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


by Stephen Madigan

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.

In this brief clip Michael describes how he turned away from internalizing conversations and towards externalizing conversations. To this day his relational understanding to locate problems and persons within contexts, culture, discourse, power relations, structural inequalities and normativity – remains radical in the field of psychotherapy. Study Michael’s beautifully complex 1992 workshop from start  to finish when you become a full-fledged member.

Following every video and text lesson there is a quiz waiting for you that is paired up with a nice long follow up discussion. However – these discussions can only be accessed by members.

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