at the Center for Dialog & Resolution
Tacoma, Washington

for mental health teams, independent practitioners and peers
Organised in association with


This foundation programme will draw on both the programme run by Open Dialogue UK in London and internationally and the foundation programme run in Western Lapland, and will be co-led by Nick Putman, founder of Open Dialogue UK, and Anni Haase from the Open Dialogue team in Western Lapland, along with Alita Markus, founder of Open Dialogue Washington, and guest trainers/consultants. It is a unique opportunity to learn from a diversity of trainers who have been developing the Open Dialogue approach in different settings/services internationally. 4 trainers will be present on every day of this programme, to facilitate small groups, and enhance the quality of the training experience.

The Open Dialogue UK foundation programme is largely based on a programme developed over the past 8 years by Volkmar Aderhold and others, and is now the most widely used Open Dialogue foundation training internationally. It is based on extensive clinical experience and several visits to study the Open Dialogue service in Western Lapland, and has been refined over the years, based on the experience of what has seemed most effective, having been run extensively in Germany, and also in Switzerland, the US, the UK and Australia. It provides a thorough grounding in the practice of facilitating Open Dialogue network meetings.

This programme was at the heart of the development of the Parachute Project in New York City, along with Intentional Peer Support training programmes. Clinicians and peers working in mobile crisis teams and respite centres across four of New York’s boroughs undertook the training, led by Volkmar and Petra Hohn, as part of a systematic redevelopment of community mental health services in the city. It has been run twice in the UK, including teams from several NHS Trusts, as well as those working in public services internationally, independent practitioners and peers. It was also the training chosen for the Queensland Peer Supported Open Dialogue project.

The foundation training in Western Lapland is integral to the Open Dialogue service that has developed there over the last thirty years, along with the full 3/4 year training programme. It is a programme that all staff participate in soon after joining the service, helping to ensure that teams are well integrated, working from the same philosophical/value base. As well as introducing new staff to the key principles of Open Dialogue and dialogical practice, the programme allows for reflective space to help participants to embody the practice.

To watch a video of participants reflecting on their experience of participating in the Open Dialogue UK foundation training please click the link below.

For more information on the trainers on this programme please click here.

Deadline for applications: 31 December 2018

Apply for Training

To apply for the training as a group please click here.

To apply for the training as an individual please click here.

Deadline for applications:
31 December 2018

 Dates for Training

April 10-14 2019

July 10-14 2019

Oct 23-27 2019

Final block TBC

Training Fees

$4000 per person

or 4 installments of $1100


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Center for Dialog & Resolution
717 Tacoma Ave. South
WA 98402

The training programme will take place in Tacoma and will consist of 20 days over the course of 2019, divided into 4 segments of 5 days (see dates above). The training days will consist of a mixture of presentations on theory and practice, large group discussions, and role plays, where trainees will gain considerable experience of practicing the keys elements of dialogical work. Theory and practice are well integrated such that learning is embodied as well as conceptual. Reading will be provided to complement the training days. Among the topics covered are the following:

  • The 7 principles of Open Dialogue practice
  • Reflecting and reflecting teams
  • The facilitation of network meetings
  • The elements of dialogic practice
  • Circular and anticipatory questions
  • Family of origin work
  • Working in crisis situations
  • Working with people experiencing psychosis
  • Peers in network meetings
  • Dealing with fears about network meetings
  • Working with risk

Training Team

NickNick is the founder of Open Dialogue UK. He is a psychotherapist and certified Open Dialogue practitioner who specialises in working with people experiencing psychosis and their families.

Nick spent around 10 years living and working in a variety of community based services for people experiencing psychosis and other extreme states, including those run by the Philadelphia Association, the Arbours Crisis Centre, the Richmond Fellowship, and Windhorse in Massachusetts. Inspired by the values at the heart of these projects, he has been working over the past 6 years to create more opportunities for people experiencing psychosis to meet with professionals/teams who are willing to ‘be with’ them in a time of crisis and find meaning in their experience, largely through the development of Open Dialogue in public mental health services and elsewhere.

Nick first undertook Open Dialogue training with Mary Olson, Jaakko Seikkula et al. in the US, and has spent considerable time with the Open Dialogue teams in Western Lapland. He has also spent time with the Parachute Project in New York, which draws heavily on the Open Dialogue approach, studying their community-based services and training programme. He was instrumental in establishing the first three year Open Dialogue training programme to be run outside of Finland, and has been a trainer on several international Open Dialogue programmes.