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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.


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.

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.Sex Offender Program 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 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.
  2. While 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. While under the supervision of a doctoral level psychologist, I have written a summary of assessment results; and/or while under the supervision of a doctoral level psychologist, I have participated in a research project that included assessments.
  6. 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.
  7. None of the above.


3.Sex Offender Program 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. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. None of the above.


4.Sex Offender Program 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. 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. 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.
  3. Under the supervision of a doctoral level psychologist, I have conducted individual or group psychotherapy using a treatment technique such as: behavioral management, cognitive-behavioral therapy, psychoanalytic therapy, psycho-educational training, or biofeedback; 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 provided group psychotherapy.
  4. As a graduate student in a psychology doctoral program, I have co-facilitated a group therapy session; and/or 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. None of the above.


5.Sex Offender Program Psychologists must demonstrate specialized skills in the area of sex offenders and/or offenders with aberrant behaviors. They demonstrate a knowledge of the professional literature pertaining to this area of practice and are familiar with and follow the practice and ethical guidelines of the American Psychological Association for the treatment of offenders with such behaviors. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have completed a primary rotation on forensic evaluation or cognitive behavioral therapy for offender treatment as a predoctoral intern; and/or I have completed a postdoctoral internship with a specialization in the treatment of offenders with behavioral disorders e.g., violence, sex offenses, addictive behaviors, severe cognitive impairments, etc., following a cognitive behavioral treatment model.
  2. I have been employed as a psychotherapist in a cognitive behavioral prison-based residential treatment program for offenders; and/or I have carried a psychotherapy caseload at an intensive outpatient program for offenders; and/or I have served as a clinical administrator of an outpatient offender evaluation unit; and/or I have provided outpatient psychotherapy groups for offenders on probation; and/or I have provided individual psychotherapy and clinical case management for offenders.
  3. I have completed a professional certification program on clinical aspects of work with dangerous offenders. Note: Continuing professional education courses (for CE credit) do not meet this criterion.
  4. I have worked as a court evaluation specialist with a specialization in offender dangerousness, conducted risk assessments for re-offending, provided expertise and testimony in court proceedings; and/or I have performed psychological assessments of sex offenders, violent offenders, addicted offenders in the context of a specialized cognitive behavioral offender treatment program; and/or I have provided individual or group treatment for offenders.
  5. None of the above.


6.Sex Offender Program 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 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. None of the above.


Grade: 12
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-11 grade level as described in the VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT. Do you meet the experience requirements for this 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.

3.Sex Offender Program Psychologists must be able to conduct interviews, administer, and interpret psychological 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 doctoral level psychologist working in a correctional setting, I have conducted at least three different types of psychological assessments to evaluate inmates such as: personality inventories like the MMPI or MCMI, intelligence tests like the WAIS, psychopathy tests like the PCL-R, violence assessment instruments like the VRAG, neurological tests, diagnostic instruments, or suicide risk assessments.
  2. 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, suicide risk assessments, neurological tests, diagnostic instruments, the administration of the Strong-Campbell Vocational Interest Inventory to determine to determine training/educational programs.
  3. As a doctoral level psychologist working in a correctional setting, I have written a comprehensive report for a third party; and/or as a doctoral level psychologist working in a correctional setting, I have conducted research with a criminal population.
  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 checklist, intelligence assessment, assessment of psycho pathology, or vocational assessment.
  5. As a doctoral level psychologist, I have written a psychological report and discussed it with the client; and/or as a doctoral level psychologist, I have written a thesis or dissertation 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.


4.Sex Offender Program 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 working in a correctional setting, I have identified inmates who could benefit from treatment interventions such as: cognitive-behavioral treatment for depression, placement in a more secure area, biofeedback treatment for anxiety or other disorders, and systematic desensitization treatment for phobic disorders.
  2. As a doctoral level psychologist working in a correctional setting, I have recommended management techniques to non-mental health staff for managing inmates exhibiting self-injurious behavior, advised correctional staff that an inmate be closely monitored for self destructive potential, and made recommendations for the management and treatment of inmates with a history of violence and/or disruptive behavior.
  3. 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.
  4. As a doctoral level psychologist working in a correctional setting, I have conducted research to assess the effectiveness of treatment interventions; and/or as a doctoral level psychologist working in a correctional setting, I have developed treatment plans for inmates with recommendations for how to meet specific treatment goals.
  5. 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.
  6. As a doctoral level psychologist working in a correctional setting, I have used knowledge of psychotrophic medications as a basis for referring a client to medical staff for psychiatric treatment.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. None of the above.


