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Grade: 09
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-7 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-09 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 12 semester hours of undergraduate course work in addictive disorders including 3 credit hours as an intern in a substance treatment facility. Certification acquired through passing a proctored examination, from a State or nationally accredited certifying body is preferred in addition to the qualification requirements listed above.

    NOTE: All applicants MUST submit legible transcripts as verification of educational requirement.
  2. I have 12 months, full time, professional experience in treating (counseling) addictive disorders. Applicants for Drug Abuse Treatment Specialists must be fluent in Spanish, which includes the ability to speak, read, and write Spanish. All treatment duties will be conducted in Spanish to include: Groups in Spanish, reviewing inmate journals, conducting Community Meetings, assessing inmates drug use to determine a diagnosis for a drug use disorder, conducting psychological testing, providing mental health treatment when indicated, providing guidance to treatment participants.

    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.Drug Treatment Specialists must be able to demonstrate the ability to provide counseling in either a group or individual setting. They must learn and apply new assessment and treatment techniques and use these techniques to develop rapport and treatment goals during counseling sessions of 8-15 inmates while simultaneously monitoring the behavior and facilitating the group process. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. As an intern, practicum student, co-therapist or other subordinate practitioner with a correctional population: I have had work co-signed by a clinical supervisor; and/or I have, under supervision, provided individual treatment to offenders with substance abuse problems.
  2. I have co-facilitated family support groups as a practicum student, intern, or volunteer; and/or I have provided group or individual counseling with battered women and/or perpetrators of domestic violence; and/or I have provided group or individual counseling for individual(s) with learning disabilities.
  3. As an intern, practicum student, co-therapist or other subordinate pactitioner with a correctional population: I conducted group sessions on issues related to drug or alcohol abuse, such as a group or class for Driving Under the Influence, a group or class on Sexually Transmitted Diseases, a group or class on the pharmacological effects of drug use, etc.
  4. I have assisted a primary counselor or supervisor while he/she was conducting group counseling; and/or I have had work reviewed and signed by a clinical supervisor; and/or I have observed techniques of individual counseling in a work or academic setting; and/or I have presented information on an individual's substance abuse history for use in a counseling session; and/or I have presented information on an individual's substance abuse history for use in treatment planning.
  5. As an intern, practicum student, co-therapist or other subordinate practitioner with a correctional population: I have provided short term crisis counseling or intervention to individuals in distress; and/or I am currently a certified Substance Abuse Counselor.
  6. None of the above.


5.Drug Treatment Specialists must understand the nature of addiction to effectively plan and implement treatment for the inmate population. In addition, they must possess a knowledge of the facts, concepts, principles and theories of human behavior and addiction and the psychological and social problems associated with those problems. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have identified offenders to be referred for more comprehensive psychological testing; and/or I have made referrals to specific treatment programs; and/or I have taken a course in substance abuse treatment interviews or substance abuse evaluations.
  2. I have developed a provisional diagnosis of a drug or alcohol disorder; and/or I have taken a class in the criteria and uses of the DSM; and/or I have completed a basic substance abuse checklist for supervisory review; and/or I have participated in case staff meetings that included treatment discussions about specific individuals and how to treat their specific diagnosis.
  3. I have provisionally diagnosed mental health disorders; and/or I have identified and provisionally diagnosed individual's with co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders and recommended an appropriate referral; and/or I have taken a class in the criteria and uses of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM); and/or I am knowledgeable of behaviors associated with DSM diagnosis'; and/or I am knowledgeable of the psychological progression of addiction.
  4. None of the above.


6.Drug Treatment Specialists must be able to demonstrate the ability to write comprehensive clinical reports for treatment planning, treatment progress reports and discharge summaries. These reports are often included with correspondence to the Judiciary, United States Probation, Community Based Treatment Providers and Community Corrections Centers. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have written notes on an individual's participation in individual or group counseling; and/or I have developed referrals for other clinicians; and/or I have developed treatment plans for supervisor's signature; and/or I have developed treatment summaries for supervisor's signature.
  2. I have performed an interview to determine if program criteria are met; and/or I have developed a report based on an intake interview; and/or I have conducted a comprehensive psycho-social assessment and developed a summary of the interview; and/or I have developed documents for forwarding to the next treatment provider.
  3. I have developed substance abuse treatment plans for offenders or individuals in a drug treatment program; and/or I have composed clinical progress reviews for offenders or individuals in a drug treatment program; and/or I have developed treatment summaries for offenders or individuals in a drug treatment program; and/or I have developed drug abuse discharge plans for a clinical supervisor's review.
  4. None of the above.


7.Drug Treatment Specialists must possess strong verbal communication skills in order to provide individual/group counseling sessions to inmates, interview and perform assessments of inmates entering into the program, explain program requirements, procedures and treatment plans with offenders. They also present drug abuse treatment programming to the institution administration, staff and community coalitions. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have written and made a presentation at a Recall; and/or I have made a presentation to a community group; and/or I have made topical presentations at a conference; etc.
  2. I have had experience in instructing groups; and/or I have made presentations to professional groups; and/or I have developed and delivered multi-session training or treatment curricula.
  3. I have served as a co-therapist; and/or I have been a student-teacher; and/or I have taken a teaching or a counseling course requiring practice and observation; and/or I have done volunteer work that included training in clinical group work or teaching.
  4. None of the above.


