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Grade: 12
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 the requirement, you will be found ineligible for the position.

  • Satisfactory completion of all the requirements for a doctoral degree (Ph.D. or equivalent) directly related to full professional work in clinical psychology.


* 1.Do you meet the minimum qualification requirement listed above?
  1. Yes, I have satisfactorily completed all the requirements for a doctoral degree (Ph.D. or equivalent) directly related to full professional work in clinical psychology.
  2. No, I do not meet the minimum qualification requirement listed 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 the minimum education requirement, you must have one year of specialized experience at, or equivalent to, the GS-11 grade level as described in the VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT. Do you meet the experience requirements for this position?
  1. Yes
  2. 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.

SMU Psychologists must be able to conduct clinical interviews, review available records, administer and interpret psychological tests, and utilize this information to prepare reports and make treatment recommendations based upon these findings.

Use the following information to answer the questions below:
  • General Ability Measure for Adults (GAMA)
  • Millon Clinical Multiaxial Inventory (MCMI)
  • Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI)
  • NEO Five Factory Inventory (NEO)
  • Personality Assessment Inventory (PAI)
  • Personality Assessment Screener (PAS)
  • Psychopathy Checklist (Hare) (PCL-R)
  • Psychopathy Checklist - Screening Verion (Hare) (PCL-SV)
  • Psychological Inventory of Criminal Thinking Styles (PICTS)
  • Structured Clinical Interview for DSM-IV - Axis I (SCID-I)
  • Structured Clinical Interview for DSM/IV - Axis II (SCID-II)
  • Shipley Institute of Living (Shipley)
  • Stanford Binet Intelligence Scales (Stanford Binet)
  • Sexual Violence Risk (SVR-20)
  • Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale (WAIS)


3.From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have, as a doctoral level psychologist, administered and interpreted at least two of the following psychological tests: WAIS, Stanford Binet, GAMA, Shipley, MCMI, MMPI, PAI, SCID-I, SCID-II, PAS, NEO, HCR-20, SVR-20, PCL-R, PCL-SV, PICTS.
  2. I have, as a practicum student, prepared at least 10 reports based on findings from administration of the MMPI, PAI and/or MCMI; and/or I have, as a practicum student conducted structured clinical interviews and prepared reports based upon the findings; and/or I have, as a practicum student, completed a comprehensive test battery and prepared a report based upon the results.
  3. I have, as a licensed, doctoral level psychologist administered and interpreted at least two of the following psychological tests: WAIS, Stanford Binet, GAMA, Shipley, MCMI, MMPI, PAI, SCID-I, SCID-II, PAS, NEO, HCR-20, SVR-20, PCL-R, PCL-SV, PICTS.
  4. I have as a doctoral level psychologist, completed an internship rotation which required administration of psychological test batteries and preparation of formal reports based on these batteries; and/or I have, as a doctoral level psychologist, administered psychological tests to facilitate accurate diagnosis and treatment of mentally ill clients.
  5. I have, as a licensed, doctoral level psychologist, administered psychological test batteries and prepared formal reports based on these batteries; and/or I have, as a licensed, doctoral level psychologist, routinely administered psychological tests to facilitate an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment of mentally ill clients.
  6. None of the above.


4.SMU Psychologists must have knowledge of evidence-based interventions for managing disruptive behaviors, and expertise in delivering them to a correctional population and in the context of a specialized unit. They must have the ability to direct treatment, including clinical case management, develop and implement treatment plans, be familiar with psychiatric medications, and coordinate services with other staff. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have, as a licensed psychologist, provided a clinical treatment program for behaviorally disordered offenders; and/or I have, as a licensed psychologist, conducted skills training for inmates with a history of disciplinary problems; and/or I have, as a licensed psychologist, developed and implemented correctional management plans for disruptive inmates; and/or I have, as a licensed psychologist, routinely provided consultation and treatment services within a segregation unit.
  2. I have, as a doctoral level psychologist, facilitated a social skills training group for chronically mentally ill clients in a community mental health center; and/or I have, as a doctoral level psychologist, provided group counseling to perpetrators of domestic violence.
  3. I have, as a doctoral level psychologist, served as the primary therapist for an inpatient psychiatric unit for disruptive patients; and/or I have, as a doctoral level psychologist, provided counseling services for adolescents with a history of acting out behaviors.
  4. I have, as a practicum student administered a behavioral modification protocol for a disruptive child or adolescent; and/or I have, as an intern, provided group counseling for behaviorally disordered individuals; and/or I have served as a supervised co-therapist of a treatment group for seriously mentally ill individuals; and/or I have, as an intern, worked with perpetrators in a domestic violence prevention program.
  5. None of the above.


