Dialogue is for All

Autism has come to tell us – We ALL need to learn how to talk again!

This page is to help all kinds of Dialogue facilitators – everywhere.

“They speak now through one mouth, now through another. Active currents within the group may be expressed or come to a head in one particular person, between particular persons, or may, in a sense, be ‘personified’ in individuals. But whatever is going on in the group is always regarded by us as a process developing in this total group.”- S.H. Foulkes

Hello.

Dialogue is an ancient art, skill and practice, and largely forgotten, so we aim to encourage its use everywhere!  

We want to help people use dialogue, wherever you wish.

Dialogue groups are taking place all over the world and the practice is growing. Group Dialogues are places where people connect with the public, friends and colleagues. By coming together and making use of the powerful principles and practices of dialogic communication, new insight and knowledge is generated and cohesion is maximised in order to instigate better action and create growth.

Of course, we have no control over anyone using Dialogue for whatever purpose, wherever they wish, including setting up of groups and communities. As specialists in the field of dialogue, we feel we have a responsibility to inform you and the public of what we perceive as good conduct.

The rules and guidelines below are for general public support only, for anyone who is NOT affiliated with Dialogica. 




IMPORTANT USE OF TERMINOLOGY &
Distinction of the Autism Dialogue Approach®

Our Dialogue speciality is in Autism and Neurodiversity, a legacy which began in 2017 and of which we are proud. We therefore seek to maintain the highest standards and protect our interests for it to proliferate and grow in the best ways. 

‘Autism Dialogue’ or ‘Autism Dialogue Approach’ or ‘ADA’ is a registered trademark and may not be used without undertaking our specialist training and written permission. For a full description of our trademark and its use please click below.

We are developing provision for supporting unaffiliated groups and individuals and groups to create an Autism Support Network. Please see our Community sessions on the events page.

Dialogica has designed various workshops and training programmes, including a pathway to accreditation, to be launched in Spring 2024, which fully addresses the practice of Dialogue from our point of view and covers conduct and ethics in greater detail. You may also refer to your own Code of Conduct and Ethics, for example with BACP and EMCC.

Autism has come to tell us –
We ALL need to learn how to talk again!

This Code of Conduct clarifies what is and isn’t good conduct so we can all work towards ensuring that everyone has a good experience in any dialogue group, anywhere.  This code is meant to reinforce our position and complement the practice of DialogueThis page does not include any information on guidance for you as a member of the public, in actually practicing Dialogue – that is your own responsibility, not ours. 

For convenience, this page is in two parts:
1. Quick rules for interacting with others (useful to get a certain kind of message across)…and the more sophisticated 2. Ethical Guidelines. 

Together, they make a clear boundary around where you build and grow your foundational practices. Thankfully, if everyone uses and applies Dialogue Practices responsibly, these rules and guidelines, which are largely based on common sense, may seem obvious. 

Every user of Dialogue should feel like their voice can be heard, but not at the expense of someone else.

Quick Rules for interacting with others, online and off.

Do not harass others or organise, participate in, or encourage harassment of others.

Do not promote hate speech. It’s unacceptable and often illegal to attack a person or a community based on their age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation.  (UK Equality Act 2010)

Do not make threats of violence or threaten to harm others. This includes indirect threats, as well as sharing or threatening to share someone’s private personal information.

Do not try to hide your identity for malicious purposes, or otherwise circumvent devices which enable people to protect themselves.

HERE ARE SOME RULES FOR CONTENT ON DIALOGUE WHICH INCLUDES VERBAL CONTENT SHARED DURING DIALOGUE:

People’s personal data is protected by strict rules governed by GDPR – the European and British Law. Examples of personal data include someone’s facial image and email address. If you are unsure about this, use something like a social media platform to communicate to your group instead of emails or use Bcc (not Cc). You may refer to GDPR (international privacy laws) about this, which we adhere to. 

You may not share private information about other people without their consent.
You may not share information that glorifies or promotes suicide or self-harm, including any encouragement to others to cut themselves, or embrace eating disorders such as anorexia or bulimia.
You may not share accounts of sadistic gore or animal cruelty.
You may not use Dialogue for the organisation, promotion, or support of violent extremism.

