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Excellence is neutral territory – where all of us can meet for discussion – for understanding one another, nothing compares to meeting face-to-face.

We sponsor symposia to build new mental health protocols, treatment strategies and a new standard of care focused on long-term recovery. We help other groups come together in a spirit of neutrality by providing event planning and fiscal agency services. Rising above the politicization of issues ensures that our philanthropists are effective in helping the mental health care community move towards viable solutions.

Intentional Peer Support Core Training, June 17th – 21st, 2019, Albuquerque, New Mexico USA

Core Training is a 5-day overview of the IPS principles and tasks that’s highly interactive, full of rich dialogues, and designed to have you learning and practicing peer support right away.  Don’t miss this unique opportunity to learn IPS in beautiful Albuquerque, New Mexico this Summer!  Seats offered on a first-come, first-serve basis. Registration Cost:  $900 (includes lunch)

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2-Day Open Dialogue Workshop, Amsterdam

June 24-25, 2019. 
Cost: €565 for professionals, €345 for individuals/non-profits

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The Art of Open Dialogue:  Embodied Values in Life and Work
A 2-day intensive experiential immersion into Dialogic practice
Dialogical practice can offer profound changes to how we listen and respond to each other. It is through dialogue that we understand the world around us; it is through dialogue that we find meaning.  Dialogical processes teach us to stay with ambiguity, discomfort, and uncertainty as a necessary and generative practice. In this workshop, we will explore together how we might create dialogical relationships and possibilities in our own contexts and lives.
Do you want more meaningful relationships with the people in your life? 
Do you want to better understand your values and find ways to embed them in your daily life?
Do you want to help others discover their own path, helping them develop insights and ideas? 
We are offering a unique experiential taster of the therapeutic space of Open Dialogue for a variety of people with different backgrounds.
While Open Dialogue training typically targets mental health professionals and systems, we invite therapists, community activists, facilitators and those of us living with distress in our personal connections and life. We will explore together how we might create those relationships and possibilities in our own contexts and lives.

In an effort to make dialogue practice more widely accessible, we are offering an experiential introductory workshop to Open Dialogue. In this workshop, you will discover how using dialogue can positively impact your life, both personally and professionally.

Open Dialogue International Research Collaborative, Rome, Italy

First session: July 2, 2019. 
Cost: Free, register by June 13.

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An International collaborative multicentre research to support the Open Dialogue Learning Community and evaluate the effectiveness of Open Dialogue in various mental health care contexts around the world.

The Open Dialogue approach is one of the most innovative therapeutic interventions in mental health care in recent decades. It is based on the careful listening and respect for each voice in the team of professionals, family members, friends and the person at the center of concern, as well as on transparent and shared decision-making processes. Moreover, mental health services are entirely restructured to privilege prompt community treatment over hospitalization.

The Open Dialogue approach is the result of an integrated relationship between clinical practice and research, which allowed for the systematic documentation of remarkable outcomes in Western Lapland (Finland), where it was developed. Due to these promising outcomes, Open Dialogue is currently trained, tested, and implemented in mental health services across the globe. The lack of consistency in outcome measures and implementation strategies have hitherto prevented sound conclusions on Open Dialogue’s transferability and efficacy in different contexts.

This year (2019), the Foundation for Excellence in Mental Health Care has funded the HOPEnDialogue research project. Purpose of HOPEnDialoge is to promote and assess the fidelity of Open Dialogue practice and evaluate its effectiveness internationally. HOPEnDialogue, coordinated by the Italian National Research Council, is inspired by and linked to the ODDESSI-study, the first randomized trial of Open Dialogue, ongoing in the UK. An International Advisory Board involving different stakeholders such as researchers, peer supporters, family members, trainers, Open Dialogue professionals, and experts in public health from eight different Countries will contribute to the development of the project and promote its sustainability.

