Reading: Counter-viewing Questions (Madigan, 2017)

Length: 30 minutes

Stephen Madigan outlines how narrative therapy questions are designed to both respectfully and critically raise suspicions about prevailing problem stories. The handout on the idea of counter-viewing questions speaks to narratives therapy’s deconstructive therapeutic act.

Reading: 8 habits of highly effective problems (Madigan, 2004)

Length: 30 minutes

Stephen Madigan's paper on the 8 Conversational Habits of Highly Effective Problems demonstrates (in a shortened version) his continued fascination with Michael White's practice and Michel Foucault's ideas on power/knowledge, subjectification and the internalizing practices of dominant cultural discourse pursuit. He attempts to demonstrate the transport of this post-structural theory into narrative therapy practice.

Live Session: Stephen Madigan, 1999 (part 2)

Length: 13 minutes

Stephens session with an 11 year old boy and his mother takes a dramatic turn when the mother risks introducing a context of racism that is shaping the treatment of her son (and his reputation) within his school and the courts.

Live Session: Stephen Madigan, 1999 (part 1)

Length: 16 minutes

Stephen conducts a live externalizing interview with an 11 year old boy Ollie (and his mother) who has been mandated by the courts to seek therapy after a charge of battery. Watch Stephen relationally externalizes 'trouble' and demonstrate relative influence and evaluative questions within the landscapes of action and identity - and plots out troubles potential losses as well as the boys's preferred ethics and reputation.

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

Video: Introducing a narrative interview method (Madigan, 2011)

Length: 7 minutes

Stephen Madigan highlights a few primary narrative therapy ideas including how narrative therapy theory hinges on the idea that conventional ideas of the self as a separate, singular, coherent and readable entity is a normative psychological construct - but it is not an established scientific truth.

Live Session: Part C Problem practices (Madigan, 2011)

Length: 4 minutes

Stephen and the person enter into discussions regarding the problems dramatic effects on his life and relationships, what he has considered lost, and how the numerous practices of the problem can be uncovered and are never to underestimated.

Live Session: Discussion of first session (Madigan, 2011)

Length: 8 minutes

The discussion of the first session outlines the attention given to a broad description of the problems relative influences, how these problem relationships are relational and situated within cultural discourses of normativity and expectation and - the possibility of an emerging counter-story.

Reading: Politics of identity (Madigan, 1996)

Length: 30 minutes

Stephen Madigan's paper argues how the practice implementation of Narrative Therapy from person to person, and place to place, can be viewed as radically different depending on what practice ideology and presuppositions a therapist inhabits.

Reading: Foucault theory/practice slides (Madigan, 2003)

Length: 30 minutes

Stephen Madigan's 2003 VSNT workshop slide presentation outlines (a few) of Michel Foucault's ideas that have a strong influence in the practice of narrative therapy - such as the relationship between power/knowledge, and the three modes of subjectification of the person.