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Job Summary

The social worker functions as an integral member of the psychiatry consultation –liaison team.  Interdisciplinary collaboration is central to role. Social worker works with medical social workers, medical personnel and psychiatry staff and faculty on 9C, PES, and ambulatory.  The social worker joins the CL team on rounds, meets with patients and occasionally family members and provides brief interventions to patients. Most often the social worker makes recommendations about after-care. These recommendations can involve discharge planning and referrals to ambulatory clinics. Oftentimes, the patient requires psychiatric hospitalization and the social worker will facilitate transfers, working with insurance companies and connecting with receiving hospitals.

Why Join the Department of Social Work Adult Psychiatry Consultation- Liaison team?

As a member of this team, you will play a vital role in offering support to patients during medical admissions and connecting patients to mental health services as needed.

This position requires knowledge and experience dealing with acute crises and assessing psychiatric illness and substance abuse.  The job is fast-paced and requires a sophisticated ability to negotiate on behalf of patient to arrange aftercare. The social worker should be knowledgeable about MI in order to help a patient accept recommendation for substance abuse treatments or other psychiatric care.

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

Michigan Medicine 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 patient and family as needed to arrange discharge plans
  • Coordinating and facilitating transfers to psychiatric hospitals.
  • Working with insurance plans to make transfers to psychiatric dispositions.
  • Coordinating between psychiatric and medical teams

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.
  • Knowledge about psychiatric diagnoses and resources.
  • 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.
  • Knowledge of community resources for psychiatric illness and substance abuse.
  • Ability to facilitate transfers to psychiatric hospitals.

Work Schedule

This is full time, 40 hour/week position. The typical schedule is Monday-Friday with start and end times 8:00-4:30.

Work Locations

The social worker will be located on 9D—near the psychiatric in-patient unit.

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

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.

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.