Open Journal Systems

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

Guy Shennan, Jonas Wells

Abstract


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.

Keywords


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

References


Bakhtin, M. (1986). Speech genres and other late essays (V. W. McGee, Trans.). Austin, TX: University of Texas Press.

Berg, I. K., & de Shazer, S. (1993). Making numbers talk. In S. Friedman (Ed.), The new language of change: Constructive collaboration in psychotherapy (pp. 5-24). New York, NY: Guilford.

Black, J. & Spragg, R. (1997). Woke Up This Morning. [Recorded by the Alabama 3]. On Exile on Coldharbour Lane. [CD]. London, England: One Little Indian Records.

Brewer, C. (1995). Music and learning: Seven ways to use music in the classroom. Tequesta, FL: LifeSounds.

Callis, J. & Oakley, P. (1983). (Keep Feeling) Fascination. [Recorded by The Human League]. On (Keep Feeling) Fascination/Total Panic. [Vinyl Record]. London, England: Virgin Records.

Cellan Jones, S. (Director). (2000). Some Voices [Motion Picture]. England: Film Four Distributors.

Clark, A. (1997). Being there: Putting brain, body and world back together again. Cambridge, United Kingdom: Cambridge University Press.

Damasio, A. (2000). The feeling of what happens. London, England:Verso.

de Shazer, S. (1985). Keys to solution in brief therapy. New York, NY: Norton.

de Shazer, S. (1994). Words were originally magic. New York, NY: Norton.

de Shazer, S. & Berg, I. K. (1995). The brief therapy tradition. In J. Weakland & W. Ray (Eds.), Propagations: Thirty years of influence from the Mental Research Institute (pp. 249-252). Binghamton, NY: Haworth.

Difford, C. & Tilbrook, G. (1979). Up The Junction. [Recorded by Squeeze]. On Cool For Cats [Vinyl Record]. London, England: A&M Records.

Dryden, G., & Vos, J. (2001). The learning revolution (British edition). Stafford, United Kingdom: Network Educational Press.

Ehresmann, M. (2013). Dance movement psychotherapy and solution focused brief therapy: A trainee’s journey towards the embodiment of possibility. (Unpublished Masters dissertation). Canterbury Christ Church University, Canterbury, England.

Ferry, B. (1972). Virginia Plain. [Recorded by Roxy Music]. On Virginia Plain/The Numberer. [Vinyl Record]. London, England: Island Records.

Francis, B. (1988). Tony’s Theme. [Recorded by the Pixies]. On Surfer Rosa. [CD]. London, England: 4AD.

Frankish, K. (2008). Folk psychology: The last myth? In A. Barber, K. Frankish, D. Maltravers, & J. Pike (Eds.), The postgraduate foundation module in philosophy: Study guide. Milton Keynes, United Kingdom: The Open University.

Franti, M. (2003). Taxi Radio. [Recorded by Michael Franti & Spearhead]. On Everyone Deserves Music. [CD]. London, England: EMI Music UK.

Gardner, H. (1983). Frames of mind: The theory of multiple intelligences. New York, NY: Basic Books.

George, E., Iveson, C., & Ratner, H. (1995). Solution focused brief therapy: Course notes. London, United Kingdom: Brief Therapy Practice.

Gibbs, R. (2006). Embodiment and cognitive science. Cambridge, United Kingdom: Cambridge University Press.

Godøy, R. & Leman, M. (Eds.) (2010). Musical gestures: Sound, movement, and meaning. New York, NY: Routledge.

Guthrie, W. (1945). This Land Is Your Land. [Recorded by Woody Guthrie]. On Songs to Grow On, Vol. 3: American Work Songs, by Various Artists. [Vinyl Record]. New York, NY: Folkways Records (1951)

Hornby, N. (2003). 31 songs. London, United Kingdom: Viking.

Illich, I. (1977). Disabling Professions. London: Marion Boyars.

