Career Opportunities

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   Home Based Counselor,  Jackson, MI

Highfields, Inc. is currently seeking a full-time Home-Based Therapist to provide direct treatment services to children under age 18 with specialization in children under the age of 3. These individuals will be providing services in Jackson/Hillsdale Counties. The essential function of this position is to effectively engage with clients and families by helping them to maximize their strengths, build assets and minimize weakness.

Job duties include the following:

* Develops a working relationship with and provides direct treatment services to children under the age of 18 by engaging appropriately with clients; developing person-centered treatment plans; maintaining regular appointments with individuals and families; handling crisis situations in a therapeutic manner; and by providing treatment to clients according to service expectations and/or contractual guidelines.

* Manages case information by interacting with referral sources; preparing case assessments, progress reports and termination summaries according to prescribed procedures; and completing outcome evaluation forms in a timely manner.

* Supports treatment roles by participating in team meetings; attending staff meetings; sharing ideas, skills, expertise and observations with staff members; giving and receiving feedback in an effective manner; and by providing new ideas regarding intervention processes.

* Continues developing professional skills by using supervision as a resource; participating in agency training and professional workshops/conferences; demonstrating continuous growth in professional skills; and by managing the various pressures of the job so that no client is hurt by them.

* On a rotating basis, receives and responds to after-hours mental health emergencies and after hours referrals for services(compensated outside of normal salary).

* Performs other duties as assigned.


* Master’s Degree in Social Work, Counseling, Psychology or other appropriate Human Services discipline

* One to two years’ experience preferred.

* Experience working with children 3 and under or their caregivers is strongly preferred.

* Mental Health Licensure, as well as an IMH-II or higher endorsement (or willing to be waivered and seek endorsement)

* Must possess a valid driver’s license and have a driving record acceptable to Highfields insurance carrier

* Shall be a person of good character who possess the health, emotional stability, maturity and strength to carry out assigned duties

* Ability to show sensitivity to the service populations’ cultural and socioeconomic characteristics

* Wages are commensurate with education and experience.

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**Starfish Career Fair 05/31/2018**

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Career Fair at Starfish for BHS 5.31.18-3 copy

Posted 05/08/2018 T.L, revised 05/30/2018


Position: Infant Mental Health Therapist Supervisor: IMH Supervisor   
Program: Lifespan  – Inkster Location: Inkster, MI
Status: Exempt – Full-time 80 hrs/pay period     Shift:  M – F, Days, some evenings

 Primary Purpose:

 To work as a member of a team with program staff and community sources to provide a continuum of services to young children and families in an effort to strengthen and preserve families, assist in identifying individual needs, and provide and assist in coordinating services to meet each individual’s needs.

 Education and Experience Required:

  1. Master’s degree in psychology, social work, counseling or other related human services field required.
  2. Current professional license/certification in the State of Michigan is required.
  3. At least one year experience with multiple major human service delivery systems (DHHS, public health, education, etc.) is preferred.
  4. At least one year of experience in the examination, evaluation, and treatment of minors is required.
  5. IMH Endorsement Level II or ability to work towards the endorsement.

 Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required:

