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Michael White's Narrative Therapy

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A systematized description of a number of practices central to Michael Whites' narrative approach to therapy is given. These include collaborative positioning of the therapist, externalizing the problem, excavating unique outcomes, thickening the new plot, and linking the new plot to the past and the future. The practices of remembering and incorporation, using literary means to achieve therapeutic ends, and facilitating taking-it-back practices are also described. A number of questions are given which may be useful for those concerned with narrative therapy to address.

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Carr, A. Michael White's Narrative Therapy. Contemporary Family Therapy 20, 485–503 (1998). https://doi.org/10.1023/A:1021680116584

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  • narrative therapy
  • externalizing the problem
  • literary means to therapeutic ends
  • taking-it-back practices