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  • Talk Therapy Found to Ease Schizophrenia

    “These are zeitgeist ideas, and I think it’s thrilling that this trial got such good results,” Dr. Olson said.

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  • The Institute for Dialogic Practice is pleased to announce the launching of “The Boston Dialogic Center.”

    This treatment center is comprised of an outstanding group of seasoned professionals who have completed the two-year Dialogic Practice training program.

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  • Psychiatrist Nazlim Hagmann, MD, MPH joins the faculty of the Institute for Dialogic Practice.

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  • Keynote
    Speaker

    In addition to teaching at the Institute, Mary Olson, Ph.D. is an accomplished presenter who frequently speaks on Open Dialogue and Dialogic Practice to fellow therapists, university professors and students.

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  • Level I Training in Dialogic Practice

    We are now accepting applications for our Level 1 Training in Dialogic Practice course. This one-year program provides a comprehensive foundation in the practice of dialogue in relational and network therapies. Training dates for the 2015 session are as follows:

    – Module 1: Thurs, Jan 8 – Sun, Jan 11 
    – Module 2: Thurs, Mar 26 – Sun, Mar 29
    Module 3: Thurs, Jun 4 – Sun, June 7
    – Module 4: Thurs, Sept 10 – Sun, Sept 13

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  • About the Institute

    Dr. Mary Olson founded the Institute for Dialogic Practice in collaboration with Dr. Jaakko Seikkula and the original Open Dialogue team at Keropudas Hospital in Tornio, Finland. The Institute is the only North American teaching facility that specializes in providing world-class training in Open Dialogue and Dialogic Practice, delivered by the field’s leading experts and developers.

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  • Creating a Shared Language Through Dialogic Practice

    Dialogic Practice is an innovative approach to psychotherapy that emphasizes listening carefully to what people say so that they feel heard, respected, and validated. This conversation, or dialogue, is not “about” the person, but is instead a way of “being with” the person and living through the situation together.

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  • Open Dialogue is the Radically Altered Version of the Treatment Meeting

    As soon as possible in a given situation, the team gathers everyone connected to the crisis. There are no separate staff meetings to talk about the “case.” Rather, all discussion and any decisions about medication and hospitalization take place with everyone present.

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  • On-site Training Programs

    The Institute for Dialogic Practice provides a two-year training program at the Brassworks in Haydenville, Massachusetts. This training provides a basic foundation in Open Dialogue as a social network approach to crisis work, as well as in Dialogic Practice with individuals, couples, families and organizations.

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  • Intensive International Summer Training Program in Systemic Family Therapy

    Monday 20th to Friday 24th, July 2015
    This summer school will create an international meeting place for family therapists to explore and discuss cutting-edge innovations, put us in touch with the resilient contributions of the field, and help participants to reflect on their own therapeutic style and direction.

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About the Institute

The only North American teaching facility that specializes in providing world-class training in Open Dialogue and Dialogic Practice delivered by the field’s leading experts and developers.

Open DialogueSM

Open Dialogue is an innovative approach to acute psychiatric crises developed by Jaakko Seikkula, Markku Sutela and their multidisciplinary team at Keropudas Hospital in Tornio, Finland.

Dialogic PracticeSM

Dialogic Practice is a client-centered form of psychotherapy that aims to be responsive to the needs of the whole person – rather than simply treating his or her symptoms.

Training Courses

Located at our state-of-the-art training facility for Finnish Open Dialogue and dialogical therapy in the serene New England countryside outside Northampton, Massachusetts.