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Grade: 11
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.

Applicants MUST meet the below-listed MINIMUM qualification requirement for this position. In the event you do not meet this requirement, you will be found ineligible for the position.
  1. A master's degree in social work in a school accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.


* 1.Do you meet the minimum qualification requirement listed above?
  1. Yes, I meet the minimum qualification requirement described above.
  2. No, I do not meet the minimum qualification requirement described above.


NOTE:ALL applicants MUST submit legible transcripts as verification of educational requirement. Transcripts MUST be received in the announcing office by the closing date of the vacancy announcement.

* 2.In addition to minimum education requirement, you must have one year of specialized experience at, or equivalent to, the GS-9 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?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 3.Applicants applying for this position, MUST also possess the following Selective Factor. In the event you do not possess the Selective Factor, you will be found ineligible for the position.

Selective Factor:
  • Applicants must be licensed as a Social Worker in the state in which he/she practices.
Do you meet the selective factor for this position?
  1. Yes, I am licensed as a Social Worker in the state in which I practice.
  2. No, I do not possess the Selective Factor for this position.


NOTE: ALL applicants MUST submit Social Worker license for verification. This documentation MUST be received in the announcing office by the closing date of the vacancy announcement.

ASSESSMENT QUESTIONS

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.

4.Social Workers must have the ability to collect information from several sources, organize the information, identify problems and recommend action. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have worked in a clinical setting treating either psychiatric disorders or medical patients; and/or I have conducted social assessments; and/or I have presented a written evaluation of documented information in a patient's medical record.
  2. I am familiar with various problem solving strategies; and/or I am knowledgeable of research methods; and/or I have collected data from a client population.
  3. I have implemented a data base of all cases referred for services to provide technical and research information; and/or I have gathered and organized data assisting in the development of a quality management program.
  4. I have assisted in compiling data from written/oral assessments; and/or I have maintained information on clients/patients; and/or I have organized records and updated data base files.
  5. None of the above.


5.Social Workers are team members who must be able to effectively communicate and coordinate information with outside agencies, administration, physicians, inmates and co-workers. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I am familiar with the concept of interdisciplinary teams; and/or I have provided/shared information with other departments in the institution; and/or I have represented the department in institution meetings.
  2. I have kept lines of communication open; and/or I have participated in interdisciplinary team meetings; and/or I have attended other department's meetings; and/or I have provided information to other organizations within the agency.
  3. I have established system/mechanism for interdisciplinary meetings which include but are not limited to psychiatrist, nurse and rehabilitative staff; and/or I have advised and provided helpful input to other disciplines; and/or I have collaborated with outside agencies.
  4. None of the above.


6.Social Workers must have current knowledge of the principles, philosophies, and professional values related to the field of social work and how they relate to a correctional environment. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have performed assessments or evaluations; and/or I have worked under the supervision of a clinical professional as a social work practitioner; and/or I have assisted in making a treatment plan.
  2. I have followed social work standards of professional practice when administering medical/psychiatric treatment utilizing Title 18 statutes governing the commitment; and/or I have followed professional standards evaluating the treatment and release of mental health patients; and/or I have demonstrated the ability to supervise and maintain the quality of inmate/patient care standards as outlined by JCAHO or other regulatory agencies.
  3. I have assisted in performing social work assessments; and/or I have participated in treatment teams; and/or I have conducted psycho-educational groups.
  4. None of the above.


7.Social Workers must have the ability to work with inmates in a therapeutic environment. This includes direct contact with inmates and their families often for the purpose of conducting therapy sessions. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have assisted in teaching; and/or I have worked with individuals in a therapeutic capacity; and/or I have organized a counseling session.
  2. I have designed a group therapy treatment program; and/or I have offered specialized professional counseling to diverse groups of various ethnic and demographic backgrounds; and/or I have enhanced an existing program to achieve treatment goals; and/or I have organized a family assistance program.
  3. I have assisted others in leading individual or group counseling sessions; and/or I have been involved in the development of educational lesson plans; and/or I have experience with working with groups of people/interacting.
  4. None of the above.


Grade: All Grades
1.How did you hear about this employment opportunity with the Bureau of Prisons (BOP)?
  1. Private information service
  2. Magazine
  3. Newspaper
  4. Radio
  5. Television
  6. Poster/Flyer
  7. Private employment office
  8. State Employment/Unemployment Office or Career Service Center
  9. State or local Job Information Center
  10. BOP Employee Services Department (bulletin board or other form announcement)
  11. School or college counselor or other official
  12. Agency or other Federal government recruitment at school or college
  13. Recruitment event (other than school or college)
  14. Friend or relative working for the BOP
  15. Friend or relative not working for the BOP
  16. Religious organization
  17. USAJOBS, the official job site of the US Federal Government
  18. BOP Website
  19. Internet job site
  20. Contacted the BOP on my own
  21. Military publication
  22. Military Separation Center
  23. Professional Organization
  24. Federal Job Publication (i.e., Federal Jobs Digest, etc)
  25. Discover Corrections
  26. Washington DC Diversity
  27. Other


Thank you for applying for a position with the Federal Bureau of Prisons. We appreciate you taking the time to complete this survey.





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