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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

The Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (OGPS) is a vibrant research enterprise at UM and has remarkable breadth, depth, and innovation, attracting students and postdoctoral fellows from around the world for their research training.  OGPS is an information hub for our outstanding and diverse young scholars, and a resource for all of our trainees, faculty, and staff.  We aim to provide a healthy environment (mental, physical, etc.) as our trainees pursue their career in the biomedical sciences.  To this end, this position will work with the OGPS team to develop programs and pathways for students and postdocs to grow intellectually, personally, and professionally on their scientific journey.

Provide counseling for the increasing demand for mental health counseling and programmatic services at the University of Michigan Medical School.  This will include short-term, confidential mental health counseling, coaching, consultation and debriefing services to individuals and the organization to enhance health and well-being.  Collaborate with other wellness related services providing the highest quality, individual-oriented services and programs that support and foster the acquisition of strength-based skills to minimize the impact of everyday life stress, mental health conditions, and life crises, while maximizing academic success.  Represent OGPS both within and outside the University, serving on task forces as needed.  Other duties as assigned, this could include supervisory responsibilities.


Counseling Support:

  • Provide professional guidance and short-term counseling to OGPS trainees in distress. Work with trainees seeking help with a wide range of mental health and psychologically-related academic issues. 
  • Provide crisis counseling as needed.
  • Establish linkages and provide referrals to appropriate campus, community, and other resources based on benefit coverage while advocating with treatment and service providers, as needed.
  • Provide mitigating interventions when critical incidences affect OGPS trainees by providing immediate crisis management, follow-up, and post-ventilation services.
  • Maintain highest standards of confidentiality and adhere to relevant professional standards, ethics, and quality of care.

Faculty and Departmental Support:

  • Act as a liaison to faculty and staff providing guidance, support and consultation to assess emergent and urgent situations and make recommendations to solution, case management, referral and follow-up.
  • Identify risk factors for mental illness and effectively follow-up with at-risk trainees.

Programmatic Development: 

  • Identify, create and deliver programmatic opportunities to develop and strengthen coping skills and maximize trainee’s wellbeing and academic success. 
  • Develop forums to help trainees develop lifelong skills to maintain physical and mental health.
  • Provide preventive and proactive educational training and consultation services to faculty and staff on matters related to mental health, quality of life and well-being to help create positive cultures within the work environment for our trainees.

Required Qualifications*

  • Ph.D. or Master’s Degree in clinical/counseling psychology or a M.S.W.  Masters’ candidates must demonstrate relevant professional experience with clear progression in duties and responsibilities.

  • Licensed in field of practice in the State of Michigan.

  • Experience counseling students in a college or university setting.

  • Experience with mental health assessment and crisis management.

  • Knowledge of national trends in mental health and health and well-being.

  • Ability to work independently and be self-motivated.

  • Awareness of and/or expertise in mental-health-related issues facing young adults.

  • Comfort working in an interdisciplinary setting with a wide range of trainees, faculty and staff.

  • Knowledge of the University of Michigan and psychotherapy services in the surrounding area.

  • Multicultural competency and experience working with diverse clients.

  • Excellent interpersonal, problem-solving, oral and written skills.

Desired Qualifications*

  • Experience identifying common concerns and creating programmatic opportunities.

  • Experience in group facilitation.

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.

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.