Specialist Graduate Degree Collaborative, dialogical and interfamily practices in mental health contexts. UCM 2018-09-30T11:05:13+02:00

Complutense University of Madrid and Gregorio Marañón Hospital.

We invite you to get on board with a transformative educational adventure. This is a specialist course in Collaborative and Dialogic Practices in the context of Mental Health, a postgraduate degree exclusive to the Universidad Complutense of Madrid, in collaboration with Gregorio Marañón University Hospital. Over 12 months, we will live the experience of taking part in the creation and development of a collaborative and dialogic learning community, enabling the pleasure of learning from the experience and with the assistance of highly representative personalities in this field of practice on both the national and international stage, such as Jakkoo Seikkula, Justine Vanlawick, Peter Rober, Jim Wilson, Sylvia Londón among others. Under the different tabs of the course page, you will discover more detailed information, as well as a link to register for the course. We are waiting for you!

Course directive team: Ignacio Gracía Cabeza, M.D., Maria Isabel Blazquez, Ph.D., Garbiñe Delgado Raack M.A., Maria Muñoz-Grandes,M.Sc.

The need for collaboration and dialogue, which is evident in all professional sectors, can be felt especially in the fields of Mental Health and Social Care, where patients often suffer the consequences of a lack of coordination between the professionals and specialists assisting them, while, at the same time, professionals may see their possibilities of action limited by the difficulty in forming collaborative teams with other professionals, family members and persons relevant to the lives of patients. Collaborative and dialogic arise as a response to the need to learn how to interact collaboratively and sustain conversations leading to the renewal of possibilities and the co-creation of innovative courses of action for our clients.

General goals:

  • Learn how to work with complex human systems, creating inclusive spaces for all participating agents, recognizing the importance of the active participation of family members, professionals, and community members involved in patients life, in the design of treatments and mental health care
  • Understand that, in order to facilitate collaborative relationships and generative conversations, rather than implementing a series of techniques, it is about offering a way of being and relating.
  • Internalizing, through experiential immersion in a learning community, a genuine vital ethos, a philosophical stance: the collaborative and dialogic way of being and attitudes.
  • Understand the relational and dialogic perspective on human beings.
  • Understanding the importance of inter-professional collaboration and learn how to promote it.
  • Learn how to teach the dialogical and collaborative ways of listening, transmitting the confidence that by listening deeply to each member of a group, new alternatives will emerge.

Specific goals:

  • Achieve a training in dialogical listening, consisting in giving full attention to the particular way every person gives meaning to their experiences, and the way they speak, and express themselves.
  • Learn to understand what people understand when they use the words they use and say what they say. Checking the meaning that each member of a group attaches to a term, to a thing, to an event, as a way of developing new, more enabling narratives.
  • Learn how to generate alternatives and new possibilities through collaboration and dialogue.

The Specialist in CDIP course, is composed of ten modules, each consisting of a series of teaching units, which in turn cover a series of topics.

Module 1 – Scientific, philosophical, and historical context of the collaborative, dialogical and interfamily practices (CDIP)

Module 2 – Social constructionism and dialogic existentialism

Module 3 – Open dialogue

Module 4 – Developing creativity and humanizing health

Module 5 – Introduction to dialogic practices

Module 6 – Dialogic therapy

Module 7 – Collaborative practices

Module 8 – Collaborative therapy

Module 9 – Inter-professional practice

Module 10 – Presentation of course memories and final projects.

. Conference Calls: weekly online classes from (19:00-21:00. Tuesdays or Wednesdays)

. In-person workshops: one weekend per month: Saturday (9.00 am – 8.00 pm)

and Sunday (9.00 am – 14.00 pm) 

Place: Classrooms of Gregorio Marañón University Hospital. Psychiatry Unit.

We will use  a social constructionist approach that will provide reflective and experiential significative learning through a blended-learning methodology.

Teaching activity will take place through:

A. Weekly online classes, lasting two hours – with live group conference calls.

B. Taking part in a virtual campus

C. Monthly face-to-face workshops, which will include combining theoretical lectures, reflective dialogues,  cases studies, experiential groups with students and in vivo sessions with patients in GM Hospital

D. Clinical practice: in Gregorio Marañón Hospital, or in other mental health organizations with which the UCM has established agreements

E. Course Memory paper and and research project: personalized guidance online

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Students will develop internship hours both in the hospital and in external mental health or social care organizations that have an agreement with the Complutense University

In the Gregorio Marañón Hospital students will take part in live sessions to be held over each in person monthly workshop.

