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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 one of the below-listed MINIMUM qualification requirements for this position. In the event you do not meet ANY of these requirements, you will be found ineligible for the position.
  1. A degree which included at least 24 semester hours of course work in the behavioral or social sciences.


  2. NOTE: Courses such as sociology, correctional administration, criminal justice, government/political science, psychology, social work, counseling, and other related social or behavioral science courses may be used to satisfy the 24-semester-hour requirement.

    Graduate education must have been in corrections or a related field such as criminal justice, sociology, psychology, counseling, social work, or other course work related to the position.

    OR

  3. Combination of education and experience--that included at least 24 semester hours of course work in the behavioral or social sciences, and that provided applicants with knowledge of the behavioral or social sciences equivalent to a 4-year degree as shown in A above.

    NOTE: Experience must have been gained in (1) casework in a correctional institution or in another criminal justice setting; (2) counseling in any setting, provided it required diagnostic or treatment planning skills to achieve specific social or occupational goals; or (3) work treating persons in need of social rehabilitation.


* 1.Do you meet any of the minimum qualification requirements listed above?
  1. Yes, I meet the minimum qualification requirement described in A.
  2. Yes, I meet the minimum qualification requirement described in B.
  3. No, I do not meet any of the minimum qualification requirements described in A or B.


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-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 the GS-11 grade level, MUST also possess one of the following Selective Placement Factors. In the event you do not possess one of these Selective Placement Factors, you will be found ineligible for the position. From the choices below, select the factor you possess.
  1. I have 24 semester hours of graduate course work in clinical counseling, social work, clinical psychology, sex offender treatment, or drug abuse treatment. A clinical internship is preferred.

    NOTE: All applicants MUST submit legible transcripts as verification of educational requirement.
  2. I have 18 months of professional experience in clinical counseling with sex offenders, addiction populations, or a mental health population.

    NOTE: All applicants must clearly address this professional experience in their resume to be found qualified.
  3. I do not possess either Selective Placement Factor.


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.Sex Offender Program Treatment Specialists must demonstrate the ability to write comprehensive clinical reports for treatment planning and/or risk management in the context of a specialized program for sex offender. They must write discharge reports used for release planning prior to community placement. Discharge reports are included with correspondence to United States Probation. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have written intake evaluations for an outpatient treatment clinic; and/or I have completed written summaries of patient's mental health histories; and/or I have written contact notes on therapy sessions; and/or I have authored treatment plans and treatment progress updates; and/or I have completed brief mental health assessments on medical patients.
  2. As an independent practitioner, I have authored psychological evaluations for a forensic study unit; and/or as a primary evaluator, I have written discharge reports for a sex offender evaluation and treatment unit; and/or as an independent practitioner, I have authored psychological evaluations of sex offenders to determine treatment needs in the context of a residential treatment program.
  3. As a subordinate or mid-level practitioner, I have authored psychological evaluations for a forensic study unit; and/or as an intern, I have written discharge reports for a sex offender evaluation and treatment unit; and/or as a mid-level practitioner (for the review of a supervising psychologist), I have authored psychological evaluations of sex offenders to determine treatment needs in the context of a residential treatment program.
  4. None of the above.


5.Sex Offender Program Treatment Specialists must be able to demonstrate the ability to provide clinical treatment services in either a group or individual setting. They must learn and apply evidence-based (i.e., scientifically validated) treatment techniques and use these techniques to develop rapport. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. As an independent practitioner, I have made final determinations of treatment(s) required for sex offenders and implemented appropriate treatment plans; and/or as an independent practitioner, I have facilitated psychotherapy groups for sex offenders with oversight responsibility of program operations in a correctional environment.
  2. As a practicum student, intern, or mid-level practitioner, I have provided individual psychotherapy to sex offenders while reporting to a supervisor for approval of treatment plans; and/or as a practicum student, intern, or mid-level practitioner, I have conducted psychotherapy groups for sex offenders under the supervisor of a licensed psychologist; and/or with the assistance of a supervisor/co-therapist, I have co-led therapy groups for sex offenders.
  3. I have provided community supervision to a caseload of sex offenders; and/or I have completed a graduate-level course on Cognitive-behavioral Therapy; and/or I have conducted interviews and written pre-sentence reports on sex offenders and completed a graduate-level course on Introduction to Counseling Techniques; and/or I have assessed the release needs of incarcerated sex offenders and provided counseling on release planning issues and completed a graduate-level course on Group Psychotherapy.
  4. As an independent practitioner, I have provided individual and group counseling to sex offenders; and/or as an independent practitioner, I have trained others in individual and group counseling techniques for sex offender populations.
  5. None of the above.


6.Sex Offender Program Treatment Specialists conduct comprehensive diagnostic/risk assessment of sex offenders utilizing tests and psychometric instruments specifically designed for use with this population. They must be proficient with the diagnostic nomenclature contained in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders and administer, score and interpret specialized assessment instruments. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have performed intake evaluations on sex offenders as a component of an inpatient treatment program; and/or I have performed comprehensive evaluation of sex offenders, including the use of psychometric instruments; and/or as an examiner for the courts, I have conducted psychological evaluations on sex offenders.
  2. I have performed psycho-social interview on sex offenders; and/or I have administered, scored, and interpreted psychological tests of sex offenders; and/or I have conducted treatment planning interviews on sex offenders; and/or I have conducted psycho-sexual history interviews with sex offenders; and/or I have performed clinical screening interviews with sex offenders.
  3. I have conducted discharge reports on civilly-committed sex offenders; and/or I have performed risk assessments on incarcerated sex offenders; and/or I have conducted psychological assessments on sex offenders explicitly addressing risk factors.
  4. None of the above.


7.Sex Offender Program Treatment Specialists must demonstrate an extensive knowledge of the psychopathology of sexual offending. They employ evidence-based techniques for the assessment and treatment of sex offenders or individuals with paraphilic disorders. They must demonstrate the ability to provide mental health treatment services for sex offenders in a group or individual setting. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have completed a two-week continuing education course on working with sex offenders; and/or I have completed a formal internship rotation with sex offenders; and/or I have completed a clinical practicum or outplacement with sex offenders.
  2. I have administered, scored, and interpreted sex offender risk assessment instruments (e.g., STATIC; RRASOR; MnSOST); and/or I am certified to conduct polygraph examinations on sex offenders; and/or I have administered and interpreted penile plethysmograph (PPG) examinations on sex offenders.
  3. I have worked as a psychotherapist at an outpatient treatment center for sex offenders; and/or I have performed psychological assessments on sex offenders; and/or I have worked at a community treatment service for sex offenders.
  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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