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Job Summary

As a member of this team, you will play a vital role in delivering care to patients (ages 18 and older) who require acute hospitalization because of serious psychiatric problems (suicidal behaviors, psychoses, dual-diagnoses, mood disorders, etc.), Social workers function as an integral part of a multi-disciplinary team, working with families, running groups and creating and implementing discharge plans.

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:

  • Meeting with all patients and many families to develop psychosocial assessments.
  • Facilitating a therapy group
  • Providing psychoeducation and support to families
  • Developing and implementing discharge plans
  • Coordinating care with community providers and other programs
  • Providing relevant psycho-social information to team members
  • Mentoring and teaching social work students and other trainees

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 working in a psychiatric hospital or day program, community mental health center, or psychiatric emergency room
  • Excellent interpersonal skills required for working in a multi-disciplinary setting
  • Knowledge of community resources and ability to make referrals and negotiate with agencies
  • Skill and comfort working with families who are under great stress and require support and psychoeducation
  • Comfort working with patients with psychotic disorders and behavioral disturbance
  • Knowledge working with people with dual-diagnoses and ability to develop appropriate discharge plans for substance abuse disorders
  • Interest in facilitating a therapy group
  • Experience with electronic medical records and the ability to provide documentation in a timely, efficient, manner

Work Schedule

This is full time, 40 hour/week position. The typical schedule will be 8:30-5:00pm, Sunday-Thursday.

Work Locations

The adult in-patient psychiatric unit on 9C, 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

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.

Background Screening

Under Michigan law, a criminal history check including fingerprinting is required as a condition of transfer or employment for this position.

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.