Handout: Relative Influence Questions (Madigan, 2011)

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downloadEveryday narrative therapy interviewing involves a process known as relative influence questioning which is comprised of three sets of questions. Michael White made efforts to point out the following 1) one set maps the influence of the problem on the person and losses experienced within this relationship, 2) another set encourages persons to map their own (and others) influence in the life of the problem, 3) the third set begins to map out the unique outcomes or the occasions where the person experienced some influence in their lives despite the discursive power of the problem.


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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