The students will undertake an external internship in another mental health or social care in an institution that has a previous agreement with the UCM. The activities to be performed during these training sessions, will be carried out under appropriate guidance.

During their internships students will carry out a collaborative and dialogical research project, which they will present at the end of course.

During the course 2 hours one-to-one online supervision hours will be offered, aimed to oversee the development of the research project. These will take place prior to module 10, when students will present their final projects to the learning community.

In order to prepare the final project, each student will be assigned a different “learning-partner” every month, so they can present and receive feedback on their project’s progress. With the learning partner changing every month, students will have the opportunity to receive a variety of feedback. Students will present the conclusions of their dialogues on the online forum, which will be opened for this purpose.

Supervision hours for the research project are different from tutorial hours, where students will be invited to meet their advisors at least once a year online, so they can comment on and review together both the student’s academic and personal progress. Likewise, students may apply for a one-hour tutorial whenever they want to comment individually on any personal or developmental aspect of the program. The timetable must be agreed between each student, depending on their needs and their advisor’s availability

Students will be subject to the evaluation of their active participation and performance in the following assessments throughout the year:

– In-person workshops
– Experiential groups
Personal Memory Paper: to be handed optionally after each module, or mandatory 15 days before the last in person workshop
Research Project Design: in collaboration with one of the mental health and social care organizations with whom UCM has internships agreements.
Presentation of the memory paper and the research project at the degree closure ceremony at the end of the course

. Presentation of the memory paper: Students will share with the group their selected parts of their course memory paper: the scenes or moments that have been more significative for them within the learning process. Each of them will also share their most valued take-away from the group and the course.

. Presentation of research projects: Students will make a presentation of their research designs and collaborative/dialogical processes conducted within the organization where they developed their internship. Students are encouraged to present their projects in creative ways, using audio-visual media, role-playing and presentations with oral storytelling.

Taking into account the above criteria, the final qualification for obtaining the diploma will be:

a. Pass (with honors).

b. Pass

c. Fail.

d. Next call. Those not presenting themselves at first call can do so for the following one.

Those students who have attended a minimum of 85% of the classes and who, finally, did not obtain a PASS, will be entitled to a certificate of attendance on the course.

Once expressing your interest in doing the Specialist Graduate Course in Dialogical and Collaborative Practices at the UCM, through the Unoymas website or through the UCM website, we will contact you to get to know better your expectations and motivation to do the specialist course

The criteria to be admitted in the Specialist Graduate Course are:

1. To have a B.A. in health or social sciences

2.To be an active professional or have the project to work and to have professional experience or be developing a professional internship.

3. Motivation and perspective to work in relational professions

Official registration in the course will be done only after having received by mail confirmation of having been accepted to the course

We are offering wo partial scholarships and one complete scholarship. Candidates need to write an email to expressing:
name and family name
studies and profession
work situation
their interest in the course
motivation leading to apply for scholarship

Deadline: July 2018.


Ignacio Gracía Cabeza, M.D. Co-director. Responsible for coordination with Gregorio Marañón University Hospital, director of the training to be undertaken at the Hospital.

Maria Muñoz-Grandes, M.A., M.Ed., M.Sc. Co-director. Responsible for overall coordination of the course.

Maria Isabel Blazquez, Ph.D. Co-director. Responsible for coordination with the Complutense Madrid University, UCM.

Garbiñe Delgado Raack M.A Academic coordinator. Responsible for student support.


Weekly conference calls facilitators: Maria Muñoz-Grandes and Garbiñe Delgado Raack.

Ignacio García Cabeza
Maria Muñoz-Grandes, M.A., M.Ed., M.Sc.
Maria Isabel Blazquez, Ph.D.
Jaakko Seikkula, Ph.D.
Justine van Lawick, M.A
Jim Wilson M.A
Peter Rober, P.Hd.
Garbiñe Delgado Raack M.A
Sylvia London, M.A. LMFT
Jakub Cerny, M.A.
Pavel Nepustil, Ph.D.