A1 Journal article (refereed)
The Psychiatrist's Role in Implementing Open Dialogue Model of Care (2019)

Valtanen, K. (2019). The Psychiatrist's Role in Implementing Open Dialogue Model of Care. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Family Therapy, 40(3), 319-329. https://doi.org/10.1002/anzf.1382

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All authors or editors: Valtanen, Kari

Journal or series: Australian and New Zealand Journal of Family Therapy

ISSN: 0814-723X

eISSN: 1467-8438

Publication year: 2019

Volume: 40

Issue number: 3

Pages range: 319-329

Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd.; Australian Association of Family Therapy

Publication country: United Kingdom

Publication language: English

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1002/anzf.1382

Publication open access: Not open

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Publication is parallel published (JYX): https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/67230


The Open Dialogue approach is a family‐oriented early intervention model for mental health problems developed in the health district of Western Lapland, Finland. Since the 1990s the psychiatric service system in Western Lapland Health Care District has been organised according to Open Dialogue principles and applied to the treatment of any mental health concerns. The Open Dialogue approach considers the client and their family as active participants rather than as objects of treatment in its planning and implementation with a psychotherapeutic focus. In daily work, the responsibility for the treatment process is shared with the case‐specific team. The model of care requires a dialogical orientation from all staff members, psychiatrists included, to interact with the team and the client's network. In this article I describe the role of the psychiatrist in implementing an Open Dialogue model of care in psychiatric services leaning on my experiences of clinical work in the adolescent psychiatric team in Western Lapland.

Keywords: psychiatrists; mental health services; dialogicality; teamwork; family therapy

Free keywords: open dialogue; psychiatrist's role; psychiatric services; team work; family therapy

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Reporting Year: 2019

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