Introductory Seminar – London

  • Monday March 6 2017   9:00 am - 4:30 pm

Over the past three years there has been significant development of the Open Dialogue approach from Western Lapland in the NHS and in public mental health services internationally (see the home page for more information about the approach). Open Dialogue UK has been working for the past four years to further this development, and 10 trusts are now represented on one of our two training programmes (largely teams from Early Intervention in Psychosis and Crisis/Home Treatment services). For more details on our training programmes planned for 2017 please see here.

Over the course of 6 days, a variety of NHS professionals, along with Nick Putman, founder of Open Dialogue UK, will be travelling across the UK to introduce the work that they are doing to develop the Open Dialogue approach. All of these practitioners are participating in one of our training programmes. The following professions will be represented at this event: psychiatry, psychology, psychotherapy, nursing, social work and peer support – see below for biographies of participants (please note: some of the professionals will not be attending every seminar, but will be included via video footage when they cannot attend in person).

The seminar will serve as an introduction to the Open Dialogue approach, the work that is being done in the NHS, and the trainings that are underpinning these developments (see programme below for further details). We are running this seminar at a low cost in the hope that everyone who wishes to attend will be able to.

To see feedback on our previous seminars, please visit this page on the Open Dialogue UK website.


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    09.00: Registration

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    09:30: Introduction to Open Dialogue

    Nick Putman and others will introduce the approach, the 7 principles, the 12 elements of dialogical practice, and the evidence base.

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    11.00: Break with refreshments

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    11.30: Perspectives from professionals 1

    Darren Baker (Clinical Psychologist), Paul Ekwuruke (Nurse) & Rachel Waddingham (Peer Support) will speak about their view of the Open Dialogue approach and the work they are doing to develop the approach.

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    12.15: Dialogue with participants

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    13.00: Lunch Break

    Lunch can be bought in the local area or you can bring your own packed lunch.

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    14.00: Perspectives from professionals 2

    Dr John Joyce & Dr Vincenzo Giordano (Psychiatrists), Simona Calzavara & Adam Hutton (Social Workers)

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    14.30: Open Dialogue Training

    Nick Putman will introduce the training programmes that underpin the approach.

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    15.00: Break with refreshments

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    15.30: Dialogue with participants

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    16.30: Finish


If you would like to volunteer for this event, in exchange for a free place, please click here to open a form which you can submit. We are looking for help to publicise these seminars and for help on the day at the venues.


The Tomlinson Centre

Queensbridge Road
E8 3ND
United Kingdom

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Nick Putman is the founder of Open Dialogue UK and an Open Dialogue practitioner and psychotherapist, working largely with people/families affected by psychosis.

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Dr Darren Baker is a clinical psychlogist, with 15 years of experience in the NHS, currently working in an early intervention in psychosis team in East London.

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Paul Ekwuruke has 20 years of experience of NHS mental health nursing  across a wide range of contexts including forensic, refugee and homelessness services.

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Rachel Waddingham is an international trainer, group facilitator, chair of Intervoice, and a trustee for both the English Hearing Voices Network and ISPS.

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Dr John Joyce, Consultant Psychiatrist, has worked in SLAM NHS Foundation Trust since 2001 and more recently in the Early Intervention in Psychosis Service.

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Dr Vincenzo Giordano is a Speciality Doctor in Psychiatry working in the Early Intervention in Psychosis team in East London NHS Foundation Trust.

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Simona Calzavara is a social worker and AMHP who has been working with the NHS Early and Quick Intervention for Psychosis team in East London since 2012.

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Adam Hutton is a social worker currently working as a family interventions therapist in an Early Intervention in Psychosis team in SLAM NHS Foundation Trust.

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