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Grade: 09

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 requirements for this position. In the event you do not meet these requirements, you will be found ineligible for the position.

Applicants must have a degree in recreational therapy or in a creative arts therapy field (art therapy, dance therapy, music therapy, or psychodrama); or a major in an appropriate subject-matter field with therapeutic emphasis or concentration.

1 Do you meet the minimum qualification requirements listed above? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes, I meet the minimum qualification requirement.
  • No, I do not meet the minimum qualification requirement.
NOTE: ALL applicants MUST submit legible transcripts as verification of educational requirement. Your documentation MUST be received by the Consolidated Staffing Unit by the closing date of the vacancy announcement.
2 In addition to the minimum qualifications, you must have one year of specialized experience at, or equivalent to, the GS-07 grade level, or meet the education requirements as described in the VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT. Do you meet the experience and/or education requirements for the position? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
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.
3 Recreation Therapists must document and maintain current records of treatment and programs given to patients. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  • I have reviewed patient medical records to determine treatment needs, recorded progress, and functioning and intervention outcomes, ensuring data is current and legible; and/or I have maintained current records of treatment and programs given to include monitoring and determining effectiveness of interventions.
  • I have reviewed patient medical records to determine treatment needs, recorded progress, and functioning and intervention outcomes; and/or I have prepared post-discharge follow-up plans; and/or I have assisted in the development of written treatment plans.
  • I have used medical terminology in order to accurately document health conditions; and/or I have developed treatment plans as a member of a multi-disciplinary treatment team; and/or I have ensured all data is current and legible.
  • I have revised plans as necessary to assure goals and plans are documented consistent with policy and professional guidelines; and/or I have prepared individual/group program plans.
  • As a member of a multi-disciplinary treatment team, I have prepared written reports, for supervisory review for completeness, accuracy, and conformance with prescribed administrative and professional practices; and/or I have maintained written activity logs to document participation and daily program hours.
  • None of the above.
4 Recreation Therapists must interact with other medical and mental health staff to provide continuity of patient care and to ensure effective treatment planning. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  • I have discussed issues encountered with team members while assigning uncooperative individuals to programs, teams or groups; and/or I have met with physicians to discuss changes which may affect classification of patients and objectives of the medical program; and/or I have discussed effectiveness of interventions with team member and revised treatment plans as necessary.
  • I have worked with groups in ways that encouraged participation; and/or I have determined patients' interests, attitudes and abilities through interview, testing and observation; and/or I have worked with other health care professionals to plan and administer treatment; and/or I have provided instruction for patients obtaining patients' cooperation.
  • I have resolved issues encountered while assigning uncooperative individuals to programs, teams or groups; and/or I have discussed test results and implication for treatment planning with physicians; and/or I have met with physicians to advise on changes which may affect classification of patients and objectives of the medical program.
  • I have explained treatment in language patient understands; and/or I have determined patients' interests, attitudes and abilities through interview, testing and observation; and/or I have facilitated therapeutic programs for physically disabled, medical patients, and/or mental health patients.
  • I have developed unique or innovative methods or techniques to improve communications with patients; and/or I have conducted training for new Recreation Therapy staff; and/or I have given presentations about recreation therapy programs to medical staff and staff from other departments who may refer patients to program.
  • None of the above.
5 Recreation Therapists plan and coordinate individual and group therapeutic recreation programs. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  • I have developed a familiarity with theories and concepts of therapeutic recreation, leisure, social psychology and human development; and/or I have experience working with limited populations and diagnostic groups with no secondary complications; and/or I have implemented treatment plans developed by others.
  • I have used extensive knowledge of theories and concepts of therapeutic recreation, leisure, social psychology and human development; and/or I have experience working with a diverse population including cultural and diagnostic groups (including assessment of etiology, symptomatology, cognitive, physical, social sensory, communication and psychiatric impairments), prognosis, treatment of conditions and related secondary complications.
  • I have used general knowledge of theories and concepts of therapeutic recreation, leisure, social psychology and human development; and/or I have experience working with a specific population including those with medical or psychiatric problems with few, if any, secondary complications; and/or I have used standardized treatment plan design and development.
  • I have experience with the intervention planning process to include treatment plan design and development, innovative types of programs, and selection of program to achieve the assessed needs and methods for behavior change; and/or I have developed innovative treatment programs for patients with complex conditions which require more than standardized approaches.
  • None of the above.
6 Recreation Therapists must be able to design and administer therapeutic recreation programs for severely disabled patients and for mental health patients to plan a course for rehabilitation. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  • I have designed and/or implemented a full range of recreation/leisure programs and therapeutic objectives for physically disabled persons, for patients with a variety of illnesses, and/or for mental health patients; and/or I have adapted existing program for each patient; and/or I have assessed, treated and evaluated the needs of the patient.
  • I have designed, implemented, and, on occasion, supervised a full range of treatment and therapeutic objectives for physically disabled persons, for patients with a variety of illnesses, and for mental health patients; and/or I have adapted a specialized program for each patient; and/or I have evaluated the effectiveness of each program, modifying as needed to meet patient therapeutic needs.
  • I have led/administered classes and/or group sessions, etc. for physically disabled persons; and/or I have administered recreation/leisure programs for medical patients; and/or I have led recreation programs for mental health patients.
  • None of the above.

Grade: All Grades

1 How did you hear about this employment opportunity with the Bureau of Prisons (BOP)?
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  • Magazine
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  • Television
  • Poster/Flyer
  • Private employment office
  • State Employment/Unemployment Office or Career Service Center
  • State or local Job Information Center
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  • School or college counselor or other official
  • Agency or other Federal government recruitment at school or college
  • Recruitment event (other than school or college)
  • Friend or relative working for the BOP
  • Friend or relative not working for the BOP
  • Religious organization
  • USAJOBS, the official job site of the US Federal Government
  • BOP Website
  • Internet job site
  • Contacted the BOP on my own
  • Military publication
  • Military Separation Center
  • Professional Organization
  • Federal Job Publication (i.e., Federal Jobs Digest, etc)
  • Discover Corrections
  • Washington DC Diversity
  • Other
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