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 includes first-hand accounts of the process by people receiving services due to having psychotic experiences, family members and professionals. It explains how aspects of Open Dialogue have been introduced in services around the world, its overlap with and differentiation from other psychological approaches and its potential integration with biological and pharmacological considerations. The book concludes with a substantive section on the research available and its limitations (further details of the sections of the book can be found below).

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.

See below for information about an online event related to the launch of the book - a two half-day conference on 28 and 29 September 2021.

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You can order the book on the Routledge website here. If you enter the Promo Code FLR40 in the Shopping Cart, you will receive a 20% discount. Please note that the publisher intermittently adds site-wide discounts to their website and the code won’t work if there is already a discount of 20% or more in place across the website.

  • 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
    YALE UNIVERSITY
  • 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
    OF PSYCHIATRISTS
  • 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

  • Personal Experiences of Psychological Therapy for Psychosis and Related Experiences

    Edited by Peter Taylor, Olympia Gianfrancesco, Naomi Fisher. View

  • Beyond Medication: Therapeutic Engagement and the Recovery from Psychosis

    Edited by David Garfield, Daniel Mackler. View

See every title in the ISPS book series here

EDITORS

NICK PUTMAN

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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 MARTINDALE

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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.

CONTACT THE EDITORS

Please use the contact form below to send any queries relating to the book or the events associated with it.

BOOK SECTIONS Click section titles for more detail

ONLINE CONFERENCE - 28 & 29 SEPT 2021 @ 16.00-20.00 BST

PROGRAMME - 28 SEPT 2021

An online conference, jointly organised by ISPS and Open Dialogue UK and featuring keynote presentations and workshops led by authors of chapters in the book, will be taking place on 28 and 29 September 2021. Further details can be found below and you can book places using the form on the right/below. Biographies of authors giving presentations and leading workshops can be found here.

16.00 - 16.10

Welcome by the co-editors and a brief introduction to the book/conference.

16.10 - 17.15

Keynote presentation: Nick Putman - What is Open Dialogue? To include reflections from panel and a Q&A session.


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17.30-18.45

You will be able to choose one of the following workshops. Each workshop will consist of brief presentations, followed by some discussion and a Q&A session with those participating.

Workshop 1
Open Dialogue service development in hospitals
  • Bengt Karlsson (Family therapist), Ritva Jacobsen & Jorunn Sorgard - Norway
  • Werner Schütze (Psychiatrist and Open Dialogue trainer) - Germany
  • Sebastian von Peter (Psychiatrist) - Germany
  • CHAIR: Darren Baker (Clinical Psychologist) - UK

This workshop will focus on the experience of developing the Open Dialogue approach in hospital settings. You will hear about the work that has been undertaken in three different settings - two in Germany and one in Norway. The possibilities for development will be outlined as well as the lessons learned along the way.

Workshop 2
Research from Finland
  • Brian Martindale (Psychiatrist and Psychoanalyst) - UK
  • Jaakko Seikkula (Psychologist and Open Dialogue trainer) - Finland

In this workshop Brian Martindale will summarise some of the key findings from the Western Lapland outcome research for people having psychotic experiences. He will raise some points for discussion and Jaakko Seikkula, who led much of this research, will be responding and enlarging on points of particular interest to participants.

Workshop 3
Key aspects of the full three year training and foundation trainings
  • Nick Putman (Psychotherapist and Open Dialogue practitioner/trainer) - UK
  • Jorma Ahonen (Family Therapist and Open Dialogue trainer) - Finland
  • Petra Hohn (Network therapist and Open Dialogue trainer) - Sweden
  • Raffaella Pocobello (Researcher) - Italy
  • Olga Runciman (Psychologist and Open Dialogue practitioner) - Denmark
  • Mike Roth (Psychiatrist) - UK
  • Ana María Corredor (Trainer at Recovery College) - UK
  • Alan Hendry (Trainer/Coach) - UK

This workshop will focus on different Open Dialogue training programmes (one year and three year). Nick Putman will give an overview of these different programmes with Jorma Ahonen and Petra Hohn and then participants from the programmes will reflect on their experiences of participation.

Workshop 4
The value of including peer workers in Open Dialogue processes
  • Leslie Nelson (Peer Worker) - USA
  • Ed Altwies (Psychologist) - USA

Leslie Nelson and Ed Altwies both worked in the Parachute Project, where peer workers worked alongside clinicians in the development of the Open Dialogue approach in four boroughs of NYC, alongside other services. They will give an overview of this work and in particular the value of peer work in this project and important considerations in developing this role within Open Dialogue services.

