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Introduction to open dialogue and dialogical practice

Event Details
Date: 25th Oct 2019
Venue: Sydney, NSW
CPD hrs: 28

Early bird and AASW members: $985

Full fee: $1050

Organiser: Judith Brown

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Dialogical practice is an emerging approach to therapeutic work with individuals, couples and families, influenced by the Finnish model of care, Open Dialogue. This training introduces the core concepts of the theory and practice of Open Dialogue (OD), including current practices in Northern Europe, Scandinavia, UK and Australia. The primary foxus of the training will be dialogical practice, the clinical practices that underpin and emerge from the Open Dialogue model of care. There will be a particular focus on open network meetings and working therapeutically with families and wider systems in a variety of clinical contexts.

This training is for social workers, therapists and clinicians from private practice, government of non government agencies who work with individuals, couples, families the wider systems. It will have a four fold focus:

Core Conceptualisations (Knowledge)

The training will consider the philosophical and theoretical underpinnings of the development of Open Dialogue and dialogical practice, with a particular focus on its emergence within family therapy.

Core Conditions (Thinking)

The training will explore the relevance of Open Dialogue and current dialogical thinking and practice to varying Australian work contexts, with a particular focus on the principles of Finnish Open Dialogue.

Core Elements (Doing)

The training will highlight elements of the dialogical approach to clinical practice in open network meetings and therapeutic sessions, with a particular focus on dialogical reflecting processes.

Core Dialogue (Being)

The training will introduce an understanding of the use of self in a dialogical approach to clinical practice, with a particular focus on moments of meeting and mis-meeting in sessions

Learning objectives

  • To be aware of theoretical concepts which inform Open Dialogue and dialogical practice
  • To gain a beginning understanding of dialogical ideas and their application to differing areas of clinical practice
  • To experience the elements of a dialogical approach to open network meetings and family sessions
  • To gain an increased sense of the use of self in the dialogical approach to practice

Presenter details

Judith Brown PhD

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

Location and date

North Sydney

25-28 October 2019


Early bird (pre 13 Sept) and AASW members: $985

Full fee: $1050



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