Social Work & Spiritual Care

Counseling and spiritual services can help us through difficult times.


If you or a family member are having emotional or social difficulties related to a hospital stay, our skilled social workers are here to help. They also can assist you with discharge planning, counseling, general information and referrals to community agencies. Social Workers are available 24/7 by contacting the number below. If you have an urgent need to speak with a Social Worker, please call the Hospital Operator at 734-936-4000 and ask to have the Emergency Room Social Worker paged. For psychiatric services, call:  734-764-9196.

Help with Difficult Moral and Ethical Decisions

The University of Michigan Adult Ethics Committee and Pediatric Ethics Committee can help patients, families and staff to make difficult decisions about medical care. The committees include doctors, nurses, social workers, a lawyer, a chaplain, an administrator, members of the community and people specially trained in medical ethics.

Spiritual Care

Chaplains are clinically trained clergy/religious leaders who specialize in offering spiritual and emotional care and support to patients and their families and hospital caregivers. Chaplains listen to what is important to each person and remain sensitive to differences in culture, religion and lifestyles. Mott chaplains represent a variety of religions and faith traditions. They have a list of local congregations and can arrange a visit from a religious leader of your choosing.

Our chaplains provide:

  • Spiritual counseling
  • Requested ritual support: prayers, communion, anointing, baptism, blessing, reconciliation
  • Spiritual assessment
  • Scheduled worship services
  • Regular spiritual care contacts and consultations
  • Patient, family and staff care and support
  • Educational in-services on spiritual and religious issues
  • Participation in ethics consults, family conferences and interdisciplinary rounds
  • Liaison with community clergy and faith communities
  • Crisis intervention consultation and support
  • Bereavement consultations

A clinically trained Chaplain is available 24/7 in house or on call. Call 734-936-4041 or Email for more information. View our brochures for more information

Two Chapels

The University Hospital chapel is located on the second floor of University Hospital, room 2A215. The Mott Children’s Hospital and Voigtlander Women’s Hospital chapel is located on the second floor, room 2780. Both are open 24 hours a day. There are also Quiet rooms in the Cardiovascular Center located on:

  • Floor 2A Room 001B
  • Floor 4 Room 4141

Worship Services

  • Catholic Mass: Sunday 11 a.m. in the University Hospital Chapel, room 2A215
  • Monday through Friday: please call the spiritual care office for day and times.
  • Holy days: Please consult staff for service schedule
  • Islamic Jumu’ah in University Hospital Chapel, Friday 1:30 – 2:00 p.m.

For more information Spiritual Care Department University Hospital, Level 2, Room 2A220 734-936-4041

Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE)

CPE at Michigan Medicine uses a clinical method of learning, focused on data from the actual practice of ministry as the content for reflection. Our Level I, Level II, and Residency Programs employ a clinical method of learning ministry under nationally accredited standards developed by ACPE: The Standard for Spiritual Care & Education and endorsed by The U.S. Department of Education. Our ACPE Certified Educators and adjunct faculty present a process model of education, predicated on an agreement developed cooperatively which establishes individual learning goals and the means to achieve them.  CPE Educators seek to provide engaging training and experiences, primarily through dialogue, discovery, use of skills, and extensive clinical practice of ministry. A central focus is aimed at exploring individual aspects of heritage, knowledge, personal characteristics, and theology so that learners will be able to integrate their clinical education into further development as spiritual care provider.