Susan is the owner and program director at Susan Ulmer Addiction Services.
A recovering addict herself, Susan has been clean for 27 years. She previously served as the program director at Pine Lodge Treatment Centre for 15 years.
Susan is a member of the Addictions Professional Association of Saskatchewan (APASK) and the Canadian Addiction Counsellors Certification Federation (CCACF). She has also received certification from the North American Training Institute and the International Certification & Reciprocity Consortium.
Richard is a recovering addict with 30-plus years of sobriety who has worked with addicts for years as a sponsor. Prior to finding sobriety, he was a news reported with CKY Television in Winnipeg for 12 years until drinking cost him his job, family, and time in jail. He understands addiction very well.
Once clean, as a business man in Regina for many years, Richard has hired many recovering addicts to work for his construction and catering companies. Richard was also the executive assistant to the honourable Lorne McLaren from 1982 to 1986
Richard completed the SASSI Clinical Interpretation course. and received the Saskatchewan Centennial Medal for his work in the community on behalf of the Premiere and Lieutenant Governor.
Jackie comes to us with a Master’s Degree in Social Work (Clinical Stream) from Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador. Jackie also holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Waterloo, and a Bachelor of Social Work from the University of Manitoba. In addition, she has obtained certifications in; Criminology (Memorial University), General Social Work and Social Work/Child Abuse (University of Waterloo- Renison College). Jackie has also received certification as an EMDR Therapist (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing).
Prior to moving to Regina, Jackie operated her own private therapeutic practice in West Kelowna, BC. Jackie has experience working with people around the areas of; trauma, grief and loss, physical, emotional, and sexual abuse, domestic violence, various mental illnesses, and disabilities such as Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). She was previously the Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Coordinator with Labrador Grenfell Health in her home town of Goose Bay, Labrador.
Jackie views the treatment she provides through a trauma informed lens, while using a client-centered strength’s perspective approach. She practices anti-oppressive social work, and believes in starting “where the client is”. Jackie uses various treatment modalities such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, (CBT), Mindfulness Based Therapy (MBT), Narrative Therapy, Psychoanalytic Therapy, and Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing therapy (EMDR) to treat trauma and PTSD if appropriate for the client.
On a personal note, Jackie has raised a child with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), and understands the struggles that families experience when caring for a child with a disability and other mental health issues. She also has much experience with grief and loss. Jackie had the unfortunate experience of watching her mother pass away with Alzheimer’s. Jackie has experienced growing up in an area that was strongly affected by social issues such as substance abuse and suicide.
In addition to her education and work experience, Jackie brings with her a wealth of life experience. Jackie was born and raised in Labrador, NL. In the early days of her career she worked on reserve in Sheshatshiu, Labrador. Jackie has extensive experience working with First Nation’s, Inuit, and Metis’ groups while in Labrador. Jackie’s husband and children are Inuit and are members of the Nunatsiavut Government in Labrador, NL. Therefore, she brings a special perspective and appreciation of Aboriginal culture to her therapeutic work.