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Detroit Clinical Scholars Program

Detroit Clinical Scholars Program

Focusing on Clinical Work with Children, Adolescents and/or Transitional Age Youth

The University of Michigan School of Social Work is pleased to offer the Detroit Clinical Scholars (DCS) Program. This scholarship program prepares MSW students to work with underserved racial and ethnic minority children, adolescents, and transitional age youth living with physical and behavioral health conditions. The SSW, in collaboration with the Detroit Wayne Integrated Health Network, will provide a specialized inter-professional behavioral health education and training program.

The Detroit Clinical Scholars Program addresses a critical need for more community-based mental and behavioral health clinicians serving racial and ethnic minority children, adolescents and/or transitional age youth living in underserved, urban areas. Detroit Clinical Scholars will be uniquely prepared for positions in integrated behavioral health and primary care, mental health and behavioral health settings, hospitals, health departments, health agencies, schools, or nonprofit agencies.

Approximately two incoming Returned Peace Corps Volunteers will be selected each year to be Coverdell Fellows and participate in the Detroit Clinical Scholars Program.

Program Funding

Each incoming Detroit Clinical Scholar will receive $5,000 per semester ($20,000 total for four terms or $15,000 total for three terms).

Specialized Courses and Training

Detroit Clinical Scholars must select the Interpersonal Practice in Integrated Health, Mental Health, and Substance Abuse pathway and the full-time 16-month curriculum schedule, or the MicroMasters MSW or 12-month (Advanced Standing or UM Sociology & SW) schedule. Scholars complete the following specialized coursework:

  • a specialized integrative proseminar
  • an interdisciplinary team-based clinical decision-making course
  • mini-courses on engagement and retention of racial and ethnic minority youth and families in behavioral health and primary care settings, an evidence-based practice course in working with in working with racial and ethnic minority transitional age youth living with behavioral health conditions and their families, and an course focusing on Latino youth and their families
  • an integrated behavioral health and health policy course
  • additional courses in substance abuse practice with racial and ethnic minority youth and families and one on working with African American families
  • a specialized integrative capstone seminar while in your field placement

The Detroit Clinical Scholars Program also involves participating in the interdisciplinary training program in evidence-based practices offered at the Detroit Wayne Integrated Health Network (DWIHN) in collaboration with the U- M SSW each term while in your field internship.

Special Field Placement Opportunities

Each Clinical Scholar will complete a field placement in a community-based mental or behavioral health agency in Detroit or a surrounding community that serves racial and ethnic minority children, adolescents and/or transitional age youth living with health and behavioral health problems.

Eligibility Criteria

Each Clinical Scholar must:

  • Enroll as a full-time MSW student in the 16-month, MicroMasters MSW, or 12-month (Advanced Standing or UM Sociology & SW) curriculum
  • Select the Interpersonal Practice in Integrated Health, Mental Health, and Substance Abuse pathway
  • Focus on clinical social work practice with ethnic and racial minority children, adolescents and/or transitional age youth
  • Acceptance by one of the field placement sites in the DWIHN provider network and pass any required background checks and/or drug screenings.
  • Work with racial and ethnic minority children, adolescents, and/or transitional age youth in integrated behavioral health and primary settings, health or mental or behavioral health settings in medically underserved communities upon completion of the program

Application

  • Application deadlines: December 1, 2019 (early application), February 1, 2020 (priority), March 1, 2020. Selection of applicants will be made from all dates with priority given to those applicants that meet the December and February deadlines.
  • Deferred admits planning to enroll in fall 2020 must submit their special program application by November 2, 2019.
  • Financial need will be considered in the review of special program applications.
  • Your MSW application must be complete by the scholarship deadline.
  • If you would like to apply for the Detroit Clinical Scholars Program, then please answer “yes” to the question, “Do you plan to apply to an SSW Special Program?” found on the Financial Assistance page of the MSW online application and select the Detroit Clinical Scholars Program checkbox. The Detroit Clinical Scholars Program application pages will be added to the end of your online MSW application.
  • Be sure to include your name and “Detroit Clinical Scholars Program Statement” in the upper corner of your statement before you upload it to your online application.
  • Note that it will be more likely to be accepted into the Detroit Clinical Scholars Program if you select the Interpersonal Practice in Integrated Health, Mental Health, and Substance Abuse pathway.

For more information about the Detroit Clinical Scholars Program contact the Office of Student Services at (734) 936-0961 or ssw.msw.info@umich.edu.

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