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Stephenie in Jersey City, New Jersey

72 months ago

I have an interview with the ACS in NY for the Child Protective Specialists position. I wonder if anyone can give me any tips for the interview and also some of the questions they will likely ask. I really want this job badly but I have had no previous experience in the field(I just graduated), so I would like to really shine in the interview to up my chances.
Thanks

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Julia in Orlando, Florida

72 months ago

Stephenie in Jersey City, New Jersey said: I have an interview with the ACS in NY for the Child Protective Specialists position. I wonder if anyone can give me any tips for the interview and also some of the questions they will likely ask. I really want this job badly but I have had no previous experience in the field(I just graduated), so I would like to really shine in the interview to up my chances.
Thanks
Working as a Child Protective Investigator... Know the law. You need to read the report very thorough. Contact the reporter for additional information. Review the age of the child to decide where you need to go to see and interview the child along and make your observations on the child such as any physical bruises on the child. See other children at home. Do not allow anyone to intimidate you. You are responsible to protect the child. Contact your supervisor immediately to conference the case for further directions and or recommendations. Detail documentation is very important on your investigations. Commence your investigations on time.
I have 10 years of experience as a Child Protector. Base on this info. you would do just fine on your interview.

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Ev in Cheshire, Connecticut

55 months ago

Please provide a few case scenario questions. I am having an interview next week and need to develop questions related to a case manager position. Ev

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sargrah9 in Jacksonville, Florida

50 months ago

my question is this is a field i so want to get into could someone tell me how could i go about it and what exactly do i need to take for classes i jut need to be pointed in the right direction i know there is a great demand in this field and i have a passion tor our helpless children someone has to look out for them, but i have no experience in this field how hard will it be for me to get into this profession..

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klott86 in Gaffney, South Carolina

50 months ago

sargrah9 in Jacksonville, Florida said: my question is this is a field i so want to get into could someone tell me how could i go about it and what exactly do i need to take for classes i jut need to be pointed in the right direction i know there is a great demand in this field and i have a passion tor our helpless children someone has to look out for them, but i have no experience in this field how hard will it be for me to get into this profession..

You want to take some classes or major in one of the social sciences....I majored in Social Work, a lot of people now are majoring in Social Work or psychology if they want to work in CPS.
How hard it is depends on where you want to work, I had no problem finding my first job out of college, it all depends on the need and the location of the agency.....hope this helps a little....

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sargrah9 in Jacksonville, Florida

50 months ago

yes thank you very much

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jam911 in Hollywood, Florida

50 months ago

sargrah9 in Jacksonville, Florida said: yes thank you very much

i have an interview this week for Child Protective Investigtor. The salary seems really low. its from 28,999- 79,999. I am sure they will start off with the least amount, here in Miami..

Is this job really stressful?

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klott86 in Gaffney, South Carolina

50 months ago

yes very stressful, you're going to be dealing with things that you've never seen before and you have to remain professional at all times.....and not let your emotions overshadow what you have to do.....hope this helps a little bit.

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JenniferMiller in Toledo, Ohio

47 months ago

I am a Psychology major here in Toledo, OH and I am working on a paper for a Pre-Professional Seminar class. I was wondering whether some of you who represent the social work field could give me a little advice on some of the advantages and the disadvantages to working as a Child Protective Social Worker. I am considering getting my Masters in Social Work and would prefer to work within the mental health aspect of social work. Any comments on this would be appreciated!
Thank you!

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DadMike in Maryland

47 months ago

JenniferMiller in Toledo, Ohio said: I am a Psychology major here in Toledo, OH and I am working on a paper for a Pre-Professional Seminar class. I was wondering whether some of you who represent the social work field could give me a little advice on some of the advantages and the disadvantages to working as a Child Protective Social Worker. I am considering getting my Masters in Social Work and would prefer to work within the mental health aspect of social work. Any comments on this would be appreciated!
Thank you!

You will be hard pressed to find better experience at crisis intervention and assessment, and you will never get better experience at understanding how legal systems, mental health, substance abuse, family law, domestic violence, juvenile delinquincy, hospitals all interact.
You learn how to work the streets, addressing real people with solid issues and addressing them in concrete ways.
It's very, very different than sit-in-an office therapy.
Even the rules of confidentiality are different.

