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Job Title:Clinical Psychologist (Specialty Program Coordinator-Resolve and Rehabilitate Program)

Department:Department Of Justice

Agency:Justice, Bureau of Prisons/Federal Prison System

Job Announcement Number:WAS-2014-0001

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$68,809.00 to $106,369.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Thursday, October 10, 2013 to Friday, October 25, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0180-12/13

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

13

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy - FCI Waseca, MNView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

THIS IS A DELEGATED EXAMINING ANNOUNCEMENT OPEN TO ALL U.S. CITIZENS.

JOB SUMMARY:

Why is it Great to Work for the Federal Bureau of Prisons?

Do your career justice and consider a career with the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP). In addition to being regarded as a family and career-oriented agency, the BOP offers a broad range of exciting career opportunities in a work environment that promotes integrity, diversity, and professional development. With over 38,000 highly motivated individuals, the Federal Bureau of Prisons is one of the most unique agencies in the United States Department of Justice where each employee's day-to-day performance makes a difference.

Will the Federal Bureau of Prisons Pay for me to Move?

Reimbursement IS NOT authorized for travel and transportation for this position.

In accordance with 5 U.S.C. 3307, a maximum entry age of 36 has been established for initial appointment to a position in a Bureau of Prisons institution.  In special situations, a waiver may be requested up to age 39 at locations where there is a shortage of applicants under 37.

Qualified Preference Eligible Veterans may be exempt from meeting the maximum age of 37.  Please refer to the Required Documents Section for the appropriate documentation to submit to validate veteran eligibility.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • U.S. Citizenship is Required.
  • See Special Conditions of Employment Section.
  • Selective Service Requirement: Click Here

DUTIES:

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The incumbent is a member of the Psychology Services Department at a Bureau of Prisons (BOP) federal correctional facility. The Psychology department provides a full spectrum of programs and services for inmates with a variety of psychological disorders. The incumbent functions as a Specialty Program Coordinator for a general residential mental health program approved by Central Office or any one of the following Psychology Services Department Specialty Programs: Steps Toward Awareness, Growth, and Emotional Strength Program, Bureau Responsibility and Values Enhancement Program, Challenge Program, Skills Program, Stepdown Program, or Resolve Program.
 
The incumbent performs duties consistent with the coordination of a specialty program for the identified target population. The target population(s) for each of the specialty programs are noted below: Steps Toward Awareness, Growth, and Emotional Strength Program (STAGES): personality-disordered inmates, especially inmates diagnosed with borderline personality disorder and inmates who engage in self-injurious behaviors. Bureau Responsibility and Values Enhancement (BRAVE) Program: young inmates serving lengthy sentences, especially offenders with antisocial attitudes and behaviors, substance abuse, and/or mental illness. Challenge Program: high security inmates with antisocial attitudes and behaviors, substance abuse, and/or mental illness. Skills Program: inmates with cognitive limitations and/or mental illnesses which negatively impact their ability to acquire life skills. Resolve Program: inmates with trauma-related mental illnesses including post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, anxiety, substance use disorders, and personality disorders. Stepdown Unit Program: inmates suffering from serious mental illnesses which adversely impact their ability to function in a general population setting.
 
A. Administration and Program Management.  The incumbent is responsible for developing, implementing, coordinating, and evaluating the specialty treatment program and for coordinating and evaluating all activities within the specialty treatment program. This program is primarily directed toward the treatment of inmates with the above identified problems. The incumbent is responsible for initiating a treatment program and for implementing and monitoring the treatment program in compliance with BOP policy. The Specialty Program Coordinator is responsible for coordinating and scheduling the treatment program activities.
 
