Handout: Counter-viewing Questions. Stephen Madigan (Canada)

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Vancouver Folk festivalStephen created a way of understanding his practice by developing what he calls Counter-viewing Questions: For him, an experienced narrative therapist’s questions are not viewed as a transparent medium of otherwise unproblematic communication. A common practice for narrative therapists to be deeply committed to the ongoing investigation and location of therapeutic questions within community discourse – as a way of figuring out the history and location of where our questions come from (Madigan, 1992, 2007, 2011, 2019). Discovering the political, cultural, and theoretical influences that shape therapeutic questions and discussing why we use them and choose them as the foundational practice to work with the people we talk with in therapy, is viewed as a practice of therapist accountability.


Stephen Madigan MSW, PhD


Stephen Madigan is an award-winning narrative therapist and best-selling author of Narrative Therapy – theory and practice (2011, 2019 and – 3rd Edition published in 2023). He is the Director of the Vancouver School for Narrative Therapy, content creator for VSNT.live, invented the new practice of narrative therapy-informed Relational Interviewing with couple relationships, and wrote…


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