Professional Dialogue is a special form of group conversation that facilitates open and honest sharing of thinking, by free exchange, without an agenda. In dialogue, everyone can experience everyone else’s point of view fully and equally. We support each other to observe thinking, learning how to create a better environment together, whatever and wherever that may be. The Dialogue Practices help to deepen insight and grow understanding and trust to generate new knowledge and possible solutions, both individually and collectively.
Facilitation is a fundamental element of effective Dialogue and a highly skilled role. We have many years experience in different fields and our current focus is in autism, neurodiversity, inclusion, cross-cultural development, creativity and healthcare, working with organisations and schools and with autistic people, university students, therapists, educators, researchers, family members and their support networks. We work with you and want to hear from you.
Coaching & Mentoring
Dialogic coaching and mentoring is formed of the helping relationship; a creative, thought-provoking process to heal, inspire and maximise potential, which can be personal, professional or a combination of both. It is a skilled process which includes facilitating deep dialogue with skilled listening, questioning, providing feedback, direction and encouragement and is used with private individuals to teams. Read about our coaches.
Mindfulness has always played an essential role in our services as communication with self and others should always be mindful. It could even be seen as the fifth dialogic practice and is part of life for our lead facilitators and where suitable, integrated into dialogue, coaching and mentoring work for participants and clients. Derived from many years experience and knowledge accumulation of the field, we have now developed a dedicated new Mindfulness programme and in the process of building a dedicated website. Please contact us for more details.
Origins of Dialogue
Quantum Scientist Professor David Bohm developed a primary technique of group dialogue, along with Peter Garrett and Donald Factor in the 1980’s. Garrett and Jane Ball founded Prison Dialogue in the 90’s and in 2017, the Academy of Professional Dialogue, of which we are a member and who have been highly instrumental in our development. Jane is now an integral part of our team, as is fellow Academy member, Jackie Elliott.
The word dialogue is made from the Greek words dia, meaning across or between and legein, meaning to speak. In this way we can see words and meaning flowing across and between our ever-changing perceptions of our selves. Bohm advocated for a new mode of language he called the rheo-mode, which would give more emphasis to the verb instead of our noun-based language. Here at Dialogica, this approach to a more flowing, holistic language correlates with the fundamental experience of autism, a phenomena of our time (relating to the nature of self in its very name) and manifests as ‘the perception of the forming of experience’ (Manning, 2015). Read more about the Autism Dialogue Approach™ here.
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We also provide Professional Excellence in Autism training workshops for employers and work/career coaches, Autism Dialogue, consultations & advice, speaking engagements and bespoke workshops.