Introduction to open dialogue online training 24th & 25th October

Cardiff and Vale UHB – Recovery and Wellbeing College

Open Dialogue Approach Training 



About the training

Whilst the role of social adversity is becoming increasingly understood in the mental health field, responses to people in distress are still largely individualistic and struggle to engage with people’s families and social networks in a meaningful way. Open Dialogue offers a ground-breaking approach to working with people embedded, not divorced from, their social context to make sense of their experiences and distress. With extremely promising results in Finland, Ireland, UK, USA, Denmark and Italy – the Open Dialogue approach offers both a way of organising care and a therapeutic practice that can involve people from all backgrounds.  


In this workshop, we will explore essential elements of the Open Dialogue approach to help participants gain a clear understanding of the principles and how aspects of dialogic practice may enhance their own practice. Learning will be supported by the combination of presentations, reflective exercises and discussions.  


Attendance at the course is part of the Foundation Course in Open Dialogue, and also offers an introduction to the theory and practice for managers, allies and stakeholders. 

Whilst there are aspects of the workshops which will be co-constructed, influenced by the needs and context of trainees, the course includes: 


Day 1

Date – Tuesday 24th October 2023  09.00-5.00 

Time – Understanding Open Dialogue approach


Key principles of Open Dialogue 

·       Contextualising Open Dialogue – understanding its roots 

·       Implementations and variations from around the world, and reference to the emerging evidence base 

·       Relating Open Dialogue to your local values and practice 


Day 2

Date – Wednesday 25th October 2023

Time – 09.00-5.00 


Open Dialogue in Practice (what it looks like in the room) 


Introducing ‘dialogue’ and ‘dialogic practice’ in Open Dialogue 

·       Listening and Responding in routine clinical practice and in crisis 

·       Exploring “monological” and “dialogical” conversations 

·       Introduction to reflecting 

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