Get to Know the Mary A. Rackham Institute

Welcome! Thank you for your interest in joining the MARI team! This page is to help you get a better sense of who MARI is and what we have to offer our trainees. We invite you to:

  • Get to know the people behind MARI's training programs.
  • Meet former trainees and see where they are now.
  • Get a sense of MARI and what we offer the community and our clients.
  • Learn about Ann Arbor and the community.

MARI Training and Internship Opportunities

If you'd like more information on the various MARI training opportunities, visit our training opportunities webpage to begin.


What Makes MARI Different?

Our collective experience and commitment to training sets MARI apart. Our clinical experience is both broad and deep. Our clinicians have expertise in traditional as well as cutting edge modes of providing therapy.

One of the main tenets of MARI, since we were established more than 80 years ago, is to train the next generation of practitioners. We approach training as a two-way street opportunity: we are committed to passing along the knowledge we have acquired, while also learning from each new trainee.

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Get to Know: MARI Mentors

What MARI Mentors love about the MARI Training Program

“The faculty and staff at MARI are an experienced, supportive team, and every year we bring in a new squad to work with and learn from. That offers an opportunity to combine the knowledge of experienced members with fresh ideas every year. That keeps us moving and open to new modalities and ways of thinking.”
- Jon Ross, MSW,
Supervisor, Psychological Clinic
"I enjoy getting to know supervisees and the unique perspectives they bring to clinical work, including their previous training, lived experiences, and worldview. I also love the innovative and creative ideas supervisees come up with! "
- Nina Banozic, MSW,
Supervisor, UCCF

Get to Know: Our Trainees Past and Present

The MARI Experience

"I’ve felt really supported in my training goals. The clinical supervisors have done the heavy lifting to make my goals work."
March 2024

"My training experience was transformative. I learned so much about the field, various therapeutic interventions, and I was given opportunities to successfully collaborate with and learn from colleagues. I had a wonderful supervisor, and I believe I learned something from each member of the Senior Staff."
-Social Work Intern,
August 2023

"MARI is a kind and welcoming place, other trainees have gone out of their way to say hi and normalize stress and experience. Staff and fellow clinicians are amazing, I can't say enough about them."
- Social Work Fellow,
July 2023

"Every supervisor is focused on your goals and what you want to get out of the program. They help you to learn what you are interested in and provide ample opportunities."
- Intern,
August 2023

"I like that we have the opportunity to learn from different individuals with different backgrounds and perspectives and education."
- Social Work Trainee,
December 2023

MARI Training: 2020 Numbers

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Get to Know: MARI Programs and Values

The Mary A. Rackham Institute (MARI) is comprised of units that focus on a different aspect of mental, developmental and literacy health. We offer services such as individual and group therapy, one-on-one intensive sessions, assessments, testing and evaluations, and resources like free workshops to help members of our community.

University Center for Language and Literacy (UCLL) - UCLL offers intensive language and literacy evaluations and intervention services for children, youth, young adults, and adults.

University Center for the Child and Family (UCCF) - UCCF provides mental health services to children, couples, and families through individual and group therapies and evaluations.

University Psychological Clinic - The Psych Clinic provides mental health services for those who are 18 years and older and includes individual and group therapy.

Destination Programs - MARI is home to several destination programs, including the U-M Aphasia Program (UMAP), Autism Consultation and Treatment Services (UM-ACTS) program, and MARI Testing Services.

MARI's Core Values

  • Compassion
  • Excellence
  • Well-being
  • Inclusion
  • Integrity

MARI Annual Report

The MARI 2023 Annual Report is a snapshot of the work MARI does and the impact we have had in the past year. In it, you will find information about training, our clients and staff, and our involvement with the community — both at the University and beyond.

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Age Ranges of MARI Clients

MARI Client Ages Graphic

Race and Gender Identity of MARI Clients


Client Diagnoses and Length of Active Care


Client Requested Services During Fiscal Year 2020

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MARI's Commitment to Diversity

In the past, MARI has formally committed to making diversity, equity, and inclusion a core tenet of our organization for both our clients and our staff. As part of that commitment, we have routinely required all staff to participate in training on unconscious bias, harassment, and ways to embrace equality. However, when confronting systemic racism, it’s not enough.

As an Institute committed to compassionate, evidence-based mental health and language and literacy services, we have a clear role to play in dismantling racism and white privilege. We recognize the importance of reflection and commitment to change—to examine any roles our Institute may play in inadvertently upholding these inequities and addressing how we can better serve our communities.

We at MARI are currently working on our five-year strategic plan and are including DEI-specific initiatives to examine and develop action and accountability plans to address racism and privilege at MARI. We invite all staff to reflect on concrete actions they can take in their roles here at MARI to be inclusive and equitable and to help push us to move forward and do better. 

Read MARI's Anti-Racism Statement

Get to Know Our Home: Welcome to Ann Arbor!

Ann Arbor is often listed as a great place to live, work, eat, and explore (see: lists of the nation’s “top,” “great” and “best” places to live) — cited for a diverse array of attributes like being innovative, educated, digital-forward, green, healthy, and family friendly. Previous interns as well as our faculty and staff often note they loved Ann Arbor because it combines the amenities of a bigger city, but with the charm of a small town.

General resources to get you acquainted:
We love our town and know you will too! Click through for additional resources, provided by the U-M Medicine Go Blue Guides to help you get a sense of what the area has to offer. (Note: these link offsite to the U-M Medicine resources; MARI is not part of U-M Medicine, but is housed on Central Campus).

The MARI Offices

MARI is housed at two locations near the central campus of U-M. Training primarily takes place at the 210 S. 5th Ave. Office.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, MARI went fully remote and has been slowly reintegrating in-person services with precautions in place. The pandemic has changed how we provide care and we have returned to a hybrid work model, incorporating both remote and in-person work as we move forward.