5.Sex Offender Program Psychologists must have knowledge of mood disorders, personality disorders, psychosis, and psychopathology to understand inmate behavior and provide appropriate interventions. One of their 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. 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 doctoral level psychologist working in a correctional setting, I have conducted individual and group psychotherapy with inmates using various treatment techniques such as: cognitive-behavioral, biofeedback, reality therapy, correcting criminal thinking errors, development of pro-social coping skills, interpersonal communications, impulse control, or adhering to medication regiment.
  3. Under the supervision of a doctoral level psychologist, I have conducted individual or group psychotherapy using a treatment technique such as: behavioral management, cognitive-behavioral therapy, psychoanalytic therapy, psycho-educational training, or biofeedback.
  4. As a doctoral level psychologist working in a correctional setting, I have taken a case management approach to treatment by involving family, job coaches, education accommodations, or housing; and/or as a doctoral level psychologist working in a correctional setting, I have provided treatment to inmates in a high security setting.
  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. As a doctoral level psychologist working in a correctional setting, I have interfaced with health services to augment clinical treatment; and/or as a doctoral level psychologist working in a correctional setting, I have conducted research with an inmate population regarding treatment effectiveness.
  7. None of the above.


6.Sex Offender Program Psychologists must demonstrate specialized skills in the area of sex offenders and/or offenders with other aberrant behaviors. They demonstrate a knowledge of the professional literature pertaining to this area of practice and are familiar with and follow the practice and ethical guidelines of the American Psychological Association for the treatment of offenders with such behaviors. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. As a pre-doctoral intern, I have completed a primary rotation on evaluation or treatment for offenders with histories of violence, rape, molestation, addictions, etc.; and/or as a predoctoral intern, I have completed a postdoctoral internship with a specialization in evaluation or treatment with offenders with aberrant behaviors, e.g., sex offenders, violent offenders, addicted offenders, etc.
  2. I have been employed as a psychotherapist in a prison-based, residential treatment program for offenders with histories of violence, sexual offending, gang involvement, drug addiction, etc.; and/or I have carried a psychotherapy caseload at an intensive outpatient program for offenders who have demonstrated behaviors such as violence, sexual offending, gang involvement, drug addiction, etc.
  3. I have completed a professional certification program on the clinical aspects of work with offenders with aberrant behaviors. Note: Continuing professional education courses (for CE credit) do not meet this criterion.
  4. I have been employed as a psychotherapist in a prison-based, residential treatment program for sex offenders, violent offenders, addicted offenders, offenders with extreme anger and hostility; and/or I have carried a psychotherapy caseload at an intensive outpatient program for offenders demonstrating aberrant behaviors; and/or I have served as a clinical administrator of an outpatient offender evaluation unit.
  5. I have served as a clinical administrator of an outpatient offender evaluation unit (e.g. evaluating levels of dangerousness, cognitive distortions, and other destructive behaviors); and/or I have provided outpatient psychotherapy groups for offenders on probation for level of dangerousness, violence, sexual offending, gang involvement, drug addiction, etc.
  6. I have provided outpatient psychotherapy groups for probationers with sex offenses, violent offenses, drug offenses, and offender demonstrating severe anger and hostility, etc.; and/or I have provided individual psychotherapy and clinical case management for committed offenders.
  7. None of the above.


7.Sex Offender Program 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 conducted suicide risk assessments and managed suicidal inmates, conducted confrontation avoidance with non-compliant inmates, used communication skills to calm a disruptive inmate; and/or I have reported a dangerous inmate to correctional staff with recommendations for managing the inmate; and/or I have trained as a hostage negotiator, trained correctional staff in crisis management techniques, or managed a staff crisis through an Employee Assistance and/or counseling program.
  2. 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.
  3. I have managed suicidal clients who had been referred by non-clinical staff or calmed a patient who had threatened imminent 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 as a doctoral level psychologist, I have trained non-clinical staff on managing a patient/client whose behavior was continuously disruptive.
  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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