Michael Kluba, BSW, RSW
Michael is a Registered Social Worker with the Saskatchewan Association of Social Workers. Michael has his Bachelor of Social Work Degree from the University of Regina, and three years of undergraduate level education in Psychology from the University of Saskatchewan.
Michael has a diverse knowledge base, education, and experience in human services and health care. Michael has worked with individuals with severe physical impairments, and is conscious of the complex family dynamics that occur as a result of such impairments. Michael has experience in Child Welfare, is aware of signs of abuse, has facilitated foster/adoptive parent training, and is educated in child development. Michael is highly knowledgeable and experienced in working with individuals who have experienced trauma, mental health, and addictions. He has worked in the health care areas of addictions counselling and detox, Critical Care (Emergency Department and Intensive Care Unit), Internal Medicine, Acute Care Pediatrics, Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, Vascular/Thoracic and General Surgical units, and has vast experience in working with patients and families in these areas with multiple intricate issues. Michael also has experience working with violence, domestic abuse, and anger management.
Michael works from a variety of therapeutic approaches including: Systems approach, Brief Solution Focused Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, as well as aspects of Narrative Therapy, where the client is always the expert. He provides holistic care, paying detailed attention to the bio-psycho-social-spiritual components of clients. He is educated and experienced in Crisis Intervention; Crisis Counselling; Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST); and New Ways for Families, a parenting skills method for potentially high conflict divorce or separation cases. Michael is trained in Pet Bereavement Counselling, a bereavement program unique to those experiencing pet loss. Michael is informed, educated, and sensitive to Queer issues. Michael has experience working with people of all ages, cultures, ethnicities, sexual orientation, and gender identity.
Michael is known for his humour, compassion and empathy, candor, proactivity, calmness, honesty, and supportive nature with clients.
Michael is client-centered, strength-based and a generalist practitioner. He provides counselling and case management to individuals and families dealing with:
- Pet Bereavement
- Crisis and Conflict Management (for individuals and families)
- Trauma including Acute Trauma and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Death, Dying, Grief, and Loss
- Queer Issues (i.e. “coming out,” acceptance, loss, self-esteem, relationships, and family dynamics)
- High Conflict Divorce Solutions (New Ways for Families)
- Mental Health (Anxiety, Depression, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, other mood disorders, and Self-Harm)
- Acute and Chronic Physical Health support (for individuals and families)
- Suicide Survivor Support to families
- Emotional Regulation, including Anger Management
- Decision Making
Michael has a flexible schedule, and is available during the day, some evenings and weekends.