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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


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.

Resolve and Rehabilitate 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. They must have assessment expertise specific to trauma-related mental illnesses.

Use the following information to answer the question below:
  • CAPS: Clinician-Administered PTSD Scale
  • CDS: Cognitive Distortions Scale
  • DAPS: Detailed Assessment of Posttraumatic Stress
  • DTS: Davidson Trauma Scale
  • HCR-20: Historical, Clinical, Risk Management
  • MCMI: Millon Clinical Multiaxial Inventory
  • MMPI: Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory
  • PAI: Personality Assessment Inventory
  • PDS: PTSD Diagnostic Scale
  • PSDS: PTSD Screening and Diagnosis Scale
  • PSS-I: PTSD Symptom Scale - Interview Version
  • PTCI: Post-Traumatic Cognitions Inventory
  • SCID-I: Structured Clinical Interview for DSM-IV - Axis I
  • SCID-II: Structured Clinical Interview for DSM-IV - Axis II
  • SIDES: Structured Interview for Disorders of Extreme Stress
  • SIDES-SR: Self-Report Instrument for Disorders of Extreme Stress
  • TABS: Trauma and Attachment Belief Scale
  • TAQ: Traumatic Antecedents Questionnaire
  • TLEQ: Traumatic Life Events Questionnaire
  • TSI: Trauma Symptom Inventory


3.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 expertise with assessments of trauma histories, PTSD, and associated mental illnesses; and/or under the supervision of a doctoral level, licensed psychologist, I have administered and interpreted at least one of the following psychological tests: PAI, MCMI, MMPI, SCID-I, SCID-II AND at least one of the following psychological tests: TAQ, TLEQ, PSDS, DTS, PDS, TABS, CDS, PTCI, TSI, DAPS, CAPS, PSS-I, SIDES, SIDES-SR.
  2. As a doctoral level psychologist, I have administered and interpreted at least one of the following psychological tests: PAI, MCMI, MMPI, SCID-I, SCID-II AND at least one of the following psychological tests: TAQ, TLEQ, PSDS, DTS, PDS, TABS, CDS, PTCI, TSI, DAPS, CAPS, PSS-I, SIDES, SIDES-SR.
  3. As a licensed, doctoral level psychologist, I have administered and interpreted at least one of the following psychological tests: PAI, MCMI, MMPI, SCID-I, SCID-II AND at least two of the following psychological tests: TAQ, TLEQ, PSDS, DTS, PDS, TABS, CDS, PTCI, TSI, DAPS, CAPS, PSS-I, SIDES, SIDES-SR.
  4. None of the above.


4.Resolve and Rehabilitate Program Coordinators must be knowledgeable about evidence-based treatment interventions for trauma-related disorders. In addition, they must have expertise in the use of these interventions within the context of a formal treatment program. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. As a licensed, doctoral level psychologist, I have served as clinical supervisor for an inpatient treatment program for trauma victims utilizing the Seeking Safety treatment protocol; and/or as a licensed, doctoral level psychologist, I have served as director of an exposure therapy-based PTSD treatment program in a Veteran's Administration; and/or as a licensed, doctoral level psychologist, I have coordinated an outpatient treatment program for victims of domestic violence.
  2. Under supervision of a doctoral level psychologist, I have served on an inpatient treatment team as the director of psychological services for a PTSD Program; and/or under supervision of a doctoral level psychologist, I have supervised an outpatient, trauma-focused program utilizing an evidenced-based protocol such as seeking Safety, TARGET or TREM.
  3. As a doctoral level psychologist, I have served on an inpatient treatment team as the for trauma victims utilizing the Seeking Safety treatment protocol; and/or as a doctoral level psychologist, I have served as a Director of an exposure therapy-based PTSD treatment program as director of an exposure therapy-based PTSD treatment program in the Veterans' Administration; and/or as a doctoral level psychologist, I have coordinated an outpatient treatment program for victims of domestic violence.
  4. Under supervision of a doctoral level psychologist, I have provided clinical supervision for master's level clinicians seeking to develop expertise in the treatment of trauma-related mental illnesses.
  5. None of the above.


5.Resolve and Rehabilitate 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 the trauma-related mental illnesses. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. As a doctoral level psychologist, I have served as a psychotherapist for PTSD patients in a Veteran's Administration; and/or as a doctoral level psychologist, I have facilitated a Seeking Safety treatment group within a residential treatment program; and/or as a doctoral level psychologist, I have served as the primary therapist on an inpatient trauma unit in a private psychiatric hospital.
  2. As a licensed, doctoral level psychologist, I have served as a psychotherapist for PTSD patients in a Veteran's Administration; and/or as a licensed, doctoral level psychologist, I have facilitated a Seeking Safety treatment group within a residential treatment program; and/or as a licensed, doctoral level psychologist, I have served as the primary therapist on an inpatient trauma unit in a private psychiatric hospital.
  3. Under the supervision of a licensed, doctoral level psychologist, I have, as an intern, served as a psychotherapist for PTSD patients in a Veteran's Administration; and/or under the supervision of a licensed, doctoral level psychologist, I have co-facilitated a Seeking Safety treatment group within a residential treatment program during a clinical practicum.
  4. Under the supervision of a licensed, doctoral level psychologist, I have served as a psychotherapist on an inpatient trauma unit in a private psychiatric hospital during a clinical internship.
  5. None of the above.


6.Resolve and Rehabilitate 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/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.
  2. 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 trained non-clinical staff on managing a patient/client whose behavior was continuously disruptive.
  3. 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.
  4. None of the above.


7.Resolve and Rehabilitate Program Coordinators must have a 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 trauma-related mental illnesses. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. As a licensed, doctoral level psychologist, I have developed a research project to evaluate the effectiveness of a trauma-related treatment program; as a licensed, doctoral level psychologist, I have reviewed the available literature on the treatment of a particular disorder and implemented a treatment program based upon this review.
  2. As a doctoral level psychologist, I have participated as a member of a research team in one or more studies designed to understand a trauma-related mental illness or problem behavior or evaluate a program outcome (e.g. assisted with a study to investigate a particular trauma-related mental illness or problem behavior).
  3. Under the supervision of a doctoral level psychologist, I have reviewed and evaluated the available literature to determine the most appropriate interventions for a trauma-related mental illness (e.g., reviewed the literature in order to prepare of a treatment protocol for a client suffering from PTSD).
  4. As a licensed, doctoral level psychologist, I have conducted research on trauma-related mental illnesses including post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, anxiety, substance use disorders, or personality disorders.
  5. As a doctoral level psychologist, I have assisted with the development of a research project to evaluate the effectiveness of a treatment program; and/or as a doctoral level psychologist, I have assisted with research on trauma-related mental illnesses including post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, anxiety, substance use disorders, or personality disorders.
  6. Under the supervision of a doctoral level psychologist, I have utilized available research to develop a strategy to manage a client engaged in self-mutilation; and/or under the supervision of a doctoral level psychologist, I have conducted a literature review on trauma-related mental illnesses including post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, anxiety, substance use disorders, or personality disorders.
  7. 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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