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

The Interpersonal Practice in Integrated Health, Mental Health, and 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

Pathway Faculty

  • Lindsay A. Bornheimer

    Lindsay A. Bornheimer

    Assistant Professor of Social Work
    Risk factors for suicidal ideation and attempt among adults diagnosed with schizophrenia spectrum and other psychotic disorders; serious mental illness; depression; suicide prevention; intervention development, implementation, and evaluation; cognitive-behavioral therapy; evidence-based practice; structural equation modeling and longitudinal data analysis
  • Linda M. Chatters

    Linda M. Chatters

    Paula Allen-Meares Collegiate Professor of Social Work, School of Social Work, Professor of Health Behavior and Health Education, School of Public Health, and Faculty Associate, Research Center for Group Dynamics, ISR
    Religious involvement and well-being, social support networks of adult/elderly African Americans, intergenerational family relations, families and health.
  • David Córdova

    David Córdova

    Associate Professor of Social Work
    Drug abuse, HIV/STI, prevention, community-based participatory research, adolescents, health disparities
  • Abigail H. Eiler

    Abigail H. Eiler

    Clinical Assistant Professor of Social Work
    Integrated Health, culturally responsive care, suicide prevention and intervention, child welfare, juvenile justice and social work and sports

Student Profiles

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."

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