Rhea Plosker started working with stroke survivors and their family caregivers at Providence Healthcare Centre in 2012, as part of her Masters degree practicum and project. She designed a group for caregivers of stroke survivors that has been running at Providence since 2011. She is the co-author of a paper "A Solution Focused Group for Caregivers of Stroke Survivors" (Rhea Plosker and Jeff Chang), published in the Fall 2014 peer-reviewed Journal of Systemic Therapies, and accepted for presentation at the 2012 Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Conference. Rhea continues to work with stroke survivors and family caregivers of loved ones experiencing illness and disability through our practice.
William Cooke and colleagues Margotte Kaczanowska and Suzanne Thompson were invited by Angel Yuen, to teach a module on Narrative Therapy and Grief at the annual Narrative Therapy Center Summer School July 9th-12, 2012 in Toronto. Approximately 75 people participated.
They presented “Goodbye and Hello: Narrative Therapy and Grief”. Here is the description of that presentation:
The workshop combined theory, participant exercises and a live Narrative interview with a workshop participant and four Outsider Witnesses.
The leaders led a follow-up group with a dozen Summer School alumni in the fall of 2012 to provide an opportunity to learn about and experience these concepts in a small group setting. Similar workshops have been provided to: The Bereavement Ontatio Network Annual Conference (a full day pre-conference workshop); Dr. Olga Sutherland's graduate class in the Couple and Family Therapy program at the University of Guelph; the clinical team of the Max and Bea Wolfe children's bereavement program at the Temmy Latner Centre for Pallitative Care at Mt. Sinai Hospital.
William was invited by the planning committee for the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers 2012 Annual Meeting and Education Day to present a workshop to members on innovations in private practice. He and colleagues Margotte Kaczanowska, Martin Frith and Sabrina Samsudeen told the story of how in 2009-2010 a 450 hour practicum was ‘built’ for Sabrina’s MSW Field placement at Ryerson University, and when all of the dust had cleared, William and Margotte had received the MSW Field Instructor of the Year award! The workshop was entitled: Collaborative Private Practice – Revenge of the Village People because when William was first asked by Sabrina and Ryerson to consider creating an MSW field placement, he realized it would "take a whole village to raise an MSW intern", a challenge previously considered impossible for a private practice.
is a Registered Social Worker. He started William Cooke & Associates in 1996.
is a Certified Canadian Counsellor. She has been an associate with William Cooke & Associates since 2014.