Open Dialogue for Psychosis Conference - Biographies


TUESDAY 28 SEPTEMBER 2021
WELCOME BY THE CO-EDITORS AND A BRIEF INTRODUCTION TO THE BOOK/CONFERENCE.

Nick Putman, London, UK. Founder, Open Dialogue UK. Psychotherapist and Open Dialogue practitioner, supervisor and trainer. Since leaving his career as a psychologist in the NHS, Nick has 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/networks.

Brian Martindale, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK. Psychiatrist and psychoanalyst. 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.


KEYNOTE PRESENTATION - WHAT IS OPEN DIALOGUE?

Nick Putman (see above)


PANEL MEMBERS

The following people will be participating in panel sessions after keynote presentations and feedback from workshops (some panel members will only participate in some of the sessions).

Ludi Van Bouwel is a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst living in Belgium. For more than 35 years she was a psychiatrist on a psychotherapeutic ward for young adults with psychosis at the University Psychiatric Centre of the Catholic University of Leuven. In 2009 she started an outpatient early intervention mobile team for adolescents and young adults, the first in Belgium. Since 2002 she has been a member of the board of ISPS Lowlands and at this moment she is chair of ISPS.

Roan Lee-Plunket is an author-writer now living in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She has been hospitalised nearly every year of her adult life, but owes her creativity to the voices that guide her, and would not trade them for anything. She was introduced to Open Dialogue recently, and it influences her on a daily basis.

Karen Bulsara is a mental health “carer” and advocate. She is an Involvee and Expert by Experience, with her local NHS Trust, AWP, to further the cause of mental health carers; she is also involved in co-production and initiating research in this area.

Marjaana Karjalainen is an advanced practice registered nurse and a family therapist. She works as a nursing manager in Early Intervention Center for young adults and Outpatient Clinic for adults with psychosis in Helsinki University Hospital, Finland. She is a founding member of ISPS Finland and member of ISPS International Executive Committee.

Dr Gráinne Fadden is a clinical psychologist who worked throughout her career developing and promoting services for families. She established the Meriden Family Programme in the West Midlands in England in 1998. The programme, the training and service transformation that it advocates has resulted in more family-inclusive practice in services in countries such as Australia, Canada and Japan as well as in the UK and Europe.

Michael Garrett MD is Professor Emeritus at SUNY Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY and a faculty member at the Psychoanalytic Association of New York. He has a long-standing interest in the psychotherapy of psychosis and recently published a book Psychotherapy for Psychosis: Integrating Cognitive Behavioral and Psychodynamic Treatment.

Alf Gillham. Athens/Greece & Glasgow/Scotland. Clinical Psychologist. Retired. Trained with Scottish Institute of Human Relations Psychoanalysis. Co Editor of Emotions and Psychosis ISPS book series and contributed to Reaching Out: The Psychology of Assertive Outreach.

Huguette Beyens. Art Historian and Jungian psychotherapist sustaining people and families with dealing with psychotic experiences. She is engaged in programming seminars and conferences about bridging the gap between mental health and the community. And she is a member from ISPS international and Lowlands.


WORKSHOP 1 - OPEN DIALOGUE SERVICE DEVELOPMENT IN HOSPITALS

Darren Baker (chairperson), PhD, London, UK. Principal clinical psychologist working in the NHS. Qualified trainer and practitioner in Open Dialogue.

Bengt Karlsson, Drammen, Norway. Family therapist, professor of mental health and leader of Center of Mental Health and Substance Abuse. Teaches, researches and publishes about Open Dialogue approaches in different Norwegian contexts.

Ritva Jacobsen, Greater Oslo, Norway. Nurse. Degree in clinical health care. Project manager at the division of mental health, Akershus University Hospital. Open Dialogue practitioner, training to be a trainer. Open Dialogue researcher.

Jorunn Sørgård, Greater Oslo, Norway. Nurse. Degree in clinical health care. Project manager, department of specialised psychiatry, Akershus University Hospital. Trained Open Dialogue practitioner. Published research on Open Dialogue in Norwegian and English.

Werner Schütze, Hamburg, Germany. Child and youth psychiatrist. Former head of a psychiatric department where Open Dialogue was implemented. International trainer and supervisor in Open Dialogue.

Sebastian von Peter, Berlin, Germany. (Critical) psychiatrist. Professor at Brandenburg Medical School. Senior psychiatrist in a home treatment team, integrating Open Dialogue elements into daily practice. Leader of research team, using participatory approaches in the evaluation of mental health services and alternatives.


