March 15, 2020 Collab Salon: Tender Therapy: Living and Working with My Internalized Michael White

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  • March 15, 2020
    5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Tender Therapy:

Living and Working with My Internalized Michael White

with Sarah Hughes (Nelson, British Columbia, Canada)

Sunday, March 15, 2020: 5pm NY time

“In one of the last Michael White workshops that I attended he introduced his work as “a tender therapy.”  He said the training would be a week of prayer and protest.  These words have resonated with me so deeply as they described so well what I witnessed when watching Michael work in Narrative ways with people. I have held that concept of tenderness in my heart ever since then and moved it into how I approach my work and my life. In this Salon, we will use one of my stories of how I apply Michaels’ teaching and his essence into my own life.  This is a story of me processing my sister’s death with the help of my internal Michael interviewing me. I will be interviewed about this story and how it applies to how I work with Michael. We will create a live outsider witness team in the session with the participants.”  Sarah Hughes

Learning Objectives

Participants will:

  1. Learn from someone who spent a lot of time with Michael White  (co-founder of Narrative therapy) how his presence continues to profoundly influence her approach to working and living;
  2.  Further understand the skills and practices of a tender approach to narrative practices that focuses on attunement;
  3.  Practice and witness  the process of an outsider witness team approach.

In Preparation

Watch this brief Youtube video when Sarah Hughes joined David Epston, Marcy Rivas, Gaye Stockell, Ian Percy, Gerald Monk, Gene Combs & Peggy Saxt o share some remembrances of what it was like to be interviewed by Michael White.


sarah hughes

Sarah Hughes works as a Couple and and Family Therapist in Nelson, BC Canada.  She was introduced to Narrative ideas through her work as the North American Distributor of Dulwich Publications throughout the 1990’s.  She got the privilege of attending many of Michael White’s training and got inspired to do this kind of work herself.  Along the way she also met many of Michael’s colleagues and friends including Peggy Sax who have helped her feed her passion for this work.


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