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Angelbabiphat in Costa Mesa, California

44 months ago

I am trying to find an internship working for CPS. I have not had any luck regarding this. All I find are job postings. I am mainly looking for somewhere to work in Sacramento, CA. I will be graduating with a Sociology Degree Political Science and Spanish Minor. Hopefully I get into grad school for my MSW. For the time being, I am looking for an internship and cannot find any websites to help me with this. Does anyone have any suggestions as to where to look or how I can find internships?

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patrick matope in Windhoek, Namibia

44 months ago

Stephenie in Jersey City, New Jersey said: I have an interview with the ACS in NY for the Child Protective Specialists position. I wonder if anyone can give me any tips for the interview and also some of the questions they will likely ask. I really want this job badly but I have had no previous experience in the field(I just graduated), so I would like to really shine in the interview to up my chances.
Thanks

www.proprofs.com/quiz-school/quizshow.php?title=selection-test-child-protection-worker-barclay-child-protection-agency&quesnum=9&showNextQ=yes

get all the infor u need there just search website for selection test for CPW

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Rich in New York, New York

41 months ago

patrick matope in Windhoek, Namibia said: Find infor mation on this website. search on the website CHILD PROTECTION WORKER SELECTION TEST AND WISH U ALL THE BEST.
www.proprofs.com/quiz-school/quizshow.php?title=selection-test-child-protection-worker-barclay-child-protection-agency&quesnum=9&showNextQ=yes

Thanks so much. This was very helpful

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Corina in Brooklyn, New York

41 months ago

Hi Rich I noticed that you're in NY. So am I. Did you take the CPS test that's going on this month or are you planning on taking it? if so, did you study. If yes, what books, methods did you use?

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Penny Dow in New York, New York

41 months ago

I have been studying Peterson's "Master the Casework Exam" will this help me with the CPS test? Is there math on the CPS test?
Thanks!

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asasas in Astoria, New York

41 months ago

Corina in Brooklyn, New York said: Hi Rich I noticed that you're in NY. So am I. Did you take the CPS test that's going on this month or are you planning on taking it? if so, did you study. If yes, what books, methods did you use?

Hey, how was you test? And when do you think they will start making calls?

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Penny Dow in New York, New York

41 months ago

They said that they would not contact me for six months.

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asasas in Corona, New York

41 months ago

My score is only in 71 ish. How do you think of my chances for a call. How much was your score?

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asasas in Corona, New York

41 months ago

My score is only in 71 ish. How do you think of my chances for a call. How much was your score?

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Penny Dow in New York, New York

41 months ago

I really have no idea how this works. I think that they call people in the order of their test scores. I have no idea how many people they hire, etc. My score was pretty good, but I took a lot of time. I was worried at the begining but it turned out okay. I am 3/4 of the way through my MSW so perhaps that helped. Also my mother was an English teacher so the grammar is easier for me than the other stuff. I was wondering if they are testing for other ACS jobs.

Good luck, I hope you get the job that you want. I can't wait six months so I am looking at a lot of different kinds of jobs.

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lepina in Brooklyn, New York

41 months ago

asasas in Corona, New York said: My score is only in 71 ish. How do you think of my chances for a call. How much was your score?

They will establish a list after 6 months. You number is a little low. However, you will be on the list. I was placed on the list 1 month ago. I just received the notice for my interview. My score was 81.75. I speak different languages too. I don't know if this helped

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susan in El Paso, Texas

41 months ago

lepina in Brooklyn, New York said: They will establish a list after 6 months. You number is a little low. However, you will be on the list. I was placed on the list 1 month ago. I just received the notice for my interview. My score was 81.75. I speak different languages too. I don't know if this helped

good luck!

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asasas in New York, New York

41 months ago

What materials did you use to prepare for the test? Good luck for the interview.

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lepina in Brooklyn, New York

41 months ago

susan in El Paso, Texas said: good luck!

Thank you Susan.

