Dennis Bueckert M.S.W., R.S.W.
Director of Client Services
p. (306) 653-0538
f. (306) 665.7770
Dennis comes to the Lighthouse with an extensive human services background. He gained a Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Calgary in 1979 and has experience in a number of different sectors. He is registered with the Saskatchewan Association of Social Workers the professional governing body for Social Work practice in the province. Dennis started his career in the 70’s, working with Social Services, providing all of their mandated services including administering social assistance, doing child protection work, adoptions as well as juvenile and adult probation services. He then spent a number of years in hospital based social work, working with abusive parents, working with families in an outpatient psychiatry unit, working in an outpatient mental health setting with children and youth and being instrumental in developing a Centralized Intake Service for Mental Health Services, Saskatoon Health Region.
For the 13 years prior to coming on at the Lighthouse, Dennis worked out of the Family Counselling Centre as a private practice counsellor with individuals, couples and families providing varied counselling and assessment services. This included marital and family relationship counselling, custody and access assessments, work with children/parents in the course of separation and divorce, addictions assessment and outpatient treatment, as well as counselling individuals with mental illness or issues such as emotional dysregulation.
In addition to his counselling practice, Dennis also volunteered for 6 years with an inner city ministry developing an addictions recovery program, developing curriculum and teaching courses in an adult personal development training centre and leading a weekly men’s recovery support group.
As Director of Client Services, Dennis is responsible for planning, staffing, developing, implementing and supervising provision of Lighthouse Client Services. The service provides support to homeless and unstably housed individuals and consists of individual/group psycho-educational programming, recreational/leisure support as well as case management services within several program areas. These include supporting clients in: the Complex Needs Unit which serves clients with mental illness and/or addictions; Supported Living Tower; a men’s and a women’s Emergency Shelter; the Stabilization Unit, a specialized shelter and case management service for the manageably intoxicated; and the Mobile Outreach service for homeless and street entrenched individuals. These services are designed to help clients access and sustain housing, enhance well-being, improve quality of life, mitigate the effects of mental illness and addictions and foster improved and realistic levels of self- sufficiency.