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Job Summary

Why Join the Department of Social Work 9C Adult Psychiatry Team?

As a member of this team, you will play a vital role as an integral member of an interdisciplinary team providing psychiatric acute care for adult hospitalized patients.  Social workers complete a psycho-social assessment on every patient, meet with families and provide psychoeducation and help with aftercare, provide group therapy for in-patients, conduct individual meetings with patients around family concerns and provide help with concrete services and discharge planning.    

The Department of Social Work strives to foster an environment of respect, diversity and inclusion; a place where every person feels valued and can thrive. 

What Perks and Benefits Can You Look Forward to?

  • 2:1 match on retirement savings
  • Excellent medical, dental, and vision coverage starting on day one of employment
  • Generous Paid Time Off (PTO) and paid holidays
  • Financial support for continuing education and certifications



You will be responsible for:

  • Psychosocial assessments of patients and their involved families
  • Conducting group therapy
  • Utilizing evidence-based treatments such as: motivational interviewing, DBT and CBT, crisis intervention.
  • Provide care management for 9C patients and discharge planning to next levels of care.
  • Providing psychoeducation to patients and families about psychiatric illness.
  • Training and supervision of social work interns.
  • Providing a high degree of flexibility and versatility in working with an interdisciplinary team.

Required Qualifications*

  • A Master's degree in Social Work from a school accredited by the Council of Social Work Education.
  • We prefer a person who is fully licensed (LMSW) or very close to being eligible to becoming fully licensed to practice social work in the State of Michigan.

Desired Qualifications*

  • At least two years of experience working with psychiatric patients.
  • Preferably two years of experience on in-patient psychiatric units, partial programs, CMH, and/or emergency settings.
  • Skilled in developing rapport and effectively communicating with a diverse patient population.
  • Efficient, accurate assessment of patient needs and effective case dispositions.
  • Effective organizational skills, flexibility, self-motivation, the ability to effectively prioritize multiple competing tasks in a dynamic psychiatric care unit.
  • Independent, sound decision-making.
  • Effective collaboration with a large multi-disciplinary team.

Work Schedule

40 hours per week, Tuesday-Saturday, usually 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM.

Work Locations

9 C—Adult in-patient psychiatric unit-- University Hospital.

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

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.

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.