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lepina in Brooklyn, New York

41 months ago

HOnestly,
I did not look at any materials. The test itself it is common sense. It long. You have about 3 hours to complete 80 questions. I rushed during mine because I will ill. If you are not sure skip the question and go back to it. Most of it its grammar, such placing sentences in the right order. Additionally, you will have to analyze at scenarios and answer about what do you think its the right thing to do. welfare of children was first in my mind. Some are difficult , some are very easy. Take your time during the test and you'll be fine. Good luck

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Teresa in Brooklyn, New York

40 months ago

Hi, I took the test in September of 2010 I just received my first letter for an interveiw that is taking place on May 17, 2011. The test was very easy for me I currently work as a substitute teacher. I did not use any material to study for the test and scored in the 96th perecntile. i will post an update after my interveiw.

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lepina in Brooklyn, New York

40 months ago

Teresa in Brooklyn, New York said: Hi, I took the test in September of 2010 I just received my first letter for an interveiw that is taking place on May 17, 2011. The test was very easy for me I currently work as a substitute teacher. I did not use any material to study for the test and scored in the 96th perecntile. i will post an update after my interveiw.

Hello,
My interview is the day after. I would really appreciate it, if you can give me an idea about the process and the possible questions asked. Good luck.

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Former CPI speaking in West Palm Beach, Florida

40 months ago

jam911 in Hollywood, Florida said: i have an interview this week for Child Protective Investigtor. The salary seems really low. its from 28,999- 79,999. I am sure they will start off with the least amount, here in Miami..

Is this job really stressful?

No.... Your given to many cases in a short time frame to complete. It is impossible to provide services effectively with the amount of cases that is given to each CPI (Child Protective Investigator). If the system does not change a lot of children will stay at risk because the investigator does not have time to assess the risk properly. Over worked and under paid.

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Teresa

40 months ago

The starting salary here in NY is 42,---, I can't remember the exact amount and after 6mts goes up 6,000 so it's not too bad. I will definitely post a comment after my interveiw tomorrow about what the process was.

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Teresa

40 months ago

lepina in Brooklyn, New York said: Hello,
My interview is the day after. I would really appreciate it, if you can give me an idea about the process and the possible questions asked. Good luck.

Yes, I def. will.

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Gloria in New York, New York

40 months ago

Teresa, did you score a 96, or was your score in the 96th percentile. Thank you for the information.

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lepina in Brooklyn, New York

40 months ago

Teresa said: Yes, I def. will.

Hi Teresa,

I hope everything went fine today.

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Teresa in Brooklyn, New York

40 months ago

So I was totally wiped out after being in the same room for 9 hours be prepared to wait and wait and wait then have an interveiw and have to answer several questions, as far as they go I cannot reveal what they were otherwise we can be disquailified. If you are passionate about this position and working with children you should be fine, it is not just a paycheck it is your life from the moment you walk into your office until you get home. They will let you know that day whether or not you are considered.

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Teresa in Brooklyn, New York

40 months ago

lepina in Brooklyn, New York said: Hi Teresa,

I hope everything went fine today.

So I was totally wiped out after being in the same room for 9 hours be prepared to wait and wait and wait then have an interveiw and have to answer several questions, as far as they go I cannot reveal what they were otherwise we can be disquailified. If you are passionate about this position and working with children you should be fine, it is not just a paycheck it is your life from the moment you walk into your office until you get home. They will let you know that day whether or not you are considered.

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annyomus in marietta, Georgia

40 months ago

Teresa in Brooklyn, New York said: So I was totally wiped out after being in the same room for 9 hours be prepared to wait and wait and wait then have an interveiw and have to answer several questions, as far as they go I cannot reveal what they were otherwise we can be disquailified. If you are passionate about this position and working with children you should be fine, it is not just a paycheck it is your life from the moment you walk into your office until you get home. They will let you know that day whether or not you are considered.

were you considered? i have applied online in texas....for cpi ...

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Teresa

40 months ago

Yes, I have been considered and now have to undergo processing and paperwork, and if that goes well then I start training which starts June 20th.

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lepina in Brooklyn, New York

40 months ago

Teresa said: Yes, I have been considered and now have to undergo processing and paperwork, and if that goes well then I start training which starts June 20th.

