This page includes free articles by Michael White to download, links to articles about Michael White, and a complete bibliography of his work.

Free articles by Michael White

Reflecting teamwork as definitional ceremony‘ (first published in Re-authoring lives: interviews and essays (Adelaide, Australia: Dulwich Centre Publications)) introduced the ideas of Barbara Myerhof and definitional ceremony to narrative practice, which led to outsider-witness practices.

Workshop notes, including:

  • Externalising conversations exercise
  • Statement of position maps 1 & 2
  • Therapeutic posture
  • Re-authoring conversations
  • Re-membering conversations
  • Definitional ceremony and outsider-witness
  • Attending to the consequences of trauma
  • Distinctions between traditional & modern power
  • Addressing personal failure

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Magazine articles and radio features about Michael White and narrative therapy

Michael White – complete bibliogpraphy

This section presents a complete list of Michael White’s writings. If we have missed anything out, please contact us.


Journal articles

  • White, M. (2005). Children, trauma and subordinate storyline development. The International Journal of Narrative Therapy and Community Work, No.3&4. 
  • White, M. (2004). Working with people who are suffering the consequences of multiple trauma: A narrative perspective.The International Journal of Narrative Therapy and Community Work, No.1. 
  • White, M. (2003). Narrative practice and community assignments. The International Journal of Narrative Therapy and Community Work, No.2.
  • White, M. (2002). Journey metaphors. The International Journal of Narrative Therapy and Community Work, No.4.
  • White, M. (2002). Addressing personal failure. The International Journal of Narrative Therapy and Community Work, No.3.
  • White, M. (2001): Folk psychology and narrative practice. Dulwich Centre Journal, No.2.
  • White, M. (2001). Narrative practice and the unpacking of identity conclusions. Gecko: A Journal of Deconstruction and Narrative Ideas in Therapeutic Practice, (1), 28-55.
  • White, M. (1999). Reflecting-team work as definitional ceremony revisited. Gecko: A Journal of Deconstruction and Narrative Ideas in Therapeutic Practice, (2), 55-82.
  • White, M. (1997): Challenging the culture of consumption: Rites of passage and communities of acknowledgement.Dulwich Centre Newsletter, Nos.2&3.
  • White, M. (1997). Comportamenti e loro determinanti o azioni e loro senso. Metafore sistemiche e narrative. Connessioni Centro Milanese di Terapia della Famiglia no 1.
  • White, M. (1997).  The Mouse stories. In White, C. & Hales, J. (Eds.), The personal is the professional: Therapists reflect on their families, lives and work. South Australia: Dulwich Centre Publications.
  • White, M., & Epston, D. (1997). The by-pass operation: An approach to feeding problems in young children. In J. Freedman, D. Epston, & D. Lobovits, (Eds.), Playful approaches to serious problems: Narrative therapy with children and their families. New York: W.W.Norton.
  • Epston , D., & White, M. (1995). Termination as a rite of passage: Questioning strategies for a therapy of inclusion. In R. Neimeyer, & M. Mahoney (Edss), Constructivism in psychotherapy. Washington DC: American Psychological Association.
  • Epston, D., & White, M. (1995). Consulting your consultants: A means to the co-construction of alternative knowledges. In Friedman, S. (Ed.), The feflecting team in action. New York: Guilford Press.
  • Epston, D., White, M., & Murray, K. (1993). A proposal for a re-authoring therapy. Rose’s revisioning of her life and a commentary. In S. McNamee, K. J. & Gergen (Eds.), Therapy as social construction. London: Sage Publications.
  • White, M. (1993). Histories of the present. In S. Gilligan (Ed.), Therapeutic conversations. New York: W.W.Norton.
  • White, M. (1992). Men’s culture, the men’s movement, and the constitution of men’s lives. Dulwich Centre Newsletter, No.3.-      Reprinted 1996 in Men’s ways of being. New York: Westview Press.
  • White, M. (1991): Deconstruction and therapy. Dulwich Centre Newsletter, No.2.
    –      Reprinted in S. Gilligan (Ed.), Therapeutic conversations. New York: W.W.Norton.
    –      Reprinted in 1997 in Flemish in Migerode, L. & Rober, P.(Eds.), Conversaties en Verhalen. Netherlands: Garant.
    –      Reprinted in 1998 in French in Cahiers E. Godbeter-Merinfeld (Ed.), Paris, Brusxelles: De Boeck Universit (Constructivisme et Constructionisme Social: Auz Limites de la Systemique).
    –      Reprinted in 1997 in German in Herausgegeben von Jochen Schweitzer, Arnold Retzer und Hans Rudi Fischer (Eds.) Frankfurt am Main: Suhrkamp Taschenbuch. Wissenschaft Systemische Praxis und Postmoderne.
  • White, M., & Epston, D. (1991). A conversation about AIDS and dying. Dulwich Centre Newsletter, No.2.
  • White, M. (1990). Consultation interviews and accountability. Dulwich Centre Newsletter, No.4.
  • Epston, D. & White, M. (1990). Consulting your consultants: The documentation of alternative knowledges. Dulwich Centre Newsletter, No.4.
  • White, M. (1989/90). Family therapy training and supervision in a world of experience and narrative. Dulwich Centre Newsletter, Summer.
  • White, M. (1988/89). The externalizing of the problem and the re-authoring of lives and relationships. Dulwich Centre Newsletter, Summer.
    –      Translated and reprinted in Swedish, Spanish and Italian publications.
  • White, M. (1988). Saying hullo again: The incorporation of the lost relationship in the resolution of grief. Dulwich Centre Newsletter, Spring.
  • White, M. (1988). The process of questioning: A therapy of literary merit. Dulwich Centre Newsletter, Winter.
    –      Reprinted in German as ‘Der Vorgang der Befragung: ein literarisch wertvolle therapie?’ Familiendynamik, 14 (2) , 1989.
  • White, M. (1988). Assumptions and therapy. Dulwich Centre Newsletter, Autumn.
  • White, M. (1987). Family therapy and schizophrenia: Addressing the ‘in-the-corner’ lifestyleDulwich Centre Newsletter, Spring.
  • White, M. (1986). Couple therapy: Urgency for sameness or appreciation of difference. Dulwich Centre Newsletter, Summer.
    –      Reprinted in Family Therapy Journal, Argentina, 1988.
  • White, M. (1986). The conjoint therapy of men who are violent and the women with whom they live. Dulwich Centre Newsletter, Spring.
  • White, M. (1986). Family escape from trouble. Case Studies, 1(1).
  • White, M. (1986). Ritual of inclusion: An approach to extreme uncontrolled behaviour in children and young adolescents. Dulwich Centre Review.
    –      Reprinted in 1994 in Journal of Child and Youth Care, Vol.9 No.2, Canada.
  • White, M. (1986). Anorexia nervosa: A cybernetic perspective. In J. Elka-Harkaway (Ed.) Eating disorders and family therapy. New York: Aspen.
    –      Reprinted in Dulwich Centre Review, 1986.
  • White, M. (1986). Negative explanation, restraint and double description: A template for family therapy. Family Process, 25(2).
  • White, M. (1985). Fear busting and monster taming: An approach to the fears of young children. Dulwich Centre Review.
    –      Reprinted in German as Kinderangste und familiare Interaktion. Familiendynamik, 1986.
  • White, M. & Epston, D. (1985). Consulting your consultants’ consultants. Melbourne, V.A.F.T.
  • White, M. (1984). Pseudo-encopresis: From avalanche to victory, from vicious to virtuous cycles. Family Systems Medicine, 2(2)
    –      Reprinted in Family Therapy Journal, Argentina.
  • White, M. (1984). Marital therapy: Practical approaches to long-standing problems. The Australian Journal of Family Therapy, 4(1).
    –      Reprinted in Familiendynamik, West Germany, 1985.
  • White, M. (1983). Anorexia nervosa: A transgenerational system perspective. Family Process, 18(3).
  • White, M. (1983). Psychosomatic problems. In M. Texto (Ed.), Helping families with special problems. New York: Jason Aronson.
  • White, M. (1980). Systemic task setting in family therapy. Australian Journal of Family Therapy, 1(4).
  • White, M., Heins, T., Cooper, D., & Petrovic, L. (1980). Family therapy for chronic childhood asthma. Australian Journal of Family Therapy, 1(2).
  • White, M. (1979). Distant family treatment – A case of school phobia. Australian Paediatric Journal, 15, 187-189.
  • White, M. (1979). Structural and strategic approaches to psychosomatic families. Family Process, 18(3).

