An approach developed in Finland, as a response to intense life and mental health experiences, while having family/friends come together as a network. It's not “about” one person, or focusing on a person’s symptoms, but more about responding to the needs of the network, while working to collaboratively understand the concerns, of each person, and what is needed to get through the difficult period together.
Open Dialogue has a growing demand in the US and Europe. The emphasis is on the importance of people hearing and listening to one another, especially those who have been silenced due to an emotional / spiritual experience, or an urgent family situation. The co-facilitated meetings provide a thoughtful and respectful space for unspeakable dilemmas, listening and responding equally to the different perspectives and reflections of all those involved in the meeting(s). This is referred to "polyphony," or "multi-voicedness." This transparent, non-judgemental, and egalitarian approach supports people feeling heard and provides a greater understanding for one another, as well as a sense of direction and possible next steps. Dialogic meetings have the potential to bring about new ideas, and different conversations, from those discussed at home.
I completed my two-year Open Dialogue training and have been co-facilitating dialogic meetings since 2012.