Reading: Michael White’s Application of Michel Foucault’s Ideas (Madigan, 1992)

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MWSM-pic-croppedStephen wrote this article for is pre-dissertation PhD exam after living and working with Michael White at his home Adelaide, Australia. It was his first attempt of ‘trying to understand’ Michael’s use of Michel Foucault’s ideas in the practice of narrative therapy. The paper is a little rough and you can see him stretching to make sense of all this (:

Therapists in this Session

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, invented the new practice of narrative therapy-informed Relational Interviewing with couple relationships, and wrote…

Michael White

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Michael White (29 December 1948 – 4 April 2008). Australian social worker, family therapist and first editor of the Australia New Zealand Family Therapy Journal. Michael is the founder and creative ideological force of both the theory and practice of narrative therapy. To his credit he figured out and created the large majority of narrative…

Michel Foucault


Foucault’s theories primarily address the relationship between power and knowledge, and how they are used as a form of social thought through societal institutions. His thought has influenced academics, especially those working in communication studies, anthropology, sociology, cultural studies, literary theory, feminism, queer theory, critical theory and of course narrative therapy.


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