Externalising Conversations

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Welcome to this introduction to externalising conversations. Externalising problems is one of the key concepts of narrative practice.


This course consists of three parts. We suggest you complete it in three sittings.

Part one: The history of externalising

In Part One, you will watch three short video clips. In the first, Michael White describes in an amusing and engaging way his own history in relation to externalising conversations. In the second, you will witness Michael White working in therapy with a family in which one child is struggling with ‘Sneaky Wee’. And in the third, you will hear a unique therapeutic document!

Having watched these three clips, you’ll be invited to contribute your reflections to a discussion forum (and to read other participants responses).

Part two: The evolution of externalising

Sit back and watch a series of engaging presentations by Michael White about externalising conversations. A number of richly told stories of therapeutic practice are included. Michael also outlines ‘the statement of position map’ which shapes externalising conversations.

Having watched these clips, you will then read a number of key articles.

Before testing your knowledge on the ‘externalising conversations quiz’.

Part three: Broader applications

Externalising conversations are now used not only in therapeutic conversations, but also in a wide range of other contexts. Here you will watch a video clip in relation to externalising paranoia and read a number of influential papers about collective externalising conversations.

You’ll then be invited to write a 1000 word assignment. This will complete this course.

We’ll also ask your evaluation of this course. We hope you enjoy it and find it valuable for your practice.

A Dulwich Centre faculty member will read your assignment, check over your quiz results, and then email you a certificate!