Trainers’ Training 2024

Two year Open Dialogue trainers' training programme

Commencing in October 2024
London, UK
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Interest in the Open Dialogue approach continues to grow internationally, as well as requests for organising training for a variety of mental health professionals, including peer workers.

When it comes to organising systematic Open Dialogue training programmes, it is necessary that this is led by qualified trainers, who have previously qualified in a three year practitioner/psychotherapy training in Open Dialogue or related approaches. This criterion is important to follow in order to guarantee that the new practice really follows the key elements of dialogical practice in Open Dialogue.

In response to the need for more qualified trainers, six two year Open Dialogue trainers' training programmes have been organised so far. The first such programme was organised with success by Open Dialogue UK, and since then three programmes have been organised in Helsinki, one in Sydney, Australia, and a further programme in London in 2022. Now, we are pleased to now announce this third programme in London.

This programme will be based on the two year trainers' training programme run in Helsinki, but with a greater emphasis on the role of being a trainer on international programmes. Theory days will focus is on the experience of running trainings in a variety of settings, and what has proved most useful, as well as core themes relating to dialogic practice.

Our aim is to support participants to start their own programmes of Open Dialogue and Dialogical Practice in their home countries, but we are also interested in applications from people who would be interested in travelling to work as an Open Dialogue trainer on international training programmes.

The emphasis in this programme will be on developing practices that mobilize the resources of clients and professionals in a collaborative way. The specific aims are:

  • To develop the dialogical psychotherapeutic skills of the participants, in particular in challenging clinical (and supervision) situations.
  • To develop skills for acting as supervisor, trainer and consultant.
  • To enhance skills for developing social and health care towards more democratic and human practices.

We invite all those interested to apply to the programme. The closing date is 31 May 2024.

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Deadline for applications: 31 May 2024

 Dates for Training

Block 1: 28 October - 1 November 2024

Block 2: 24-28 February 2025

Block 3: 2-6 June 2025

Block 4: 15-19 September 2025

Block 5: 5-9 January 2026

Block 6: 6-10 April 2026

Block 7: 13-17 July 2026

Block 8: 19-23 October 2026

All training days start at 9.00 and finish at 17.00 UK time

Training Fees

£4,650 per year
inc VAT


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This programme includes 40 training days over the course of two full years. The entire volume of the training is 40 ECTS. The content will be covered in eight five-day seminar blocks, which include theory days and either supervision or 'exploring your relational world' days. This format is designed to minimise the expenses of participants traveling long distances.
Theory days, 152 hours - 27 ECT
Theory days are included within the eight five-day training blocks. Each block of theory will have a specific topic, which include specific aspects of dialogical practice, being a trainer on Open Dialogue programmes, the roots of Open Dialogue (theoretical and service-level influences), specific considerations in working with particular client groups (such as children and adolescents, and people having psychotic experiences), dialogical skills in supervision and organisational consultation, and research in family therapy and social networks practices. Each participant will conduct their own research into a relevant topic within their working context and write a thesis of around 6000-8000 words (10 ECT). Time on some theory days will be dedicated to preparatory work for the thesis.
Supervision days, 96 hours - 10 ECT
Supervision will take place in three small groups during the training. Video recordings of the participants' facilitation of Open Dialogue network meetings will be the main focus on supervision days. As far as the international participation and long distances allow, live supervision will also be supported. Participants will start to act as supervisors to each other as the training progresses - thus improving their supervision skills. As a part of the supervision process, each participant will need to present their work with at least two networks over time, demonstrating the dialogical orientation in this work, and their ability to reflect critically on their practice.
'Exploring your relational world' days, 72 hours - 3 ECT
The 'exploring your relational world' days are a specific form of personal therapeutic process specific to this training. They will be conducted in three small groups working together throughout the programme. This process was formerly called the 'family of origin' process.
There will be around 3000 pages of relevant literature to read during the training. In addition, participants have to undertake 300 hours of dialogical practice during the course of the training. The majority of these hours needs to be co-facilitation of Open Dialogue network meetings, but up to 100 hours can be dialogic supervision or work as a dialogic trainer. This work needs to be documented. To support their learning process, participants will be divided into peer groups, in which they study literature, prepare work for seminars, prepare their own teaching practice, and support joint learning in other ways.

Training Team

The core trainers for this training programme can be found below. In addition to the core training team, guest trainers may be invited to participate in certain theory days.

JormaJorma Ahonen is a Social Psychologist and Advanced Level Psychotherapist from Helsinki, Finland. He is co-founder of the Dialogic Co., which was established in order to develop ideas on both practicing family therapy and supervising and training family therapists, supervisors and organisation consultants. Jorma writes:

"I work within health and social care organisations both in the public and private sector. I'm keen to work with an attitude of 'dialogizing' professional ideas. In training contexts I'm very interested in the therapeutic use of self. How as a therapist I should (and could) be, act and relate with my clients in such way they would find our co-work useful? Encountering the dialogical approach some 15 years ago has inspired me and my practice in many ways. Before this time, at the end of a working day, when returning home, I often found myself puzzling "why didn’t I say that?", "I could have asked that", "I'm confused", "I didn't understand that"...etc. These days I find that the challenge is to share my inner dialogue with clients. How could I talk in a way that increases others' desire to listen and how could I listen in a way that increases others' desire to talk?"