The 4th discussion in this series continues to highlight the influence Michel Foucault’s ideas had on the narrative therapy practice of Michael White. Philosopher Todd May guides the discussion on the shift from sovereign to modern practices power. The hour begins with a recent 14 minute VSNT training lecture with Todd in 2020 outlining the discussion.

Developing Questions #15:  After watching portions of the third and final 19 minutes of the couple therapy session together, VSNT faculty Helene Grau, David Rock Nylund’s and the membership begin the supervision of the final session and unaltered transcript. They will highlight and discuss the ‘receiving context’ that shape Stephen’s questions.

We ask the membership to watch the video before Friday morning July 31st and consider 3 simple questions:

  1. What interview question grabbed your curiosity the most?
  2. Why do you think Stephen asked this question?
  3. Would you have asked the question differently?

Developing Questions #14 takes you into the couple therapy session that dramatically changed the way Stephen Madigan practiced and opened the door for the development of narrative therapy informed Relational Interviewing (he will explain why). After watching the second 12 minutes of the session together, VSNT faculty Helene Grau, David Rock Nylund’s and the membership begin the supervision of the unaltered transcript and discuss the ‘receiving context’ that shape Stephen’s questions.

We ask the membership to watch the video before Friday morning July 31st and consider 3 simple questions:

  1. What interview question grabbed your curiosity the most?
  2. Why do you think Stephen asked this question?
  3. Would you have asked the question differently?

Developing Questions #13 takes you into the couple therapy session that dramatically changed the way Stephen Madigan practiced and opened the door for the development of narrative therapy informed Relational Interviewing (he will explain why). After watching the first 16 minutes of the session together, VSNT faculty Helene Grau, David Rock Nylund’s and the membership begin the supervision of the unaltered transcript and discuss the ‘receiving context’ that shape Stephen’s questions.

We ask the membership to watch the video before Friday morning July 24th and consider 3 simple questions:

  1. What interview question grabbed your curiosity the most?
  2. Why do you think Stephen asked this question?
  3. Would you have asked the question differently?

The purpose of this Developing Questions Live session is to continue VSNT faculty Helene Grau & David Rock Nylund’s demonstration of a method of VSNT supervision with selected pieces/questions reviewing part two of Stephen Madigan’s 12 minute couple therapy consultation and unaltered transcript. The membership will also supervise by asking questions about the Relational Interviewing questions Stephen asks the couples relationship.

The purpose of this Developing Questions Live session is for VSNT faculty Helene Grau & David Rock Nylund to watch and then demonstrate a method of VSNT supervision selected pieces of Stephen Madigan’s 17 minute couple therapy consultation and unaltered transcript. The membership will also supervise by asking questions about the Relational Interviewing questions Stephen asks the couples relationship.

The 6th discussion in the Theoretical series begins with the recent death and response to George Floyd and systemic racism through a reading of Todd May’s recent New York Times Opinion piece. We discuss the article as a link to philosopher and historian Michel Foucault’s influential work on prisons, where he pointed out the following: We say that the prisons fail at their task, yet we keep them going. Perhaps we should be asking not why the prison fails but instead what it actually succeeds at. The series continues to highlight the influence Michel Foucault’s ideas had on the narrative therapy practice of Michael White.

This week VSNT faculty Helene Grau & Stephen Madigan offer questions and reflections on David Rock Nylund’s session tape showing a practice on ‘how to hover’. VSNT considers the understanding and practice of developing hovering questions at the very heart of narrative therapy. Rock’s practice video clip highlights how to hover and points out where he could have hovered even more. His recent session tape involves a person in relationship with anxiety after detoxing from Kratom (a natural opioid/plant to help with mood – with lot of side effects). The tape highlights landscape of identity questions about his mental fortitude (his words) in the developing story of he managed coming off Kratom.

The Just Therapy Team had the most critical and significant influence in the early shaping of Michael White’s understanding on the politic of narrative therapy practice in relation to culture, gender and socio-economic disadvantage. In the aftermath of George Floyd’s murder and the protests and dialogues that followed, our fifth episode of the series on Theory (with hosts Todd May, Emily Doyle and Stephen Madigan) takes a turn towards addressing power and accountability practices through the model created by the Just Therapy Team of Wellington, New Zealand (Warihi Campbell, Tamalie Kiwi Tamasese, Flora Tuhaka (deceased) and Charles Waldegrave). The team’s work involves a strong commitment to addressing issues of power relations and accountability from the dominant group when addressing culture, gender and socio-economic disadvantage.