B. Psychological Assessment and Evaluation The incumbent is responsible for the administration, scoring, and interpretation of a wide variety of psychological testing instruments and procedures, including objective and projective instruments of personality assessment; intelligence tests; and tests and inventories of interests, aptitude, criminality, and achievement. The incumbent is particularly responsible for administration, scoring and interpretation of psychological instruments and procedures which address the problems targeted by the specialty treatment program.  Based on data from testing, interviewing, and records containing social, educational, personal, and institutional adjustment data, the incumbent is responsible for preparation of psychological reports for various uses. These include: • Assisting in interdisciplinary classification of inmates by identifying behavioral, emotional, organic, and personality deficiencies, or drug/alcohol habituation. Subsequently develops suitable program and treatment contracts for individual inmates, has full professional responsibility and oversight for their psychological treatment plans. • Advising the Parole Commission of personality strengths and liabilities of inmates at the time they appear for parole consideration. Responsible for making recommendations for aftercare should the inmate be paroled. • Answering special requests for evaluation by institution staff following observed bizarre behavior or thoughts, insomnia, somnambulism, psychosomatic complaints, suicidal preoccupations, depression, situational crises, long-term disciplinary and segregation cases, dangerousness, or use of illicit drugs. Formulates appropriate treatment programs, refers medical/psychiatric problems to medical services, and assists in deciding when individuals are to be referred to more appropriate or specialized facilities. • Court-ordered study and observation cases. Evaluations may be requested by the Court to assist in determination of competency, assessment of possible organicity, assessment of addiction to drugs, or assessment of other personality, emotional, or intellectual deficiencies.  These evaluations aid the Court in making sentencing decisions. • Periodic appraisal of changes in the attitudes, personality, dynamics, and overall level of adjustment of inmates resulting from participation in institution and unit programs and/or from the implementation of new and innovative projects. Specifically, the incumbent assesses individual performance, participation, and completion of the programs in each phase of the specialized treatment unit. He/she is also required to develop new instruments, if needed, to assess this particular population as part of on-going program evaluation. • Evaluation of each inmate in the introductory programming phase of program participation with input to the unit team, and the inmate concerned, regarding inmate needs in therapeutic intervention for the treatment of psychological problems. Refers inmates with medical problems to the Medical Officer, and plans the course of therapy for psychological problems.
 
C. Psychotherapy The incumbent plans and performs both individual and group psychotherapy on a regularly scheduled basis. Also conducts a wide variety of interviews and crisis intervention sessions on an as-needed, unscheduled basis. Participates as a member of an interdisciplinary unit team in developing, implementing, and assessing program needs and goals. Within the treatment program is directly responsible for development, evaluation and coordination of residential and nonresidential treatment programs and for designing individual treatment plans. Treatment modalities and techniques used include (but are not limited to) behavior therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, insight-oriented psychotherapy, behavioral group psychotherapy, bio-feedback, crisis intervention, assertiveness training, social skills therapy, substance abuse education, individual psychotherapy, and pre-release planning.
 
D. Consultation/Resources Serves as a source of expert advice and opinion, and demonstrates knowledge of research techniques and findings (particularly in the specialty program’s area(s) of emphasis) as a consultant to colleagues and all other institution staff. He/she develops, implements, and evaluates mental health programs. Provides expert advice and opinion to judges, attorneys, probation officers, and parole examiners regarding the mission and operation of the specialty program. Is responsible for providing assessment and referral services for staff referred to Psychology Services by their supervisors or for staff personally requesting assistance with problems of alcohol use, drug use, or emotional problems which are affecting job performance. Responsible for the maintenance of confidential records and annual reporting of data regarding the program to the EAP Coordinator for compilation and transmittal to the Central Office Psychology Services, EAP Coordinator.
 
E. Training and Supervision Is required to provide clinical supervision to treatment specialists. In addition, he/she may supervise the work of graduate-level psychology trainees, practicum students, paraprofessional counselors, and consultant psychologists. Within the specialty program, gives training specific to dealing with inmates with the targeted psychological problems. The incumbent is also required to provide in-service training to all departments and all levels of institution staff through regular employee training, correctional counselor training, and employee orientation.
 
F. Research/Program Evaluation Routinely collects and enters comprehensive data in Sentry and the psychology data system (PDS) contributing to program evaluation. The incumbent is responsible for reporting data to other professionals, with emphasis on their area of specialty programming.
 
G. Ethics and Professional Considerations Is responsible for supporting and conforming to the ethical standards set forth by the American Psychological Association and by Federal regulations.
 
 Along with all other correctional institution employees, incumbent is charged with responsibility for maintaining security of the institution. The staff correctional responsibilities precede all others required by this position and are performed on a regular and recurring basis.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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To be considered for the position, you must meet the following:
 
Basic requirements:
 
Satisfactory completion of all the requirements for a doctoral degree (Ph.D. or equivalent) directly related to full professional work in clinical psychology is required.
 
NOTE: ALL applicants MUST submit legible transcripts as verification of educational requirement. The education MUST be from an institution accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Transcripts MUST be received by the Consolidated Staffing Unit by the closing date of the vacancy announcement.
 
For information regarding foreign education requirements, please see Foreign Diploma and Credit Recognition at the U.S. Department of Education website: Recognition of Foreign Qualifications
 
In addition to the basic requirements, you must have:
 
Education GS-12 and GS-13: There is no substitution of education for specialized experience for this position.
 
AND
 
Experience GS-12 and GS-13: At least one year of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and complexity to the next lower grade level. To be creditable, this experience must have equipped the applicant with the particular qualifications to successfully perform the duties of the position, and that is typically be in or related to the position to be filled.
 
