The workshop outlines how Michael White focused his workshops on the importance of locating problems and persons within cultural, contextual, and relational contexts.
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
In 1992, Stephen Madigan set out to try and understand how Michael White’s theoretical and practice orientation had been influenced by the work of French philosopher/historian Michel Foucault
David Epston meets with a young boy of 12 years old (and his psychiatrist). The young boy has been living in a psychiatric hospital in Sweden for over one year because of a relationship to anger and violence.
The next part of the live session David Epston begins to rework the troubled/violent reputation of the young boy and ask questions to help develop an alternative story line.
Stephen Madigan audio recorded David Epston's temper taming session while he was living and apprenticing with him in Auckland, New Zealand in 1991.
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.