- 6 years ago
- Wedding: May 2010
I need to cut a few lines so this fits on one page, but this is what I have so far. I welcome any feedback or advice. It’s been a little while since I’ve done a cover letter and the job I’m applying for is very related to what I currently do, but also in a very different setting. I’d like to streamline the first and second paragraphs, possibly into one?
I am writing to express my interest in the Social Worker/Mental Health Evaluator position you have posted on the [company name] website.
I am currently employed as a clinician in a 90-day Diagnostic Program for children in residential care at [current employer]. In this position I work with a multi-disciplinary treatment team to evaluate their mental health, social and developmental needs and assess the level of functioning in their school, community and home environments. I meet with families, school personnel, and workers from local agencies to gather information, identify strengths and needs, develop a treatment plan, and make recommendations for the most appropriate level of care and specific treatment needs. Once the Diagnostic Evaluation for each child is completed, I remain involved with the child, their family and the referring agency, making referrals to other programs and services and overseeing the transition for the child and family from our agency to other agencies and providers.
In my role as clinician I also perform individual and group therapy, as well as family therapy when appropriate. Most children who come into this program are in a crisis state, and I respond to situations when children have or are attempting to AWOL, are acting aggressively toward others, are expressing suicidal ideations/gestures or are expressing homicidal ideations/gestures. I have three years of experience working in this Diagnostic Program and four total years of experience working in residential care.
During my graduate career, I held an internship as an adoption worker. In this position, I met with families to complete homestudies, co-facilitated pre-adoptive training classes, liaised between various agencies to match youth in care with adoptive families, and monitored youth once they were placed in an adoptive home. I also held an internship as an outpatient mental health counselor, providing individual and family therapy to adolescents and their families, as well as co-facilitating a therapy group for incarcerated youth at the county jail.
In my career thus far I have gained a great deal of experience working clinically with individuals and families, managing crisis situations, performing mental health evaluations, coordinating between agencies, the legal system and the educational system, and working in a professional manner as part of a multi-disciplinary treatment team. I enjoy a fast-paced, client focused work environment and come from a strengths-based background. I feel my background makes me an ideal candidate for the position of Social Worker/Mental Health Evaluator at [company name].
I would like to meet with you so that I can discuss with you my degree in social work, records and to discuss my experience. I have enclosed my resume. If you have any questions or would like any additional information please contact me at [phone number].