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 18 semester hours of undergraduate course work in addictive disorders including 6 credit hours as an intern in a substance abuse treatment facility. Certification acquired through passing a proctored examination, from a State or nationally accredited certifying body is preferred in addition to the qualification requirements listed above.

    NOTE: All applicants MUST submit legible transcripts as verification of educational requirement.
  2. I have 18 months, full time, professional experience in treating (counseling) addictive disorders. Applicants for Drug Abuse Treatment Specialists must be fluent in Spanish, which includes the ability to speak, read, and write Spanish. All treatment duties will be conducted in Spanish to include: Groups in Spanish, reviewing inmate journals, conducting Community Meetings, assessing inmates drug use to determine a diagnosis for a drug use disorder, conducting psychological testing, providing mental health treatment when indicated, providing guidance to treatment participants.

    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.Drug Treatment Specialists must demonstrate the ability to provide counseling in either a group/individual setting. They must learn and apply new assessment and treatment techniques and use these techniques to develop rapport and treatment goals during counseling sessions of 8-15 inmates while simultaneously monitoring the behavior and facilitating the group process. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. As an independent practitioner: I have provided group or individual counseling to a non-correctional, non-addictive population, such as parenting classes, victim impact groups, etc; and/or I have provided training on group or individual treatment techniques; and/or I have treated offenders with psychological problems, etc.
  2. As an independent practitioner: I have provided group or individual counseling to substance abusers with full responsibility for implementation of treatment plans; and/or I have provided final determinations for treatment plans for individuals who were in need of substance abuse treatment.
  3. As an independent practitioner with a correctional population: I have made final determinations of treatment(s) required for incarcerated individuals and implemented appropriate treatment plans; and/or I have facilitated substance abuse groups with oversight responsibility of program operations in a correctional environment.
  4. As an independent practitioner: I have trained others in treating substance abusers in individual or group counseling; and/or I have trained others in individual and/or group counseling techniques; and/or I am currently a Certified Substance Abuse Counselor.
  5. As an independent practitioner with a correctional population: I have provided individual and group counseling to drug addicted offenders; and/or I have trained others in individual and group counseling techniques for offender populations.
  6. None of the above.


5.Drug Treatment Specialists must understand the nature of addiction to effectively plan and implement treatment for the inmate population. In addition, they must possess a knowledge of the facts, concepts, principles and theories of human behavior and addiction and the psychological and social problems associated with those problems. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have performed routine screenings for referrals to appropriate treatment settings; and/or I have performed routine screenings to determine individual's need for support services such as medical or housing services; and/or I have performed routine screening to determine if psychological testing is required.
  2. 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 developed appropriate treatment plans for individuals assessed from a psycho-social interview.
  3. I have performed a standardized interview to determine an individual's referral for treatment; and/or I have performed comprehensive psycho-social evaluations on individuals that resulted in specific treatment plans; and/or I have used a structured interview technique and provided provisional mental health and/or substance use diagnosis using the American Psychiatric Association's (APA) Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM).
  4. None of the above.


6.Drug Treatment Specialists must be able to demonstrate the ability to write comprehensive clinical reports for treatment planning, treatment progress reports and discharge summaries. These reports are often included with correspondence to the Judiciary, United States Probation, Community Based Treatment Providers and Community Corrections Centers. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have prepared a portion of a comprehensive assessment for inclusion in a final report; and/or I have prepared psychological assessments as an intern or limited-licensed practitioner; and/or I have written treatment plans for review; and/or I have summarized psychological histories based on self-reported information; and/or I have documented clinical treatment contacts.
  2. I have prepared substance abuse intake interviews with a summary of the interview outcome for a supervisor's review; and/or I have completed summaries of substance abuse histories; and/or I have completed draft treatment plans; and/or I have documented clinical notes resulting from treatment screenings.
  3. I have prepared comprehensive psycho-social assessments which determined specific treatment needs of individuals; and/or I have developed treatment plans from a psychologist's test interpretation; and/or I have prepared forensic reports; and/or I have developed and prepared discharge summaries for the court and/or other community supervision or treatment agency.
  4. None of the above.


7.Drug Treatment Specialists must possess strong verbal communication skills in order to provide individual/group counseling sessions to inmates, interview and perform assessments of inmates entering into the program, explain program requirements, procedures and treatment plans with offenders. They also present drug abuse treatment programming to the institution administration, staff and community coalitions. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have completed course work in teaching; and/or I have completed course work in counseling; and/or I have done volunteer work in activates such as drug education; and/or I have observed process-groups as an intern or practicum student; and/or I have taken a course in group therapy; and/or I have co-facilitated a process technique.
  2. I have worked as a teacher; and/or I have worked as a substance abuse counselor; and/or I have taught a drug education class; and/or I have presented to parents on drug prevention strategies; and/or I have facilitated process-groups; and/or I have worked as a psychotherapist.
  3. I have facilitated process-groups; and/or I have worked as a psychotherapist; AND I have worked as a teacher; and/or I have worked as a substance abuse counselor; and/or I have taught a drug education class; and/or I have conducted a presentation to parents on drug prevention strategies.
  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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