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Open Dialogue: Are we able to utilize social networks in our clinical work?

Philip Benjamin

Open Dialogue (OD) has emerged in the last 25 years as a potent psychosocial treatment for emerging psychosis, and in 2011 data were published in an historical control design report from the whole of the Western Lapland district of Finland (population 72,000). The data show that over the first 20 years of the application of this approach, at a two year follow up, for non-affective psychoses treated, 81% of patients did not have any residual psychotic symptoms, and 84% had returned to fulltime employment or studies. Only 33% had required neuroleptic medication.

12th Biennial Australasian Schizophrenia Conference
13-14 May 2013 Melbourne, Australia.
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Philip Benjamin

Philip trained as Psychiatric Nurse in the seventies, when psychotherapy was still on the curriculum, even though the training took place in a large metropolitan mental hospital. In the nineties he was exposed to the real rates of abuse and neglect present, but usually not 'discovered' by mental health services, in the population of seriously mentally ill. Since then he has completed a Masters, which incorporated the research on which this talk is based, and become involved in the International Society for Psychological and Social Approaches to Psychosis ( and the International hearing voices Movement (

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