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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

This full-time (1.0 FTE) position is for a Clinical Social Worker at Burlington Back and Pain Center.  This fast-paced outpatient clinic assists patients who live with and manage chronic pain.  This position requires providing psychosocial assessments, delivering evidence-based psychotherapies, and providing care management services.  The focus of this position is to provide evidence-based therapies to assist with issues related to living with and managing chronic pain.  Mental health experience in working with adjustment issues, anxiety and depression, personality disorders, and other diagnoses frequently experienced by those coping with persistent pain and substance abuse is essential.  Clinical training and experience in delivering evidence-based psychotherapies is required, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Behavior Activation modalities.  Extensive training and experience in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, including delivery of both individual and group DBT treatment is required. 


This position will work collaboratively with the interdisciplinary medical team to identify and treat individuals who will benefit from 1:1 or group psychotherapy.  Treatment activities and decision making are predominantly performed in collaboration with team psychologists, though being the only on-site clinical social worker also requires the ability to work independently.  Program development opportunities to provide innovative patient care (e.g., new support or treatment groups) also exist.

Required Qualifications*

A Master's degree (MSW) in social work from a school accredited by the Council of Social Work Education is necessary.  Candidates must have a current clinical license (LMSW) to practice social work in the State of Michigan, with clinical certification.  LLMSWs will not be considered for this position

Desired Qualifications*

A minimum of two to four years of experience in providing billable services in an outpatient setting is preferred. Experience in providing both mental health and medical social work is desirable.  his position requires efficient, accurate assessment of patient needs, excellent verbal and written communication skills, ability to quickly develop therapeutic relationships with a diverse patient population, excellent organizational skills, maintaining accurate and timely clinical records, exercising independent decision-making and critical thinking skills, participation in team meetings, and the ability to effectively prioritize multiple competing tasks.  It is essential to be able to work independently in a variety of demanding situations, utilizing critical decision making skills.  The successful candidate must be flexible, adaptive, be able to work effectively in a multidisciplinary team environment, and able to access community resources.  Experience working with the chronic pain population is desirable.

Work Schedule

Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., during the hours of clinic operation.  Some flexibility may be required.  This position will report to the Social Work Department with matrix reporting to the Burlington Back and Pain Clinic Manager and Medical Director.

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

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. Pre-employment drug testing applies to all selected candidates, including new or additional faculty and staff appointments, as well as transfers from other U-M campuses.

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.