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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 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.

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.

Drug Abuse Program Coordinators 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. Drug Abuse Program Coordinators must have assessment expertise specific to drug abusers.

Use the following information to answer the questions below:
  • Addiction Severity Index-R (ASI)
  • Millon Clinical Multiaxial Inventory (MCMI)
  • Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI)
  • Personality Assessment Inventory (PAI)
  • Substance Abuse Subtle Screening Instrument (SASSI)
  • Substance Use Disorders Diagnosis Schedule (SUDDS)


2.From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. Under the supervision of a doctoral level, licensed psychologist, I have administered at least two of the following psychological tests: PAI, MCMI, MMPI, SASSI, ASI, SUDDS; and/or under the supervision of a doctoral level, licensed psychologist, I have conducted mental status interviews of new admissions to a mental health facility or drug abuse treatment program.
  2. Under the supervision of a doctoral level, licensed psychologist, I have administered and interpreted at least two of the following psychological tests: PAI, MCMI, MMPI, SASSI, ASI, SUDDS; and/or under the supervision of a doctoral level, licensed psychologist, I have conducted an initial interview/screening of clients for admission to a drug abuse treatment program.
  3. Under the supervision of a doctoral level, licensed psychologist, I have collected and documented psychosocial history information for mentally ill clients or drug abusers.
  4. I have researched and/or assisted in administering at least two of the following psychological tests: PAI, MCMI, MMPI, SASSI, ASI, SUDDS; and/or I have researched and/or co-conducted mental status interviews; and/or I have studied psychosocial assessment protocols and/or assisted in the collection of psychosocial history information for mentally ill clients or drug abusers.
  5. Under the supervision of a doctoral level, licensed psychologist, I have completed psychosocial histories for patients entering a drug abuse treatment program.
  6. None of the above.


3.Drug Abuse Program Coordinators must be knowledgeable about evidence-based treatment interventions for drug abusers. In addition, they must have expertise in the use of these interventions within the context of a formal treatment program. Drug Abuse Program Coordinators must also have expertise in identifying criminal thinking patterns and intervening appropriately to address criminal behavior. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. As a doctoral level psychologist, I have provided clinical supervision for treatment providers in a cognitive-behavioral program for individuals with drug use disorders; and/or as a doctoral level psychologist, I have served as the unit psychologist for a drug abuse program; and/or as a doctoral level psychologist, I have supervised master's level clinicians providing cognitive behavioral treatment services to individuals on probation with a history of substance abuse.
  2. Under the supervision of a doctoral level psychologist, I have provided cognitive-behavioral group therapy to substance abuser in a drug treatment facility; and/or as a clinician in an outpatient facility, I have maintained a caseload of patients with substance use disorders; and/or under the supervision of a doctoral level psychologist, I have provided cognitive-behavioral substance abuse counseling to psychiatric patients in a state hospital.
  3. Under the supervision of a doctoral level psychologist, I have provided cognitive-behavioral group therapy to substance abusers; and/or under the supervision of a doctoral level psychologist, I have treated substance disordered clients in individual therapy; and/or under the supervision of a doctoral level psychologist, I have completed course work which focused on the treatment of substance disordered clients.
  4. None of the above.


4.Drug Abuse Program Coordinators must have expertise in conducting both individual and group cognitive-behavioral psychotherapy, which must include facilitating both psycho-educational groups and process groups. They must have expertise in psychotherapy specific to drug abuse. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have completed graduate level coursework that included group and/or individual psychotherapy with dually diagnosed substance disordered populations; and/or I have completed graduate level course work that included group and/or individual psychotherapy with the mentally ill.
  2. As a practicum student, I have offered psychotherapy services in a residential treatment program for substance abusers; and/or under the supervision of a licensed, doctoral level psychologist, I have co-facilitated substance abuse treatment groups in a state correctional facility during an internship program.
  3. I have completed graduate level course work that included group and/or individual psychotherapy with substance disordered populations; and/or I have completed graduate level course work that included group and/or individual psychotherapy with criminal justice populations.
  4. Under the supervision of a doctoral level psychologist, I have offered individual and/or psychotherapy in a drug treatment program; and/or under the supervision of a doctoral level psychologist, I have provided group therapy in an inpatient psychiatric unit; and/or under the supervision of a doctoral level psychologist, I have maintained a psychotherapy caseload which included drug offenders and/or dual disordered drug offenders.
  5. Under the supervision of a licensed, doctoral level psychologist, I have maintained a caseload of drug disordered patients and provided both individual and group psychotherapy for these patients during a clinical practicum in a community mental health center.
  6. None of the above.


