Article: A Quick & Concise Introduction to Narrative Therapy for Graduate Students. Anja Bjoroy, Stephen Madigan, David Nylund

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IMG_3363At the heart of social worker Michael White’s creative practice known as narrative therapy is an unswerving commitment to a relational/contextual/non-individualist therapeutic view of people and relationships. Turning away from 150 years of psychological thought, narrative therapy is founded on an ideology designed to counter the decontextualized, skin bound, non-relational, individual self.  Instead of being informed by the discourses of psychology and psychiatry, narrative therapy is situated within the disciplines of cultural anthropology, feminism, post-colonialism, critical race studies, social justice, literary theory and queer studies (to name just a few of the disciplines).

Anja Bjoroy (Norway), Stephen Madigan (Canada), David Nylund (USA)

Therapists in this Session

Anja Bjorøy

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Based out of in Oslo Norway, Anja Bjoroy holds two Masters degrees and works as a narrative therapy informed family therapist. She was instrumental in helping Stephen Madigan create the deeply inspired non-individualist turn in Couple Therapy know as narrative therapy informed Relational Interviewing.


Stephen Madigan MSW, PhD

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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…


David Nylund MSW, PhD

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David Nylund MSW, PhD has been a practicing narrative therapist for 27 years. In depth study of narrative therapy theory and post-structuralism led him towards completing a PhD in Cultural Studies with an emphasis on feminist and queer theory at the University of California at Davis (whose faculty included Judith Butler). David is now a full…



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