The Open Dialogue method has the best reported outcomes for any method of assisting those who are beginning to show “psychotic symptoms.” Rather than relying primarily on medications, it aims to facilitate dialogue throughout a person’s close social network. You can find out a lot about it just by clicking on the links below.
“Five-year experience of first-episode nonaffective psychosis in open-dialogue approach: Treatment principles, follow-up outcomes, and two case studies” Psychotherapy Research, March 2006; 16(2): 214_/228 http://bit.ly/Am67HE
“Healing Elements of Therapeutic Conversation: Dialogue as an Embodiment of Love” Fam Proc 44:461–475, 2005 http://bit.ly/hR4raW
“Open Dialogue Approach: Treatment Principles and Preliminary Results of a Two- year Follow-up on First Episode Schizophrenia” Ethical and Human Sciences and Services, 2003, 5(3), 163-182. http://bit.ly/xV7eX4
“Open Dialogue in Psychosis II: A Comparison of Good and Poor Outcome Cases” Journal of Constructivist Psychology, 14:267-284, 2001 http://bit.ly/yLlQq6
“The Open Dialog Approach to Acute Psychosis: It’s Poetics and Micropolitics” Family Process, Vol 42, No 3, 2003 http://www.theicarusproject.net/files/OpenDialog-ApproachAcutePsychosisOlsonSeikkula.pdf
“Inner and outer voices in the present moment of family and network therapy” Journal of Family Therapy (2008) 30: 478–491 http://www.theicarusproject.net/files/OpenDialog-InnerOuterVoicesFamilyNetworkDialogSeikkula.pdf
“Open Dialogues with Good And Poor Outcomes For Psychotic Crises: Examples From Families With Violence” Journal of Marital and Family Therapy July 2002 Vol 28 No 3 263-274 http://bit.ly/zNz9tO
Family and Network Therapy Training for a System of Care: “A Pedagogy of Hope:” [In Lightburn, A. & Sessions, P. (Editors). (in press). The handbook of community-based clinical practice. New York: Oxford University Press.] http://www.theicarusproject.net/files/OpenDialog-PedagogyOfHopeFamilyNetworkCurriculumOlson.pdf
Book chapter on Scandinavia/Finland approach to psychosis: http://www.theicarusproject.net/files/OpenDialog-KjellbergChildAdolescentPsychiatryNorthernSweden.pdf
“A TWO YEAR FOLLOW-UP ON OPEN DIALOGUE TREATMENT IN FIRST EPISODE PSYCHOSIS: NEED FOR HOSPITALIZATION AND NEUROLEPTIC MEDICATION DECREASES” Published in Social and Clinical Psychiatry. 2000, 10(2), 20-29. http://bit.ly/I0ozU0
“Dialogue Is the Change: Understanding Psychotherapy as a Semiotic Process of Bakhtin, Voloshinov, and Vygotsk” http://spiritualrecoveries.blogspot.com/2006/05/dr-jaakko-seikkula-dialogue-is-change.html
Becoming Dialogical: Psychotherapy or a Way of Life? by Jaakko Seikkula http://bit.ly/I0oL5S
Madness Radio: Open Dialog Alternative, interview with Mary Olson http://www.madnessradio.net/madness-radio-mary-olson-open-dialog
Mary Olson on VoiceAmerica http://www.voiceamerica.com/voiceamerica/vepisode.aspx?aid=44519
A PowerPoint: http://www.health.bcu.ac.uk/ccmh/2008update/JS.pdf
A film about the Open Dialogue approach is available on a DVD which you can buy at http://wildtruth.net/dvd/opendialogue/ Or, you can watch the whole film for free on YouTube, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HDVhZHJagfQ
Training in the methods used in the Open Dialogue Approach is available in the US: Details at http://www.dialogicpractice.net/
“Preparing the Open Dialogue Approach for Implementation in the U.S.” and “THE KEY ELEMENTS OF DIALOGIC PRACTICE IN OPEN DIALOGUE: FIDELITY CRITERIA” by Olson, M., Seikkula, J., & Ziedonis, D. at http://umassmed.edu/psychiatry/globalinitiatives/opendialogue/
Jaakko Seikkula – Challenges in Developing Open Dialogue Practice – a 1:11 long talk on youtube, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VQoRGfskKUA
Mary Olson, “An Introduction to Dialogical Practice” is a recorded webinar with Q/A that reviews the basics of Open Dialogue, tells the story of how Mary got involved with it, and also touches on how to use dialogical approaches when working in other settings.
“All in the Mind” in Australia taped an insightful interview on Open Dialogue,http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/allinthemind/open-dialogue/7174084
There are additional resources on Will Hall’s collection of resources.