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Job Summary

Why Join the Department of Social Work and Bone Marrow Transplantation Teams?

The clinical social worker on this team will play a vital role in providing specialized psychosocial support for patients undergoing bone marrow transplant (BMT).  It involves partnering with the BMT medical team to provide collaborative care and planning for challenging and complex patient needs in preparing for BMT.  The clinical social worker will be a core member of BMT team, providing expertise in psychosocial care for patients, caregivers and families throughout the pre-transplant process, fostering adaptation and healthy coping, including advanced care planning and end of life decision making.  This position also includes social work coverage to Leukemia and cellular therapies patients.

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. 

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:

  • Pre-bone marrow transplant psychosocial evaluation, high risk screening for psychosocial factors that may negatively impact therapy outcomes
  • Establishing a therapeutic relationship and engaging in problem solving and planning to develop caregiver and relocation plans
  • Counseling and support for adjustment to illness, depression, anxiety, survivorship, grief and loss, advanced care planning and end of life decision making
  • Facilitation of family meetings and bridge communication with the care team
  • Continuous screening for adjustment to impact of treatment
  • Navigating emotional and practical needs related to complications that can be life-threatening and require lengthy follow-up care
  • Psychoeducation and linkage with resources such as support groups and financial assistance
  • Advocacy and system navigation
  • Participation in data-gathering and evidence-based program development/evaluation
  • Collaboration with inpatient clinical social worker and medical team to ensure appropriate transitions

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 medical and mental health social work.
  • 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, 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 a temporary, full-time, 40 hour/week position. It is expected this temporary role will be from 7/1/2021-1/31/22. The typical schedule is Monday-Friday with start and end times 8:00-4:30 or 8:30-5:00.

Work Locations

Michigan Medicine, Main Medical Campus, 1500 E. Medical Center Dr., Ann Arbor, MI 48109. There may be opportunity for partial remote work to be determined at a later date.

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.