  1. Must have reliable mode of transportation and must possess a current valid State of Michigan chauffeur’s driver’s license and automobile insurance that is insurable. Must meet SFS and our insurance carrier guidelines for the transportation of children/ clients.
  2. Basic knowledge of adult mental illness and child development required.
  3. Good assessment skills.
  4. Willingness to provide group interventions required.
  5. Ability to demonstrate commitment, caring and respect for children and adults from diverse backgrounds whom have multiple needs or problems.
  6. Ability to work cooperatively and responsibly as a member of a team with colleagues, supervisors, agency staff and collateral contacts.
  7. Ability to develop treatment plans and coordinate needed services to fulfill plans.
  8. Ability to role model appropriate child-handling techniques to parents and staff.
  9. Development and implementation of Individualized Plan of Service utilizing Person Centered Planning.
  10. Ability to make critical decisions independent of immediate supervision.
  11. Knowledge of community resources and linkages.
  12. Experience with multiple major human service delivery systems (FIA, public health, education, etc.) preferred.
  13. Knowledge of theory and practice of individual, group and family systems treatment.
  14. Competence in the delivery of crisis intervention services and in brief and time-limited therapy.
  15. Must be computer literate.
  16. Good understanding of child development, parent/child dynamics, common childhood behavior problems and appropriate interventions.
  17. Ability to effectively, appropriately, and accurately communicate both orally and in writing.
  18. Ability to meet productivity expectation as assigned by program supervisor.
  19. Ability and willingness to abide by all Starfish Family Services confidentiality policies.
  20. Ability and desire for personal and professional growth, and skill development.
  21. Ability to demonstrate compassion and sensitivity and to respect the privacy and special needs of our clients.
  22. Ability to give and receive constructive feedback.
  23. Must have a commitment to the welfare of the children and families the program serves and to the delivery of quality services.
  24. Ability to work flexible hours as needed (i.e. some evenings or week-end work is required).
  25. Must have the ability to work with all members of the community regardless of race, age, sex and cultural or ethnic background.
  26. Must maintain professional and ethical standards.
  27. Ability to represent the agency in a professional manner and develop new relationships with other community agencies.

 Other Skills and Abilities Required: The employee fulfilling this job is accountable to the assigned supervisor for completion of assignments and to the high standards of accuracy, attention to detail, and timely completion of work. Expectations include:  a pleasant, empathetic, sensitive and professional demeanor, a positive attitude and a willing spirit. The employee must be willing to engage in professional development efforts as available to the position and required by management.

Principle Duties and Responsibilities:Provide comprehensive assessments and treatment planning with measurable objectives.

  1. Provide support and crisis intervention with families and children involved with the program.
  2. Assist in coordination and referrals of support services to parents.
  3. Provide Outpatient child-centered therapy, parent/child therapy and family therapy services in the home environment
  4. Facilitate parent and child support groups and participate in staffing of the Family Resource Center.
  5. Provide parent education and guidance.
  6. Work cooperatively as a member of a team with program staff and community resources.
  7. Participate in monthly marketing and outreach activities, develop referral relationships with other agencies and maintain those referral relationships.
  8. Provide programming and mental health training to other professionals.
  9. Participate in an on-call rotation to respond to crisis assessments
  10. Maintain client files in order and up to date for the 0-3 program.
  11. Submit timely and accurate documentation of services, billing data and required paperwork
  12. Provide client transportation as needed and appropriate for case plan
  13. Responsible for working with team members, supervisor, child, families and community contacts in a manner that is conducive to the philosophy and mission of the program and agency.
  14. Participate in individual and group supervision
  15. Participate in on-going personal and professional development including in-service training, peer review, external workshops and seminars.
  16. Accept and emulate the mission of SFS.
  17. Assist in finding and directing clients in case of an emergency such as a fire or tornado.
  18. Cooperate in any investigation related to personnel, licensing, accreditation or other circumstances.
  19. Attend all agency and departmental meetings and training as required.
  20. Adhere to all Lifespan policies and procedures as it relates to documentation, productivity, training requirements, CMH guidelines, and confidentiality.
  21. Perform other related duties as assigned by supervisor or other management.

NOTE:  The job duties listed are typical examples of the work performed by the position in this job classification.  Not all duties are included.  It is expected an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

PRE-EMPLOYMENT REQUIREMENTS:   The successful candidate for this position will be required to provide 3 letters of recommendation, satisfactorily complete a drug screen, TB test, national and state background check and DHS clearance (additional items may be required dependent upon position).

Minimum rate: $20.13 – $24.15 Job Family:   Therapist

Deadline:         This posting will close in five days or when the position is filled.

