2011-2012 Training Program in Dialogic Practice w/ Jaakko Seikkula, Mary Olson, and Faculty

The Mill River Institute for Dialogic Practice Haydenville, MA 01039 • 413.585.1198 TRAINING PROGRAM IN DIALOGIC PRACTICE INTERNATIONAL FACULTY 2011-2012 MARY OLSON, PH.D. JAAKKO SEIKKULA, PH.D. MARKKU SUTELA, M.A. The first of its kind in the US, this yearlong program provides an in-depth introduction to the principles and practices of dialogic therapy, including Finnish Open […]

Madness Radio Interview with Mary Olson on Open Dialogue in Finland

Is a ‘psychotic’ crisis inside one person’s mind — or does it happen between people, in their relationship? Can therapy untangle the web of madness by addressing the family, providers, and entire social network? Smith College social worker and Fullbright scholar Mary Olson discusses the innovative work of Jaakko Seikkula’s Open Dialogue Approach in Finland, […]

“The Open Dialogue Approach to Psychosis: Its Poetics and Micropolitics” – Seikkula & Olson

In Finland, a network-based, language approach to psychiatric care has emerged, called “Open Dialogue.” It draws on Bakhtin’s dialogical principles (Bakhtin, 1984) and is rooted in a Batesonian tradition. Two levels of analysis, the poetics and the micropolitics, are presented. The poetics include three principles: “tolerance of uncertainty,” “dialogism,” and “polyphony in social networks.” A […]

Institute for Dialogic Practice (Open Dialogue)


‘Family and Network Therapy Training for a System of Care: ‘A Pedagogy of Hope’” – Olson

In the past decade, the field of family therapy has witnessed the emergence of a new template for practice based on reflection and narrative, instead of strategy and intervention. There also are broader social and cultural frameworks, especially regarding gender and issues of social justice. The style of practice has evolved from a hierarchical one to […]

“Inner and Outer Voices in the Present Moment of Family and Network Therapy” – Seikkula

Compared to narrative and solution-focused therapies, in dialogical approaches the therapists’ position becomes different. Therapists are no longer interventionists with some preplanned map for the stories that clients are telling. Instead, their main focuses on how to respond to clients’ utterances as answers are the generators for mobilizing one’s own psychological resources, since ‘for the […]