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Life Talks

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Life Talks

Life Talks is a group for today’s youth to tell their stories in the ways they want them to be told.


In this social experience, group members discuss ideas, problems, and successes that they find themselves facing in life as a young person today. With the support of their peers, students are able to talk about these things and how they impact their lives, as well as how their stories unfold. This group aims to raise awareness to the fact that each student is the author of their own story, not anybody else.

WHEN: Mondays, 5:30-7:00pm
WHERE: LEAP for Education (35 Congress St., Ste., 102, Salem)
*Dinner is provided. Transportation home can be provided.


Teen Center Coordinator

(978) 740-6667 ext. 118


Shadé Amosun, M.S.

Shadé is a local of Salem, MA who earned her Bachelors in psychology from UMASS Amherst and most recently her Masters in Counseling and Psychological Services from Salem State University. Her professional background has been primarily working with young children and adults in both non-clinical and clinical settings. Shade joins LEAP with great enthusiasm to work with teens and to help towards their success.

Stephen Gaddis, Ph.D.

Steve is the founder and director of the Narrative Therapy Initiative. He has studied, practiced, and taught narrative therapy since 1994. He earned his International Postgraduate Diploma in narrative therapy at the Dulwich Centre in Adelaide, Australia, where he studied with Michael White. Steve also spent a year teaching narrative therapy in the graduate school of counseling at the University of Waikato in Hamilton, New Zealand. He has published and presented on narrative therapy nationally and internationally. Currently, Steve has a full-time narrative therapy and supervision practice in Salem, Mass., and he teaches narrative therapy at William James College and Boston College as well as independently through the Narrative Therapy Initiative. Steve received his doctorate in marriage and family therapy from Syracuse University. Contact Steve at


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