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Mission Statement

As a member of the University of Michigan School of Dentistry and the Michigan Medicine Department of Social Work you will be a vital member of the teams to help prepare our dental students to work in a diverse and integrated workforce, to help manage patients with simple and complex psychosocial needs and advance awareness of the impact of social determinants on health. In this position, you will address patient and family needs which are often complex and chronic.  You will also be providing education and consultation to the interprofessional team on the following topics: motivational interviewing, biopsychosocial considerations including ADHD, anxiety, mood disorders, suicide assessment, communication skills for health care providers, diversity and inclusion.

Why Join Michigan Medicine?

Michigan Medicine is one of the largest health care complexes in the world and has been the site of many groundbreaking medical and technological advancements since the opening of the U-M Medical School in 1850. Michigan Medicine is comprised of over 30,000 employees and our vision is to attract, inspire, and develop outstanding people in medicine, sciences, and healthcare to become one of the world’s most distinguished academic health systems.  In some way, great or small, every person here helps to advance this world-class institution. Work at Michigan Medicine and become a victor for the greater good.

What Benefits can you Look Forward to?

  • Excellent medical, dental and vision coverage effective on your very first day
  •  Retirement Savings Opportunities


You will be responsible for:

-        Reviewing records, diagnostic assessments, symptom monitoring, care management, and care coordination, evaluating and recording progress with respect to treatment goals, and ongoing collaboration with the patient’s care team while drawing on social work experience and ongoing assessment of patient needs.

-        Participating in weekly team meetings and ongoing, frequent formal and informal consultations with the care team. This will require preparation, accurate and up-to-date patient records, and the ability to make case presentations accurately and concisely.

-        Working directly with patients both face-to-face and by phone contact.

-        Brief therapeutic interventions drawing on evidence-based psychotherapies, psychoeducation, safety planning, assisting family members in understanding and supporting the patient, and referrals to community resources are some of the skills needed in this position.

- Teaching students, faculty and staff about what services a social worker can provide and how to access those services. 


Required Qualifications*

-        A Master's degree in Social Work from a school accredited by the Council of Social Work Education.

-        A current license to practice social work in the State of Michigan or the ability to obtain a license in Michigan.

Desired Qualifications*

-           Previous experience with dental, medical, and/or mental health social work.

-        Skilled in developing rapport and effectively communicating with a diverse patient population.

-        Efficient, accurate assessment of patient needs.

-        Effective organizational skills, flexibility, self-motivation, the ability to effectively prioritize multiple competing tasks in a dynamic clinic setting.

-        Independent, sound decision-making is necessary for success in this position.

-        Effective collaboration with a large multi-disciplinary team.

-        Proficiency in keeping accurate and timely clinical records by computer.

Work Schedule

M-F 8:30-5:00 or 9:00-5:300

Underfill Statement

This position may be underfilled at a lower classification depending on the qualifications of the selected candidate.

Additional Information

**This will be a 3 year Term Limited role**

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.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days.  The review and selection process may begin as early as the eighth day after posting. This opening 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.