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The following is a message from Open Dialogue UK about their upcoming conference on 2 February in London. They are keen that people take advantage of the early bird rate to save money if they’re planning to attend. It is £20 for service users and those on benefits. This ‘early bird’ rate closes on 30 November.

Open Dialogue

Towards openness and democracy in mental health services

Open Dialogue and related approaches in the UK and internationally

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Jaakko SeikkulaThe Open Dialogue UK 2016 conference takes place on 2 February in London and brings together many of the leading developers of Open Dialogue internationally. Keynote speakers will be Jaakko Seikkula, one of the founders of the approach and Volkmar Aderhold and Petra Hohn, who have been leading the development of the approach in Germany and also in the Parachute Project in NYC. We are delighted to also welcome three key members of the Parachute Project team from New York, as well as members of the Peer supported Open Dialogue project in the UK.

The conference includes a special focus on peer workers in PARACHUTE NYC and in the peer supported Open Dialogue in the NHS project. Peer worker Corrine Hendy, founding member of the Nottingham Open Dialogue group, will present on her experiences as peer in the training for the NHS pilot. Experienced service user researcher Dr Sarah Carr, who will be a panellist at the conference, now also supports the development of the pilot trial for peer supported Open Dialogue in the NHS. It is a special pleasure that Leslie Nelson, a peer worker in the PARACHUTE NYC project, will speak about the peer experience.

We are delighted that Jacqui Dillon and Rachel Waddingham, two internationally acknowledged trainers and speakers from the Hearing Voices Network England, will be panellists on the day of the conference.

As well as addressing the key themes of openness and democracy, the conference will provide a unique opportunity to get an overview of the current state of development relating to Open Dialogue nationally and internationally. There will also be a panel of leading clinicians/experts from a variety of backgrounds in the UK who will be reflecting on the presentations, including James Davies, Peter Kinderman, Anne Cooke, Sarah Carr, Sami Timimi, Jacqui Dillon, Julie Repper and Rachel Waddingham.


We have a range of price points for these seminars, in the hope that everyone who wishes to attend will be able to, including group discounts and early bird rates:

Organisation Rate: £110, £125

Organisation Group Rate**: £99, £112.50*

Independent Practitioner Rate: £75, £85*

Student/Carer Rate: £30, £35*

Service User/Benefits Rate: £20, £25*

Early Bird (until 30 Nov 2015)

* Full Rate (from 1 Dec 2015)

** Group rates for 5 or more people

To find out more:

For further details of the conference and to book places please visit our website by clicking here

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