Jaakko Seikkula is a Finnish professor of psychotherapy, researcher, international lecturer, and therapist known for his innovative work on psychosis and severe depression. Trained as a clinical psychologist and family therapist, he is recognized principally as the developer of open dialogue, a family and social network practice that has shown impressive outcomes for severe psychiatric crises (e.g., first-episode psychosis). While serving as chief psychologist at Keropudas Hospital in Tornio, Finland from 1985 to 1998, Seikkula developed the open dialogueapproach as part of a team that included psychiatrists Jukka Aaltonen and Birgitta Alakare. In 1998, he left his clinical position at the hospital and entered full-time university teaching and research. His subsequent university research has continued to make significant contributions to the understanding of dialogical transformation in psychotherapy. He has authored and co-authored over 160 academic journal articles and...
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