Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy

Living Edition
| Editors: Jay Lebow, Anthony Chambers, Douglas C. Breunlin

Madigan, Stephen

Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-15877-8_1011-1


Stephen Patrick Madigan, Ph.D., (1959-).


Since his early professional years, Stephen Madigan has been an ongoing promoter and innovative contributor to the theory and practice of couple, family, and narrative therapy. He is an internationally recognized leader in the field and he has given conference presentations and training workshops throughout the world. Dr. Madigan has also authored two books (Madigan and Law 1998; Madigan 2011) and a variety of book chapters and papers published in prestigious professional journals.


Madigan received an MSW from the University of British Columbia, followed by an MSc and PhD in Marriage and Family Therapy from Nova Southeastern University.

His interest in Karl Tomm’s Interventive Interviewing practice brought him, in 1986, to participate in Michael White’s first workshop in North America. Captivated by an externalizing interview, Madigan started to learn the narrative therapy approach on his own. In 1991 and 1992, he was...

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  1. Madigan, S. (2007). Anticipating hope within written and naming domains of despair. In C. Flaskas, I. McCarthy, & J. Sheehan (Eds.), Hope and despair in narrative and family therapy: Adversity, forgiveness and reconciliation (pp. 104–112). New Jersey: Wiley.Google Scholar
  2. Madigan, S. (2011). Narrative therapy. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.Google Scholar
  3. Madigan, S. (2017). Narrative therapy-informed relational interviewing – Emotionally preparing conflicted couple relationships for possible re-unification, separation, mediation, and family courtrooms. Fokus på familien, 45, 138–158.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  4. Madigan, S., & Epston, D. (1995). From spy-chiatric gaze to communities of concern: From professional monologue to dialogue. In S. Friedman (Ed.), The reflecting team in action: Collaborative practice in family therapy (pp. 257–276). New York: Guilford Press.Google Scholar
  5. Madigan, S., & Law, I. (Eds.). (1998). Praxis: Situating discourse, feminism & politics in narrative therapy. Vancouver: Yaletown Family Therapy.Google Scholar

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Sociedad Mexicana de Prácticas Narrativas y Trabajo Comunitario S.C.MexicoMexico

Section editors and affiliations

  • Margarita Tarragona
    • 1
  • Bahareh Sahebi
    • 2
  1. 1.PositivaMente & Grupo Campos ElíseosMexico CityMexico
  2. 2.The Family Institute at Northwestern UniversityEvanstonUSA