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Vacancy Details

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.

A.
Degree which included at least 24 semester hours of course work in the behavioral or social sciences.

OR

B. 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.

Evaluation of Education - 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. 

Evaluation of Experience
- 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? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes, I meet the minimum qualification requirement described in A.
  • Yes, I meet the minimum qualification requirement described in B.
  • 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 uploaded at the time you apply.
2 In addition to the minimum education requirement, you must have one year of specialized experience at, or equivalent to, the GS-09 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? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • 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 BRAVE Program targets young inmates serving lengthy sentences, especially offenders with antisocial attitudes and behaviors, substance abuse, and/or mental illness. Answer to this question is required
  • I have 15 semester hours of graduate course work specific to substance abuse and/or mental illness.

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

    NOTE: All applicants must clearly address this professional experience in their resume to be found qualified.
  • 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 (BRAVE) employed by the Bureau of Prisons must learn and apply new assessment and treatment techniques. They must be able to use these techniques to develop rapport and treatment goals during counseling sessions with inmates. They must be able to demonstrate the ability to provide counseling in either a group or individual setting. During group 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.

NOTE: Pastoral counseling is not considered a clinical service unless provided in the context of a medical or psychology practice. Pastoral counseling includes counseling from a religious standpoint and does not include clinical assessments and diagnosis.
  • As an independent practitioner, I have provided group/individual psychotherapy with an adolescent or adult population; and/or I have conducted group and individual treatment using a cognitive-behavioral theoretical orientation; and/or I have developed and implemented individualized clinical treatment plans. Note: An independent practitioner is able to facilitate/provide treatment without direct or indirect supervision
  • As an independent practitioner under the clinical supervision of another treatment provider, I have provided group or individual psychotherapy with an adolescent or adult population; and/or I have implemented individualized clinical treatment plans; and/or I have provided case management in a clinical setting.
  • As an intern or practicum student, I have co-facilitated group treatment with an adolescent or adult population; and/or I have completed coursework in cognitive-behavioral treatment; and/or I have provided case management in a non-clinical setting; and/or I have facilitated a psychoeducational class.
  • None of the above.
5 Specialty Treatment Program Specialists (BRAVE) must understand the nature of adjustment issues, psychological disorders, and behavioral problems to effectively plan and implement treatment for an identified inmate population. In addition, They must possess 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.
  • As an intern or practicum student, I have evaluated prospective individuals to determine appropriateness for admittance into a treatment program; and/or I have performed screenings for substance use or mental health services; and/or I have performed routine screenings to determine an individual’s need for support services such as medical or housing services; and/or I have completed graduate course work in the diagnosis and treatment of addictive disorders or general psychopathology.
  • As an independent practitioner, I have performed comprehensive evaluations of people with mental health or substance use problems; and/or I have conducted structured diagnostic interviews and provided provisional mental health and substance use diagnoses using the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders; and/or I have conducted psychosocial interviews to identify treatment goals and interventions.
  • As a practitioner under the clinical supervision of another treatment provider, I have performed comprehensive evaluations of people with mental health or substance use problems; and/or I have conducted structured diagnostic interviews and provided provisional mental health and substance use diagnoses using the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders; and/or I have conducted psychosocial interviews to identify treatment goals and interventions.
  • None of the above.
6 Specialty Treatment Program Specialist (BRAVE) 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.
  • As a practitioner under the clinical supervision of another treatment provider, I have prepared comprehensive psychosocial assessments which determined specific treatment or case management needs for individuals; and/or I have developed individualized treatment plans that included problems descriptions, goal statements, and specific clinical interventions; and/or I have assisted with writing comprehensive treatment summaries for courts, community supervision agencies, or other social service organizations describing recommendations for further treatment; and/or I have documented clinical treatment contacts.
  • As an independent practitioner, I have prepared psychosocial assessment which determined specific treatment or case management needs for individuals; and/or I have developed individualized treatment plans that included problem description, goal statement, and specific clinical intervention; and/or I have written a comprehensive treatment summaries for courts, community supervision agencies, or other social service organizations describing recommendations for further treatment.
  • As an intern or practicum student, I have documented the results of mental health or substance use screenings; and/or I have completed draft treatment plans participated in training in clinical documentation; and/or I have prepared intra-office memoranda; and/or I have written clinical case presentations.
  • None of the above.
7 Specialty Treatment Program Specialists (BRAVE) employed by the Federal Bureau of Prisons 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 will also needs to present programming to the institution administration staff and to community coalitions. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  • As an intern or practicum student, I have taught psychoeducational classes; and/or I have participated in a professional discussion group; and/or I have participated in a training course in public speaking or group therapy; and/or I have participated in a clinical team.
  • As a practitioner under the clinical supervision of another treatment provider, I have presented a case to a clinical team for discussion; and/or I have delivered training in a professional workshop; and/or I have facilitated psychotherapy groups; and/or I have successfully passed an oral examination in a graduate course; and/or I have chaired a professional meeting or led a professional discussion group.
  • As an independent practitioner, facilitated process psychotherapy groups; and/or I have made presentations at professional conferences; and/or I have successfully passed an oral examination for licensure; and/or I have been the primary instructor for a face-to-face undergraduate or graduate course; and/or I have successfully completed an oral defense of master’s thesis.
  • None of the above.

Grade: All Grades

NOTE: Bureau of Prisons' applicants hired for a position in a correctional institution are considered correctional workers and must be able to perform correctional work regardless of their specific occupation.

One requirement of the hiring process is for applicants to complete an Applicant Assessment. The purpose of the assessment is to ensure applicants possess the core values and behaviors required for success at a federal correctional institution.

Applicants must complete and pass the Applicant Assessment to be considered for employment with the Bureau of Prisons.
1 How did you hear about this employment opportunity with the Bureau of Prisons (BOP)?
  • Private information service
  • Magazine
  • Newspaper
  • Radio
  • Television
  • Poster/Flyer
  • Private employment office
  • State Employment/Unemployment Office or Career Service Center
  • State or local Job Information Center
  • BOP Employee Services Department (bulletin board or other form announcement)
  • School or college counselor or other official
  • Agency or other Federal government recruitment at school or college
  • Recruitment event (other than school or college)
  • Friend or relative working for the BOP
  • Friend or relative not working for the BOP
  • Religious organization
  • USAJOBS, the official job site of the US Federal Government
  • BOP Website
  • Internet job site
  • Contacted the BOP on my own
  • Military publication
  • Military Separation Center
  • Professional Organization
  • Federal Job Publication (i.e., Federal Jobs Digest, etc)
  • Discover Corrections
  • Washington DC Diversity
  • Other
Thank you for applying for a position with the Federal Bureau of Prisons. We appreciate you taking the time to complete this survey.