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From the Publisher"The book carefully explains the theoretical basis for dialogical communication, drawing heavily on the work of Mikhail Bakhtin, but its great strength is the way these principles have been transformed into a practice of community meetings. Because the authors are drawing on years of experience as well as outcome research studies, they present a framework for a model that is proven and they describe the techniques that make it work. For example, there are helpful sections that spell out what questions to ask a psychotic patient, how to respond to delusions and how to approach other professionals when the network is becoming stuck in its task.
Although the book describes their model in detail, many practitioners find that their ideas about dialogic communication can be applied across a wide range of clinial settings, such as family therapy, but they are particularly useful when multi-disciplinary or multi-agency teams meet to devise treatment for patients...This Finnish team is widely recognized for the work they are doing, as shown by their writings and presentations at conferences. It is a major step in bringing their work to the attention of the English speaking community."
"What I particularly appreciated in reading this work is that we are introduced in both Open Dialogues and Anticipation Dialogues to imprtant elements of Bakhtin's dialogical theory, together with fresh ideas about networks talking with networks...On a smaller scale, this book feels to me like a trumpet blast, not just in accouncing the achievement of a more contextualized approach to human dilemmas, but in offering some solid proof of its efficacy."