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Interpersonal Practice in Integrated Health, Mental Health, & Substance Abuse

The Interpersonal Practice in Integrated Health, Mental Health, & Substance Abuse pathway has an interpersonal practice focus on total health and the interconnection between physical, mental and behavioral health. It addresses current practice initiatives to decrease fragmentation in healthcare and positively impact client outcomes and quality of care.  This pathway prepares students to be practice-ready for interpersonal social work with individuals, families, and groups in the broad range of health settings including Integrated Health, Mental Health and/or Behavioral Health (Substance Use Disorders/Addictions).

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Examples of career (job) titles and positions relevant to this pathway include but are not limited to:

  • Academic Advisor/Student Affairs
  • Case Manager
  • Counselor (individual, couples and/or families)
  • Counselor Advocate (domestic violence, sexual assault)
  • Forensic Social Worker
  • Home-Based Social Worker
  • Hospice Social Worker
  • Medical Social Worker
  • Mental Health Social Worker
  • Probation Officer
  • School Social Worker
  • Social Worker – Behavioral Health
  • Substance Abuse Counselor
  • Therapist/Clinical Social Worker
  • Wellness Coordinator/Coach


Field Experience

Types of agencies and settings where students in this pathway may engage in field learning:

  • Hospitals and Health Systems

  • Behavioral Health Centers

  • Community Mental Health

  • Mental Health Clinics

  • Family Service Agencies

  • Substance Use Treatment Programs

  • Grief and Bereavement Programs/Hospice Organizations

  • Outpatient Clinics

  • Community Support Programs

  • Higher Education

Program Details

Choose all (6 credits)

  • Behavioral, Psychosocial and Ecological Aspects of Health, Mental Health  and Disease, 3 credits (Foundation)

  • Applied Assessment Skills in Integrated Health, Mental Health, and Behavioral Health, 3 credits (Assessment) 

Choose one course (3 credits)

  • Interpersonal Practice Interventions in Integrated Health, Mental Health and Behavioral Health: Adult

  • Interpersonal Practice Interventions in Integrated Health, Mental Health and Behavioral Health: Child

Choose one course (3 credits)

  • Advanced Evidence-Informed Interpersonal Practice with Families, 3 credits 

  • Advanced Evidence-Informed Interpersonal Practice IP with Groups, 3 credits

MICRO Intervention-focused courses

  • Advanced Interventions with Substance Abuse Disorders (New)

  • Grief Assessment and Interventions (New)

  • Mental Health Disorders in Adulthood

  • Mental Health and Mental Health Disorders of Children and Youth

  • Death, Loss and Grief

  • Chronic Disease Management and Practice Interventions (New)

  • Culturally-Responsive Practice with African American Communities

  • Assessment and Treatment for Sexual Dysfunction

  • Social Work Practice with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Asexual, and Two-Spirit (LGBTQIA2S+) Individuals and Communities

  • Intimate Partner Violence

  • An Afrocentric Approach to Practice w/ African Amer/Black Indiv., Families & Communities 

  • Religion, Spirituality, Mental Health and Social Work

  • Adventure Experiential Based Methods

  • Attachment Theory in Clinical Practice with Adults

  • Spirituality in Social Work Practice

  • Intimate Partner Violence

  • Evidence Informed OUD/SUD Interventions 

  • Cultural Issues in the Delivery of OUD/SUD Treatment

  • Neuroimaging and Substance Abuse 

  • Adventure/Experiential Based Therapy 

  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy 

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy 

  • Motivational Interviewing

  • Working with Self-Help, Support Groups

  • Interpersonal Psychotherapy Therapy for Mood Disorders

  • Therapy with Couples

  • Attachment Theory in Clinical Practice through the Lifespan

  • Identifying Victims of Human Trafficking in Healthcare Settings 

  • Working with Latino Families (Scholar)

  • Working with Transitional Age Youth (Scholar)

  • Strengthening Engagement and Retention Skills (Scholar)

  • Current Treatment for Trauma Survivors

  • Family Psycho Education Interventions

  • Counseling and Advocacy with LGBTQIA Clients

  • Services and Supports to Transgender Clients

  • CBT with Children and Adolescent Anxiety

  • CBT with Depressive Disorders 

  • CBT with OCD 

MEZZO MACRO-focused Courses

  • Research-informed Practices to Prevent Substance Abuse in Racial and Ethnic Minority Adolescents

  • Ethical Dilemmas in Health 

  • Team-Based Clinical Decision Making 

  • Families and Health (Public Health)

  • Psychopharmacology 

  • Rural Social Work 

  • Social Work Practice in Higher Education   

  • HIV/AIDS Programs, Policies, Services 

Electives may be taken in other pathways to match individual career goals.

