As a social work trainee at MARI, you will learn in an exciting setting while working toward becoming a well-rounded, excellent clinician. Each year we have a multidisciplinary group of interns who learn and grow together, many of whom become leaders in the field in the U.S. and abroad.
Each of our mental health units—the University Psychological Clinic and the University Center for the Child and Family (UCCF)—host social work training programs at the levels of field placements (internships) and post-graduate fellowships in social work. We offer field placement training in both interpersonal practice as well as administration.
Our trainees benefit from our rigorous training in a supportive, collaborative environment. They work alongside fellow trainees at all different levels, all of whom are on similar paths. Trainees also have the opportunity to work closely with staff members who are dedicated to and enjoy providing quality supervision and instruction for their students.
As a trainee, you will become equipped with a wide variety of treatment methods. We offer training with clients of all ages with a wide range of outpatient diagnoses. Gaining exposure to a breadth of circumstances ensures you will have a rich, dynamic experience working as a practicing professional.
Individuals in the University of Michigan Master of Social Work (MSW) program and Smith College Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) program are eligible to apply for the internship opportunities. Recent master’s graduates in social work are eligible to apply for the post-MSW fellowships.
Training Model and Culture
Our primary responsibility is to train highly competent clinicians who are able to provide a full range of evidence-based, outcomes-informed professional psychological services to a clinically diverse patient population.
We embrace a training model that emphasizes:
- The importance of integrating scientific data and inquiry into our training and clinical work;
- Training in a wide variety of evidence-based treatments;
- Immersion in clinical services including individual, group, and couples psychotherapy;
- Broad training in treating a diverse group of clients with varying diagnoses and presenting problems, and across a wide array of evidence-based and theoretically varied intervention techniques;
- The importance of providing intensive and varied supervision; and
- Training in a supportive, multidisciplinary setting with supervisors dedicated to this task, and amongst a large cohort of fellow trainees at various levels.
Trainees are integral members of our highly experienced, multidisciplinary treatment teams. You will participate in staff meetings and discussions, and your suggestions and observations are seriously considered. We take into account your skill levels and clinical interests when we design and tailor your clinical assignments and training experiences.
Our training fosters the development of a range of clinical competencies in professional social work. We train our clinicians to develop the skills and attitudes that are expected of well qualified, humane, and ethical professionals.
Interpersonal Practice Field Placements
Students in Interpersonal Practice field placements complete their training in either the University Psychological Clinic or the University Center for the Child and Family (UCCF). These placements are out-of-sequence and begin in September of each year. Each student is at his or her placement forfour semesters.
Fieldwork placements take place at the following units:
University Psychological Clinic (Adult Mental Health)
Social work students interested in acquiring skills in psychotherapy with adult individuals and couples in evidence-based treatments receive training and supervision from senior staff at our adult mental health center, the University Psychological Clinic. Students can expect to be exposed to CBT, IPT, ACT, CBASP, and short-term psychodynamic treatment. They also participate in a wide variety of seminars and meetings. On multiple occasions, students will have opportunities to present their clinical work.
UCCF (Child and Family Mental Health)
Training at our child and family unit – UCCF – is offered to students who desire to develop skills in psychotherapy for children, adolescents, and families. Students can expect to be exposed to cognitive-behavioral interventions for youth depression and anxiety, parent behavior management training, school consultation, and evaluation / intervention for youth on the Autism Spectrum. Students in these field placements participate in a core curriculum of seminars and clinical conferences, and provide direct clinical service with supervision from senior clinicians.
Administration Field Placements
Social work students wishing to learn the skills necessary to administer a mental health clinic are invited to apply for our administration field placements. During their administration field placements, students have the opportunity to work with senior administrators in both UCCF and the University Psychological Clinic.
Training in personnel management, data management processes and systems, interagency communication and collaboration, billing and insurance practices, and preparation of administrative reports is provided to administrative field placement students.
Students who have received their master’s degree in social work (MSW) are invited to apply for our post-MSW fellowships. Both the University Center for the Child and Family (UCCF) and the University Psychological Clinic offer one-year, full-time fellowship programs in social work.
Our fellowships give recent MSW graduates further training and experience in the field as they prepare for licensure. Fellows provide direct clinical service with supervision from expert clinicians. They also participate in a core curriculum of seminars and clinical conferences, consult with other professionals, and have the opportunity to engage in community outreach.
Fellows receive training in evidence-based psychotherapy interventions, including individual, group, couples, and family therapy. Infused throughout each internship are the following:
- Interdisciplinary collaboration
- Multicultural competencies
- Professional Development
- Leadership, supervision, and administrative skills
While our fellowships start as one-year programs, there is a possibility of extension for a second year with mutual consent of the fellow and his or her supervisor(s). Our internships start in either September or January every year. Graduation from a Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) approved program is required of our applicants. A generous benefits package is given to the successful applicant(s).
All of our social work training programs are administered by our director of social work training, Susan Watts, ACSW, LMSW, in conjunction with the respective clinic directors:
- Dr. Todd Favorite, U-M Psychological Clinic Director
- Dr. Cynthia Foster, University Center for the Child and Family Director
- Dr. Cheryl King, MARI Director
Please note that the U-M School of Social Work (SSW) Field Office handles all applications for field placements directly through the field office. Please visit their website and contact them if you wish to apply for either field placement or to learn more about application requirements.
If you have MARI-specific questions or would like to speak to someone about the placement experience, please contact us using the form at the bottom of the page or by calling (734) 764-3471.