Procedure:      Apply online:

Contact:           Robin Chapekis

Assistant Director, Human Resources
26429 Michigan Ave
Inkster, MI 48141
Office: (734) 713-9291

Posted 05/08/2018

Traverse City Area Public Schools

Teen Parent Program Social Worker
0.75 FTE contract position,

Traverse City Area Public Schools, housed at Traverse City High School

Contract position summary: Provide professional support to pregnant and parenting teens and their children. Employee will work closely as a team member with the program director, school social worker, volunteer mentors, and community partners. Reports to program director.


  • Master’s degree in counseling, social work, or related field from an accredited institution.
  • Prefer at least two years of experience working with teen parents, adolescents, pregnancy, infants and/or early childhood.
  • Prefer credentials in infant mental health.
  • Prefer training and practice in trauma-informed care and commitment to theories of positive youth development.
  • Thorough working knowledge of standards of care documentation and ability to accurately document and interpret case histories and notes.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality of information and professional boundaries.
  • Ability to interact positively with clients from a wide range of cultural and socio-economic backgrounds.
  • Experience with electronic records a plus.
  • Must be able to work independently and take initiative to improve program asappropriate.
  • Will require travel within service region. Must possess an automobile, comprehensive insurance and a valid driver’s license.Scope of Work:
  • Work directly with pregnant teens, teen parents, and their children. Provide crisis intervention, counseling, parenting education, and support services.
  • Assess emotional, physical, and educational status of clients. Assist clients in establishing personal, educational, and employment goals.
  • Refer clients to appropriate community resources as needed and assist clients accessing needed resources as required, including educational, health, and social service resources.
  • Work closely with volunteer mentors. Work with the program director to train, support, and provide ongoing education for the mentors.
  • Maintain accurate client information, including client notes and statistical records.
  • Organize and facilitate weekly support group for program clients and their mentors.
  • Make home visits to clients as appropriate.
  • Transport clients as necessary.
  • Occasional public speaking engagements and community outreach/education on issues related to teen parents in general and the Teen Parent Program in particular.
  • Other duties as assigned by the Program Director.

    Program Description: The Teen Parent Program is sponsored by Traverse City Area Public Schools, housed at Traverse City High School, and supported by community donors. It is focused on parental education completion, employment readiness, and career preparation. The program will have a formalized community network of supports and services for teen parents and engage volunteer mentor moms. Client expectations include establishment of and progress toward personal goals and participation with program and health services. Clients must be a Grand Traverse County resident or attending high school, GED preparation program, college, or a job training program in Grand Traverse County.

Application Process:

Those looking to work with TCAPS  must apply to and be hired by PCMI Services. PCMI’s application page can be found here,, and a representative can be reached by calling 1-877-855-7264 or 231-922-6230. PCMI Services has a two-step online application/enrollment process. Part 1 is the first step towards becoming a verified and compliant PCMI employee. It contains both the application and the Global Compliance Network online tutorials which are required of all employees. Go to and start the application to create an account.

05/08/2018 (T.L)

University of Michigan, Department of Psychiatry,Rachel Upjohn Building

Child and Adolescent Ambulatory Psychiatry 

Full Time Clinical Social Worker (3 positions available)  

Job Summary: Three full time (40 hour positions) for Clinical Social Workers in the Department of Psychiatry, in Child and Adolescent Ambulatory Psychiatry at the Rachel Upjohn Building. These appointments are full time clinical position. Duties will include providing direct billable clinical work in evaluating and treating child/adolescent psychiatric disorders, participation on a multi-disciplinary outpatient team, and participation in the education and training of students. Clinical population includes youth ages 0 – 18 with disruptive behavior disorders, anxiety disorders, mood disorders, and/or autism spectrum disorders. One of these positions will include providing treatment to patients (and their parents) in our Infant and Early Childhood Clinic.

