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Psychosis seminaries – Trialogforen

bildPsychosis seminaries or trialogue fora aim at achieving a reciprocal exchange of experiences and in the mutual training of those afflicted with psychiatric illnesses, their relatives and acquaintances, and of therapists. The quite varied subjective experiences stand in the foreground. These interrelationships as an expert should help to strengthen self-confidence, to degrade prejudices, to promote the development of a common language and to provide practice in carrying out dialogues - also as related to the psychiatric aspects of everyday life.

Especially without a direct intention to promote a change, these fora have proven to be very effective therapeutically. Particularly the relationship with those who are affected and their relatives, without any common history and integration, makes it possible to listen more carefully and to obtain new knowledge. In this discourse, which is more or less free of a hierarchical structure, therapists can also expand this discussion concerning their concept of an illness and learn more with regard to composure.

Trialogue fora, in the meanwhile, have also developed for other diagnostic groups (especially involving those with bipolar and borderline personality disorders, and their relatives). In addition, the trialogue does not only function on the plane of a seminary, but also involves everyday routines (common therapeutic conferences for those with a newly developed illness or reciprocal agreements on therapy for those who have already had experience) and on a more psychiatric plane associated with particular issues (complaint centres, planning groups, quality control as well as education and training). At some sites, trialogues anti-stigma projects have arisen from psychosis seminaries; the dismantling of reciprocal prejudices inspires the common engagement against public caricatures.

Quality characteristics

  Psychosis seminaries Psychoeducation
Participants: Trialogue Schizophrenic patients
Contents: History, subjective perspectives Knowledge, general understanding of psychoses
Goal: Empowerment Compliance
Learning: Reciprocal Unilateral
Topics: Mutual Defined by physician
Roles: Open Traditionel
Languages: Generel Clinical?
Anonymity: Possible Not common
Teilnahme: Self-determined Indikation
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