WORKSHOP 2 - RESEARCH FROM FINLAND

Brian Martindale (see above)

Jaakko Seikkula (see below)


WORKSHOP 3 - KEY ASPECTS OF Open Dialogue TRAINING PROGRAMMES

Nick Putman (see above)

Jorma Ahonen, Helsinki, Finland. Trainer and supervisor in family therapy, organisational consultant at Dialogic Partner Co. Trainer in long-term international programmes of family therapy and Open Dialogue.

Petra Hohn, Stockholm, Sweden. Network therapist at Psykiatri Södra Stockholm. Head of two outpatient centres. Teaches dialogical practices at Stockholm University. Developer of trainings on dialogical approaches and family/network perspectives across Europe. Involved with the Parachute Project in Sweden during the nineties and more recently Parachute Project NYC.

Raffaella Pocobello, PhD (Clinical Psychology), Rome, Italy. Researcher at the Institute of Cognitive Science and Technology of the Italian National Research Council. Principal investigator of the HOPEnDialogue international study. Trainee in Open Dialogue in the UK.

Olga Runciman, Copenhagen, Denmark. Psychologist and owner at Psycovery. com. Offers help and support to those suffering from psychosis. An Open Dialogue family therapist with lived experience. Active in the hearing voices movement and a consultant for the World Health Organization and United Nations on human rights in psychiatry.

Mike Roth, London, UK. Long-time student of dialogical approaches. Currently on the three-year Open Dialogue training programme in London. Locum specialty doctor (psychiatry) at Medacs Healthcare.

Ana María Corredor, London, UK. Trainer at Recovery College, South West London and St George’s Mental Health NHS Trust. Trained as psychologist (Colombia), dance movement therapist, and systemic practitioner (UK). Currently undertaking the Open Dialogue UK three-year training. Committed to dialogical applications beyond traditional Open Dialogue settings.

Alan Hendry, Brighton, UK. Trainer, coach in mental health voluntary sector. Trainer of peer mentors. Personal experience of psychosis.


WORKSHOP 4 - THE VALUE OF INCLUDING PEER WORKERS IN OPEN DIALOGUE PROCESSES

Leslie Nelson, Vermont, USA. Trainer, consultant and supervisor at the Howard Centre in Vermont.

Edward Altwies, New York, USA. Psychologist in private practice. Was a team leader and trainer on the Parachute NYC project, as well as a supervisor and practitioner on the Brooklyn Early Psychosis team. Trained Open Dialogue practitioner.


WORKSHOP 5 - COMPARING OPEN DIALOGUE TO OTHER APPROACHES 

Louisa Putnam and Kermit Cole, Santa Fe, New Mexico (chairpersons). Family therapists. Trained as dialogical practitioners and trainers.

Frank Burbach, PhD, Somerset, UK. Clinical psychologist and head of outcomes, innovation and research at Healios. Currently developing family-oriented internet psychological therapies. For the previous 30 years has developed integrated family intervention services and family-inclusive mental health services in the NHS in Somerset, UK.

Claudio Fuenzalida, PhD student (Clinical Linguistics), Elche, Spain. Psychologist and coordinator at Adolescent Unit in the Center of Interfamily Therapy. Currently promoting European programmes for interfamily and dialogical practices.

Javier Sempere, Elche, Spain. Psychiatrist and medical director at Center of Interfamily Therapy. Specialist in family therapy, group therapy and multifamily therapy. Has published research into interfamily therapy.

Mario Eugster, London, UK. Principal music therapist in the NHS. Manages arts therapists in acute and community services. Works with individuals, families and groups. Special interest in psychosis. Trainer and lead with the International Centre for Arts Psychotherapies.


WEDNESDAY 29 SEPTEMBER 2021
Welcome by the co-editors and a brief review of yesterday

Nick Putman (see above)

Brian Martindale (see above)


Keynote presentation: Psychosis is not an illness but a response to extreme stress - dialogue is a cure for it. 

Jaakko Seikkula, PhD, Helsinki, Finland. Professor in psychotherapy at University of Jyväskylä until 2018 (now retired). Clinical psychologist at Keropudas hospital in Tornio between 1981 and 1998. Main research interest has been in developing dialogical clinical practice for severe crises. In this he has sought to combine naturalistic research with the daily clinical practice and training of Open Dialogue.


WORKSHOP 1 - OPEN DIALOGUE SERVICE DEVELOPMENT IN THE COMMUNITY - EUROPE

Louisa Putnam and Kermit Cole, Santa Fe, New Mexico (chairpersons). Family therapists. Trained as dialogical practitioners and trainers.