Required Qualifications: Qualified candidates must have a Master’s Degree in Social Work (MSW) from a school accredited by the Council of Social Work education as well as current and full clinical licensure (LMSW) to practice social work in the State of Michigan. LLMSWs will not be considered for this position.

Excellent written and verbal communication skills, experience with crisis intervention, excellent psychosocial assessment skills, the ability to establish therapeutic relationships quickly and to relate well to diverse patients and their families is required. Proficiency in maintaining accurate and timely clinical documentation using electronic health records, exercise of independent decision-making, team meeting participation, excellent organizational skills, and the ability to effectively prioritize multiple competing tasks are necessary. This position requires flexibility, accessibility within the clinic, the ability to work effectively with a multidisciplinary team, and the ability to work independently in a variety of demanding situations.

Desired Qualifications: The ideal candidate will have a strong mental health background as well as medical social work experience. The ability to work in a fast-paced environment, manage a large caseload with multiple competing demands, and knowledge of local, regional and national resources is desirable. Applicants should have advanced evidence based psychotherapy training comprising of supervised clinical experience using this modality for 6 or more months. Applicants with full licensure, psychotherapy training, and semi-structured instrument reliability will be considered the most qualified. Although this position is primarily clinical, applicants should have the knowledge base and experience to participate in the education and training of students and staff from social work and other disciplines. Certification by the Academy of Certified Social Workers (ACSW) is a plus.

Work Schedule: This is a 40-hour (1.0 FTE) weekday position. Some flexibility may be required.

Background Screening: Under Michigan law, a criminal history check including fingerprinting is required as a condition of transfer or employment for this position. 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.

Application Deadline: Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days. This job may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

How to Apply:  A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your resume. The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position and outline skills and experience that directly relate to this position.  For information related to the Infant and Early Childhood position, please contact Karen Smith, LMSW at  For the other two social work positions, please contact Melissa Webster at

Follow the below link to apply

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

05/31/2018 (T.L)




Assists patients and their families with personal and environmental difficulties which predispose illness or interfere with quality of life or activities of daily living. Interviews patients and their families and coordinates and plans programs and activities to meet their social and emotional needs.  Provides crisis intervention and assists families in understanding the implications and complexities of the medical situation, its impact on lifestyle and assists them with obtaining maximum benefits from medical care.


  • Works in close collaboration with physicians and other health care personnel in patient evaluation and treatment to further their understanding of significant social and emotional factors underlying patient’s health problem.
  • Helps patient and family through individual or group conferences to understand, accept, and follow medical recommendations.
  • Provides service planned to restore patient to optimum social and health adjustment within patient’s capacity.
  • Serves as link between patient, psychiatric care, and community. Utilizes community resources to assist patient to resume life in community or to learn to live within limits of disability.
  • Prepares patient histories, service plans, and reports.
  • Participates in planning for improving health services by interpreting social factors pertinent to development of program.
  • Provides general direction and supervision to workers engaged in clinic home service program activities.
  • Communicates clinical information to patients and peers in a timely manner.
  • Provides and accepts feedback from all members of the health care team.
  • Supports or participates in teaching and mentorship of the staff of the office.
  • Supports other offices, attends required meetings and trainings, and participates in committees as requested.
  • Performs other projects and duties as assigned and works within scope of licensure.


  • EDUCATION: Masters of Social Work degree from an accredited School of Social Work by Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).
  • CREDENTIALS/LICENSURE: Valid, unrestricted State of Michigan Licensure at LMSW clinical specialty licensure level.  Master’s Social Work (MSW) Certification preferred. Active membership in the National Association of Social Workers preferred. Valid CPR certification.
  • MINIMUM EXPERIENCE: Minimum of five (5) years’ experience in medical social work setting.

Application Process:

Candidates who are interested in pursuing this opportunity should visit our website at and apply for the position or direct any questions to Cathy TerBush at  Thank you!

05/31/2018 (T.L)

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