5.SMU Psychologists must have expertise in developing and implementing correctional management plans. These plans should apply sound behavioral principles and appropriate use of cognitive-behavioral and/or skills training interventions. They must have expertise in evidence-based approaches to counseling behaviorally disordered offenders. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have, as a graduate student, completed a college course in behavior modification; and/or I have, as a graduate student, completed a college course in behavioral therapies; and/or I have as a graduate student, completed at least 24 hours of training via seminars or workshops in dialectical behavior therapy.
  2. I have, as an intern, delivered cognitive-behavioral interventions designed to modify the behavior of personality disordered inmates; and/or I have, as a practicum student, worked with staff and inmates to minimize disruptive behaviors in a segregation unit; and/or I have, under the supervision of a licensed, doctoral level psychologist served as a treatment provider in a formal behavioral modification program.
  3. I have, as a doctoral level psychologist, implemented correctional management plans within a sex offender management/treatment program; and/or I have, as a doctoral level psychologist, implemented behavioral management plans for inmates housed in segregation units.
  4. I have, as a doctoral level psychologist, conducted behavioral analyses to assess the effectiveness of behavioral management plans; and/or I have, as a doctoral level psychologist, implemented interventions contained within a behavioral management plan, such as skills training, anger management, or other cognitive-behavioral interventions.
  5. None of the above.


6.SMU Psychologists play an important role during emergencies in an institution, resolving conflicts, and crisis situations. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have managed suicidal clients who had been referred by non-clinical staff; and/or I have conducted crisis intervention with patients with severe adjustment problems; and/or I have used clinical skills to defuse an altercation between two patients/clients; and/or I have trained non-clinical staff on managing a patient/client whose behavior was continuously disruptive.
  2. I have responded to a medical emergency; and/or I have worked in a community/university crisis center; and/or I have calmed someone who was emotionally distraught; and/or I have participated in a mock exercise of an emergency situation which involved the directing of others; and/or I have prevented a crisis situation from escalating.
  3. I have served as a member of a response team following a natural disaster; and/or I have served as a member of a confrontation avoidance or crisis management team; and/or I have functioned in the role of a mediator or co-mediator to resolve a conflict; and/or I have served as a crisis counselor for a suicide prevention hotline.
  4. None of the above.


7.SMU Psychologists must have a knowledge of research practices and a thorough knowledge of the available literature and its application to the management and treatment of behaviorally disordered offenders. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have, as a doctoral level psychologist, assisted with a study to investigate a particular problem behavior; and/or I have, as a doctoral level psychologist, assisted with the development of a research project to evaluate the effectiveness of a treatment program for a particular behavioral disorder.
  2. I have, under the supervision of a doctoral level psychologist, reviewed the literature in order to prepare a treatment protocol for an inmate engaging in self-harm behaviors; and/or I have, under the supervision of a doctoral level psychologist, utilized available research to develop a strategy to manage a disruptive inmate; and/or I have, under the supervision of a doctoral level psychologist, prepared a written literature review to assist treatment staff with program development issues.
  3. I have, as a doctoral level psychologist, reviewed the available literature on the treatment of a particular behavioral disorder and assisted with the implementation of a treatment program based upon this review.
  4. I have, as a graduate student, completed course work and/or assignments related to the management and treatment of personality disorders; and/or I have, as a graduate student, reviewed the literature and written a paper on treatment techniques to manage disruptive behaviors; and/or I have, as a graduate student, prepared a class presentation on the treatment of borderline personality disorder; and/or I have, as a graduate student, completed course work and/or training on psychopathy.
  5. None of the above.


Grade: 13
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 the requirement, you will be found ineligible for the position.

  • Satisfactory completion of all the requirements for a doctoral degree (Ph.D. or equivalent) directly related to full professional work in clinical psychology.


