Social Work Training Opportunities

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 interpersonal practice, psychotherapy integration therapy within a multidisciplinary team, and 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.

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COVID-19 vaccinations are now recommended but not required, for all University of Michigan students and staff, across all three campuses, including Michigan Medicine. This includes those working or learning remotely. This includes trainees, fellows, interns, and volunteers at MARI. 


Full-Time Post-MSW Fellowship

The University Center for the Child and Family (UCCF) at the University of Michigan offers a full-time, 12-month Post-MSW graduate fellowship each academic year. This is an advanced clinical training program, beginning in the fall or spring (depending on the year), with an opportunity to extend for a second year.

The mission of this post-MSW graduate training program is to advance practice competency, professionalism, and leadership in the field of clinical social work and is designed for the pre-licensed clinical social worker.

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  • Licensed clinical social workers provide primary supervision, and there are additional supervision opportunities with licensed psychologists.
  • The fellow has ample opportunity to supervise social work students and engage in clinical teaching as a part of their training plan.
  • The fellowship includes a stipend. The university provides comprehensive health care. Housing and transportation are not provided.
  • For more information about the Fellowship, please email
Posting Details and How to Apply

Applications for Fall 2024 Fellowship will be posted on the U of M Careers website and linked here in July 2024.

University Psychological Clinic Post-MSW Fellowship

This annual fellowship opportunity provides a Master of Social Work graduate with excellent clinical experience and supervision for up to two years beyond a Master of Social Work degree, required to gain full licensure. This 12-month, full-time training program provides experience in the University Psychological Clinic, part of the Mary A. Rackham Institute (MARI) at the University of Michigan.

The Psychological Clinic is a university-based, outpatient clinic that serves students, faculty, staff, and the broader community of Ann Arbor and Washtenaw County. The Clinic’s training focus is on psychotherapy integration therapy within a multidisciplinary team of expert clinicians.

Fellowships can run for one to two years, depending on the candidate performance, availability, and funding.


Social work trainees will have the opportunity to conduct outpatient evaluations, individual therapy, group therapy, and couples therapy for a portion of their 40-hour per week fellowship. Approximately 20 percent of the fellow’s time is spent in a variety of situations of supervision with an expectation of 20 direct clinical hours per week. The Social Work Fellow will develop goals and methods for their training in collaboration with supervisors.


Senior clinician supervisors, who are expert in many of the evidence-based therapy models, provide at least two hours of individual supervision per week. Additionally:

  1. Group supervision in a consult group meets once a week.  
  2. Special topic seminars are offered throughout training.
  3. Specialty training in Brief Dynamic Therapy, DBT, CBT, CBASP, ACT, and Emotion Focused Couples Therapy is a portion of the 20% supervision.
  4. Opportunities for clinical outcome research may also be available.
  5. Mindfulness and Self-Compassion groups, Social Anxiety groups, and Dialectical Behavior Therapy groups can be part of the fellowship training hours.

The successful candidate is an individual with strong empathic and alliance skills, clinical curiosity, and psychological mindedness as well as good self-motivation and friendliness. The fellow receives an annual stipend. Comprehensive health insurance and benefits, including sick time and vacation time, are also part of the package.

Link to Full Posting and How to Apply

Applications for Fall 2024 Fellowship will be posted on the U of M Careers website and linked here in July 2024.

Fellowship Eligibility

We are interested in applicants who have direct clinical experience using evidence-based interventions across the developmental spectrum and from diverse backgrounds. The University of Michigan is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Eligible applicants must have:

  • Satisfactorily completed accredited Master’s level training in Social Work.
  • provisional licensing requirements for the State of Michigan.
  • Criminal background checks by the start of the training year.

MARI Clinical 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.