Nils Greve, Cologne, Germany. Psychiatrist and psychologist. Chairman of Dachverband Gemeindepsychiatrie (German umbrella organisation of regional mental health centres). Leader of a multi-centre randomised controlled trial Open Dialogue research project. Trainer in systemic therapy. Past CEO of Solingen mental health centre.

Marcello Macario, Savona, Italy. Psychiatrist and head of Community Mental Health Centre of Carcare (local health authority of Savona). Chair, Italian Hearing Voices Network. Trained in Open Dialogue (three-year training in London).

Darren Baker, PhD, London, UK. Principal clinical psychologist working in the NHS. Qualified trainer and practitioner in Open Dialogue.

Simona Calzavara, London, UK. Social worker in an Early Intervention in Psychosis team. Previously specialised in substance misuse and work with older people and their carers.


WORKSHOP 2 - OPEN DIALOGUE SERVICE DEVELOPMENT IN THE COMMUNITY - USA

Christopher Gordon, Boston, USA. Associate professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Psychiatrist, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston. Chief Medical Officer, Emeritus, Advocates Inc, Framingham, MA. Clinical associate professor of psychiatry, University of Massachusetts Medical School. Private practice.

Amy Morgan, Massachusetts, USA. Licensed independent social worker. Certified Open Dialogue practitioner. Leader in developing community mental health services. Senior trainer at national and international level for those with lived experience to become trainers themselves.

Alexander Smith, Vermont, USA. Programme director for a rural community mental health programme in Vermont which he has worked with for the past 30 years. In recent years has helped support implementation of Open Dialogue-informed practices.

Zelda Alpern, Burlington, VT, USA. Social worker/collaborative network approach coordinator at Counseling Service of Addison County in Vermont. Has been a hearer of voices and other sounds. Currently delighting in her child who is not yet three and already has many stories to tell and songs to sing.


WORKSHOP 3 - THE EXPERIENCE OF BEING IN OPEN DIALOGUE NETWORK MEETINGS

Nick Putman (chairperson - see above)

Yasmin Ishaq, Kent, UK. Social worker/psychotherapist at Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust. Service lead for the Kent Open Dialogue service. Trainer in dialogic practice for families. Has worked in the public sector in health and social care for 30 years.

Kirsty Lee, Kent, UK. Writer/ecologist. Board member of the Open Dialogue Champions network aiming to raise awareness of Open Dialogue. Sits on the ODDESSI trial Lived Experience Advisory Panel. Interested in how we can connect with the natural world in ways that can improve mental and physical wellbeing.

Reiulf Ø. Ruud, Stokmarknes, Norway. Psychiatrist, family and network therapist at GOD DIALOG clinic. Worked with Open Dialogue since the beginning of 1990, implementing it in psychiatric health services until 2017. Has since started a clinic based on Open Dialogue.

Pia Birgitte Jessen, Stokmarknes, Norway. Family and network therapist at GOD DIALOG clinic. Worked with Open Dialogue since the beginning of 1990, implementing it in psychiatric health services until 2017. Has since started a clinic based on Open Dialogue.

Giuseppe Tibaldi, Modena, Italy. Psychiatrist at Mental Health Department Modena. Manager of a network of community mental health services. Psychotherapist. Researcher – board member of the Italian Society of Epidemiological Psychiatry. Trainer in Open Dialogue.


WORKSHOP 4 - OPEN DIALOGUE AND THE BIOMEDICAL MODEL

Sandra Steingard, Vermont, USA. Psychiatrist and Chief Medical Officer at the Howard Centre, Vermont. Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the Larner College of Medicine, University of Vermont. Trained in Open Dialogue at Institute for Dialogue Practice. Editor of Critical Psychiatry: Controversies and Clinical Implications, Springer, 2019.

Leslie Nelson, Vermont, USA. Trainer, consultant and supervisor at the Howard Centre in Vermont.


WORKSHOP 5 - RESEARCH FROM THE UK AND THE HOPENDIALOGUE PROJECT

Brian Martindale (chairperson - see above)

Russell Razzaque, London, UK. Consultant psychiatrist and Director of Research at North East London NHS Foundation Trust (NELFT). Community consultant in a Peer-supported Open Dialogue team in Havering. Coordinates and teaches on NHS Open Dialogue training delivered by NELFT. Co-applicant and primary investigator in the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) funded UK ODDESSI trial.

Raffaella Pocobello, PhD (Clinical Psychology), Rome, Italy. Researcher at the Institute of Cognitive Science and Technology of the Italian National Research Council. Principal investigator of the HOPEnDialogue international study. Trainee in Open Dialogue in the UK.