Peer-supported Open Dialogue (POD) Training


Training started on 20 October 2014 with our initial pilot teams. and this was provided in a joint course hosted by NELFT in conjunction with Gjoevik University College, Norway. The training consisted of 4 residential weeks spread over the year, and involves 12 trainers from 5 different countries, including many of the original Finnish founders of Open Dialogue such as Professor Jakko Seikulla, from the Department of Psychology at the University of Jyväskylä in Finland.

Over the next 2 or 3 years, outcomes will be compared with treatment as usual, with the aim of replicating the improvements found in other regions.The project has generated worldwide interest and a documentary is also being filmed about it by a major, BAFTA award winning UK film company, following the exciting journey that one of the teams - the NELFT service - has now embarked upon.

Partnership with London South Bank University

We are also partnering with London South Bank University to make the Open Dialogue course a university accredited PGCert from 2017. The course is also being accredited as a foundation level qualification by the Association of Family Therapists. To enquire about admissions email:

You can hear from our course, therapists and POD trainees on their experiences on our Open Dialogue training below