Conferences and Events


Announcing the 2017 Peer-support Open Dialogue National Conference…

Last year we had several hundred people join us to hear a combination of clinicians and service users talking, very movingly, about their experiences of Open Dialogue and the difference it has made to their lives. This year we aim to take things a step further. The conference will be based around a series of dialogues that clinicians and clients will share with us, as they take us into a deeper understanding of what Open Dialogue is and how they are integrating it into their work and their lives. In the afternoon we will also have academics from the UK and internationally, talking about the latest research into Open Dialogue, with some announcements about its future in the NHS, and the evaluations taking place.

Please join us for another momentous day. Tickets are again on a donations basis only and early booking is advised. Tickets can be purchased at or you can follow the longer link below;


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.