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A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your resume. The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position and outline skills and experience that directly relate to this position.

Job Summary

We are seeking a candidate to fill the position of Clinical Research Therapist for HomeFront Strong, a grant-funded resiliency intervention program for military and veteran spouses.

HomeFront Strong is a manualized 8-week group intervention for military/veteran spouses, grounded in evidence-based strategies from cognitive behavioral therapy, positive psychology, and dialectical behavior therapy. The Therapist will be responsible for assessing, consenting, and enrolling participants into the program and co-leading HomeFront Strong group sessions with community providers at various sites throughout Michigan. The Therapist will also co-facilitate trainings of community providers in the HomeFront Strong model, and will provide coaching, support, and supervision to community providers as they implement the intervention independently.

HomeFront Strong is one of a collection of programs dedicated to military/veteran mental health under the umbrella of M-SPAN (Military and Support Programs; www.m-span.org) in the Department of Psychiatry and Depression Center. The M-SPAN team is interdisciplinary, and includes representation from social work, psychology, psychiatry, public health, business, communication, and the military.

This position is funded by a Department of Defense grant awarded to Dr. Michelle Kees. This position will report to Jennifer Lamb, LMSW, MSCD.

Responsibilities*

Clinical Research Therapist:

  • Conduct participant assessments prior to and after group participation, including preparation of assessment materials, scheduling assessments, maintaining a database to track participants, and conducting qualitative interviews with participants
  • Co-lead the HomeFront Strong group intervention for military/veteran spouses with a community provider at community-based sites
  • Prepare materials for each of the HomeFront Strong sessions, complete session checklists and study documentation, update study databases, follow all research protocols and procedures, and participate in weekly clinical supervision/coaching

Clinical Supervision and Coaching:

  • Serve as the on-site liaison for community groups
  • Assist in all logistics of planning community provider trainings and co-facilitate provider trainings
  • Provide coaching, supervision, and mentorship to community providers as they implement HomeFront Strong independently

Study Coordination:

  • Work closely with the study team on all aspects of project implementation
  • Complete reporting requirements necessary for grant funding and institutional regulatory approval
  • Maintain project databases of participant attendance and provider activity
  • Complete other project-related tasks as requested

Community Outreach and Recruitment

  • Periodically assist with recruitment of participants into HomeFront Strong by attending military/veteran-related events and presenting about the program.  Please note, some of these events occur on evenings/weekend at various locations throughout the state.

Required Qualifications*

The following qualifications are required for this position:

  • Master’s degree  in Social Work, Counseling, Psychology, or a similar discipline
  • 4-5 years of related experience
  • Recent experience providing therapy to patients, including as a lead or co-lead of group therapy sessions with adults
  • Past training and clinical experience in providing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to present to small and large groups
  • Highly organized, with strong attention to detail and ability to multi-task within deadlines
  • High level of professionalism, with a warm, engaging, and outgoing style
  • Self-starter who can work independently, and can also collaborate with a team
  • Willingness to travel and reliable transportation; Evening work required
  • Fully proficient in PowerPoint, Excel and other Microsoft Office tools

Desired Qualifications*

The following qualifications are preferred, although not required:

  • Fully licensed in Social Work, Counseling, Psychology, or a similar discipline, strongly desired. 
  • Personal or professional experience with military/veteran populations
  • Experience providing clinical supervision to other clinicians or trainees
  • Experience leading or co-leading training seminars
  • Experience working with clinical research projects
  • Previous training or experience in Positive Psychology and/or Dialectical Behavioral Therapy

Work Schedule

This is a full-time position.  However, strong candidates wanting less than full-time work will also be considered.  Work schedule will vary, with an expectation of ~2 nights weekly for groups, and periodic weekends to attend recruitment events.

Work Locations

Primary location for this position will be at the M-SPAN offices in Ann Arbor (2025 Traverwood), with reimbursable travel throughout regions of Michigan to co-lead evening HomeFront Strong groups at community sites, co-lead full-day trainings, and to attend periodic outreach events.

Additional Information

In addition to a resume and references, candidates are asked to submit a cover letter that describes past experiences with individual and group therapy; supervision of other clinicians; leading training sessions; cognitive behavioral therapy; clinical research studies; and/or involvement with military/veteran populations.

Contact
Jennifer Lamb
lambjm@med.umich.edu

Background Screening

Michigan Medicine conducts background screening and pre-employment drug testing on job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent job offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background screenings.  Background screenings are performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Report Act.

Background Screening

Under Michigan law, a criminal history check including fingerprinting is required as a condition of transfer or employment for this position.

Mission Statement

Michigan Medicine improves the health of patients, populations and communities through excellence in education, patient care, community service, research and technology development, and through leadership activities in Michigan, nationally and internationally.  Our mission is guided by our Strategic Principles and has three critical components; patient care, education and research that together enhance our contribution to society.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days. This job may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.