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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


* 3.Applicants applying for this position, MUST also possess the following Selective Factor. In the event you do not possess the Selective Factor, you will be found ineligible for the position.

Selective Factor:

  • Applicants must hold a full, current, and unrestricted license to practice psychology at the doctoral level in a State, Territory, Commonwealth of the United States (e.g., Puerto Rico), or the District of Columbia.
Do you meet the selective factor for this position?
  1. Yes, I am licensed as a Psychologist.
  2. No, I do not possess the Selective Factor for this position.


NOTE: ALL applicants MUST submit license for verification. The documentation must show the expiration date of the license. This documentation 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.

4.Chief Psychologists 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 licensed psychologist, I have conducted at least two different types of psychological assessments such as: neurological screening tests, personality inventories like the MMPI, intelligence tests like the WAIS, suicide risk assessments, or the Strong-Campbell Vocational Interest Inventory to determine training/educational programs.
  2. Under the supervision of a doctoral level psychologist, I have 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.
  3. As a licensed psychologist, I have written psychological reports which included assessment results; and/or as a licensed psychologist, I have conducted research that included psychological assessments as a part of the study; and/or as a licensed psychologist, I have provided clinical supervision of treatment staff who conducted psychological assessments.
  4. 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.
  5. Under the supervision of a doctoral level psychologist, I have participated in a research project that included assessments; and/or under the supervision of a doctoral level psychologist, I have scored psychological tests and interpreted the results.
  6. 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.
  7. None of the above.


5.Chief Psychologists must be knowledgeable about treatment interventions for disorders such as anxiety, depression, thought disorders, substance abuse disorders, suicidal ideation, self-injurious behavior, and personality disorders. From the choices, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. As a licensed psychologist, I have assisted in the treatment of clients by recommending treatment techniques such as: cognitive-behavioral, biofeedback, suicide prevention, reality therapy, relaxation techniques, problem-solving, anger management, or group counseling.
  2. Under the supervision of a doctoral level psychologist, I 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.
  3. As a licensed psychologist, I have assisted in conducting research on the effectiveness of treatment interventions; and/or as a licensed psychologist, I have assisted in identifying and referring patients who could benefit from treatment involving psychotropic medications or neurological interventions.
  4. 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.
  5. 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 recommendations of treatment interventions.
  6. As a doctoral level psychologist, I 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 recommendation of treatment interventions.
  7. None of the above.


6.Chief Psychologists must have knowledge of mood disorders, personality disorders, psychosis, and psychopathology to understand inmate behavior and provide appropriate interventions. One of the major duties is counseling inmates individually and in a group setting. They must have knowledge of cognitive functioning as it relates to personality and mental health disorders. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. 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 feedback; 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.
  2. As a licensed psychologist, I have developed client specific treatment plans with measurable treatment goals; and/or as a licensed psychologist, I have conducted research that included the evaluation of treatment effectiveness as part of the study.
  3. As a licensed psychologist, I have provided individual and group psychotherapy with the goal of meeting specific client needs using a variety of treatment techniques such as: behavioral, cognitive-behavioral, biofeedback, or psycho-educational.
  4. 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 bio-feedback; and/or as a doctoral level psychologist, I have participated in research which included treatment modality; and/or as a doctoral level psychologist, I have co-facilitated a psychotherapy group.
  5. None of the above.


7.Chief Psychologists must supervise and evaluate the performance of subordinates in a variety of program areas. They are responsible for providing opportunities for performance improvement and career enhancement. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have served as a leader of an organization directing others; and/or I have completed assignments in a timely fashion with minimal supervision; and/or I have served as the leader of a major project or task that involved the cooperation of others outside of my own work group.
  2. I have performed supervisory duties by serving in an acting capacity as a first line supervisor and participating in a management mentoring program; and/or I have reviewed the work of others to ensure compliance with policy as part of leading a work group to achieve a specific objective; and/or I have worked on a project with others outside of my own workgroup to achieve a unit/agency objective.
  3. I have advised others on the correct interpretation of policy; and/or I have assisted co-workers in completing tasks within assigned deadlines; and/or I have trained new employees in departmental procedures.
  4. None of the above.


8.Chief Psychologists play an important role during emergencies in an institution by resolving conflicts and assisting in 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 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 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 responded to a medical emergency; and 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.
  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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