Congrats Teresa. How long was the interview itself? Any general interview questions beside the ones you cant disclose?
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Teresa

40 months ago

the interveiw is about 20 to 30 minutes

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annyomus in marietta, Georgia

40 months ago

Teresa said: Yes, I have been considered and now have to undergo processing and paperwork, and if that goes well then I start training which starts June 20th.

congrats!im sure if i get interviewed i will get picked as well...fingers crossed!

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Teresa in Brooklyn, New York

40 months ago

annyomus in marietta, Georgia said: congrats!im sure if i get interviewed i will get picked as well...fingers crossed!

Thank you!

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Teresa in Brooklyn, New York

40 months ago

lepina in Brooklyn, New York said: Hi Teresa,

I hope everything went fine today.

How did it go?

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Gloria in New York, New York

40 months ago

Teresa said: Yes, I have been considered and now have to undergo processing and paperwork, and if that goes well then I start training which starts June 20th.

Congratulations, Teresa! I still am curious to know if you scored a 96 or the exam or scored in the 96th percentile. I just want to get an idea about the scoring.

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lepina in Brooklyn, New York

40 months ago

Teresa in Brooklyn, New York said: How did it go?

Hi Teresa.

What a disappointment. I went yesterday and early. Two people entered the room and guess what? They informed us that the hiring pool was canceled due to the fact that they had hired the people they needed yesterday. The majority of the people were ok with it. However, I was so upset. I was in a state of shock. I really want this job. I have been waiting for a long time. I guess that's the way things work with the city. I really hope they call me again. At least that's what the lady said. Maybe in a month or two. I really want to do this.
P.S. I am very happy for you. Congrats once again. I am sure you'll do fine.

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annyomus in marietta, Georgia

40 months ago

lepina in Brooklyn, New York said: Hi Teresa.

What a disappointment. I went yesterday and early. Two people entered the room and guess what? They informed us that the hiring pool was canceled due to the fact that they had hired the people they needed yesterday. The majority of the people were ok with it. However, I was so upset. I was in a state of shock. I really want this job. I have been waiting for a long time. I guess that's the way things work with the city. I really hope they call me again. At least that's what the lady said. Maybe in a month or two. I really want to do this.
P.S. I am very happy for you. Congrats once again. I am sure you'll do fine.

id be disappointed too...i would apply in new jersey..also i would try residental care facilities and group homes...although not cpi
you still get to work with kids who need help and you learn alot about the systems ...this experience could also help later when you reapply......i will keep my fingers crossed ...

do you know arizona state university has a program where they will pay for you school to become a cps worker then yu work for arizona CPS for 2 years.... maybe a school in new york has a program like this...

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Teresa in Brooklyn, New York

40 months ago

awww I am so sorry to hear that but if its what you really want then keep trying because so many of those they were considered where not 100 % sure and will most likey decline when it gets closer. Don't give up all the best to you!

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Christina in East Rockaway, New York

39 months ago

I'm planning on taking this exam in two weeks. Does it matter how long you take to finish the test? And if anyone knows any prep material out there. It's most likely an aptitude test that can't be studied for... but I figured i'd ask anyway! Thanks in advance!

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Sgregoire83 in New York, New York

39 months ago

Are there any positions left? I thought all the jobs were filled already!?! If they aren't filled, I'm going to take the test this week. I wish you all the best of luck!

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Christina in East Rockaway, New York

39 months ago

I don't know how many positions there are to fill, but I do know that they are still giving the test throughout July, August and I believe September as well. Good luck!

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Lop in Brooklyn, New York

39 months ago

I am currently training now my class is the 6th class this year,there are some people that drop out and quit during the 1st year of the job so thats why there is a demand for them.as far as study guides im not aware of any I did not use anything and did fine, my background is elementary education so I dont know if that helped.

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Suzanna in Brooklyn, New York

39 months ago

Lop in Brooklyn, New York said: I am currently training now my class is the 6th class this year,there are some people that drop out and quit during the 1st year of the job so thats why there is a demand for them.as far as study guides im not aware of any I did not use anything and did fine, my background is elementary education so I dont know if that helped.

Hi Lop
What's your take on the training and job functions so far? Any ideas as to why so many people are quitting?

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