For the first time  in Brazil, Noos Institute will offer an Introductory Training in Dialogic Practices and the Open Dialogue Approach, a course that intends to be extended to offer complete training for trainers.

How can dialogue be so transformative? Why do some questions generate more dialogue than others? How can we give voice to experiences that do not yet have words? How can we develop more horizontal collaborative relationships and create a community of support focused on mental health issues? How to build an affective harmony with clients?

Questions like these have inspired organizers from Noos Institute to look for more dialogic ways to act in the clinical practice, and to organize a training program that they hope will contribute to the mental health practices an important milestone for Mental Health in the Brazilian scenario.

The first module will begin in late August 2020 and with participants coming from various regions of Brazil, which will allow the trainers a rich diversity of experiences. Training will be led by Jaakko Seikkula and Cecilia Cruz Villares, with invited lecturers.  The 128-hour program will take place online in eight modules lasting 16 hours each.

The program is now fully booked. But we believe it is just a beginning!

If you have more questions you may contact Alexandra Moreira on

And here is some more information about this year’s training:

Methodological pillars

Working with the person of the therapist: the dialogical approach requires a careful experiential process of the person of the therapist. Therefore, the training prioritizes in all modules an individual reflexive work axis, intertwined with the development of the relational focus through the group articulations.

Dialogical posture: methodology based on several exercises of reflection on the practice to articulate it to the fundamental concepts.

Concept and practice of networks: The expansion of the concept of family therapy to relational therapy and networks has generated a focus on “systems created by the problem” and “conversation systems” where the use of language is crucial. This approach seeks the resources that exist in the people who are involved in the conversation as an element of transformation.

Focus on experience and relational language: the dialogical approach is necessarily experiential. Students are expected to learn about the philosophical posture that underlies dialogic practices and open dialogues through group exercises and reflections, through reading, and through knowing the history of the systemic/collaborative/narrative/dialogical therapy path with emphasis on contemporary authors. The main focus of the course is the articulation of the practice of open conversations to solve problems.

Diversity of didactic resources: aiming to stimulate diverse skills and invite different learning styles.

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