Video: Histories of narrative therapy keynote (Madigan, 2014)


Length: 15 minutes

Stephen Madigan explores Michael White's ideological connection to second order cybernetics and the work of Gregory Bateson and - how it was that Michael and David Epston decided to turn away from 150 years of psychological theory, vocabulary and practice

Reading: Unique Outcome Workshop handout (White, 1992)

Length: 35 minutes

During VSNT's Stephen Madigan 1991 narrative therapy apprenticeship in Adelaide, Australia he received this Michael White handout outlining externalizing and reauthoring conversations as counter-practices. This particular handout is one of the first to outline the politics of narrative practice.

Reading: Externalizing workshop handout (White, 1991)

Length: 25 minutes

In this 1991 workshop handout Michael White outlines externalizing conversations as counter-practices that challenge internal state psychology, negative identity conclusions, expert knowledge, and totalizing descriptions of personhood.

Audio: Introducing externalizing conversations lecture (White, 1992) – Sample


Length: 9 minutes

Michael White landed on a rather cheeky idea that the person was not the problem . . . the problem was the problem. Simple right? Hmmmm - not so fast. Two decades before his brief foray into maps, Michael's workshops focused almost entirely on the politics and practice behind locating problems and persons within cultural, contextual and relational contexts.