  • Policy and Political Social Work Pathway
  • Management and Leadership Pathway
    • Women in Leadership, 1 credit

    • Supervision, 1 credit

  • Community Change Pathway
    • Intergroup Dialogues/Diversity, Dialogues & Social Justice, 1 credit

  • Program Evaluation and Applied Research Pathway
    • Project-based Learning in Evaluation and Research, 3 credits

  • Global Social Work Pathway
    • Language and Dialogues Across Groups, 1 credit

    • Comparative MH and Health, 1 or 3 credits

Student Profile
Jazz McGinnis

  • Field Placement:
    University of Michigan Hospital, HIV/AIDS Treatment Program
  • Scholarship:
    Integrated Health Scholarship

"People told me as a kid that I should be a therapist," says Jazz McGinnis. "I was good at listening and making connections between people. It was that seed that led me to pursue social work as a career." After earning a BA in Sociology from the University of Oregon, Jazz worked in many community health settings, including a federally qualified health center in Portland, OR. "I've always had a passion for serving individuals from marginalized populations," Jazz says. "The last clinic I worked at provided care to people who were experiencing homelessness and/or were unstably housed. A large proportion of these folks were LGBTQ and people of color." He recalls of his clinical work, "I was a part of a primary care team that included doctors, nurse practitioners, naturopaths, social workers, medical assistants, and lab staff that delivered the holistic health care that our patients deserved. I knew that, if I wanted to be a part of a team like that as a behavioral health provider, I needed to get a social work education that taught me to be medical social worker on an interdisciplinary health care team."

Jazz chose the U-M School of Social Work for its Integrated Health Program. "I wanted the best education so that I could go out and provide the best patient care possible to the people who need it most. I was also drawn to U-M's emphasis on social workers becoming leaders within their field and who can bring an understanding of social justice and ethics to their work." Soon Jazz was doing all of this, as a U-M School of Social Work Integrated Health Scholar

How did the School and the program work out for Jazz? "I love being here," he says. "My fellow Integrated Health Scholars are passionate about bringing our social work knowledge and perspectives to all facets of our lives. There are ten of us going through the program together. We've come to know and trust each other and care about each other's lives. We want to be change agents and empower our clients to achieve their best health and wellness. I'm thrilled my field placement is at the HIV/AIDS Treatment Program at the U-M Hospital. The social work team there ensures that patients living with HIV/AIDS know we are invested in their well-being, including feeling connected to and heard by every team member. They know they can come to us for whatever they need to stay well."

The Integrated Health Scholarship was critical to Jazz's experiences. "I would never have been able to afford coming to U-M and developing myself into a social worker without this scholarship," he says.

Jazz has a particular passion for LGBTQ health care and especially for trans health care, as he knows the hardships and marginalization that queer and trans people face as a trans man himself. "We need to work on all fronts," he says, "including housing, employment, health care and mental health-so trans people can achieve their optimal quality of life."

Faculty Pathway Leads

  • Daniel J. Fischer

    Daniel J. Fischer

    Assistant Dean of Field Education and Clinical Assistant Professor of Social Work
  • Debra K. Mattison

    Debra K. Mattison

    Clinical Associate Professor of Social Work
    Medical social work in a variety of settings (cancer care, palliative care and integrated primary care), integrated healthcare, chronic illness, grief and loss, interprofessional education and spirituality
  • Daicia R. Price

    Daicia R. Price

    Clinical Assistant Professor of Social Work
    Children and Families, Mental Health, Organizational Leadership, Supervision, Diversity and Inclusion, Gender Variances, Integrated Health, Suicide Prevention and Community Organization
  • Mary C. Ruffolo

    Mary C. Ruffolo

    PhD, LMSW

    Professor and Director of Continuing Education

    University of Michigan School of Social Work

    Integrated behavioral health and primary care, behavioral health interventions for youth and adults, evaluation of the use of instructional technologies in social work education
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