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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, but I will meet this requirement within the next 30 days.
    3. No, I do not meet the minimum qualification requirement listed above.


    NOTE: ALL applicants MUST submit legible transcripts as verification of completing educational requirement or current enrollment in a Ph.D. or equivalent program. Transcripts MUST be received in the announcing office by the closing date of the vacancy announcement.

    INTERNS: Applicants currently enrolled in a Clinical Psychology Internship, may apply to this vacancy announcement within 30 days of completion. These applicants must provide a letter, signed by the Internship Program Coordinator, as proof of anticipated completion of the program within the next 30 days.

    CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY STUDENTS: Applicants currently enrolled in a Ph.D. or equivalent program must be within 30 days of completing the required program. Applicants must provide a letter from the college/university Registrar's Office with an anticipated completion date.

    Failure to submit any of these required documents may result in loss of consideration for this position. Additionally, if selected, applicant's must also provide an official transcript documenting completion of a Ph.D. or equivalent degree to the institution's Human Resource Office prior to entry on duty.

    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.

    2.Psychologists must be able to conduct interviews, administer and interpret psychological tests, and make inferences about inmates' behavior. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
    1. As a doctoral level psychologist, I have conducted at least three different types of psychological assessments such as: personality inventories like the MMPI or MCMI, intelligence tests like the WAIS, educational tests like the Strong-Campbell Vocational Interest Inventory, neurological tests, diagnostic instruments, or suicide risk 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. As a doctoral level psychologist, I have written a psychological report and discussed it with a client; and/or as a doctoral level psychologist, I have written a thesis or dissertation that included assessments.
    4. Under the supervision of a doctoral level psychologist, I have conducted psychological assessments such as: objective personality measures, projective personality measures, neurological assessment instruments, diagnostic checklists, tests of intelligence, assessment of psycho pathology, or vocational assessment.
    5. 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.
    6. Under the supervision of a doctoral level psychologist, I have written a summary of assessment results; and/or under the supervision of a doctoral level psychologist, I have participated in a research project that included assessments.
    7. None of the above.


    3.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 below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
    1. As a doctoral level psychologist, I have identified individuals who could benefit from treatment interventions such as: cognitive-behavioral treatment for depression, biofeedback treatment for anxiety or other disorders, systematic desensitization treatment for phobic disorders, suicide prevention, or substance abuse treatment.
    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 conducted research to assess the effectiveness of treatment interventions; and/or as a doctoral level psychologist, I have developed treatment plans for clients which included specific treatment goals.
    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 conducted a psycho-educational training session on a treatment intervention like behavioral management techniques, cognitive-behavioral intervention, or anger management; and/or under the supervision of a doctoral level psychologist, I have participated in research on treatment such as exploring the effectiveness of relaxation training on stress reduction.
    7. None of the above.


    4.Psychologists must have knowledge of mood disorders, personality disorders, psychosis, and psychopathology to understand client behavior and provide appropriate interventions. One of their major duties is counseling clients individually and in a group setting. Psychologists 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. As a doctoral level psychologist, I have provided treatment using a variety of treatment techniques such as: behavioral, cognitive-behavioral, biofeedback, or psycho-educational; and/or as a doctoral level psychologist, I have provided group psychotherapy to special client populations like those who batter others; and/or as a doctoral level psychologist, I have written a thesis or dissertation that included providing treatment or an intervention to a group of adult subjects.
    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 techniques such as: behavioral management, cognitive-behavioral therapy, psychoanalytic therapy, psycho-educational training, or biofeedback.
    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. 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 provided group psychotherapy.
    6. None of the above.


    5.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 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 independently managed suicidal clients who had been referred by non-clinical staff or 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 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.
    3. I have responded to a medical emergency; and/or I have calmed someone who was emotionally distraught; and/or I have helped plan a mock exercise of an emergency situation; and/or I have prevented a crisis situation from occurring.
    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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