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Solution-Focused Practice and Song—An Overture: The Best Part of Us

Guy Shennan, Jonas Wells


In this article we introduce a new project, in which we are exploring the use of songs and music within solution-focused practice. We are considering ways in which songs can be drawn upon while practising the solution-focused approach, in teaching it, and in writing about it. Among our hopes and intentions is to bring together a collection of pieces of writing, each related to a particular song, which together will provide a comprehensive introduction to solution-focused practice. This article affords us the opportunity to try out a couple of such pieces, in this case to illuminate our discovery of solution-focused practice and our hopes for the project. In this way, the article is a part of the project as well as being an introduction to it. We also explain how we are situating our project in a wider context of embodied practice that has begun to influence our solution-focused thinking, and assert the importance of holistic and interactive approaches to songs in considering their uses for solution-focused practice. Finally, we share some examples of how songs can be used in practice with clients and in workshops and training courses. We also invite you, readers and listeners, to contribute directly by adding songs to our growing solution-focused playlist.


songs; listeners; embodied; holistic; words and music; interactive; solution-focused; practising; teaching; writing


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DOI: 10.14335/ijsfp.v2i1.19

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