Open Dialogue

23 Jan, 2019 to 05 Jul, 2019

Open Dialogue is a world-renowned treatment approach developed in Torino, Finland 30 years ago. Developed initially as a combination of family therapy and psychotherapy, it is now being used in hospitals, community healthcare settings, schools, offices and even in government setups. It has proven effective in reducing hospitalization by up to 90% and has brought in a path-breaking, non-directive philosophy to therapy and notions of ill health. BALM, as a result of earlier collaborations with Trieste Mental Health Program (a WHO Collaborating Centre), approached one of its senior psychiatrists to run a diploma on Open Dialogue in BALM, the first of its kind in India. Two training sessions have been completed for the first batch so far, and two more will be conducted in the months of May and July. 11 mental health professionals will graduate as practitioners in July, amongst whom a select few will be chosen for a two-year advanced training program.