* 1.Do you meet the minimum qualification requirement listed above?
  1. Yes, I have satisfactorily completed all the requirements for a doctoral degree (Ph.D. or equivalent) directly related to full professional work in clinical psychology.
  2. No, I do not meet the minimum qualification requirement listed 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 the minimum education requirement, you must have one year of specialized experience at, or equivalent to, the GS-12 grade level as described in the VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT. Do you meet the experience requirements for the position?
  1. Yes
  2. 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.

SMU Psychologists must be able to conduct clinical interviews, review available records, administer and interpret psychological tests, and utilize this information to prepare reports and make treatment recommendations based upon these findings.

Use the following information to answer the questions below:
  • General Ability Measure for Adults (GAMA)
  • Millon Clinical Multiaxial Inventory (MCMI)
  • Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI)
  • NEO Five Factory Inventory (NEO)
  • Personality Assessment Inventory (PAI)
  • Personality Assessment Screener (PAS)
  • Psychopathy Checklist (Hare) (PCL-R)
  • Psychopathy Checklist - Screening Verion (Hare) (PCL-SV)
  • Psychological Inventory of Criminal Thinking Styles (PICTS)
  • Structured Clinical Interview for DSM-IV - Axis I (SCID-I)
  • Structured Clinical Interview for DSM/IV - Axis II (SCID-II)
  • Shipley Institute of Living (Shipley)
  • Stanford Binet Intelligence Scales (Stanford Binet)
  • Sexual Violence Risk (SVR-20)
  • Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale (WAIS)


3.From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. As a doctoral level psychologist, I have administered and interpreted at least two of the following psychological tests: WAIS, Stanford Binet, GAMA, Shipley, MCMI, MMPI, PAI, SCID-I, SCID-II, PAS, NEO, HCR-20, SVR-20, PCL-R, PCL-SV, PICTS.
  2. As a licensed, doctoral level psychologist, I have administered and interpreted at least two of the following psychological tests: WAIS, Stanford Binet, GAMA, Shipley, MCMI, MMPI, PAI, SCID-I, SCID-II, PAS, NEO, HCR-20, SVR-20, PCL-R, PCL-SV, PICTS.
  3. As a doctoral level psychologist, I have completed an internship rotation which required administration of psychological test batteries and preparation of formal reports based on these batteries; and/or as a doctoral level psychologist, I have administered psychological tests to facilitate accurate diagnosis and treatment of mentally ill clients.
  4. As a licensed, doctoral psychologist, I have administered and interpreted at least three of the following psychological tests: WAIS, Stanford Binet, GAMA, Shipley, MCMI, MMPI, PAI, SCID-I, SCID-II, PAS, NEO, HCR-20, SVR-20, PCL-R, PCL-SV, PICTS.
  5. As a licensed, doctoral level psychologist, I have administered psychological test batteries and prepared formal reports based on these batteries; and/or as a licensed, doctoral level psychologist, I have routinely administered psychological tests to facilitate an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment of mentally ill clients.
  6. As a licensed, doctoral level psychologist, I have administered psychological test batteries and prepared formal reports based on these batteries in a forensic setting; and/or as a licensed, doctoral level psychologist, I have routinely administered and interpreted psychological tests to facilitate accurate an diagnosis and appropriate treatment of mentally ill offenders.
  7. None of the above.


4.SMU Psychologists must be knowledgeable about evidence-based interventions for the management of disruptive behaviors. They must have expertise in the delivery of these interventions to a correctional population. They must direct treatment, develop and implement treatment plans, be familiar with psychiatric medications, and coordinate services. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. As a licensed, doctoral psychologist, I have provided a clinical treatment program for behaviorally disordered offenders; and/or as a licensed, doctoral psychologist, I have conducted skills training for inmates with a history of disciplinary problems.
  2. As a licensed, doctoral level psychologist, I have administered and delivered a skills-based treatment program for inmates with a history of disciplinary problems; and/or as a licensed, doctoral level psychologist, I have served as the director of a treatment unit for offenders with a history of disruptive behavior.
  3. As a licensed, doctoral psychologist, I have developed and implemented correctional management plans for disruptive inmates; and/or as a licensed, doctoral psychologist, I have routinely provided consultation and treatment services within a segregation unit.
  4. As a doctoral level psychologist, I have facilitated a social skills training group for chronically mentally ill clients in a community mental health center; and/or as a doctoral level psychologist, I have provided group counseling to perpetrators of domestic violence.
  5. As a licensed, doctoral level psychologist, I have directed the development and implementation of correctional management plans for inmates housed in a segregation unit; and/or as a licensed, doctoral level psychologist, I have served as the primary psychologist providing consultation and treatment services within a segregation unit.
  6. As a doctoral level psychologist, I have served as the primary therapist for an inpatient psychiatric unit for disruptive patients; and/or as a doctoral level psychologist, I have provided counseling services for adolescents with a history of acting out behaviors.
  7. None of the above.


