Open Dialogue Network Japan (ODNJP) Online Symposium

Psychiatric Survivors' Experiences and the label "Schizophrenia" 

(Hearing Voices? Schizophrenia"? "Tōgō Shitchō Shō"?)


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Saturday April 2, 2022 (Online)

BST 9:00-12:00/CEST 10:00-13:00/JST 17:00-20:00

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Fee: Free for ODNJP Member (FY 2021, 2022) & (Ex) Mental Health Service User

ODNJP Non-member: 3,000 Yen (Ca.24€/ 27$) & exchange processing fee


In clinical psychiatry we often hear the words such as "auditory hallucinations," "delusions," "schizophrenia," and "schizophrenic". These medical words about symptoms and diagnosis may make it difficult for people to talk about their experiences. What does it mean to listen to the voice of the client in the practice of open dialogue? In this symposium, we welcomed Ms. Olga Runciman and Ms. Ray Waddingham, both survivors of psychiatric treatment who have experienced "hearing voices". From Japan, Mr. Shunsuke Takagi, joint-chairperson of ODNJP, will participate. He was involved in changing the Japanese translation of schizophrenia from "Seishin Bunretstu Byō" (meaning disease of split mind) to “Tōgō Shitchō Shō" (meaning integration disorder). We hope to deepen our understanding of the impact of diagnosis and psychiatric service users’ experiences through dialogue between the three symposiasts and the participants. 


Olga Runciman

Co-founder and chair of the Danish Hearing Voices Network. She currently works as a psychologist but before that she was a qualified nurse. She is trained in Open Dialogue, and provides support to families as well as training based on the Open Dialogue approach. She is co-founder and board member of the International Institute for Psychiatric Withdrawal.


Rai Waddingham 

Chair of the Hearing Voices Network: England. She is trained in Open Dialogue and is an international trainer, in her own right and as part of Dialogue (R)Evolution. She is currently undertaking a PhD at Nottingham Trent University in Survivor Knowledge - the knowledge gained through lived experience.


Shunsuke Takagi

Psychiatrist. Director of the Takagi Clinic and joint-chairperson of the ODNJP. He was involved in changing the Japanese translation of schizophrenia, and invented the Japanese translation "Tōgō Shitchō Shō"(統合失調症). He is a co-translator of Jarkko Seikkula and Tom Erik Arnkil, Dialogical Meetings in Social Networks, 2006, Japanese translation 2016.


Interpreters (English- Japanese): Masako Hayano and Taichi Fukaya

Facilitator: Kohji Ishihara


Please note that this symposium will be recorded for the purpose of documentation. (There is a possibility that the video will be broadcasted at a later date, but in principle, only the interactions of the speakers will be broadcasted. If participants' comments are included in the video, only those with their permission will be shown.)


Organizers: Kohji Ishihara, Shunsuke Takagi, Yoko Matsumoto and Junichi Murakami


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Joint-chairpersons (in alphabetical order):

Kohji ISHIHARA, Tamaki SAITO, Shunsuke TAKAGI

Members of Steering Committee 

Saeko ISHIBASHI, Taro UEMURA, Yuichi OI, Yasukazu OGAI, Yukiko OKUMA, Masato KAWAKAMI, Shinichiro SASAHARA, Kohji SHIRAKI, Akio NISHIMURA, Satoe FUKUI, Naoko MITSUI, Ikuyoshi MUKAIYACHI, Junichi, MURAKAMI, Nobuaki MORITA, Masashi YAMADA

Secretary General

Yasukazu OGAI

Honorary Members

Tom Erik Arnkil, Jaakko Seikkula


Constitution of the Open Dialogue Network Japan

(Translation as of July 9, 2016)

Established on July 9, 2016


Article 1.  The official name of this organization is Open Dialogue Network Japan (ODNJP).


Article 2.  The purpose of this organization is to provide information and educate about the Open Dialogue Approach, which was developed in western Lapland in Finland, and to contribute to the dissemination of high-quality practice of Open Dialogue in Japan.

Article 3.  In order to achieve the purpose outlined in Article 2, this organization will conduct the following:

                  (1) Communication and cooperation with foreign organizations on Open Dialogue in Finland and other areas,

                  (2) Seminars, lectures, and training courses,

                  (3) Publication of a newsletter,

                  (4) Other activities necessary to achieve the purpose outlined in Article 2.


Article 4. This organization has three kinds of membership: full membership, supporting membership, and honorary membership.

Article 5.   The procedure for entering into and leaving from this organization will be developed by the Steering Committee.

Article 6.  A full member has the right to attend to and vote in the general meeting.

(Membership dues)

Article 7.  Membership dues

     Full member: 6,000 yen

     Supporting member: 3,000 yen

     Honorary member: gratis

      The membership expires on March 31, regardless of when the member joined.

(Governance structure)

Article 8.  Officers


                  Members of Steering Committee

                  Secretary general

Article 9.  Joint-chairpersons, nominated full members of the ODNJP and the secretary general make up the Steering Committee which is responsible for the management of this organization.

Article 10. Joint-chairpersons represent this organization; the secretary general presides over the secretariat, which is responsible for the financial management of this organization. Joint-chairpersons and the secretary general are responsible for the daily business of this organization.

Article 11.  The Steering Committee can set up sub-committees.

(General meeting)

Article 12.   At the general meeting, joint-chairpersons, the members of the Steering Committee and the secretary general will be appointed. The constitution will be amended and a basic action plan will be set up at the general meeting.

Article 13.  The Steering Committee will explain the activities and financial management of the organization at the general meeting.

Article 14.  The general meeting will be held regularly, at least once per year.

Article 15.  The general meeting will commence if over half of all full members (including proxies) attend the meeting.

Additional Clause 1. This constitution has been set up by the Steering Committee based on the decision at the first general meeting held on June 18, 2016 and will be applied from July 10, 2016.

Additional Clause 2. The fiscal year of this organization is from April 1 to March 31.