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In Memoriam: Birgitta Alakare

26 February 2021

By Sandra Steingard, MD (February 22, 2021) ******************************************************** On February 19, 2021, the world lost Birgitta Alakare, the former chief psychiatrist at Keropudas Hospital in Tornio, Finland and a pioneer in the development of Open Dialogue. An accomplished physician and family therapist, she authored many professional and scientific articles and taught and lectured around the world…. View Article

Parenthèse Paccot-Dessus

28 November 2020

The association Parenthèse Paccot-Dessus combines support for people in difficult situations and the preservation of the alpine heritage. By giving people struggling with a complicated life-path the opportunity to find peace in nature and reintegrate into their communities through a meaningful contribution to society, the Parenthèse Paccot-Dessus association embodies a double mission: Supporting individuals coping with mental distress and safeguarding the regional heritage.

Birgitta Alakare: Geneva Prize 2021

14 June 2020

On the 31st of March, the JAEC Foundation, in collaboration with SO-PSY, the Swiss Society of Social Psychiatry, submitted the candidacy of Dr. Birgitta Alakare for the Geneva Prize for Human Rights in Psychiatry (www.geneva-prize.ch). Dr. Alakare’s work in social psychiatry is remarkable and visionary. Thanks to her courage, intelligence, sensitivity and innovative spirit, the OPEN DIALOGUE approach was established in Western Lapland, where she was the head psychiatrist during the 1980s. After these beginnings, and for the last 40 years, it has continued to expand to more and more countries.