Clinical Social Work Training

We are integrally involved in the teaching mission of the Department of Psychiatry providing teaching, supervision and collaborative team experience to Child Psychiatry Fellows and Post-Doctoral Psychology Interns.

Social Work Post Grad Training

The Social Work Post Graduate Program provides a 1 - 2 year post masters graduate training with extensive clinical experience, supervision and educational opportunities in clinical social work while working towards licensing.

Philosophy of Training

The Clinical Social Work Post Graduate Training Program is a leading program through which trainees attain strong clinical skills and obtain licensure. We are committed to providing cutting-edge clinical training, challenging work, and dynamic experiences at the interface of science and practice. Fellows have opportunities to work closely with faculty, staff, and trainees from a variety of disciplines in order to best facilitate both personal growth and professional development.


Our postgraduate training program aims to prepare each Fellow to meet the challenges and embrace the exciting opportunities for the delivery of social work services and advancement of knowledge in our field.

Program Design

Fellowship Term: Our postgraduate training program is generally a two-year program.  Appointments are made initially for one year, with a second year re-appointment being at the discretion of the Department, Section, and Fellow of interest.  Appointments extend from January 1st to December 31st.

Time Commitment: Approximately 40 hours/week

Expectations of Fellows:

  • Develop a personal program of self-directed study and professional growth with guidance from the teaching staff

  • Teach and supervise other Fellows, interns, and students as assigned or required

  • Adhere to the established practices, procedures, and policies of the institution as well as published ethical and service standards of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW)

  • Participate on one of the outpatient interdisciplinary teams and in the social work programs offered through the University of Michigan Depression Center or Family Education and Support Groups

  • Obtain state licensure and adhere to state licensing laws and regulations

  • Conduct psychiatric evaluations and provide evidence-based psychosocial treatments for adult and child/adolescent outpatients

  • Participate in additional training seminars and individualized educational experiences and research

Components of Core Curriculum:

Depression Center Family Education Workshop and Support Groups

This Social Work Family Program offers a free educational workshop and support groups to both the community and to patients here at the Department of Psychiatry. All postgraduate Fellows participate in leading the workshop and support groups with guidance from Clinical Social Work Staff.

Grand Rounds/Invited Lectures

Weekly attendance at Grand Rounds/Invited Lectures in the Department of Psychiatry is highly recommended.  These provide current, state-of-the-art presentations and discussions of research finding and clinical controversies in the field as a whole.  Some Fellows may also have the option of presenting at Grand Rounds.


Each postgraduate Fellow will participate in or more formal didactics or seminar series in their area of specialization.  This will be determined by the Fellow and his/her Clinical Supervisor. Some possibilities include the following:

  • CBT Mentorship for Anxiety

  • CBT Mentorship for Depression

  • Couples Mentorship

  • DBT Mentorship

  • IPT Mentorship

  • MI Mentorship

  • Group Psychotherapy (DBT, CBT, Social Skills, etc.)

  • Child Psychotherapy Training Clinics:

  • Parent Management Training

  • CBT


  • Trauma and Grief

Eligibility Requirements

  • Completion of a Masters of Social Work degree at an CSWE-accredited institution

  • An in person interview during the application process

  • US Citizenship required


  • $40,000 stipend for the first year and $44,000 stipend for the second year

  • Medical benefits

  • 3 weeks of (paid) vacation per year