Trying out Trialogue in Scotland

The team behind EMPOWER at the University of Glasgow are developing an exciting new project aimed at supporting better communication and trust in relation to experiences of psychosis. We have opportunities for mental health professionals to get involved.

‘Trialogues’ are an approach originally developed in Germany. They involve groups of people coming together to discuss issues related to the experience of psychosis. Groups include people with personal experience of psychosis, unpaid carers/family members and people who provide mental health services. They aim to offer a safe space in which people can share experiences and learn from each other.

The Trialogue approach has not been tested in Scotland in this way before so the broad aim of this research is to consider whether Trialogue could be useful here. We want to learn more about whether this approach makes sense to people taking part in groups and if it feels safe and supportive. We are also keen to learn whether groups might build trust and good communication.

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Trialogue aims to offer a safe space in which people can share experiences and learn from each other.

The study, which is supported by the John Robertson Bequest, involves participating in a number of facilitated group discussions. These take place during a two day residential on the banks of Loch Lomond at the end of July. On the first day we will try out the Trialogue approach, with themed group discussions about topics related to psychosis. On the second day discussions will focus more on the Trialogue approach and how it might be used more widely.

Our partners at Time and Space and Support in Mind Scotland, who have helped us develop the project, are helping to recruit people with lived experiences of psychosis and family carers but we have opportunities for mental health professionals to get involved. We are particularly keen to hear from workers in NHS settings.

If you are a mental health professional in Glasgow or the West of Scotland, and would like to express an interest in this opportunity, then please contact the lead research, Simon Bradstreet via simon.bradstreet@glasgow.ac.uk.