The European Summer School will again take place in Leuven, August 2013: 12-16
This Summer School creates an international meeting place for family therapists, and helps them to reflect on and develop dialogical therapeutic skills and respectful ecological strategies.
- To reflect on the possibilities of constructive collaboration (dialogue)
- To reflect on the respectful use of natural resources in family therapy (ecology)
- To reflect on the use of self of the therapist
- To reflect on cultural differences and the opportunities this engenders in therapeutic practice
- Clinical presentations, creative exercises, roleplaying and simulations of family therapy.
- Dialogical supervision
- Discussion of videotapes of family sessions as well as of theoretical issues
- Creative explorative work on the person of the therapist.
Further information see events.
THE NEWEST DIALOGICAL IDEAS AND PRACTICES IN COLLABORATION WITH FAMILIES AND SOCIAL NETWORKS
Peter Rober, Jaakko Seikkula and John Shotter
According to dialogical conceptions of man, a human being is born into dialogical relationships. These relations become a part of our selfhood. The human wellbeing and mental health are always connected to the relationships in which we are living. But are we able to utilize the resources emerging in social networks and collaboration at our clinical work?
Professionals working in the fields of psychotherapy, social work and education.
Time and venue:
6.-8.6.2013, Hotel Rantasipi Aulanko, Hämeenlinna, Finland.
Peter Rober (Belgium), PhD, professor in family therapy. His special interest is working with children and the inner dialogue of therapists. John Shotter (GB), PhD, professor emeritus is one of the most central developers of social constructionist theory. His ideas have inspired psychotherapists for many years. Jaakko Seikkula (Finland), PhD, professor in psychotherapy, is known as the generator and researcher of Open Dialogue Approach to therapeutic processes. Pekka Holm and Markku Sutela host the seminar.
Further information see events.
The Network of Dialogical Practices
“For a human being there is nothing more terrible than a lack of response” – Mikhail Bakhthin
While the Network for Dialogical Practices developed out of the family therapy field, its focus is much broader. The network focuses on promoting participative professional practices in different professional arenas, including the field of mental health, youth care, education, human resources management. The network is not an association, there is no board or committees. It is a gathering where people can participate in the dialogue around relevant topics. This website is the centre point of the network. All that are interested can subscribe for the newsletter. Everybody is invited to send information for the newsletter, or to open up a forum discussion.
Building on existing good practices
We want to make progress by concentrating on already existing but unnoticed resources in people’s current relationships and human connections. We want to work from within relationships with clients, to share with them, ‘there’, ‘in the moment’, the complexity, contingency, and simplicity of their lives. We do not want to control people, to solve their problems for them, or simply to alleviate their symptoms. We want to place ourselves WITHIN the communication with clients, to share ideas and feelings with them, to be present to them. In taking this ‘in the moment’ attitude, when we do not know where to go next, we take the open-ended path of the unknown – which a space of relational responsiveness in which everyone’s voice can be heard, and in which previously unavailable resources in and between people can emerge.