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A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your resume. The cover letter should include 1) your specific interest in the position; 2) your skills and experience that directly relate to this position; and 3) your approach to understanding the perspectives of colleagues and community partners from different backgrounds and different cultural viewpoints.

Job Summary

The Department of Psychiatry at the University of Michigan Medical School is seeking an experienced, energetic, highly motivated, and organized individual to join a growing research and program development team with the TRAILS Program (Transforming Research into Action to Improve the Lives of Students) as a Clinical Mental Health Coaching Consultant, Research Area Specialist Senior.

The mission of TRAILS ( is to provide more equitable and improved access to evidence-based mental health services for all students. TRAILS partners with a wide variety of community stakeholders to build capacity within K-12 schools so that their students affected by mental illnesses and mental health challenges are best supported. TRAILS provides clinical resources, training, and implementation support to educators and school or community mental health professionals with the aim of improving student health and social and educational outcomes and promoting health and healthcare equity. TRAILS has a particular focus on partnering with under-resourced communities with elevated Medicaid enrollment. We partner with Intermediate School Districts (ISDs) across the state of Michigan, with our largest collaboration occurring with the Detroit Public Schools Community District.

The Clinical Mental Health Coaching Consultant will provide Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Mindfulness coaching to school staff working with grades 3-12 and provide general support to the TRAILS team.


The Clinical Mental Health Coaching Consultant will report to the clinical supervisor and will work with the principal investigator and other research team members to efficiently carry out a range of tasks. S/he/they will be expected to attain familiarity with and proficiency in all program-related resources. Duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Coach school professionals in CBT and mindfulness by co-facilitating skills groups in school buildings
  • Provide support to school professionals outside of group via emails, phone calls, and meetings to assist school professionals with learning TRAILS material and implementing CBT
  • Assist with data collection and reporting for TRAILS groups
  • Travel daily to/from schools, primarily in Detroit
  • Build positive relationships with school staff and administrators
  • Attend meetings with community partners to promote the program, engage participants, assist with school or district-level program planning, etc.
  • Attend team meetings and coach support calls to troubleshoot challenges, discuss best practices, refine coaching delivery, and provide support to other TRAILS coaches
  • Assist with development of coach communications as needed, including coach announcements and newsletters
  • Identify barriers to implementation of TRAILS programming in assigned schools and working with TRAILS teams to problem-solve
  • Assist with delivery of TRAILS trainings as needed, including trainings in CBT, the TRAILS coaching protocol, group planning workshops, etc.
  • Assist with material development and revisions as-needed, particularly during the summer when schools are not in session

Required Qualifications*

  • Master’s degree or higher in social work, psychology, public health or related field
  • Expertise in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and experience delivering CBT in clinical settings
  • 5 to 8 years of extensive work experience in research or related fields (e.g., LLMSW, MPH)
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Strong teaching, instruction, and coaching skills
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills and high degree of professionalism
  • Ability to work both collaboratively as part of a team, and independently in a dynamic environment with multiple competing priorities
  • Demonstrated ability to be organized and self-directed, anticipating program and partner needs

Desired Qualifications*

  • Interest in working with mental health research
  • Experience and familiarity with Detroit Public Schools Community District 
  • Experience in public school settings
  • Team-oriented and supportive work ethic
  • Experience providing 1:1 training or coaching to others in a school or clinical setting
  • Experience with public-speaking and provision of trainings
  • Familiarity with TRAILS materials
  • Strong computer skills (e.g. Microsoft and Google suites, task-sharing applications, etc.)

Work Schedule

Monday - Friday 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 pm

Work Locations

Department of Psychiatry, TRAILS, NCRC, 1600 Huron Parkway, Bldg. 520, Ann Arbor, MI

Background Screening

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

Background Screening

Michigan Medicine conducts background screening and pre-employment drug testing on job candidates 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. Pre-employment drug testing applies to all selected candidates, including new or additional faculty and staff appointments, as well as transfers from other U-M campuses.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days.  The review and selection process may begin as early as the eighth day after posting. This opening may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.


The University of Michigan participates with the federal EVerify system.  Individuals hired into positions that are funded by a federal contract with the FAR EVerify clause must have their identity and work eligibility confirmed by the EVerify system.  This position is identified as a position that may include the EVerify requirement.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

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


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COVID-19 vaccinations are now required for all University of Michigan students, faculty and staff across all three campuses, including Michigan Medicine.  This includes those working or learning remotely.  More information on this policy is available on the Campus Blueprint website or the U-M Dearborn and U-M Flint websites.