In general, you should not promote, encourage or engage in any illegal behaviour. This is very likely to get you kicked out of our networks, blacklisted, and may result in you being reported to law authorities.
You may not share content that violates anyone’s intellectual property or other rights.
You may not spam anyone, including your friends, staff or any members including those of Dialogica.
Making false and malicious reports may lead to further action being taken.


Ethical Guidelines for dialogue facilitators and their group members

The formulation of these guidelines takes into consideration the unique position of Dialogica, along with current UK Law and social climate, to be blended into a set of ethical guidelines that are reasonable and yet set high standards for individual, social and professional conduct binding on anyone purporting to apply or use dialogue.

ETHICS of DIALOGUE FACILITATORS

Dialogue facilitators and their group members should be dedicated to maintaining the highest standards of professional competence and integrity. They should dedicate themselves to studying, teaching, disseminating and promoting the art, science, philosophy and practice of Dialogue.

Dialogue facilitators and their group members should seek to continue their studies of Dialogue put forth by the leading exponents, including but not limited to Bohm, Buber, Foulkes et al.

Dialogue facilitators and their group members should endeavour to accurately represent their education, training and experience relevant to their teaching of Dialogue.

Dialogue facilitators and their group members should strive not to be publicly critical of other Dialogue facilitators and group members

RESPONSIBILITY TO COMMUNITY – SOCIAL ETHICS

Dialogue facilitators and their group members should be committed to enhancing the general health and welfare of other Dialogue facilitators and their group members and the community in which they live. This includes respecting the rights and opinions of their students and obeying local laws.

Dialogue facilitators and their group members should embrace truthfulness in all dealings with their community.

Dialogue facilitators and group members should welcome all people regardless of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, financial status, national origin, or physical disability.

Dialogue facilitators and their group members should avoid all forms of sexual harassment.

Dialogue facilitators and their group members should recognise the responsibility inherent in the relationship between Dialogue facilitators and their group members and will avoid exploiting the trust and potential dependency of such. Dialogue facilitators and their group members recognise that they are in a position of power in the Dialogue situation and should not exploit the trust or acquiescence of members. Having regard to the power differential, Dialogue facilitators and their group members are aware of the possibility of relationships between members outside the Dialogue situation complicating or compromising relationship.

When possible, Dialogue facilitators should generously assist members in finding another Dialogue group when requested.

Dialogue facilitators and their group members should espouse the importance of being earnest and sincere in their efforts to avoid casual or careless teaching or examples of good Dialogue.

PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY OF Dialogue facilitators and group members – INDIVIDUAL ETHICS

Dialogue facilitators and their group members should cultivate a level of health and wellbeing.

Dialogue facilitators and their group members should avoid abuse of substances such as drugs and alcohol, especially during and around times of Dialogue situations.

These Guidelines are not exhaustive. The fact that a given conduct is not specifically addressed here does not mean that the conduct is necessarily ethical or unethical. Classical codes of conduct and the Law of your country should be honoured and observed.

Lack of familiarity with or misinterpretation of these Ethical Guidelines is not justification for unethical conduct.

Dialogue facilitators and their group members who are uncertain as to the meaning or content of the Ethical Guidelines as it relates to a particular situation shall conduct their own research and take full responsibility for doing so, before acting.

If you come across a message or statement that appears to break this code, you may take a number of steps, including issuing a warning or removing the membership privileges from those responsible.

DISCLAIMER

These guidelines are intended for public use only, by way of collective social responsibility and not to be taken as any form of manual or formality. They have no legal standing and are not connected to the rights and responsibilities of Dialogica or any of its staff or members in any way. No inference to Dialogica must be made when referring to the guidelines above and referring to them in any way including in a verbal or written manner removes your right to connect them to Dialogica and any of its staff and members.

Professional Training

Are you involved in any type of relational work?  We run various ongoing workshops training programmes for both the public and professionals with our organiser-partners, Onlinevents and Temenos.

Professional Practice

Involvement in our Community of Practice and regular generative dialogues is essential to maintain professional integrity and skills  

Public Events

Our own public Autism Dialogues in the community for all.