Monday, August 10, 2020

COVID-19 has forced us all into new ways of being, new ways of relating to each other, and new ways of responding to each other in a time of crisis. These new ways reveal more clearly than ever how essential dialogue is to the human experience.

What are dialogical practitioners doing — and learning — in this time of crisis? What do these learnings suggest or make possible that might have previously seemed unattainable? What insights do people who have lived with a sense of crisis, often cut off from “mainstream” dialogues, have to offer a world in crisis?

Hosts

Kermit Cole and Louisa Putnam are inspired by Open Dialogue to respond as a team to individuals, couples and families in crisis. They have hosted many symposia in Santa Fe, New Mexico to explore the intersections between Open Dialogue, Hearing Voices, and other Dialogical approaches, and recently completed their studies under Jaakko Seikkula to be Open Dialogue trainers.

Town Hall 1 – Streamed live on Apr 17, 2020

COVID-19 has forced us all into new ways of being, new ways of relating to each other, and new ways of responding to each other in a time of crisis. These new ways reveal more clearly than ever how essential dialogue is to the human experience. What are dialogical practitioners doing — and learning — in this time of crisis? What do these learnings suggest or make possible that might have previously seemed unattainable? What insights do people who have lived with a sense of crisis, often cut off from “mainstream” dialogues, have to offer a world in crisis?

Panelists

Jaakko Seikkula teaches dialogical practice to the many people around the world who have been inspired by Open Dialogue, the response to mental health crises in Tornio, Finland that Jaakko’s team created.

Richard Armitage is a dialogical practitioner and trainer in Denmark at a large centre for supported living and rehabilitation.

Iseult Twamley is a Clinical Psychologist and Open Dialogue Trainer/Supervisor. Since 2012 she has been Clinical Lead of the Cork Open Dialogue Implementation, Ireland.

Rai Waddingham is an Open Dialogue Practitioner, international trainer, and has created, established and managed innovative Hearing Voices Network projects in youth, prison, forensic, inpatient and community settings.

Andrea Zwicknagl is a peer support worker in Switzerland and a board member of HOPEnDialogue.

Town Hall 2 – Streamed live on May 1, 2020

This panel discusses the challenges of meeting crisis in our communities with a dialogical response, as well as how dialogue is the natural – and perhaps, for humans, most necessary – approach when we are called to face the fears of an uncertain future. What we are learning that we can build on as we move into that future together?

Panelists

Alita (Markus) Taylor is an Open Dialogue trainer and supervisor, and founder of Open Dialogue Pacific. She is a family therapist licensed in CA & WA and is on the board of HOPEnDialogue.

Fletcher Taylor MD works at Dialogical Therapy in Tacoma with Alita. He
is a faculty member at the University of Washington with published research on PTSD, sleep, and learning disabilities. He co- facilitates Open Dialogue network meetings.

Jimmy Ciliberto is a psychologist and psychotherapist offering individual and family therapy as a private practitioner in Milan. He is also clinical supervisor of an association offering a wide set of interventions to minors in the Lombardy region of Italy.

Dr Ramunė Mazaliauskiė is trained in psychiatry, systemic family psychotherapy and business administration. She has worked with acutely psychotic patients and has been part of developing dialogical work and training in Lithuania since 1966. She is president of the Lithuanian psychiatric association.

Yasmin Ishaq is an accredited trainer in Dialogic Practice, Social worker and
a Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist. She has been at the forefront of developing Early Intervention in Psychosis and led the first operational Open Dialogue Team in the UK

Town Hall 3 – Streamed live on May 15, 2020

A discussion that will reflect on the panelists’ experiences fostering dialogical perspectives in ‘mental health’ care, before and during the current crisis. Kermit Cole and Louisa Putnam are inspired by Open Dialogue to respond as a team to individuals, couples and families in crisis. They have hosted many symposia in Santa Fe, New Mexico to explore the intersections between Open Dialogue, Hearing Voices, and other dialogical approaches, and recently completed their studies under Jaakko Seikkula to be Open Dialogue trainers.

Panelists

Martijn Kole is one of the founders of Enik Recovery College, and a peer leader in the Netherlands. He is one of the leading persons in the Dutch peer-supported open dialogue movement.

Robert O. Cotes, MD is an Associate Professor at Emory University School of Medicine in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. Dr. Cotes directs outpatient services for people experiencing psychosis at Grady’s Outpatient Behavioral Health Clinic in Atlanta, GA. including Open Dialogue Atlanta.

Dr Russell Razzaque is a London based psychiatrist with twenty years experience in adult mental health specialising in Open Dialogue, mindfulness and the connection between spirituality, consciousness and mental health.

Regina Bisikiewicz has been president of the Polish Institute of Open Dialogue since 2011. She is a graduate of the Department of Organisation & Management of Wroclaw University, and the Canadian Management Institute.

Corrine Hendy has worked with families using Open Dialogue in the NHS since 2014. She is a co-applicant and service user researcher on the OD UK national trial. She provides support and training to Peer Open Dialogue Practitioners in the trial, and co-chairs the Lived Experience Advisory Panel.

Town Hall 4 – Streamed live on June 6, 2020

In 1987, Patsy Hage, psychiatrist Marius Romme and Sandra Escher started the Hearing Voices Movement. Today the Hearing Voices Network is creating safe spaces for people and their voices – and other experiences perceived as “anomalous” – in 35 countries, expanding the frontiers of meaningful human experience around the world. This “Dialogue in a Time of Crisis” Town Hall will explore how the Hearing Voices Movement, like Open Dialogue, has been building the resources the world needs at this pivotal moment of in our collective history, and whether and how the two movements can ally in the work yet to be done.

Panelists

Rufus May works in mental health in-patient wards as a clinical psychologist. From
his own experiences of being detained in hospital and coercively treated for psychosis he is passionate about collaborative, holistic approaches to confusion and distress.

Caroline Mazel-Carlton is a voice-hearer and currently Director of Training for the Wildflower Allliance (home of the Western Mass Recovery Learning Community) and the national Hearing Voices Research and Development Project. She also serves on the HVN-USA Board.

Chacku Mathai is an Indian-American, born in Kuwait, who has experienced extreme states, including voice hearing, since he was a teenager. He is a Hearing Voices Network group facilitator in New York City.

Ronda “Ro” Speight is a New York State Certified Peer Specialist, Certified Recovery Peer Advocate, Hearing Voices Network facilitator and Peer Supported Open Dialogue Co-Trainer, along with Cindy Peterson- Dana, at the Mental Health Association of Westchester in Westchester County, New York.

Paul Baker is a community development worker, group worker and part of the group
that developed one of the first hearing voices networks in Manchester, England. In 2014 he was a co- founder of CENAT, (New Approaches to Mental Health Forum) in Brazil, working to support the development of a hearing voices network.

Cindy Marty Hadge experienced physical, emotional, sexual and medical trauma starting as a child. She discovered that she lived close to one of the very few Hearing Voices Network groups in the US and is now a parent, grandparent, and trainer for the Western Mass Recovery Community.

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