This Post Has 11 Comments

  1. Walter

    I am studying a Diploma of Counselling. I thank you very much for your information on Narative Therapy.

  2. Dotti McArthur

    Where might I find a copy of Witnessing ourselves as therapists

  3. Veronica Barlow

    Would it be possible to be provided with a copy of this article please?
    White, M. (1985). Fear busting and monster taming: An approach to the fears of young children. Dulwich Centre Review.
    Thank you in advance,
    Veronica Barlow
    Research Librarian

  4. Anne Cooke

    Are there any plans to make more of the list available? For example ‘Family therapy and schizophrenia: Addressing the ‘in-the-corner’ lifestyle’ was hugely influential for me, and i think would be for others too if it were available. Sadly it doesn’t seem to be anywhere.

  5. Mary Donovan

    I’m looking for the original writing/video of Michael’s work with Power to Our Journeys. I was able to find and download the “Power to Our Journeys: Re-membering Michael” article, but hope you can point me to his original account of this work.

    Thank you
    Mary Donovan

  6. Bob Quilitch

    How might I obtain a copy of The Process of Questioning: A Therapy of Literary Merit by Michael White, 1988?
    Thank you,
    Bob Quilitch
    Reno, Nevada USA

  7. Mary Ann Reynolds


    How can i access some of these reading please?


    Mary Ann

  8. Sian

    Am I able to access “The externalising of the problem…” by Michael White anywhere online? I am a Intermediate Family Therapy student in the UK.

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  10. Denise L. Clair

    Fantastic site with so much knowledge attached to each writing. Thank you for sharing! Kind regards, Denise.

  11. Dean Hilton

    Hi Guys, Im currently study family therapy in Melbourne and would like to know more about Narrative Therapy/Schizophrenia! I was hoping to access this article ? or any other relevant material. White, M. (1987). Family therapy and schizophrenia: Addressing the ‘in-the-corner’ lifestyle. Dulwich Centre Newsletter,Spring



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