosis) and founding editor of the ISPS book series. He co-founded the European Federation of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy (EFPP) and has represented the Western European Zone to the World Psychiatric Association. He has considerable clinical experience in early intervention in psychosis and has published and lectured widely.
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