In his last book on narrative practice, Maps of Narrative Practice (2007), Michael White presents maps as "constructions that can be referred to for guidance on our journeys--in this case, on our journeys with the people who consult us about the predicaments and problems of their lives” (p. 5).
The maps of narrative practice offer therapists a view of the therapeutic landscape--what has been traveled with clients and what is yet to be explored. Like in every theory, remembering the already traveled paths will reveal the possibilities for where to go next.
In Maps, White throughly explains the structure of externalizing conversations, re-authoring conversations, re-membering conversations, definitional ceremonies, conversations that highlight unique outcomes, and scaffolding conversations. In this post, I offer an overview of the first two conversations: Externalizing and re-authoring.Read More