Open Dialogue International Community Forum

Welcome to the Open Dialogue International Forum

Welcome to this forum for the international Open Dialogue community. The forum has been designed, along with the International website, to be a resource for those interested in the approach - to communicate, to ask questions, to share resources, to organise events/developments, etc.


Public and private groups/categories can be created for any purpose related to Open Dialogue. If you would like us to create a group/category for a particular purpose, perhaps for those developing the approach in a particular country/area, or for a particular subject matter, please contact us. At the moment we have private groups for those participating in Open Dialogue training programmes, and the following public groups/categories:

  • General
  • Development in Public Services
  • Research

Using the Forum

Hopefully the forum is fairly easy to use, but, for those who would like to learn more about how to use it, please see the message entitled ‘Welcome to the international Open Dialogue community forum’ in your messages inbox, which contains useful tips to help you get acquainted with the forum and how to use it.

In a nutshell, you can either reply to existing topics or post a new topic on the forum. To post a new topic simply visit the home page, click the ‘New Topic’ button on the top right of the page, enter a sentence that describes what the topic is about and choose the category/group that best fits your topic (use ‘General’ if you are not sure). Then compose your message and finally click ‘Create Topic’. To reply to an existing topic, simply click the ‘Reply’ button below the topic, or any specific post you want to reply to, and then compose and send your message in the same way.

Also, please read our guidelines for using the community, which help to ensure that our community is respectful and helpful.

Notifications of new content

The forum uses email notifications to inform you about new content. You can adjust the default settings my visiting your preferences page. The default setting is to receive a summary email once a day (if you haven’t visited the forum in 24 hours). To change this setting, scroll down to ‘Activity Summary’ and then set the frequency of these summary emails. Then click ‘Save Changes’ at the bottom of the page.

You can also see details of new content by clicking on the your avatar (profile icon) on the top right of any page on the forum. Unread content will be highlighted in blue, and a number indicating new posts and message can be seen above your avatar.

Email Deliverability

Whilst we have done everything possible to ensure that emails from the forum land in your inbox, it may be that your email service provider/application sends emails from the forum to your junk/spam folder. If you don’t see emails from the forum in your inbox, please check your junk/spam folder, and if you find emails from the forum there, please do one of two things. You can either add the email address to a safe senders list, which some applications use, or, when you find an email from the forum in your junk/spam folder you can mark it as not spam/junk. Details of how to do so in popular email applications can be found below:

  • Apple Mail: Select the email and then choose Message > Mark > As Not Junk Mail, or click the Not Junk icon in the Mail toolbar

  • Gmail: Open the email and click the ‘Not Spam’ button above the email

  • Hotmail/Outlook: Open the email and click the ‘Not Junk’ button above the email

  • Yahoo Mail: Open the email and click the ‘Not Spam’ button above the email

If you need any assistance with using the forum, please create a topic in the ‘Site Feedback’ category.

Once again, welcome to this community!