” Open Dialogue” evening in Wellington May 27 2013 with Jaana Castella

Hi all glad to let you know we have a great event planned for Wellington on 27 mAy ( Jaana will also be speaking in Auckland on May 30th, just firming up a venue)




Are pleased to host an educational evening on

“OPEN DIALOGUE” with Jaana Castella.

an innovative approach to acute psychiatric crises developed by Jaakko SeikkulaMarkku Sutela, and their multidisciplinary team at Keropudas Hospital in Tornio, Finland. Jaana is a psychiatric nurse from the Region of Sjaelland who is trained in the “Open Dialogue” technique with Jaako Seikkula and Tom Anderson in 1999 and has been working with people with psychosis using this method and educating others in the techniques.


Fundamental to the approach is the shift away from an immediate emphasis on trying to eradicate symptoms.   The conversation, or dialogue, is not “about” the person, but a way of “being with” them and living through the crisis together.  What Tom Andersen M.D. called “withness practices” mitigates the sense of isolation and distance a frightening episode can produce and leads to a path of recovery.

Starting in the eighties, there have been a variety of research studies of Open Dialogue and its outcomes with early psychosis.The results consistently show that this approach reduces hospitalization, the use of medication, and recidivism when compared with treatment as usual. For example, in a five-year study, 83% of patients had returned to their jobs or studies or were looking for a job (Seikkula et al. 2006), In the same study, 77% did not have any residual symptoms. Such outcomes led the Finnish National Research and Development Center for Welfare and Health to award a prize recognizing the Keropudas group for “the ongoing development of psychiatric care over a period of ten years.”                                                                           http://www.dialogicpractice.net/open-dialogue%E2%84%A0/

See a video trailer about the Open Dialogue method here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aBjIvnRFja4


talking about her Hikoi for Healthy Choices for those with mental illness.  Annie has been walking from Cape Reinga to Wellington to raise awareness of the need for the government to provide better options for those diagnosed with mental illness. Open Dialogue  is one of the treatment options Annie would like to see implemented in New Zealand.  Come and hear about why Annie is walking, and sign her petition for change.


When: 6.30 to 8.30 PM Monday 27th May 2013

Where: Newtown Community Center, cnr of Colombo and Rintoul Sts, Newtown Wellington.

Cost: $20 for waged , Gold coin Koha for Unwaged. We are a registered charity. These fees will help pay expenses, and support sending our members to the World  Voices Congress in Melbourne this year.

Bookings: Call Lize  021 049 0887  or Adrienne at 0272650266 or email: info@hearingvoices.org.nzThis e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  for a registration form. Please note spaces are limited. You will need to book.


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