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TRAINING OPPORTUNITY – OPEN DIALOGUE: Learning From the Finnish Experience

The Vermont Cooperative for Practice Improvement & Innovation (VCPI) is pleased to announce a special training opportunity on Open Dialogue  with one of the main developers of the approach,  Dr. Jaakko Seikkula of Finland,  and Dr. Mary Olson who is the founder of the Dialogic Practice Institute in Massachusetts. Open Dialogue is an innovative approach to acute psychiatric crises developed by Jaakko Seikkula, Markku Sutela and their multidisciplinary team at Keropudas Hospital in Tornio, Finland.

Join us for full day immersion into the practice of Open Dialogue; an innovative approach to acute psychiatric crisis.

Jaakko Seikkula

Jaakko Seikkula, PhD is a Professor of Psychotherapy at the University of Jyvaskyla, Finland. From 1981 to 1998, he served as the chief psychologist at Keropudas Hospital in Tornio, Finland. It was during this time that he became a main developer of Open Dialogue. His clinical and research interests combine the further development of dialogical approaches with the systematic research analysis of their outcomes and process variables. He is the co-principal investigator (with Douglas Ziedonis, MD and Mary Olson, PhD) of the Open Dialogue adaptation study at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. He co-directs the Institute for Dialogic Practice with Mary Olson.

Mary OlsonMary Olson, PhD is Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, "UMMS," and Adjunct Professor at the Smith Collage School for Social Work. A teacher, researcher, and practitioner, she founded a training facility, the Institute for Dialogic Practice, in Haydenville, Massachusetts (USA) with Jaakko Seikkula. She has specialized in developing new training methods for Open Dialogue and Dialogic Practice. Dr. Olson was a Senior Fulbright Scholar (2001- 2002)  to Finland in the Department of Clinical Psychology at the University of Jyvaskyla  She is co-principal investigator (with Douglas Ziedonis, MD and Jaakko Seikkula, PhD)  of the Open Dialogue adaptation study at UMMS. A member of the American Academy of Family Therapists, she maintains a private practice and treats and consults with individuals, couples, and families on a variety of clinical issues.

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