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2019-2022 International Certification in Dialogic Practice: Level 2

2019-2022 International Certification in Dialogic Practice: Level 2


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We are accepting applications for Level 2.  The completion of a Level 1, or a comparable, yearlong Foundation course, is a prerequisite. Openings are limited, so please apply now if you are interested.  Financial aid may be available.  

We are following all COVID requirements of Yale University, including a workshop space that allows for social distancing.

Please Note: Institute acceptance is required before you can make a tuition payment. 

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Institute-trained team reports impressive outcomes:  Psychiatric Review:  Gordon,C. et al.  (July 15, 2016).

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Level 2 starts Summer 2021 at Yale University, New Haven, CT

The 2019-2022 International Certification in Dialogic Practice meets the international standards for full training in Open Dialogue. Sponsored by Yale University, this program is an opportunity to study with the premier, international faculty. It includes in alphabetical order: Jorma Ahonen, MScNazlim Hagmann, MDMary Olson, PhDRussell Razzaque, MDPeter Rober, PhD, and Jaakko Seikkula, PhD.

The Institute For Dialogic Practice

Harkness Tower, Yale University.

Learn from the most experienced international faculty in Open Dialogue and Dialogic Practice together with guest lecturers from the Yale faculty who share our vision. We welcome all mental health professionals, family physicians, and peer specialists who are clinically engaged. You may choose to do each Level separately or all 3 consecutively. With prior training, you can apply for advanced standing.

Each level consists of 4 5-day intensives delivered over a year. You can adapt the program to meet your needs. You can take Level 1 as a Foundation Course, Levels 1 and 2 to become certified as a practitioner, and Levels 1-3 to become certified as a trainer. The seminar format provides personal attention and nurtures the professional development and individual creativity of each participant.

  • A didactic seminar that combines theory with a review of the 3-decades of peer-reviewed research
  • A clinical practicum that meets monthly, either face-to-face or online, and provides intensive supervision
  • Continuing education credits approved by NASW-Massachusetts

The 2021-2022 program dates:

  • July 21-25, 2021
  • October 20-24, 2021
  • January 12-16, 2022
  • April 27 – May 1, 2022

Full Yearly Tuition $5,950

This tuition covers 4 blocks and monthly online supervision.
$1200 deposit is due upon acceptance. Participants make a one year commitment. Tuition due April 2021 unless a payment plan has been arranged.

Financial Aid Available

Financial aid is available with Yale’s generous sponsorship. There are a limited number of partial scholarships, “Tuition Assistance Awards,” “TAA,” for eligible applicants who otherwise could not afford the program. A TAA will cover up to 50% of the tuition. Yale employees and affiliates also qualify for a 50% discount as well. We are also in the process of organizing a network of host families to provide no-cost housing.


Rolling admission.

Apply early by sending your CV/resume.  An interview is required either in person or by SKYPE.

Course Objectives

This course will provide attendees with a comprehensive foundation in the use of dialogue in relational and network therapies in an effort to:

  1. Provide an in-depth understanding of the key elements of Dialogic Practice and Open Dialogue.
  2. Foster the clinical skills of therapeutic responsiveness and reflection.
  3. Give a broad overview of the evolution of Dialogic Practice in the family therapy tradition that, founded on Gregory Bateson’s work, made language and communication central to the therapeutic process.
  4. Integrate social justice issues that are particularly relevant to North American society, including survivorship, gender, race, ethnicity, class, sexual orientation and diversity.
  5. Cultivate the creativity of the participants as they adapt these new learnings to their own personal styles and settings.
  6. Examine the ethics of Dialogic Practice and Open Dialogue.

The curriculum will include a combination of lectures, experiential exercises, a discussion of readings, role-plays, videotapes,  live consultations, family-of-origin work, and supervision.

CEUS will be available.

A certificate of completion will be provided after Level 1 & Level 2.  Advanced standing may be awarded to participants who have already completed Levels 1 and/or 2 and wish to become certified as practitioners or trainers.  Certification requires the submission of videotapes and writing various papers.

Institute-trained team reports impressive outcomes in peer-reviewed study led by Harvard psychiatrist:  Gordon,C. et al.  (July 15, 2016).

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