Workshop 5
Comparing Open Dialogue to other approaches 
  • Frank Burbach (Clinical Psychologist) - UK
  • Claudio Fuenzalida (Psychologist) & Javier Sempere (Psychiatrist) - Spain
  • Mario Eugster (Music Therapist) - UK
  • CHAIR: Kermit Cole & Louisa Putnam (Family Therapists) - USA

In this workshop the  Open Dialogue approach will be compared to other therapeutic approaches, namely systemic family therapy, cognitive behaviour therapy, multi-family therapy and music therapy.


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19.00 - 19.30

Feedback from workshop sessions 

19.30 - 19.45

Reflections from panelists on feedback from workshops

19.45 - 19.55

Additional comments or questions from participants

19.55 - 20.00

Closing comments from co-editors

PROGRAMME - 29 SEPT 2021

16.00 - 16.10

Welcome by the co-editors and a brief review of yesterday.

16.10 - 17.15

Keynote presentation: Jaakko Seikkula - Psychosis is not an illness but a response to extreme stress - dialogue is a cure for it. To include reflections from panel and a Q & A session.


BREAK


17.30 - 18.45

You will be able to choose one of the following workshops. Each workshop will consist of brief presentations, followed by some discussion and a Q&A session with those participating.

Workshop 1
Open Dialogue service development in the community - EUROPE
  • Nils Greve (Psychiatrist) - Germany
  • Marcello Macario (Psychiatrist) - Italy
  • Darren Baker (Clinical Psychologist) & Simona Calzavara (Social Worker) - UK
  • CHAIR: Kermit Cole & Louisa Putnam (Family Therapists) - USA

One of the primary aims of the Open Dialogue approach is to develop community services such that the need for hospitalisation is reduced. In this workshop four people who have been involved in developing community services will outline the developments that have been possible and the experiences learned along the way, in three different countries: Germany, Italy, the UK and the USA.

Workshop 2
OPEN DIALOGUE SERVICE DEVELOPMENT IN THE COMMUNITY - USA
  • Chris Gordon (Psychiatrist) & Amy Morgan (Social worker and Open Dialogue practitioner) - USA
  • Alexander Smith (Programme director) - USA

The Open Dialogue approach is being developed in several different locations/services across the USA. In this workshop, the significant work that has been undertaken to develop the Open Dialogue approach in two agencies, Advocates in Massachusetts and the counselling services of Addison Country in Vermont, will be described, including the learning that taken place as a result of these developments.

Workshop 3
The experience of being in Open Dialogue network meetings 
  • Yasmin Ishaq (Social worker/psychotherapist) & Kirsty Lee (Family member) - UK
  • Reiulf Rudd (Psychiatrist and family therapist) & Pia Birgitte Jessen (family/network therapist) - Norway
  • Giuseppe Tibaldi (Psychiatrist) - Italy
  • CHAIR: Nick Putman (Psychotherapist and Open Dialogue practitioner) - UK

Section 2 of the book includes 7 accounts of the experience of participating in Open Dialogue network meetings, 5 of which are co-written by Open Dialogue practitioners and family members. In this workshop authors from three of these chapters will talk about the work that they have described in the book and what has been important about this work for them and those involved.

Workshop 4
Open Dialogue and the biomedical model
  • Sandra Steingard (Psychiatrist) - USA
  • Leslie Nelson - USA

Sandra Steingard will chair a workshop in which her chapter in the book, “Working with Open Dialogue within the Neurobiological Model – Challenges and Opportunities” is discussed. In the chapter, the application of the neurobiological model to both conceptualizing and treating psychosis is reviewed. This is contrasted with Open Dialogue. Discussants will reflect on the chapter and there will be time for discussion with other participants.

Workshop 5
Research from the UK and the HOPEnDialogue project
  • Russell Razzaque (Psychiatrist) - UK
  • Raffaella Pocobello (Researcher) - Italy
  • CHAIR: Brian Martindale (Psychiatrist and Psychoanalyst) - UK

Russell Razzaque will give an overview of the UK ODDESSI trial and an update on its latest progress. This will include its key elements, the outcomes being measured and the timelines for the reporting of results. He will describe links with the HOPEnDialogue survey and how an increasing database of evidence could have global impact. Raffaella Pocobello will then present the results of the HOPEnDialogue survey involving 137 OD teams worldwide - investigating organisational characteristics and adherence to Open Dialogue principles. It is the first study that describes how OD services are developing internationally. Results indicate that training, supervision, research, peer support have an impact on the degree to which teams adhere to OD principles.


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19.00 - 19.30

Feedback from workshop sessions 

19.30 - 19.45

Reflections from panelists on feedback from workshops

19.45 - 19.55

Additional comments or questions from participants

19.55 - 20.00

Closing comments from co-editors

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