How does narrative practice render more visible a person’s preferred account of identity while making links with doing and experiencing? Here we offer a number of videos from Maggie Carey’s online, An Introduction to Rich Story Development. As taught by Michael White, Maggie Carey shows how she enters into a person’s conceptual landscape of meaning,  attending to categories of meaning or identity. Additionally, she pays close attention to the particularities of the doing and experiencing-  listening for initiatives, making links, linking with themes and drawing out skills and know-how.

Using an overall map

Maggie  explains how the Statement of Position and Reauthoring maps in Narrative therapy can be used to get externalized accounts of both, the problem story and the preferred story. These maps can be used as a guide to ask clients more meaningful questions about the predicament they are bringing to the session.
A longer version of this video is in the online course, An introduction to Rich Story Development. (

Statement of position map for rich story development

Maggie briefly introduces the Statement of Position Map in Narrative therapy, in terms of how we can explore the client’s story in an externalized way.

Conceptual landscape of meaning

Maggie Carey briefly describes “the Conceptual Landscape of Meaning” in narrative practice. Also called the Landscape of Identity is relates to a person’s sense of self or their preferred directions in life.This short video gives a glimpse at Lesson Three in the online course, An introduction to rich story development.

Four Pathways to Preferred Story

Maggie summarizes four pathways to get to the client’s preferred story: Externalizing, Unique outcomes, the Absent but Implicit as an Action & the Absent but Implicit as a Value.

Mapping the Problem and Preferred Stories

Maggie Carey gives a spatial explanation of narrative approaches to re-authoring stories. She introduces the maps of the Problem Story and Preferred Story and their historical context in Narrative Therapy.

The Absent but Implicit as Action

Maggie Carey describes The Absent but Implicit as action – distress as an active response to trauma.

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