Trainers’ Training 2022

Open Dialogue - Trainers' Training Programme

Commencing in October 2022
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, five 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 and one in Sydney, Australia. Now, we are pleased to now announce this second 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. Both core trainers and guest trainers will lead some theory days in which the focus is on their experience of running trainings in a variety of settings, and what has proved most useful.

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 working as a 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 August 2022.

See below for further information on the training programme, and for details of the training faculty please click here.

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Deadline for applications: 31 Aug 2022

 Dates for Training

Block 1: 17-21 October 2022

Block 2: 6-10 February 2023

Block 3: 17-21 April 2023

Block 4: 19-23 June 2023

Block 5: 25-29 September 2023

Block 6: 4-8 December 2023

Block 7: 4-8 March 2024

Block 8: 3-7 June 2024

Training Fees

£3950 per year

£3950 per person

in 4 installments of 2325 €


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+44 20 8133 3441
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The training includes altogether 40 training days in the course of two study 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 family of origin days. The format is planned to minimize the expenses and inconveniences of participants traveling long distances.
Theory days, 152 hours - 27 ECT
The theory programme will take place in blocks of 1-3 days, included within the eight five-day training blocks. Each seminar 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 act as supervisors to each other in the later phases of the training - thus improving their supervision skills. As a part of the supervision process, each participant will need to present their work with a particular network over time, demonstrating the dialogical orientation in this work, and their ability to reflect critically on their practice.
Family of Origin days, 72 hours - 3 ECT
The family of origin days are a specific form of one's own psychotherapy specific to this training. They will be conducted in three small groups working together throughout the programme.
There will be around 3000 pages of relevant literature to read during the training. Participants have to undertake 300 hours of dialogical practice (co-facilitated) with networks during the course of the the training, which 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 so far confirmed for this training programme can be found below (further trainers will be added in the coming weeks). In addition to the core training team, guest trainers who have been working as trainers on a variety of international Open Dialogue training programmes will be invited to participate in the programme.

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?"