5.Drug Abuse Program Coordinators 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 when arriving signaled appropriate medical personnel to the scene; and/or I have worked in a community/university crisis center that handled crisis telephone calls; and/or I have calmed someone who was emotionally distraught by using positive affirmations.
  2. 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 team; and/or I have functioned in the role of a mediator or co-mediator to resolve a conflict.
  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 provided guidance to non-clinical staff on managing a patient/client whose behavior was continuously disruptive.
  4. I have participated in a mock exercise of an emergency situation which involved directing others in a crisis situation; and/or I have utilized communication skills learned from basic hostage or basic negotiation training which diffused a situation from escalating.
  5. None of the above.


6.Drug Abuse Program Coordinators must have knowledge of research practices and program evaluation measures. In addition, they must have a thorough knowledge of the available literature and its application to the treatment of mental illness and drug abuse. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. Under the supervision of a licensed doctoral level psychologist, I have assisted with a study to investigate mental illness or drug abuse; and/or under the supervision of a licensed doctoral level psychologist, I have assisted with the development of a research project to evaluate the effectiveness of a drug abuse treatment program.
  2. Under the supervision of a licensed doctoral level psychologist, I have reviewed the literature in order to prepare treatment protocol for a drug disordered client; and/or under the supervision of a licensed doctoral level psychologist, I have utilized available research to develop a strategy to manage a disruptive, drug disordered client.
  3. I have regularly read journal articles related to the treatment of a drug abuser; and/or I have routinely completed continuing education workshops and seminars related to the drug abuser and drug abuse treatment; and/or I have reviewed the major journals in the field of drug abuse and drug abuse treatment.
  4. Under the supervision of a licensed doctoral level psychologist, I have reviewed the available literature on the treatment of drug abuse and assisted with the implementation of a treatment program based upon this review.
  5. Under the supervision of a licensed doctoral level psychologist, I have prepared a written literature review to assist treatment staff with drug abuse program development issues.
  6. None of the above.


7.Drug Abuse Program Coordinators supervise subordinate employees and provide opportunities for training and career enhancement. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have developed improved operational procedures for office; and/or I have assisted in developing and presenting specialized training; and/or I have represented work unit at department head meeting; and/or I have organized audit/operational review assignments and paperwork.
  2. I have worked as a career development advisor; and/or I have provided feedback to subordinates in on-going projects; and/or I have held subordinate employees accountable for completing daily assignments; and/or I have trained new employees on department/unit/office procedures set priorities and goals to accomplish specific department/unit/office objectives.
  3. I have led staff in the development of training; and/or as acting supervisor, I oversaw the operations of a treatment unit; and/or I have mentored staff on clinical issues and/or treatment planning.
  4. None of the above.


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.

3.DAP Coordinators must be able to conduct interviews, administer, and interpret psychological tests, neuropsychological tests, and make inferences about inmates' behavior in order to effectively counsel and treat them. They also must consult with staff regarding inmate management. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. As a doctoral level psychologist, I have conducted at least two different types of psychological assessments such as: objective personality measures, projective personality measures, assessment of intelligence, or vocational assessment; and/or, as a doctoral level psychologist, I have scored psychological tests and written result summaries; and/or, as a doctoral level psychologist, I have assisted with a research project by administering and scoring psychological assessments.
  2. As a graduate student in a psychology doctoral program, I have conducted psychological assessments such as: objective personality measures, projective personality measures, tests of intelligence, vocational assessments, or neurological screening tests.
  3. I have, under the supervision of a doctoral level psychologist, conducted at least two different types of psychological assessments such as: objective personality measures, projective personality measures, neurological screening/assessment instruments, diagnostic checklist, intelligence assessment, assessment of psycho pathology, or vocational assessment.
  4. As a graduate student in a psychology doctoral program, I have scored assessments in accordance with testing protocols; and/or, as a graduate student in a psychology doctoral program, I have participated in a research project that included assessments.
  5. I have, under the supervision of a doctoral level psychologist, participated in a research project that included assessments; and/or I have, under the supervision of a doctoral level psychologist, scored psychological tests and interpreted the results.
  6. None of the above.