5.SMU Psychologists must have expertise in developing and implementing correctional management plans. These plans should apply sound behavioral principles and appropriate use of cognitive-behavioral and/or skills training interventions. They must have expertise in evidence-based approaches to counseling behaviorally disordered offenders. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. As a licensed, doctoral level psychologist, I have routinely developed and implemented correctional management plans with disruptive inmates; and/or as a licensed, doctoral level psychologist, I have served as a member of a treatment team developing behavioral management plans for disruptive inmates or mental health patients.
  2. As a doctoral level psychologist, I have implemented correctional management plans within a sex offender management/treatment program; and/or as a doctoral level psychologist, I have implemented behavioral management plans for inmates housed in segregation units.
  3. As a licensed, doctoral level psychologist, I have developed and delivered interventions designed to modify an inmate's behavior in a state correctional facility; and/or as a licensed, doctoral level psychologist, I oversaw the development and delivery of behavioral management plans for personality disordered offenders.
  4. As a doctoral level psychologist, I have conducted behavioral analyses to assess the effectiveness of behavioral management plans; and/or as a doctoral level psychologist, I have implemented interventions contained within a behavioral management plan, such as skills training, anger management, or other cognitive-behavioral interventions.
  5. As an intern, I have delivered cognitive-behavioral interventions designed to modify the behavior of personality disordered inmates; and/or as a practicum student, I have worked with staff and inmates to minimize disruptive behaviors in a segregation unit; and/or under the supervision of a licensed doctoral level psychologist, I have served as a treatment provider in a formal behavioral modification program.
  6. None of the above.


6.SMU Psychologists play an important role during emergencies in an institution, resolving conflicts, and crisis situations. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have responded to a medical emergency; and/or I have worked in a community/university crisis center; and/or I have calmed someone who was emotionally distraught; and/or I have participated in a mock exercise of an emergency situation which involved the directing of others; and/or I have prevented a crisis situation from escalating.
  2. I have prevented a suicide by managing a patient who had been referred by staff; and/or I have calmed a patient who had threatened self harm; and/or I have conducted crisis intervention with patients with severe adjustment problems; and/or I have consulted with staff about dealing with a patient whose behavior was continuously disruptive; and/or I have trained staff in confrontation avoidance.
  3. I have managed suicidal clients who had been referred by non-clinical staff; and/or I have conducted crisis intervention with patients with severe adjustment problems; and/or I have used clinical skills to defuse an altercation between two patients/clients; and/or I have trained non-clinical staff on managing a patient/client whose behavior was continuously disruptive.
  4. None of the above.


7.SMU Psychologists must have a knowledge of research practices and a thorough knowledge of the available literature and its application to the management and treatment of behaviorally disordered offenders. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. As a licensed, doctoral level psychologist, I have designed a study to investigate a particular problem behavior; and/or as a licensed, doctoral level psychologist, I have developed a research project to evaluate the effectiveness of a treatment program for behaviorally disordered offenders; and/or as a licensed, doctoral level psychologist, I have reviewed the available literature on the treatment of a particular behavioral disorder and implemented a treatment program based upon this review.
  2. Under the supervision of a doctoral level psychologist, I have reviewed the literature in order to prepare a treatment protocol for an inmate engaging in self-harm behaviors; and/or under the supervision of a doctoral level psychologist, I have utilized available research to develop a strategy to manage a disruptive inmate; and/or under the supervision of a doctoral level psychologist, I have prepared a written literature review to assist treatment staff with program development issues.
  3. As a doctoral level psychologist, I have assisted with a study to investigate a particular problem behavior; and/or as a doctoral level psychologist, I have assisted with the development of a research project to evaluate the effectiveness of a treatment program for a particular behavioral disorder.
  4. As a doctoral level psychologist, I have reviewed the available literature on the treatment of a particular behavioral disorder and assisted with the implementation of a treatment program based upon this review.
  5. 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. Other


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