A collection of resources on dialogic practice and Open Dialogue
“Open Dialogue” is an innovative approach to acute psychiatric crises developed by Jaakko Seikkula, Markku Sutela, and their multidisciplinary team at Keropudas Hospital in Tornio, Finland. Starting in the eighties, there have been a variety of research studies of Open Dialogue and its outcomes with early psychosis. Garnering widespread international attention, the results consistently show that this approach reduces hospitalization, the use of medication, and recidivism when compared with treatment as usual. For example, in a five-year study, 83% of patients had returned to their jobs or studies or were looking for a job (Seikkula et al. 2006), In the same study, 77% did not have any residual symptoms. Such outcomes led the Finnish National Research and Development Center for Welfare and Health to award a prize recognizing the Keropudas group for “the ongoing development of psychiatric care over a period of ten years.” — From the Institute for Dialogic Practice
The principles and values of Open Dialogue are also applied to a variety of contexts beyond the Keropudas hospital response to psychosis, such as individual and family therapy and domestic violence. Many people in the US and internationally are now studying these methods such as the group dialogue, reflecting teams, and relational view of psychosis.
The Network of Dialogical Practices, Europe’s Open Dialogue network founded by Jaakko Seikkula and colleagues.
The International Network for the Treatment of Psychoses, founded by Tom Andersen