Ruth Pluznick, MSW, RSW is a narrative practitioner and the Director of Clinical Services at Oolagen, a public Children’s Mental Health Centre in Toronto, Canada. She is a member of the international faculty of the Dulwich Centre (where narrative therapy originated), and a co-founder and teacher for the Narrative Therapy Centre of Toronto. Ruth is particularly committed to the application of these ideas in marginalized communities.
Ruth has taught narrative therapy locally and internationally for 25 years, including workshops in Rwanda, Ramallah, Jerusalem, Hong Kong, Singapore and Australia. With her colleague Natasha Kis-Sines, Ruth has developed a program for children growing up with parents experiencing mental health difficulties; the young people share their stories with other youth and families in similar circumstances. Natasha and Ruth have published three articles about this project and a documentary film with these young people and their parents. Ruth is also involved with narrative projects in a range of community initiatives. The Department of Psychiatry at the Hospital for Sick Children selected Ruth as the 2014/2015 recipient of the Elizabeth Manson Award for Clinical Excellence.