Conferences and Events


Announcing the 2018 National Peer-supported Open Dialogue Conference

The 2018 Peer-supported Open Dialogue conference is upon us. Peer-supported Open Dialogue is a form of client-driven, relationship-centred mental healthcare that brings friends, families and peers together to support the person experiencing distress, helping them make sense of their experience and find a way forward together. This is different to the 1:1 care most receive today, and the emphasis is on enabling the person at the centre of care to take control and gain a sense of agency together with their social network from day one.

The world’s largest trial of Open Dialogue is now underway in the UK and so the conference will be an opportunity to deliver a progress report on that. In addition, given the international attention we have now generated in our Open Dialogue training and research, we will be welcoming the founders and most high profile Open Dialogue practitioners and teachers from around the world, including Jaakko Seikkula who will be speaking on the day too.

Tickets are on a donations basis – so pay as much or as little as you like – and it all goes to the cause of promoting Peer-supported Open Dialogue in the NHS. The event is sponsored by NELFT NHS Trust, and its Open Dialogue inspired national referral service; Dialogue First.

Tickets can be purchased at the following link;


POD 2016 conference

Our 2016 Peer-supported Open Dialogue conference was a huge success with around 500 people coming from across the country (& even abroad) to learn from the first clinicians to receive Open Dialogue in the NHS. There wasn’t a dry eye in the house in the morning when we heard from a string of families who spoke of how this new service had changed their lives, and in the afternoon we heard from the teachers and academics about how we aim to roll it out across the country. The 9 min video below gives you a flavour of the day, and the rest of the event is all on YouTube too.

First APOD Board Meeting

On July 8th 2016, we had an historic meeting; the first Board meeting of the Academy of Peer-supported Open Dialogue. In attendance were board members Val Jackson, Russell Razzaque, Mark Hopfenbeck, Kirsty Lee, Suzanne Chapman, Lisa Monaghan, Yasmin Ishaq and James Osbourne. Jane Heatherington sent her apologies, but was very much there in spirit too! A range of important issues were discussed, including setting up the first professional registration for POD Practitioners, as well as organising regular professional development days and setting up a standards board. There is a lot to do with our fledgling body, but our central aim is to promote the dissemination of POD across the NHS. This involves assuring quality as well as working with partner Trusts to deliver it on the ground. New members will be approached soon to sign up, and we are already organising our first professional development days. Next year’s conference is in the pipeline too.