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Carefully read each question and all possible answers before selecting a response. Some questions will be used to screen out ineligible applicants. Applicant errors in responses will not be corrected. You are responsible for the accuracy of your application. Your application must describe your work and experience, in your own words. If you fail to provide requested information, or the information submitted is insufficient, you may lose consideration for the position.
You must have one year of specialized experience at, or equivalent to, the GS-5 grade level, or meet the education requirements as described in the VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT. Do you meet the experience and/or education requirements for this position?
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If you are using education to qualify, you must provide transcripts to receive consideration. Transcripts
be received in the announcing office by the closing date of the vacancy announcement.
LISTED BELOW ARE GROUPED STATEMENTS RELATING TO THE ASSESSMENTS/COMPETENCIES NECESSARY FOR THE POSITION. Read each question carefully and select the answer choice that best describes your experience.
Psychology Technicians must interact with inmates and staff, as well as others outside the institution. They supervise the department's work cadre on a daily basis. They screen calls and handle routine inquiries, providing technical assistance and answering questions regarding the general nature of correctional programs. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
I have assisted in providing basic office procedure training to other employees; and/or I have provided work status to the supervisor; and/or I am a member of a public speakinig group; and/or I have provided directions to visitors of the institution/organization; and/or I have presented information on upcoming events to a group of co-workers; and/or I have briefed my supervisor of workload issues/concerns on a recurring basis.
I have responded independently to verbal requests for information; and/or I have reduced the necessity of contact with staff members by providing assistance to callers or visitors on technical issues; and/or I have presented pertinent information to staff members/co-workers during meetings or institution recalls.
I have responded to inquiries on general departmental issues; and/or I have provided information to other staff or inmates regarding policies or procedures (i.e., safety talks, orientation to new inmates, etc.); and/or I have requested medical/central/psychological files from the appropriate party/source.
None of the above.
Psychology Technicians must have a practical knowledge of psychological principles and methods within the Psychology Department to complete assignments involving the administration, scoring and distribution of various psychological tests. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
I have reviewed emergency/contingency plans as required by policy; and/or I have updated an established checklist to maintain policy compliance; and/or I have requested clarification on new policies/procedure being implemented in the work area.
I have read and interpreted regulations and technical materials, under limited supervision; and/or I have translated guidelines into specific actions; and/or I have implemented a streamlined procedure which complied with governing regulations/policy.
I have researched and comprehended guidelines, under direct supervision; and/or I have recommended actions based on analysis of data from technical reports; and/or I have prepared perpetual audits.
None of the above.
Psychology Technicians are responsible for implementing the automated psychology data entry system, including initial implementation of PDS, training of all psychology staff, routine data entry and retrieval, automated test scoring and reconciling discrepancies in the files. They upload data to the national database in Central Office and import/export zip files on incoming/outgoing inmates. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
I have utilized the spell/grammar check functions to correct errors on documents; and/or I have assisted in setting up an automated filing system for easy access/retrieval of information; and/or I have ordered office supplies for a variety of common office equipment.
I have created a database to store employees' training records; and/or I have run NCIC background checks; and/or I have assisted in creating a slide presentation using a presentations/graphics software.
I have maintained rosters for the Captain and Lieutenants; and/or I have kept track of the badges distributed in the institution; and/or I have typed information into the database containing assault/death information; and/or I have run Sentry rosters.
None of the above.
Psychology Technicians coordinate the workflow of the office by assuring day-to-day operations are performed in a timely manner. They devise new procedures and methods which enhance the overall operation of the department. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
I have maintained an adequate level of supplies for the office as scheduled; and/or I have ordered furniture and coordinated delivery dates, including the return of any damaged products; and/or I have determined where mail should be forwarded when not addressed to a particular individual; and/or I have maintained a manual filing system by filing material/information in a timely manner.
I have maintained an accurate calendar of upcoming meetings; and/or I have scheduled appointments; and/or I have entered call-outs for group and individual psychotherapy sessions; and/or I have maintained time and attendance records; and/or I have made hotel arrangements for several conference attendees; and/or I have arranged rental and use of facilities in the community for large meetings; and/or I have scheduled staff for training.
I have anticipated needs and pre-ordered supplies ahead of schedule; and/or I have submitted work orders; and/or I have screened telephone calls and visitors; and/or I have forwarded mail; and/or I have run inmate rosters.
None of the above.
Psychology Technicians compile, manage and ensure the security of all psychology files. They assist in the establishment of a systematic and resourceful report filing system for all DAP offerings. They assist in the coordination and collection of DAP monthly statistical activity reports, and other quarterly and annual reports. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
I have maintained Medical Duty Status (MDS) monthly contacts log; and/or I have ensured monthly psycho-tropic compliance and suicide watch monitoring; and/or I have maintained monthly report of new inmates (A&O); and/or I have maintained other log books within the department
I have maintained inventory of office equipment and supplies; and/or I have established subject matter files; and/or I have cataloged and filed legal reference information; and/or I have maintained records of class and program attendance.
I have maintained records or an automated database; and/or I have established an alphabetical and/or numerical filing system; and/or I have retrieved files upon request. .
None of the above.
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