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Open Dialogue: An Experiential Introduction

  • Monday, October 19, 2020
  • 7:00 AM - 9:30 AM
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Open Dialogue: An Experiential Introduction

Monday, October 19th 7am - 9:30am

On Zoom

Limited to 16 Participants!

Join us for an experiential introduction to Open Dialogue (OD)! Limited to 16 participants, the group will meet with Dr. Justin Palanci and he will introduce up to the process of Open Dialogue through the experiences of the group itself. 

With OD coming to the US, with centers in Emory University in Atlanta and at UC San Diego, come check out this innovative new form of psychotherapy!

Open Dialogue

You might have heard about Open Dialogue, a process that was implemented in Western Lapland in Finland for working with individuals struggling with psychosis and their support systems, and whose long term outcomes are amazing!

The development of Open Dialogue is linked to evidence of its superiority to normal treatment of acute psychosis. After 5 years (1992-1997) of Open Dialogue treatment in Lapland, 81 percent of participants had no remaining psychotic symptoms and 81 percent had returned to full employment. Only 35 percent had used antipsychotic drugs (Seikkula et al., 2006). Similar results emerged from Tornio between 2003 and 2005. It recently published 19 years worth of data. Many people think the same basic model can be applied to other people in significant psychological distress and not just psychosis. 


Justin Palanci, MD, is an Assistant Professor at Emory University School of Medicine in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. He serves as Medical Director for the Assertive Community Treatment program at Grady Memorial Hospital. He is Co-Director of Open Dialogue Atlanta, an outpatient program located at the Grady Behavioral Health Clinic.  Justin has four years of experience practicing Open Dialogue and is a certified trainer of the approach through the Institute for Dialogic Practice.  

Dr. Palanci is also the lead psychiatrist for Project ARROW (Achieving Recovery through Resilience, Optimism, and Wellness), a coordinated specialty care program for young adults experiencing a first episode of psychosis. Project ARROW provides comprehensive care to its participants including medication consultations, individual therapy, Open Dialogue network meetings, nursing assessments, case management, supported employment/education services, peer support, and peer family support.

Commercial Support: None

Faculty Disclosure: All moderators and planning committee members have disclosed NO financial interest/arrangement or affiliation with commercial companies who have provided products or services, relating presentation(s) or commercial support for this continuing medical education activity. All conflicts of interest have been resolved in accordance with the ACCMA Updated Standards for Commercial Support.

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