Narrative Therapy with Children
by Stephen Madigan
Watch expert Narrative therapist Stephen Madigan in an actual counseling session with a perfectionist 10-year old boy and his mother.
Watch expert Narrative therapist Stephen Madigan in an actual counseling session with a perfectionist 10-year old boy and his mother.

Children can feel overtaken by family problems and allow those problems to define who they are. In this video, Stephen Madigan presents a refreshing approach that allows family members to separate themselves from their problems and retell their stories. By asking a series of compassionate questions, Madigan quickly gets to the heart of this family’s frustration–a pattern of competitive taunting among the six children in the house. Madigan then helps them uncover skills, strengths and solutions to take home in order to break the family pattern. Jon Carlson and Don Keat introduce Dr. Madigan, and facilitate an in-depth discussion of the further impact and uses of the model.

What therapists are saying…

"It is a true pleasure to watch Stephen Madigan demonstrate the power of externalizing as he asks questions from a place of authentic curiosity, compassion, and heart. True to narrative philosophy, he invites a 10-year-old boy to be the expert, allowing the boy and his mother to successfully create an alternative story to take home to their family. This is indeed an inspiring and informative look at the narrative approach, including both the pre and post session conversations with Madigan."

-- Ruth Levy, LICSW, Assistant Professor, Lesley University, Expressive Therapy Division
In Depth
From watching this video, you will:

• Develop an understanding of the key concepts of Narrative Therapy with children, including separating the child from the problem, understanding how the problem has taken control, and allowing alternate stories of strength and resistance to be told.
• Gain insight into Dr. Madigan’s therapy style and how he asks unformulated compassionate questions from a stance of curiosity and appreciation.
• Learn how to apply Narrative Therapy techniques to your own therapeutic work with children.

Length of video: 1:44:00

English subtitles available

Individual ISBN-10 #: 1-60124-105-4

Individual ISBN-13 #: 978-1-60124-105-4

Group ISBN-10 #: 1-60124-106-2

Group ISBN-13 #: 978-1-60124-106-1

Stephen Madigan, MSW, also holds an MSc and PhD in couple and family therapy. In 1992, he opened the Vancouver School for Narrative Therapy through Yaletown Family Therapy in Vancouver, Canada, as the first narrative therapy training site in the Northern Hemisphere. He hosts the yearly Therapeutic Conversations Conference, publishes widely, and teaches narrative training workshops worldwide.

The American Family Therapy Academy (AFTA) recently honored Dr. Madigan with their Distinguished Award for Innovative Practice in Family Therapy Theory and Practice. The American Psychological Association (APA) has just released a set of six live DVD sessions of his work entitled Narrative Therapy Through Time, and has also published his new book, Narrative Therapy: Theory and Practice.

Dr. Madigan is a "retired" member of Canada's National Ultimate Frisbee Team and the proud father of 15-year-old twin daughters, Hannah and Tessa.

To contact Stephen Madigan, visit For information about workshop training and scheduling and/or his yearly therapeutic conversations conference, visit

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