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Clinical skills in Dialogical practice

Event Details
Date: 19-20 October 2019
Venue: Sydney, NSW
CPD hrs: 14

Early bird and AASW members: $485

Standard: $525

Organiser: Judith Brown

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Dialogical practice in an emerging mental health approach to therapeutic work with individuals, couples and families, influenced by the Finnish model of care, Open Dialogue.

This training extends upon the 4 day introductory training, Introduction to Open Dialogue and Dialogical Practice, which is also an AASW CPD endorsed activity.

The training will focus firstly on the core elements and clinical skills, which support the creation of a dialogical space - including skills in reflecting and other dialogical processes. Secondly, the training will focus on the use of self in dialogue as informed by 'ways of being' that are centred upon word and response - and support the possibility of new knowing emerging.

This 2 day training is for therapists and clinicians from private practice, government or non government agencies who work with individuals, couples, families and wider systems.

Learning objectives

  • To develop the core clinical skills which support the creation of safe dialogical space, with a particular focus on speaking and listening
  • To gain a sense of the varied nuances of reflecting processes, with a particular focus on why, what, when and how to reflect during sessions
  • To increase in attunement to the moment to moment quality of therapeutic sessions, with a particular focus on relational embodiment
  • To gain an increased sense of the use of self, with a particular focus on therapeutic relationships with co-therapists, families and the wider systems

Learner prerequisites

Introduction to Open Dialogue and Dialogical Practice (Judith M Brown) or equivalent introductory training in Open Dialogue

Presenter details

Judith Brown is a senior social worker and family therapist in a tertiary level child and adolescent mental health unit. Since observing the clinical practice of Open Dialogue in Finland in 2011. Judith has engaged with taught and written on Open Dialogue and dialogical practice. She internationally trained (in Finland) to supervise and train clinicians in this approach.

Location and date

North Sydney

19-20 October 2019


Early bird (before 9 June) and AASW members: $485

Standard: $525



AASW - Australian Association of Social Workers