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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.

NOTE: The Challenge Program targets high security inmates with antisocial behaviors, substance abuse, and/or mental illness.
  1. I have 12 semester hours of undergraduate course work specific to antisocial behaviors, substance abuse and/or mental illness.

    NOTE: All applicants MUST submit legible transcripts as verification of educational requirement.
  2. I have 12 months of professional experience in counseling antisocial behaviors, substance abuse, and/or mental illness.

    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.Specialty Treatment Program 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 with inmates. During counseling, they are required to monitor behavior and facilitate the group process. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. As a practicum student, intern, or volunteer, I have co-facilitated support groups; and/or as a practicum student, intern, or volunteer, I have provided group or individual counseling in an outpatient setting; and/or as a practicum student, intern, or volunteer I have co-facilitated a psycho educational group.
  2. As an independent practitioner, I have provided crisis counseling to inmates in a diversion program; and/or I have facilitated a group for dually diagnosed individuals in a drug abuse treatment program; and/or I have provided individual or group counseling with full responsibility for implementation of treatment plans.
  3. As an independent practitioner, I have provided group or individual counseling, to a non-correctional, special population, such as parenting classes, victim impact groups, etc; and/or as an independent practitioner, I have provided training to staff on group or individual treatment techniques; and/or as an independent practitioner, I have counseled individuals with psychological problems, etc.
  4. I have provided final determination for treatment plans for individuals in need of treatment; and/or I have trained others in treating Challenge Program inmates in individual or group counseling techniques; and/or I am currently a Certified Counselor.
  5. None of the above.


5.Specialty Treatment Program Specialists must understand the nature of the disorders/behavior problems to effectively plan and implement treatment for the identified inmate population. In addition, they must possess a knowledge of the facts, concepts, principles and theories of human behavior and disorders/behavior problems and the associated psychological and social problems. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have completed a college course in addictions, substance abuse, abnormal psychology or DSM-IV disorders; and/or I have completed 50 hours or more of continuing education courses in addictions, substance abuse, abnormal psychology or DSM-IV; and/or I have completed a clinical practicum or internship in the treatment of drug abuse and/or mental illness.
  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 from a psycho-social interview, I have developed appropriate treatment plans for individual assessed.
  3. I have performed routine screenings for referrals to appropriate treatment settings; and/or I have performed routine screenings to determine individual's needs for support services such as medical or housing services; and/or I have performed routine screening to determine if psychological testing is required.
  4. None of the above.


6.Specialty Treatment Program 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 individual 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 prepared clinical intake interviews with a summary of the interview outcome for supervisor's review; and/or I have completed summaries of psycho-social histories; and/or I have completed draft treatment plans; and/or I have documented clinical notes resulting from treatment screenings.
  3. 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-license 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.
  4. None of the above.


7.Specialty Treatment Program Specialists must possess strong verbal communication skills in order to provide individual and group counseling sessions to inmates, interview and perform assessments of inmates entering into the program, and explain program requirements, procedures and treatment plans with offenders. They must present programming to institution administration and staff and to community coalitions. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have participated in an educational or training program which included course work in teaching; and/or I have completed course work in counseling skills; and/or as an intern or practicum student, I have observed process groups.
  2. I have served as a co-therapist; and/or I have been a student-teacher; and/or I have completed 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.
  3. I have worked as a teacher; and/or I have provided clinical supervision; and/or I have facilitated process groups; and/or I have worked as a psychotherapist.
  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.

NOTE: The Challenge Program targets high security inmates with antisocial behaviors, substance abuse, and/or mental illness.
  1. I have 15 semester hours of graduate course work specific to antisocial behaviors, substance abuse, and/or mental illness.

    NOTE: All applicants MUST submit legible transcripts as verification of educational requirement.
  2. I have 18 months of professional experience in counseling antisocial behaviors, substance abuse, and/or mental illness.

    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.Specialty Treatment Program Specialists must be able to demonstrate the ability to provide counseling in either a group or individual setting. They must apply new assessment and treatment techniques and use these techniques to develop rapport and treatment goals during counseling sessions with inmates. During counseling, they are required to simultaneously monitor behavior and facilitate the group process. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have made final determinations of treatment(s) required for incarcerated individuals and implemented appropriate treatment plans; and/or I have facilitated groups with oversight responsibility of program operations in a correctional environment; and/or I have provided individual and group counseling to offenders.
  2. I have provided group or individual counseling to a non-correctional, special population, such as parenting classes, victim impact groups, etc; and/or I have provided training to staff on group or individual treatment techniques; and/or I have counseled individuals with psychological problems, etc.
  3. I have provided crisis counseling to inmates in a diversion program; and/or I have facilitated a group for dually diagnosed individuals in a drug abuse treatment program; and/or I have provided individual or group counseling with full responsibility for implementation of treatment plans.
  4. I have trained others in individual and group counseling techniques for offender populations; and/or I have facilitated a group for inmates with adjustment issues associated with psychological problems such as mental illness or substance abuse; and/or I have provided individual counseling to inmates in a high security correctional institution.
  5. I have provided final determination for treatment plans for individuals in need of treatment; and/or I have trained others in treating Challenge Program inmates in individual or group counseling techniques; and/or I am currently a Certified Counselor.
  6. None of the above.


5.Specialty Treatment Program Specialists must understand the nature of the disorders/behavior problems to effectively plan and implement treatment for the identified inmate population. In addition, they must possess a knowledge of the facts, concepts, principles and theories of human behavior and disorders/behavior problems and the associated psychological and social 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 needs 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 conducted clinical intake interviews of offenders in a residential treatment program and developed treatment plans based upon the information obtained in the interviews; and/or I have performed comprehensive psycho-social evaluations on individuals that resulted in specific treatment plans.
  3. 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 from a psycho-social interview, I have developed appropriate treatment plans for individual assessed.
  4. I have performed a standardized interview to determine an individual's referral for treatment; and/or I have used structured interview techniques and provided provisional mental health diagnosis using the American Psychiatric Association's (APA) Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV).
  5. None of the above.


6.Specialty Treatment Program 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 clinical intake interviews with a summary of the interview outcome for supervisor's review; and/or I have completed summaries of psycho-social histories; and/or I have completed draft treatment plans; and/or I have documented clinical notes resulting from treatment screenings.
  2. 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-license 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.
  3. I have prepared comprehensive psycho-social assessments which determined specific treatment needs of individuals; and/or I have developed treatment plans from 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.Specialty Treatment Program Specialists must possess strong verbal communication skills in order to provide individual and group counseling sessions to inmates, interview and perform assessments of inmates entering into the program, and explain program requirements, procedures and treatment plans with offenders. They present programming to the institution staff and community coalitions. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have taken course work in teaching; and/or I have taken course work in counseling skills; and/or as an intern or practicum student, I have observed process groups.
  2. I have worked as a teacher; and/or I have provided clinical supervision; and/or I have facilitated process groups; and/or I have worked as a psychotherapist.
  3. I have provided oral presentations to staff and facilitated process groups in a clinical setting; and/or I have provided clinical supervision and individual therapy in a counseling center; and/or I have taught a psycho-educational classes and facilitated process groups in a drug treatment center.
  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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