A Narrative Revolution:
Conversations with Steve Gaddis
On January 6, 2023, the Narrative Therapy Initiative (NTI) released a four-part podcast series of conversations with NTI founder Steve Gaddis about his ideas for a Narrative Revolution. The series was released on the one-year anniversary of Steve's death from lung cancer at the age of 59.
Steve was a highly skilled marriage and family therapist, teacher, and mentor who was captured by narrative therapy ideas early in his training and became one of Narrative’s greatest fans. In 2020, he was diagnosed with Stage 4 lung cancer. At the time, he was working to complete a book he had been writing for 10 years. Steve’s dream was to share his passion for narrative ideas and practices — and what they can make possible for people’s lives — with everyone and anyone, not just therapists. He founded NTI to provides narrative training and support a growing community of narrative practitioners.
In December 2021, it became clear that Steve’s treatments were not working, and that he likely would not finish his book. His dear friend, colleague, and writing partner Sarah Beth Hughes arranged and recorded four conversations between Steve and some of his closest narrative friends and colleagues. In this podcast series, Steve discusses major themes from his book, and talks about how narrative ideas and practices saved his life — and helped him continue to live a life of joy and purpose after his cancer diagnosis. You will learn about his vision of a Narrative Revolution, of a world where people help each other give problem stories less power, help each other become more clear about what we care about, and help each other create new and preferred stories about ourselves that fit with our values and beliefs.
To support Steve’s Narrative Revolution, consider making a donation to NTI here.