Korman, H., Bavelas, J. B., & De Jong, P. (2013). Microanalysis of formulations in solution-focused brief therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy and motivational interviewing. Journal of Systemic Therapies, 32(3), 31-45. doi:10.1521/jsyt.2013.32.3.31

Lennon, J. & McCartney, P. (1964). A Hard Day’s Night. [Recorded by The Beatles]. On A Hard Day’s Night. [Vinyl Record]. London, England: Parlophone.

Lennon, J. & McCartney, P. (1967). Penny Lane. [Recorded by The Beatles]. On Penny Lane/Strawberry Fields Forever. [Vinyl Record]. London, England: Parlophone.

MacDonald, I. (2005). Revolution in the head: The Beatles’ records and the sixties (2nd ed.). London, United Kingdom: Pimlico.

McKergow, M. (2013a). Philosophy meets social work meets SF: Orienting Solutions 2013 conference report. Retrieved from http://www.asfct.org/events/research-conference-september-2013/

McKergow, M. (2013b, September). Solution-focused, enactive and narrative—the action is in the interaction. Podcast. Presentation at the Orienting Solutions Conference, SFCT/University of Hertfordshire, United Kingdom. Retrieved from https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/solution-focused-podcast-from/id725296497?mt=2

McKergow, M. & Korman, H. (2009). Inbetween - neither inside nor outside: The radical simplicity of solution-focused brief therapy. Journal of Systemic Therapies, 28(2), 34-49.

Malkmus, S. (1992). No Life Singed Her. [Recorded by Pavement]. On Slanted and Enchanted. [CD]. New York, NY: Matador Records.

Meichenbaum, D. (2012). Reshaping the trauma narrative. Psychotherapy Networker. Retrieved from http://www.psychotherapynetworker.org/blog-communities/NetExchange/viewpost/1476_Reshaping_the_Trauma_Narrative

Midlands Psychology Group. (2007). Questioning the science and politics of happiness. The Psychologist, 20, 422-425. Retrieved from http://homepages.lboro.ac.uk/~hujc4/questioning%20happiness.pdf

Miller, G. (2013). Reading matters: Reading practices and the future of solution-focused thought and practice. International Journal of Solution-Focused Practices , 1, 3-9. doi:10.14335/ijsfp.v1i1.9

Prine, J. (1986). Speed of the Sound of Loneliness. [Recorded by Nanci Griffith]. On Other Voices Other Rooms. [CD]. London: MCA. (1993)

Shennan, G. (2012a). Solution-focused training. Retrieved from Guy Shennan Associates website: http://www.sfpractice.co.uk/solution-focused-training/

Shennan, G. (2012b). Dancing Towards Solutions. In A.

Lewinski, J. Szczepkowski & T.Switek (Eds.), Upside down: Solution focused paradigms - revolutions and evolutions (pp103-110). Torun, Poland: Wydawnictwo Edukacyjne AKAPIT.

Smith, T.V. (1977). One Chord Wonders. [Recorded by The Adverts]. On One Chord Wonders/Quickstep. [Vinyl Record]. London, England: Stiff Records.

Thomas, F. (2010). Solution-focused song titles. In T. Nelson (Ed.), Doing something different (pp271-274). New York, NY: Routledge.

Vandyke, L. (1959). What Do You Want? [Recorded by Adam Faith]. On What Do You Want?/From Now Until Forever. [Vinyl Record]. London, England: Parlophone.

Watzlawick, P., & Weakland, J. (Ed.). (1977). The interactional view: Studies at the Mental Research Institute, Palo Alto, 1965-74. New York, NY: Norton.

Wilson, R. and Foglia, L. Embodied Cognition. The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (Fall 2011 Edition), Edward N. Zalta (ed.). Retrieved from http://plato.stanford.edu/archives/fall2011/entries/embodied-cognition/

Yow, D. (1986). The Scale Song. [Recorded by Scratch Acid]. On The Greatest Gift [CD]. Chicago, IL: Touch And Go.


Full Text: PDF

DOI: 10.14335/ijsfp.v2i1.19

Article Metrics

Metrics Loading ...

Metrics powered by PLOS ALM

Article Metrics Graph

Metrics powered by OpenJournalSystems.com

Refbacks

  • There are currently no refbacks.