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Job Summary

Psychotherapy position for clinical social worker in the University of Michigan Addiction Services program, located in the ambulatory department of psychiatry. This position is for an adolescent therapist who will conduct evaluations of new patients, provide group, individual and family therapy, and also co-facilitate the intensive out-patient program for adolescents.  This is a 40 hour a week, Monday-Friday, position that will  often require two evenings a week of seeing patients and families (typically until 6:30-7pm). 

Why Join the Department of Social Work UMATS team?

As a member of this team, you will play a vital role in the development and delivery of evidence-based services to adolescents with substance use disorders. You will be a core member of a group of mental health providers with a clear commitment to improving outcomes for both psychiatric and substance use disorders. 

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:

  • Participating in weekly multi-disciplinary team meetings as well attending weekly adolescent team meetings. Both meetings will require making brief case presentations in order to get consultation and assistance from team.
  • Having a caseload of around 30 hours a week, depending upon how many groups and other assignments.
  • Providing psychiatric evaluations, evidence-based therapy for individuals and families and group therapy.
  • Making referrals to community agencies and residential centers.  Also, referring to Psychiatric Emergency Services, when indicated.
  • Keeping up-to date records in mi-chart and providing statistical information required by social work department.  Completing m-learning activities and all other required departmental requirements.

Required Qualifications*

Applicant must be fully licensed.  Experience working with psychiatrically diagnosed youth and adolescents is essential as is the ability to conduct a psychiatric evaluation and make diagnoses and treatment recommendations.  In addition to knowledge about psychiatric conditions, the applicant must have some experience providing evidence-based interventions with youth.  Experience treating substance use disorders is strongly preferred.  Many of the patients have dual diagnoses. Training and experience applying CBT, Motivational Interviewing and DBT models are desirable.

  • 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.  The applicant must have an LMSW.

Desired Qualifications*

  • Previous psychotherapy experience with youth with substance use disorders as well as other co-occurring psychiatric conditions.
  • 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.
  • Experience working with telehealth or video platforms for remote delivery of interventions

Work Schedule

This is full time, 40 hour/week position. The typical schedule is Monday-Friday -start and end times will vary depending upon clinical responsibilities and will involve late afternoon and early evening appointments on at least two days.

Work Locations

This position is at Rachel Upjohn Building at East Ann Arbor Health Center—4250 Plymouth Road-Ann Arbor, Michigan, 48105.

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.