Steve Cooke

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"Steve has 26 years experience in drug and alcohol treatment services in both structured day treatment and residential rehabilitation settings. In 1985 Steve was part of the team that established ARA (Addiction Recovery Agency) in Bristol, he then trained as a counsellor in 1987 and returned to ARA initially as a counsellor, then became counselling team leader and eventually clinical manager. He moved to The Nelson Trust in 1996 as clinical team manager. In 1999 after management and finance training at Ashridge College Steve became involved in the management of the Trust and became Chief Executive in 2000.

"Steve has designed and developed innovative new drug and alcohol treatment programmes integrating education, training and vocational programmes within the clinical setting. Initiated resettlement and supported housing programmes, including a floating support scheme for people completing treatment programmes. Special professional studies and interests are in the area of “organisational change within drug and alcohol treatment settings” and “developing integrated treatment programmes”.

"He was also involved in the development of eATA. He has training experience in the following areas; transactional analysis, cognitive behavioural therapy, counselling training and supervision, business and finance. Specialist qualifications: MSc Counselling training and supervision, Bristol University. Management and business training, Ashridge College. " [1]


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  1. EATA Board, organizational web page, accessed April 19, 2013.