The conference was conducted in a dialogical fashion and after an initial introduction to dialogical practice presented by Pekka Holm. We were left to propose subjects for discussion and to present these concepts to the attendees in order that we could select the most appropriate to take forward for further discussion. There were a number of ideas discussed including the content of courses, issues around ethics, potential course accreditation’s and validity, training issues, power balances within the relationships in Open Dialogue network meetings ( to name but a few).
The discussions then ensued were the start of further dialogue and 3 main working groups were put in place to foster further exploration.Mary Olsen and Corrine Hendy will be responsible for the working group on accreditation Jane Hetherington on the future of the network and organisational models
Cindy Peterson-Dana and Olaf Galisch will be responsible for the working group on power, ethics and values. There was also further discussion in relation to the role of women in Open Dialogue and a well attended woman’s group was convened chaired by Lisa Monaghan. The concept of the Persephone Project was discussed a project that was founded Mary Olsen in the United States to enable women to work with young women’s issues, eating disorders, self harming etc. The group planned to reconvene at such conferences on a regular basis, to keep women’s issues and thinking around gender dynamics on the agenda.
Author Bio: Jane Hetherington, Principal Psychotherapist at KMPT and an employee at Early Intervention Services in Kent, has completed Open Dialogue course and will be a part of the new Open Dialogue service. She is trained as an integrative psychotherapist and has experience working in primary care, substance misuse, and psychosis services. Here, she writes about a few psychotherapeutic theories.