1st Edition

Open Dialogue for Psychosis
Organising Mental Health Services to Prioritise Dialogue, Relationship and Meaning

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ISBN 9780815392323
May 12, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
320 Pages

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Book Description

This highly readable book provides a comprehensive examination of the use of Open Dialogue as a treatment for psychosis. It presents the basic principles and practice of Open Dialogue, explains the training needed to implement it and explores how it is being offered internationally.

Open Dialogue for Psychosis includes first-hand accounts by individuals, families and trainees of their experiences of the process. It explains how aspects of Open Dialogue have been introduced in services around the world, its overlap with and differentiation from other psychological approaches and its potential integration with biological and pharmacological considerations. The book concludes with a substantive section on the research available and its limitations.

Open Dialogue for Psychosis will be a key text for clinicians and administrators interested in this unique approach. It will also be suitable for people who have experienced psychosis and members of their families and networks, particularly those who recognise that services need to change for the better but are seeking guidance on how this can be achieved

Table of Contents

Foreword. Introduction. Section 1: Introducing Open Dialogue for Psychosis. Putman, What is Open Dialogue, and how is it relevant to psychosis? Aaltonen & Alakere, The historical development of Open Dialogue and its relevance to those with psychosis. Seikkula, Psychosis is a response to traumatic life events. Dialogue is a cure for it! Shotter, Response and the practicalities of a loving relationship. Family and Individual experiences of Open Dialogue. Quantitative and qualitative research in Open Dialogue. Section 2: Training in Open Dialogue. Putman, The Core Training for Open Dialogue including training for working with psychosis. Adaptations of training to different settings. Section 3: Applications of Open Dialogue for Psychosis: International Perspectives. Multiple Contributors, Open Dialogue in different contexts. Multiple Contributors, Open Dialogue for different client groups. Gordon, OD and the problem with the primacy of neurobiological approaches. Opening the Dialogue with other approaches, settings, issues and circumstances. Epilogue: Reflections and future possibilities.

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Nick Putman is a psychotherapist and practitioner and trainer in Open Dialogue. He is the founder of Open Dialogue UK.

Brian Martindale is a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst based in the UK. He is past Chair of ISPS and co-founder of European Federation of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy (EFPP).


"This is a much needed, timely book that provides the first account of the international implementation and adaptation of the Open Dialogue approach to promoting recovery among persons experiencing psychosis. Spanning theoretical, training, and research perspectives - with the welcome addition of first person accounts from providers, persons in recovery, and their loved ones - this comprehensive introduction is sure to hasten the spread of the first radically new approach to psychosis the field has seen in decades." – Professor Larry Davidson, Yale University, USA

"Open Dialogue is one of the most optimistic developments in the care of people with mental illness in the last three decades… This book is vital in explaining what it is, what training is necessary, the experience of service users and the key research related to this approach. I recommend it to all mental health practitioners and those with lived experience." – Adrian James, President, Royal College of Psychiatrists, UK

"This book is the most complete description available of Open Dialogue… The authors convincingly illustrate that Open Dialogue should play an essential role in any treatment for psychosis and the organisation of services. I heartily recommend this book." - Ludi Van Bouwel, Chair, ISPS

"With this book Putman and Martindale aimed to create a comprehensive and thoughtful exploration of the Open Dialogue approach to psychosis and its wider application within mental health services - and they have delivered spectacularly... For the Family Therapy field, this book will make its mark as an excellent resource for practitioners, researchers, clinical training programmes and service commissioners." – Monica Whyte, President, EFTA