Yasmin Ishaq

About Yasmin Ishaq

Yasmin Ishaq is a social worker/psychotherapist who has been involved in the development of Open Dialogue in Kent for the last 6 years.

Areas of interest

  • Open Dialogue
  • Social Work

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Yasmin Ishaq is a social worker/psychotherapist who has been involved in the development of Open Dialogue in Kent for the last 6 years. The Kent Open Dialogue team is the first team in the UK to operationalise offering continuity of care using dialogical principles and network meetings to understand what has happened and what may be helpful to recovery.

Open Dialogue is a compassionate approach to mental distress that was developed in Western Finland in Lapland over the past 30 years. It involves working with the whole family or network, rather than just the individual.

In the 1980s, psychiatric services in Western Lapland were in a poor state and they had one of the worst incidences of the diagnosis of schizophrenia in Europe. Now they have the best documented outcomes in the Western World. For example around 75% of those experiencing psychosis who were treated with an Open Dialogue Approach returned to work or study within two years, and only 20% of them are still taking anti-psychotic medication at a two year follow up.

Remarkably, Open Dialogue is not an alternative to psychiatric services, it is the psychiatric service in Western Lapland.

Open Dialogue has been taken up in a number of countries around the world, including much of the rest of Scandinavia, Germay, some parts of Ireland and several States in America.

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