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Job Summary

Why Join the Department of Social Work Behavioral Health Collaborative Care team?

As a member of this team, you will play a vital role specific to the Behavioral Health Collaborative Care program. BHCC is an integrated care model which aims to improve behavioral healthcare access for patients with depression, anxiety and other common mental health diagnoses. This program emphasizes mental health as an important component of overall health and wellness and is an integral part of the primary care medical home. Our collaborative care model is a joint effort between the Ambulatory Care Social Work Department and the Department of Psychiatry.  The focus is on tracking a patient population with mental health concerns such as depression and anxiety. 

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

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.

Responsibilities*

You will be responsible for:

  • Reviewing records, diagnostic assessment, symptom monitoring, care management and care coordination, evaluating and recording progress with respect to treatment goals, and ongoing collaboration with the patient’s medical home team while drawing on social work experience and ongoing assessment of patient needs.
  • Participating in weekly psychiatric case consultation. This will require preparation, accurate and up-to-date patient registry and records maintenance, and the ability to make case presentations accurately and concisely.
  • Working directly with patients both face-to-face and by phone contacts. You'll contact a vast majority of your patients by phone.
  • Use of brief evidenced based therapeutic interventions, psychoeducation, safety planning, assisting family members in understanding and supporting the patient, grief counseling, and referrals to community resources are some of the skills needed.  Additional duties as assigned.

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.
  • LMSW (LLMSW’s will not be considered)

Desired Qualifications*

  • Knowledge of or experience of working in a collaborative care model.
  • Experience with medical and mental health social work.
  • Experience consulting with psychiatric providers.
  • 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 medical clinic.
  • 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.
  • Experience with evidence-based interventions (e.g., CBT, PST, ACT, DBT) and familiarity with brief, structured interventions (e.g., Motivational Interviewing, Behavioral Activation), along with a basic knowledge of psychopharmacology.

Work Schedule

This is full time, 40 hour/week position. The typical schedule is Monday-Friday with start and end times 8:00-4:30 or 8:30-5:00.  

Work Locations

West Ann Arbor Health Center

380 Parkland Plaza

Ann Arbor, MI 48103

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

University of Michigan Health System conducts background screening and pre-employment drug testing on job candidate 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 any time after the minimum posting period has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.