This is a world-renowned treatment approach developed in Torino, Finland, 30 years ago. Envisioned as a combination of family therapy and psychotherapy, it is now being used in hospitals, community healthcare settings, schools, offices, and government settings. It has proven effective in reducing hospitalization by up to 90%, and has brought in a democratic, non-directive, support network inclusive philosophy to therapy and notions of ill health. BALM, in collaboration with Dr. Pina Ridente (Retired senior psychiatrist from the University of Trieste, Italy) organized the first basic training program in January 2019 for 11 mental health professionals from The Banyan.
The second batch of Open Dialogue is currently in progress.