September 10, 2012

Clinical Background

I am a 23 year old Caucasian female intern at Assertive Community Treatment and am currently completing my Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Michigan. I was raised in the Northwest Suburbs of Chicago and lived in a diverse community that consisted of many Mexicans and Eastern European immigrants. While in High School, I studied Spanish language and culture and primarily spoke Spanish at my part time job. Although I am white, I was raised in a diverse family and have cousins who are African American, Puerto Rican, Mexican, and Chinese.

Later in my education, I pursued a teaching degree from Albion College and chose to work in failing schools such as Albion High School and Jackson High School. I hoped to make a difference in the lives of students who may not believe in themselves or have enough support at home. While teaching at these schools, I saw the horrific impact that white flight had on these communities and became even more impassioned to make social change and work with minority populations.

As a treatment provider, I use a client-centered approach and attempt to learn about my clients as whole people rather than simply an illness or a person with an illness. I engage clients by learning about who they are and what makes them unique. I use active and reflective listening to show that I am interested in what they have to say. By viewing the client as an equal and creating a more balanced power dynamic, clients may be empowered and trust me as their clinician. With this trust, clients can openly discuss their struggles, and I am better able to assist them. This is especially important for me when working with minority populations because of the Caucasian and Middle Class status in which I was born. It is because of my own cultural background that I strive to alter power dynamics and empower clients.

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December 13, 2011


Alissa R. Bleecker


• To obtain a position as a Case Manager position.

• University of Michigan, School of Social Work, Ann Arbor, MI
Masters in Social Work: Interpersonal Practice and Mental Health
Expected graduation: December 2012
• Overall GPA: 7.8/8.0

• Albion College, Albion, MI
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, 2011
Concentration: Secondary Education
Minor: English
• Major & Overall GPA: 3.8/4.0
• Dean’s List every semester
• Who’s Who Among American Scholars 2011


Case Manager Intern
Assertive Community Treatment: Ypsilanti Team, Ann Arbor, MI. January-December 2012
• Engaged clients in person-centered treatment planning and individual therapy sessions.
• Monitored as a case load of 70 clients set-up and took daily medications.
• Conducted daily mental status exams, periodic progress reviews, and updated annual Biopsychosocial Assessments.
• Coordinated client care with Primary Care Physicians and utilized community resources.
• Assessed clients for suicidal and homicidal risk.
• Led and created thematic projects for Art Group.
• Advocated for client’s to maintain independent living and to receive appropriate state and federal benefits and resources.

Student Teacher
Jackson High School, Jackson, MI. January 2011-April 2011
• Taught three Junior English classes, Mythology, and Shakespeare for 14 weeks.
• Implemented state teaching standards while fostering student creativity.
• Practiced conflict management and positive reinforcement.
• Planned and implemented daily lessons and made real world connections.

Mental Health Practitioner Intern
Oak Lawn Psychiatric Hospital, Marshall, MI. May-August 2010
• Assisted with group therapy at an inpatient and partial hospitalization program.
• Maintained patient goals though-out the day at each facility.
• Observed intakes, family sessions, individual therapy sessions and after-care planning meetings.
• Observed and contributed to treatment team meetings.

Resident Assistant
Albion College Residential Life, Albion, MI, August 2008-May 2010
• Planned 16 educational and social programs each year which helped 30 upperclassmen students build a community while learning about health and safety.
• Enforced college policies and ensured student safety by doing rounds in the building and socializing with students on a regular basis.
• Interviewed potential Resident Assistant applicants for the 2009-2010 academic school year and evaluated leadership qualities.

Camp Counselor
YMCA of McHenry County, McHenry, IL, Summer 2008
• Won “Counselor of the Summer” award based on leadership skills and interactions with the campers.
• Supervised a group of 20 second grade students with one other co-counselor, and supervised 120 other campers during all camp activities.
• Implemented and incorporated the YMCA’s four core values (honesty, respect, caring, and responsibility) into daily activities to enhance camper’s social and civic awareness.
• Improved each camper’s distinct personality through positive feedback and motivated campers to participate in sports, crafts, and swimming to increase self-esteem and confidence.

Crew Member, Family Video, Marshall, MI, April 2010-September 2010
Intern, Oak Lawn Psychiatric Hospital, Marshall, MI, June 2010-July 2010
Cashier, Best Buy, Crystal Lake, IL, June 2006 – May 2007
• Won Most Valuable Employee in Fall 2006.
Crew Member, Wendy’s, Crystal Lake, IL, May 2005 – June 2006

Volunteer, Big Brother/Big Sister, 2007 – present
• Mentored a fourteen year old girl and spent 10 hours with her each month to increase her confidence and sense of self.
Member, Psi Chi Psychology Honor Fraternity
Member, Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Fraternity

COMPUTER SKILLS: SPSS statistical analysis program, Word, PowerPoint, and Excel

LANGUAGES: Semi-Proficient in Spanish.


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