Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy

2019 Edition
| Editors: Jay L. Lebow, Anthony L. Chambers, Douglas C. Breunlin

White, Michael

  • David DenboroughEmail author
  • Jill Freedman
  • David Epston
  • Charles Waldegrave
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-49425-8_895


Michael White was the cofounder, along with David Epston, of narrative therapy. As family therapist, teacher, community worker, and writer, Michael White’s work transformed conventional notions of therapy, reshaped understandings of psychosis, provided new ways of responding to grief, and involved a rare combination of political analysis and compassion.


Michael White was born and raised in Adelaide, South Australia. His initial training was in Social Work and early employment was at the Adelaide Children’s Hospital where his collaborations and co-research with children and families led to the development of externalizing conversations – a way of separating people from the problems that had often come to define their identities.

In the late 1970s, Michael White became a Founding Editor of The Australian Journal of Family Therapy as this field began to flourish “downunder.”

In the early 1980s, Michael cofounded Dulwich Centre and a collaboration and friendship with...

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  1. Epston, D., & White, M. (1992). Experience, contradiction, narrative and imagination. Adelaide: Dulwich Centre Publications.Google Scholar
  2. White, M. (2007). Maps of narrative Practice. New York: W.W. Norton & Company.Google Scholar
  3. White, M. (2011). Narrative practice: Continuing the conversations (Edited by D. Denborough). New York: W.W. Norton & Company.Google Scholar
  4. White, M. (2016). Narrative Therapy Classics. Adelaide: Dulwich Centre Publications.Google Scholar
  5. White, M., & Epston, D. (1990). Narrative means to therapeutic ends. New York: W.W. Norton & Company.Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  • David Denborough
    • 1
    Email author
  • Jill Freedman
    • 2
  • David Epston
    • 3
  • Charles Waldegrave
    • 4
  1. 1.Dulwich CentreAdelaideAustralia
  2. 2.Evanston Family Therapy CenterEvanstonUSA
  3. 3.Family Therapy CentreAucklandNew Zealand
  4. 4.The Family CentreWellingtonNew Zealand

Section editors and affiliations

  • Margarita Tarragona
    • 1
  1. 1.PositivaMente & Grupo Campos ElíseosMexico CityMexico