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Job Summary

As a member of this team, you will play a vital role in treating child and adolescents with psychiatric conditions in a state of the art in-patient unit. The hospitalizations are short-term and there is high acuity.  The care is provided by a multi-disciplinary team in an academic environment and social work plays a pivotal role. The job involves conducting psycho-social assessments for every patient, working intensively with families around communication and behavior problems, providing support and psychoeducation, arriving at and implementing discharge plans, and being an integral member of the team to address psycho-social difficulties and address cultural dimensions of cases.

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.


You will be responsible for:

  • Evaluating patient/family system and meeting with significant people in patient’s life. Making appropriate referrals to CPS if needed.  Arranging for supports in community for after-care (day programs, individual and family therapists) and assisting family with planning. All interventions are documented.
  • Participating in daily multi-disciplinary team meetings.  Articulating to the team the progress of family work and discharge planning.
  • Working directly with patients regarding discharge planning and family concerns.
  • Brief therapeutic interventions drawing on evidence-based psychotherapies, psychoeducation, safety planning, assisting family members in understanding and supporting the patient, grief counseling, and safety planning.

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.

Desired Qualifications*

  • Previous experience with mental health social work, working with children/adolescents, in a hospital setting, day hospital environment, or CMH.  Knowledge about psychiatric diagnoses and the ability to provide effective psycho-education to families.
  • 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 psychotherapeutic interventions (e.g., CBT, MI, Family Systems, Parent Behavioral Training, psychoeducation) relevant to working with youth with psychiatric illnesses and suicidal crises.
  • Knowledge of community resources and effectiveness with making referrals for after-care.
  • Training and experience delivery culturally sensitive care and DEI training

Work Schedule

This is full time, 40 hour/week position. The schedule is typically 8:30-5pm.  The shift will involve working Sundays-Thursday.

Work Locations

This position will work out the Nyman Family Unit for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, located on the 8th floor of CS Mott Children’s 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

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.