4.DAP Coordinators must be knowledgeable about treatment interventions for disorders such as anxiety, depression, thought disorders, substances abuse disorders, suicidal ideation, self-injurious behavior, and personality disorders. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. As a doctoral level psychologist, I have assisted in the treatment of clients by recommending treatment interventions such as: behavioral techniques, cognitive intervention, family systems, group counseling, biofeedback, impulse control, or relaxation.
  2. As a graduate student in a psychology doctoral program, I have made treatment recommendations based upon knowledge of treatment interventions such as: behavioral techniques, cognitive/behavior interventions, family systems, group counseling, biofeedback, or relaxation training.
  3. As a doctoral level psychologist, I have made recommendations for treatment based on a review of case files, observing clinical interviews, or reviewing audio or video tapes of clinical interviews; and/or, as a doctoral level psychologist, I have participated in research that involved the recommending of treatment interventions.
  4. Under the supervision of a doctoral level psychologist, I have made treatment recommendations for clients based upon a knowledge of two different treatment interventions such as: behavioral techniques, cognitive intervention, family systems, group counseling, biofeedback, impulse control, or relaxation.
  5. As a graduate student in a psychology doctoral program, I have observed client vignettes and made recommendations regarding appropriate treatment; and/or, as a graduate student in a psychology doctoral program, I have studied the efficacy of various treatment modalities for a specific clinical diagnosis.
  6. Under the supervision of a doctoral level psychologist, I have received training in at least two different treatment interventions such as: behavioral techniques, cognitive-behavioral intervention, reality therapy, EMDR, or biofeedback; and/or, under the supervision of a doctoral level psychologist, I have participated in research that involved the recommendation of treatment interventions.
  7. None of the above.


5.DAP Coordinators must have knowledge of mood disorders, substance abuse disorders, personality disorders, psychosis, and psychopathology to understand inmate behavior and provide appropriate interventions. They must have a working knowledge of cognitive functioning as it relates to personality substance abuse, and mental health disorders. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. As a doctoral level psychologist, I have conducted individual or group psychotherapy using a treatment technique such as: behavioral, cognitive-behavioral, psychoanalytic, psycho-educational, or biofeedback; and/or, as a doctoral level psychologist, I have participated in research which included a treatment modality; and/or, as a doctoral level psychologist, co-facilitated a psychotherapy group.
  2. As a graduate student in a psychology doctoral program, I have provided individual or group psychotherapy using a treatment technique such as: behavioral management, cognitive-behavioral therapy, psycho-educational training, biofeedback; and/or, as a graduate student in a psychology doctoral program, I have co-facilitated a group therapy session.
  3. Under the supervision of a doctoral level psychologist, I have conducted individual or group psychotherapy using a treatment technique such as: behavioral, cognitive-behavioral, psychoanalytic, psycho-educational, or biofeedback; and/or, under the supervision of a doctoral level psychologist, I have participated in research which included a treatment modality; and/or, under the supervision of a doctoral level psychologist, I have co-facilitated a psychotherapy group.
  4. As a graduate student in a psychology doctoral program, I have observed and critiqued other graduate students in psychology as they conducted individual or group therapy.
  5. None of the above.


6.DAP Coordinators supervise subordinate employees and provides opportunities for training and career enhancement. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have developed improved operational procedures for office; and/or I have assisted in developing and presenting specialized training; and/or I have represented work unit at department head meeting; and/or I have organized audit/operational review assignments and paperwork.
  2. I have completed performance evaluations on subordinates which addressed individual strength and weaknesses; and/or I have adjusted staff duties to respond to immediate needs of division/office/unit; and/or I have served as a leader of an organization/unit responsible for directing the work of others.
  3. I have worked as a career development advisor; and/or I have provided feedback to subordinates in on-going projects; and/or I have held subordinate employees accountable for completing daily assignments; and/or I have trained new employees on department/unit/office procedures set priorities and goals to accomplish specific department/unit/office objectives.
  4. I have led or chaired a project/task force which involved the coordination with and cooperation of other departments/divisions; and/or I have submitted recommendations for awards; and/or I have counseled employees prior to initiating performance based disciplinary actions.
  5. None of the above.


7.DAP Coordinators 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 reacted appropriately to a medical emergency; and/or I have calmed someone who was upset; and/or I have participated in a mock exercise of an emergency situation; and/or I have assisted others during a crisis situation; and/or I have received emergency response training such as CPR, critical incident stress debriefing, or trauma counseling.
  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 managed suicidal clients who had been referred by non-clinical staff; 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.


8.DAP Coordinators at this grade level are responsible for coordinating, and directing the drug abuse treatment program in a correctional facility. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have completed a practicum in a specialty area of psychology; and/or I have conducted a research project in a specialty area in psychology; and/or I have worked in a setting that treated mentally ill, impulsive/aggressive, or developmentally delayed individuals.
  2. I have acted as a Drug Treatment Program Coordinator in a correctional setting; and/or I have practiced in a drug abuse program; and/or I have worked as a drug treatment therapist in a correctional facility, or out-patient hospitalization setting; and/or I have supervised graduate students as they performed drug treatment assessments; and/or I have worked as a treatment specialist with inmates; and/or I have assisted with research on a specialty treatment program.
  3. I have used a standardized interview to make a provisional mental health diagnosis; and/or I have formally evaluated prospective individuals to determine appropriateness of admittance into a treatment program; and/or I have from a psycho-social interview developed appropriate treatment plans for individual assessed.
  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


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