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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

Clinical Social Workers working within Psychiatric Emergency Services (PES) have clinical responsibility to conduct new patient evaluations including suicide risk assessment for adult and children in an acute care setting. This includes assessment, DSM-IV diagnoses, treatment planning, crisis intervention and discharge planning. Additionally, these staff provide brief individual and family crisis psychotherapy, patient education using best practice models which are applicable to PES practice settings. Other responsibilities include providing crisis care management services for adult and children populations including telephone crisis intervention and brief stabilizing care. Patient Management and treatment include coordination of care both internal and external to University of Michigan Health System and assisting patients with appropriate levels of care.

Staff also assist with patient, family and visitor concerns and care management as needed. Coordinating admissions, outpatient care, verifying insurance, completing petitions and coordinating with PES treatment team, law enforcement probate court and other key personnel are also functions to this position.

Applicants must have the ability to acquire skills in electronic charting, data entry using multiple data bases, and phone systems. Applicants must have the ability to prioritize and complete tasks in a timely manner while collaborating with the Psychiatric Emergency Services treatment team and other providers. The social worker will participate in the education and training of students, and staff from social work and other disciplines.

Required Qualifications*

Master's degree in Social Work from a school accredited by the Council of Social Work Education is necessary. Must have current clinical license to practice social work in the State of Michigan. Clinical practice concentration and field practicuum or recent work experience in health care required.

Desired Qualifications*

At least four (4) years of Social Work experience in a psychiatric setting is strongly recommended to be successful in all positions within Psychiatric Emergency Services. Experience and training with managing patients and visitors who have behavioral dyscontrol and the ability to de-escalate escalating behavior per UMHS/PES practices and knowledge of the Michigan Mental Health Code are critical to this position.

Prefer candidate with psychiatric social work experience working as a member of an interdisciplinary team. The ideal candidate will have strong assessment skills, knowledge of community resources, comfort with fast-paced care environment, and a proven ability to work well with patients and families as well as staff in community agencies. Additionally, ideal candidates will possess the ability to relate well with diverse client populations while managing a large caseload with multiple competing demands.

Work Schedule

This position will work 24 hours a week during 'midnight' shifts on the weekends

Underfill Statement

This position may be underfilled at a lower classification depending on the qualifications of the selected candidate. Advancement through the career ladder at the Expert or Clinical Scholar Level is required for placement in the MSW Senior Classification

Background Screening

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

Background Screening

University of Michigan Health System 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.

Mission Statement

The University of Michigan Health System 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.