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. In carefully and safely facilitated open dialogue spaces, we encourage the observation of our own thinking and language. This shifts stuck patterns, releases potential and generates new knowledge, allowing everyone to learn experientially how to create a better environment, whatever and wherever that may be. A range of easily learned skills, led by the Dialogue Practices help to deepen insight and trust for forging new solutions and action, both individually and collectively.
At the heart of all of our work is Dialogue. It’s in our name and is our core practice. Facilitating generative conversation is a fundamental element of effective Dialogue and a skilled role. We have many years experience in different fields and our 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 created the Autism Dialogue Approach®, a powerful multi-modal framework for developing understanding and acceptance in the phenomenal world of autism.
Our Generative Change model is a transformational approach where dialogic coach consultants are partners and peers to the organisation over time. Strategy, Culture and Leadership are the three fundamental change areas and processes that must work in alignment to form a holistic generative approach. We provide the essential support to form, develop and unfold these elements, to help all of an organisation’s people live more actively in the work, day-to-day.
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 coaching.
- Dialogue Awareness Training – boost your listening and communication skills by applying powerful dialogic modes – for senior management and team leaders – groups of 6 to 25.
- Autism Dialogue Coach-Facilitator Training – extensive training as a coach to run your own accredited Autism Dialogue programme, through your organisation or employer. (Accredited coaches may advance to the Autism Dialogue module.)
- Deepening Mentoring – for mentors working with autistic and other students who need a helping hand.
For all training enquiries please get in touch.
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 an essential 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. We are also soon setting up non-duality and deconstructive analysis workshops and coaching. 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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