Michael Kluba, BSW, RSW
Manager of Addiction Services
I’m a Registered Social Worker with the Saskatchewan Association of Social Workers. I earned my Bachelor of Social Work Degree from the University of Regina, and have three years of education in psychology from the University of Saskatchewan. In the spring of 2019 I completed specialized intensive training in addictions, substance use, co-occurring disorders and codependency at Hazelden Betty Ford in Palm Springs, California. My pathway to human services work began in 2004, professionally in healthcare and social services in 2009, and as a Medical Social Worker and Clinical Counsellor in 2014.
In my training at Hazelden Betty Ford, I was trained in treating the disease of addiction with an emphasis on 12-step recovery and facilitation, co-occurring disorders, neurobiology of addiction, spirituality and recovery. I shadowed leading addictions specialists, families, and patients through classroom instruction, clinical observation, and integration into the patient and family life. I am trained to conduct the Substance Abuse Subtle Screening Inventory (SASSI), which is a validated psychological screening tool designed to identify a low or high probability of a substance use disorder, and assists in determining the appropriate level of treatment. I administer the SASSI for individuals, families, and workplaces. I have also worked in inpatient addictions detox and residential treatment, and have extensive experience providing various interventions to those with addictions and their families in the Emergency Department and Intensive Care Unit.
I have a diverse knowledge base, education, and experience in human services and health care. I have worked with individuals with severe physical impairments, making me highly cognizant of the complex family dynamics that occur as a result of such impairments. I have experience in child welfare, I’ve facilitated foster/adoptive parent training, and I’m educated in child development. I am highly knowledgeable and experienced in working with individuals and families with mental illnesses, trauma, individual relationship issues, family differences, high conflict divorce, acute and chronic health concerns, end-of-life care, and death. I’ve worked extensively in acute care (Medicine, Surgery, Intensive Care Unit, Emergency Department, Pediatric Palliative Care, Pediatric Cardiology), as well as non-acute geriatrics, and have vast experience in working with patients and families in these areas with multiple intricate issues. This experience has offered me the privilege to provide crisis counselling and crisis intervention to families and patients during traumatic events and end-of-life, offering me extensive experience in grief and loss.
I am on Aspire Too’s High Conflict Team, where I am trained with New Ways for Families, a parenting skills method for high conflict divorce or separation cases designed to prevent child alienation. I facilitate supervised visitations of children with the non-custodial parent, and as per court order in the office, the client’s home, and in the community.
I am educated and highly experienced in Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST), and I am trained in pet bereavement counselling, a bereavement program unique to those experiencing pet loss. I’m informed, educated, sensitive, and experienced with queer issues. I have experience working with people of all ages, cultures, ethnicities, sexual orientation, and gender identity.
My approach to practice includes: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Motivational Interviewing with an emphasis on Family Systems and Mindfulness Counselling. I provide holistic care, paying detailed attention to the bio-psycho-social-spiritual components of clients.
I am client-centered and strength-based. I provide counselling, case management, and services to individuals and families living with issues in:
- Addictions and Codependency
- High Conflict Divorce
- Supervised Visitation
- Individual Relationship Issues
- Death, Dying, Grief, and Loss
- Family Counselling
- Critical Incident Debriefings
- Situational Stress and Workplace Stress
- LGBTQ Issues
- Mental Health
- Acute and Chronic Physical Health support (for individuals and families)
I have walked experiences of trauma and codependency, and provided in the role as a child caregiver. I’m highly active, a health nut, and enjoy spending time with my husky/shepherd, Zeus. I’m known for my humour, compassion, empathy, candor, proactivity, kindness, honesty, and supportive nature with clients. I have a flexible schedule and I am often able to accommodate requests for appointments at alternate times.
- Tel: (306) 382-2391
- Location: Saskatoon