Introduction to Open Dialogue Approach to First Episode Psychosis – CEU’s available

Introduction to Open Dialogue Approach to First Episode Psychosis
A Workshop With Will Hall, MA, DiplPW

Saturday, February 25, 2012 10am-2:00pm
Process Work Institute
2049 NW Hoyt St. Portland OR

Workshop fee: $60 (contact us about scholarships).


3.5 CEU’s are available for this event

Download flyer here: http://www.portlandhearingvoices .net/files/ OpenDialogIntroductionWorkshop2012.pdf. Black and white version for printing here.

Co-Sponsored by Portland Hearing Voices, Mental Health Association of Portland, and National Association of Social Workers – Oregon Chapter Mental Health Network.

Dr. Jaakko Seikkula and colleagues in Finland have developed “Open Dialogue,” a family network approach to first episode psychosis. Open Dialogue de-emphasizes pharmaceutical intervention and instead establishes a dialogue with the social network and organizes a “treatment meeting” within twenty-four hours. This reduces hospitalization, lowers use of medication, and leads to less recurrance of crisis.

In a five-year follow-up, 83% of patients returned to their jobs or studies and were not receiving government disability, and 77% did not have psychotic symptoms. Open Dialogue is gaining support in the US after Robert Whitaker, in his book Anatomy of An Epidemic, featured it as an effective alternative to the poor treatment outcomes for psychosis in the US.

Portland Hearing Voices Director, schizophrenia diagnosis survivor, and local therapist Will Hall is currently training with Dr. Seikkula and his colleague Dr. Mary Olson in Open Dialogue at the Mill River Institute in Haydenville MA. This introductory evening with Will provides a basic introduction to Open Dialogue and the concepts behind it. (Open Dialogue is a Finnish hospital clinical method based on 3 years+ training, and this Introduction does not represent the depth of that method, but instead serves to spark interest in learning more.)

For more information on Open Dialog, including a recent Madness Radio interview with Open Dialog practitioner Dr. Mary Olson and articles by Olson and Seikkula, please go to -psychosis/.