Jaakko Seikkula Writes on New Trends in Open Dialogue


Jaakko Seikkula writes, in the first blog on the new International Open Dialogue website, about current trends in Open Dialogue; “After first opening the door to open dialogues in the mid 1980s the focus was almost entirely on the spoken dialogues, including the importance of responding. Lately, however, moving away from the psychiatric context has meant seeing the embodied quality of our polyphonic presence as more important than the narratives told in the sessions.”

“Open Dialogues in the Present and the Future – New Developments” →

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“Since 2011 we have seen an unprecedented increase in positive developments related to Open Dialogue. One such milestone has been the formation of Open Dialogue UK, which has started to organize – among many other things – the full three year Open Dialogue practitioner training. This is the first time ever that this education program has been run outside of Finland. In Finland this program is accredited as a family therapy training, so that practitioners are recognised as psychotherapists according to Finnish law. In the UK it is directly named as Open Dialogue training, with an emphasis on the development of mental health services.”

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Kermit Cole
Kermit Cole, MFT, founding editor of Mad in America, works in Santa Fe, New Mexico as a couples and family therapist. Inspired by Open Dialogue, he works as part of a team and consults with couples and families that have members identified as patients. His work in residential treatment — largely with severely traumatized and/or "psychotic" clients — led to an appreciation of the power and beauty of systemic philosophy and practice, as the alternative to the prevailing focus on individual pathology. A former film-maker, he has undergraduate and master's degrees in psychology from Harvard University, as well as an MFT degree from the Council for Relationships in Philadelphia. He is a doctoral candidate with the Taos Institute and the Free University of Brussels. You can reach him at [email protected].