Soundtrack of Your Life: A narrative therapy practice intervention by Ian Maund

In this Friday Afternoon Video, Ian Maund traces the development of the Soundtrack of Your Life (SOYL) narrative therapy methodology. In doing so, a practice story that trials its application emerges. SOYL uses folk psychology to engage young people in narrative interactions. It was created to incorporate many narrative therapy techniques, including externalising, experience-near description questions, identifying survival skills and responses to a problem, re-authoring, re-membering, social histories and outsider witnessing. SOYL was trialled as an engagement tool with a young Aboriginal boy who was entrenched in the youth justice system. The methodology facilitated meaningful engagement, unique outcomes, the development of a preferred story line and reconnection, for the boy and his family, to a lost loved one.

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Ian Maund (wakunwakun) is a Waribarra man from Far North Queensland, Australia. Ian is a youth worker for a program supporting young people involved with or at risk of entering into the youth justice system. He works at an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander nongovernment organisation based in the northern suburbs of Brisbane. Ian can be contacted by email at

This Post Has 3 Comments

  1. Kathy

    Very inspiring Ian, and amazing work in the youth space. ‘Soundtrack of your life’ has given me more ideas on how I can implement your ideas into the group of women I am currently working with. Thank you for sharing your narrative skills.

  2. Mike

    Hugely inspiring and affirming to a lot of the work I’ve done with clients. Thank you so much for sharing.

  3. Alex

    Amazing work and completely inspiring. Thanks for sharing.

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