This week VSNT faculty Helene Grau, Stephen Madigan, David Marsten and David Rock Nylund change up the Developing Questions series plan a little bit. Due to David M’s supervision responsibilities with his team in Los Angeles this will be his last day in the series (but he promises to come back when he can!) David volunteered all of us a parting gift by showing a session tape of his interviewing work. The membership watch a 10 minute video clip of David’s re-membering values work and then we will discuss and question the structure and foundation of his questions.

VSNT faculty Helene Grau, Stephen Madigan & David Marsten and the membership watch a 5 minute video clip of Michael White discussing the structure of stories and a 10 minute video tape of how Stephen tracks stories and the practice knowledge and structure these stories are received into.

Hosts Stephen Madigan and David Nylund discuss Jerome Bruner’s huge influence on Michael White’s ideas on story, narrative structure and narrative therapy questions. The quickie workshop involves watching Michael’s 8minute discussion on stories and how landscape of action and landscape of identity questions are central to narrative therapy practice.

The 3rd discussion in this series continues to highlight the influence Michel Foucault’s ideas had on the narrative therapy practice of Michael White. Philosopher Todd May guides the discussion on the topics of essentialism, structuralism and the idea that history is contingent. The hour begins with a 7 minute workshop with Michael White and recent 4 minute VSNT training lecture with Todd.

VSNT faculty Helene Grau, Stephen Madigan, David Marsten & David ‘Rock’ Nylund and the membership watch a wonderfully inspiring 6 minute video clip of Michael White discussing the practice of developing reauthoring conversations with a family. The mystery, beauty and complexities continue to unfold about the practice of Unique Outcome Questions and Reauthoring Conversations.

VSNT faculty Helene Grau, Stephen Madigan, David Marsten & David Nylund guide the membership into the mystery, beauty and complexities involved with developing Unique Outcome Questions and Reauthoring Conversations. The faculty comment and question on a narrative therapy session video clip of Stephen’s.

In the next section of our Developing Questions Series (#5), and as a prelude to our future discussions on the concept of Unique Outcomes, we address the idea of scaffolding conversations, double listening and questions that afford a proximal distance to the problem and assists in the shaping of conversations that act to re-author lives and relationships. Join hosts Helene Grau, Stephen Madigan, David Marsten & David Nylund as they continue their investigations into the various structures, types and meanings of narrative questions through a 16 minute 2004 workshop video of Michael White.

This new VSNT.live series is co-hosted by philosopher Todd May and Stephen Madigan. Alongside various guests they explore the ideas of Michel Foucault and discuss how Michael White appropriated, reshaped, and mapped out his understanding of Foucault ideas onto the foundational practices of narrative therapy. Each week the series highlights a broad range of video clips of Michael’s workshops (1986-1994), VSNT faculty practice, and Todd’s discussions about Foucault – that collectively serve to kick off the conversation.

Early on Michael White disputed psychology’s more formalized description of personhood that championed the norm through generalizations regarding who people actually were. Join hosts Helene Grau, Stephen Madigan, David Marsten & David Nylund as they continue their investigations into the various structures, types and meanings of externalizing questions through an 11 minute 1987 workshop video of Michael discussing externalizing problems and a 4 minute video of Stephen externalizing a ‘troubled reputation’ with a Mother and son.

Many would agree that the one-of-a-kind 1992 workshop highlighting part 3 of our VSNT Developing Questions Series is one of Michael’s clearest and best explanations of externalizing questions. Michael discusses the structure, purpose, history and meaning of specific relational externalizing practices by way of case examples. Helene Grau, Stephen Madigan & David Nylund host the discussion and continue their investigations into the art and craft of narrative therapy questions.

Vancouver School for Narrative therapy faculty and resident philosopher Todd May guides us through essentialism, individualism and Michel Foucault. VSNT members watch a one-of-a-kind 12-minute video of Todd teaching, then host VSNT faculty Stephen Madigan + guests + VSNT members jump into the conversation and interact with Todd.

 

Helene Grau, Stephen Madigan & David Nylund host part 2 of the Developing Questions Series by continuing their investigation into the dual landscapes of action and identity. The discussion is guided through a one-of-a-kind subtitled 13 minute audio/video of Michael White’s 1991 workshop. Michael discusses the structure and meaning of these specific questions designed to thicken, richly describe, perform and re-author preferred stories.