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Driven, dedicated and high-achieving graduate student with an M.A. in Psychological Counseling, paired with years of diverse experience with various patient and student populations. Possesses superb research, critical thinking and problem solving skills that prove effective in the classroom, as well as in working with individuals and groups at all levels. Skilled in contributing strong professional and academic experiences. Exudes strong attention to detail and a sound ability to simultaneously manage multiple projects and adhere to deadlines for each. Thrives in both team-based and individual contributor capacities. Presently seeking an entry level counseling role that will allow for use of skills gleaned during academic and practical experience.
Clearance, CNACI Suitability Investigations (in progress)
Master of Science, Clinical Mental Health Counseling- Crisis and Trauma, Walden University (ongoing)
Master of Arts, Psychosocial Counseling, Monmouth University (2012)
Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, University of Phoenix (2010)
Associate of Applied Science, Business Administration-Paralegal, Gibbs College (2004)
Assistant to the ACS Director
Skillfully maintained and organized all permanent and contractor personnel files to ensure easy access
Scheduled and attended planning meetings with the Garrison Commander and MWR staff team; also helped to schedule and implement crisis management events
Fielded any additional requests from the director of Army community service
Interim Family Advocacy Program Assistant (2015)
Handled all leave processes as the Family Advocacy Program Manager
Also delivered support to the New Parents Support Program
Facilitated individual background checks as needed, replied to incoming phone calls and scheduled meetings
Delivered comprehensive assistance to both prospective and current clients; replied to all questions and concerns with timeliness and attention to detail
Fulfilled additional requests as presented by the office and Army Community Service employees
Counselor intern to court mandated adolescents ages 13-18 in the Riptide Intensive Outpatient Program
Provided support in classroom when requested from high school teacher. Assisted in facilitating groups
Also facilitated individual counseling for all assigned clients
Completed intake assessments, behavioral plans, and session notes
Participated in individual as well as group supervision
Assisted with drug testing procedures
Assisted in reorganization of the Riptide program in order to meet the needs of the clients while adhering to state guidelines and requirements
Melanie Shirley, M.A.
Consultant/ Tutor, Home Based Services
Provided residential tutoring services at two hours per session via the Douglass Developmental Disabilities Center at Rutgers University; worked specifically with children diagnosed with autism
Led programs based on IEP goals while concurrently running maintenance efforts used to prevent regression
Recorded programmatic data and reported it to the Coordinators assigned to each case
Carefully and calmly responded to crisis situations in instances where a client expressed a behavioral concern
Attended clinic meetings each month to discuss the progress of each student
o Communicated directly with their respective families, case coordinators and all assigned case consultants
o Also kept well supervisory staff informed; discussed progress, goals, as well as any issues and new ideas that could serve to challenge students to achieve further success
Teacher Assistant, Warren Developmental Learning Center
Delivered vocational education services to children at the secondary level, aged 14-21 years old, with an autism diagnosis; worked on each student s academic needs based on their Individualized Education Program (IEP) goals
Collected data on daily vocational tasks for benchmarking and recordkeeping purposes
Accompanied students on community trips and to job sampling opportunities, tailored to students 16 and older; also shadowed students as they completed their in-school job duties
Aided students during their participation in events, such as concerts, chorus, activities and field days
Attended SKIP training to unearth new techniques for how to properly handle crisis situations related to students behavioral concerns
Also engaged in training regarding the proper techniques to use in the event a crisis situation escalated and a student needed to be restrained to preserve their safety or the safety of others around them
Office Administrator, Advanced Health Media, 2007 2008
Executive/Legal Assistant, Mayor George A. Spadoro at Spadoro & Hilson, 2007
Accounting Office Clerk, Bridgewater Acura, 2005 2007
Chi Sigma Iota Counseling and Academic Honor Society International
American Counseling Association
American Psychological Association
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March 19, 2018
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Dear [Hiring Agent Name],
I am currently seeking a challenging career opportunity in a (INSERT TITLE OF TARGET POSITION) capacity and am submitting my resume for your review. In advance, thank you for your time and consideration. As demonstrated in the accompanying resume, my professional qualifications include the following accomplishments:
I am a current M.S. student studying Clinical Mental Health Counseling with a focus on Crisis and Trauma. This, along with my completed M.A. and B.A. degrees focused on psychology and related topics, have allowed me to develop great skill in delivering aid to individuals and groups in need.
My practical experiences have also contributed significantly to my desire to help others and eventually transition into a professional counseling role. I ve gained expertise in not only managing programs, but also working with populations of all types, including students in vocational education settings, as well as individuals on the autism spectrum.
As a professional, I work collaboratively with stakeholders at all levels to help those I serve attain success. This includes liaising with educators, families, supervisors and community services to ensure that each individual or population I work with receives the most holistic care possible.
Among my strongest suits are care delivery, counseling, educational assistance, collaborative teamwork and interpersonal relations, among others. I aim to achieve organizational success. In either an individual achiever or active team member capacity.
Along with my rich work history and impeccable educational foundation, I also remain involved in professional organizations to stay informed of industry trends and best practices. I am a member of the Chi Sigma Iota Counseling and Academic Honor Society International, the American Counseling Association and the American Psychological Association.
As an employee, you will find me to be a driven team player committed to supporting you in achieving your objectives through superior performance. I am confident that I could be a valuable asset to your organization, and look forward to interviewing with you in the near future.
Melanie Shirley, M.A.
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