Open Dialogue Foundation Training, Tacoma WA

First session: July 10-14 2019. 
Cost: $4,000 per person (or four installments of $1,100)

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At the Center for Dialog & Resolution, Tacoma, Washington for mental health teams, independent practitioners and peers

This programme has been developed over the past 8 years, and is now the most widely used Open Dialogue foundation training internationally. It was originally developed by Volkmar Aderhold and others, based on extensive clinical experience and several visits to study the Open Dialogue service in Western Lapland. It has been refined over the years, based on the experience of what has seemed most effective, having been run extensively in Germany, and also in Switzerland, the US, the UK and Australia. It provides a thorough grounding in the practice of facilitating Open Dialogue network meetings.

This course has been at the heart of the development of the Parachute Project in New York City, along with Intentional Peer Support training programmes. Clinicians and peers working in mobile crisis teams and respite centres across four of New York’s boroughs undertook the training, led by Volkmar and Petra Hohn, as part of a systematic redevelopment of community mental health services in the city.

It has been run twice in the UK, including teams from several NHS Trusts, as well as those working in public services internationally, independent practitioners and peers. It was also the training chosen for the Queensland Peer Supported Open Dialogue project.

The training in Tacoma will be led by Nick Putman, founder of Open Dialogue UK, with Mia Kurtti and Anni Haase from the Open Dialogue service in Western Lapland, along with Alita Taylor and additional Open Dialogue trainers. 4 trainers will be present on every day of the programme, to facilitate small groups, and enhance the quality of the training experience.

This a unique opportunity to learn from those who are involved in the development of the Open Dialogue approach in several international locations.

Families Healing Together Online Education & Support

Recovering Our Families, Next class begins July 15.
Cost: $249

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This fully facilitated, interactive 8-week course helps individuals and families transform and heal from the emotional distress associated with trauma and challenges that may be associated with diagnoses such as schizophrenia, major depression, bipolar, anxiety and other disorders.

Family recovery education and support have been shown to dramatically improve the quality of life for all family members—those in active distress and the family as a whole. In fact, family education and support can reduce relapse and re-hospitalization rates by as much as 75 percent, according to studies compiled by the Office of Mental Health Research and Training at the University of Kansas.

Families Healing Together is a partnership between Family Outreach and Response and Practice Recovery.


Nutritional Medicine as Mainstream in Psychiatry, International Society for Nutritional Psychiatry Research Conference, October 20-22, 2019, London, UK

The second major international meeting of the International Society for Nutritional Psychiatry Research, to be held in London, United Kingdom, between the 20th to 22nd of October 2019 will take place at the The Park Plaza London Riverbank on the banks of the Thames River, within 1.4 miles of Trafalgar Square and Buckingham Palace, and a 15-minute stroll from the London Eye.

The ISNPR conference will comprise:

  • Plenary presentations from leading international researchers
  • State of the art symposia and free oral presentations from researchers and clinicians
  • Multidisciplinary workshops for psychiatrists, psychologists, dietitians and other health professionals
  • An exciting social program

This meeting will build upon the initial 2017 conference and will reflect the broad and evolving spectrum of Nutritional Psychiatry research, from the sub-cellular to translation and implementation science. The program will emphasise the international growth of the field, and cater to the interests of researchers and clinicians from the fields of psychiatry and psychology, as well as public health, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, obesity, dietetics and integrative medicine. There will be a strong focus on basic science and the biological processes and factors that underpin the links between diet, nutrition and mental health, including the gut-brain axis, immunological and metabolic processes and molecular science. This meeting will also focus on translation and public health applications of Nutritional Psychiatry, with a focus to build capacity across clinical, research, and public domains.

Online Continuing Education CoursesMIACE-logo

Mad in America Continuing Education believes that the current drug-based paradigm of care has failed our society, and that scientific research, as well as the lived experience of those who have been diagnosed with a psychiatric disorder, points to the need for profound change. Its courses are integral to promoting such change. They are taught by leading researchers and practitioners in the field, provide a scientific critique of the existing paradigm of care, and tell of alternative approaches that could serve as the foundation for a new paradigm, one that de-emphasizes the use of psychiatric medications, particularly over the long-term.

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