Creating a Readiness for Separation: Relational Mediation

Creating a Readiness for Separation: Working with Highly Conflicted Separating Couples and Children/Families.

  1. Bergen, February 15-16,2016
  2. Trondheim, February 18-19, 2016
  3. Oslo, May 12-13, 2016
  4. Copenhagen May 18-19,2016

Canadian family therapist Stephen Madigan MSW, MSc, PhD, teaches participants a new ‘relation based’ narrative therapy learning experience when working with conflicted couples who desire either a reunification of the relationship or separation from the relationship. He will demonstrate his new relational therapeutic practices of:

1) Re-remembering and appreciating: Creating dialogic spaces of relational safety/common ground. 2) Re-constructing valued relational histories before deconstruction. Exploring skills, values. ethics, dreams. 3) Appreciating grief process surrounding the relationship the couple has lost. 4) Re-visiting cultural contexts demanding of the relationships relationship to other important relationships – and these effects. 5) Re-appreciating the relationships historical orientations and abilities to survive. 6) Constructing possible acceptance, compassion and consensual joint actions for repair. 7) Rites of passage: re-authoring new relational orientations for children, couple, family and community. 8) Relational letter writing.

Stephen demonstrates his new therapeutic work with conflicted couples (as well as his Relational Mediation work), through recent live video footage of sessions conducted in Oslo and Trondheim, Norway and Vancouver, Canada.

Workshop Presenter

* Stephen Madigan is the Director of the Vancouver School for Narrative Therapy and holds an MSW as well as an MSc and PhD in Couple and Family Therapy.

*  The American Family Therapy Academy (AFTA) recently honored Stephen with their Distinguished Award for Innovative Practice in Couple and Family Therapy Theory and Practice.

* In 2011, the APA  (American Psychological Association)  published Stephen’s book Narrative Therapy – theory and practice as the primer textbook on Narrative Therapy for all APA graduate school programs. The book is now on the APA best sellers list (which could not have been predicted as Stephen’s book represents a full on critique of scientific modernist psychology!).

* The APA also filmed a six part ‘live session’ DVD teaching series of Stephen’s  couple and family therapy  work entitled Narrative Therapy Through Time. The six part film series was supported by an eight person film crew.

* Stephen is the youngest Canadian to receive their doctorate in Couple and Family Therapy and while still in his early 30′s (and with the assistance of Michael and Cheryl White), he opened the Vancouver School for Narrative Therapy in Vancouver, Canada as the first Narrative Therapy training site in the Northern Hemisphere.

Stephen hosts the annual Therapeutic Conversations conferences (, and currently teaches narrative therapy training workshops worldwide.

Enrolled participants receive a package of handouts – specifically designed to help move their current therapy work with conflicted couples forward.

Upon completion of this course participants will be awarded a 2-day certificate of completion from the Vancouver School for Narrative Therapy.

Relational Mediation