Some examples of the qualifying experience are:
 
GS-12

  • Experience in planning and performing both individual and group psychotherapy on a regularly scheduled basis.
  • Experience in providing assessment and referral services for staff referred to Psychology Services by their supervisors or for staff personally requesting assistance with problems of alcohol use, drug use, or emotional problems which are affecting job performance.
  • Experience in assisting in interdisciplinary classification of inmates by identifying behavioral, emotional, organic, and personality deficiencies, or drug/alcohol habituation.
  • Experience in conducting a wide variety of interviews and crisis intervention sessions.
  • Experience in training staff in how to recognize and deal with emotional, behavioral, and personality disorders.
GS-13:
  • Developing, implementing, coordinating, and evaluating the specialty treatment program and for coordinating and evaluating all activities within the specialty treatment program.
  • Administering, scoring, and interpreting a wide variety of psychological testing instruments and procedures, including objective and projective instruments of personality assessment, intelligence tests, and tests and inventories of interests, aptitude, criminality, and achievement.
  • Preparing numerous psychological reports such as court ordered study and observation cases, appraisals of changes in attitudes, personality, dynamics and overall level of adjustment resulting from participation in programs or projects.
  • Planning and performing both individual and group psychotherapy on a regularly scheduled basis.

Credit will be given for paid and unpaid experience. To receive proper credit, you must show the actual time (such as number of hours worked per week) spent in the activities.
 
**Your eligibility for consideration will be based on your responses to the questions in the application.**


Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP).  The ICTAP provides eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies.  If your agency has notified you in writing that you are a displaced employee eligible for ICTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if:  1)this vacancy is within your ICTAP eligibility; 2) you apply under the instructions in this announcement; and 3) you are found well qualified for this vacancy.  To be well qualified, you must satisfy all qualification requirements for the vacant position and rate equivalent to the Highly Qualified category using established category rating criteria.  You must provide proof of eligibility with your application of ICTAP eligibility or a copy of your separation personnel action form.  Additional information about ICTAP eligibility is at:  Click Here
The Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provides eligible surplus and displaced competitive service employees in the Department of Justice with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies.  If your Department of Justice component has notified you in writing that you are a surplus or displaced employee eligible for CTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if:  1) this vacancy is within your CTAP eligibility; 2) you apply under the instructions in this announcement; and 3) you are found well qualified for this vacancy.  To be well qualified, you must satisfy all qualification requirements for the vacant position and rate equivalent to the Highly Qualified category using established category rating criteria.  You must provide a copy of your written notification of CTAP eligibility with your application.  Additional information about CTAP eligibility is at:  Click Here

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Your application will be evaluated and rated under DOJ's Category Rating and Selection Procedures.  Your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine whether you meet the job qualifications listed on this announcement.  If you are qualified for this job, your resume and supporting documentation will be compared to your responses provided to the online assessment questionnaire.  Your application will then be placed in one of three categories:  Best Qualified, Highly Qualified, or Qualified.  Candidates within the top quality category and who are eligible for veterans preference will receive selection priority over non-veteran preference eligibles.


If you are entitled to veterans preference, you should indicate the type of veterans preference you are claiming on your resume.  Although veterans preference points are not assigned under the category rating procedures described under "How You Will Be Evaluated", veterans preference eligibles are listed ahead of non-veterans within each category for which they are qualified.  


In addition, qualified veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 10% or more are placed at the top of the highest qualified category as defined by category rating procedures.

What Competencies/Knowledge, Skills and Abilities are Required for this Position?

The following Competencies/Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSA's) are required:

  • Ability to oversee and supervise a dual diagnosis treatment program in a correctional setting.
  • Skill in conducting individual and group psychotherapy with mentally ill and drug abusing offenders.
  • Ability to conduct psychological assessments relevant to mentally ill and drug abusing offenders.
  • Ability to make sound decisions and act quickly in critical circumstances.
  • Knowledge of the research and literature associated with the trauma-related mental illnesses.

To preview questions please click here.


BENEFITS:

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The Department of Justice offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation; sick leave; holidays; life insurance; health benefits; and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System.  The link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered to federal employees:  Click Here


OTHER INFORMATION:

The Department of Justice provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities.  If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the hiring/servicing personnel office.  The decision of granting a reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis.  Selection will be made without discrimination for any non-merit reason such as race, color, religion, national origin, age, physical disability, marital and/or parental status, membership in an employee organization, sex, or sexual orientation.  The Bureau of Prisons is an equal opportunity employer.

Special Conditions of Employment Section:

The incumbent is subject to geographic relocation to meet the needs of the agency.

Appointment is subject to satisfactory completion of a pre-employment and panel interview, urinalysis, physical, and background investigation.  All applicants are subject to, and must satisfactorily pass all screening requirements in relation to National Crime Information Center (NCIC) and credit check.

All applicants not currently working in an institution will be required to complete a qualification inquiry regarding convictions of misdemeanor crimes of domestic violence in order to be authorized to carry a firearm.

Successful completion of the "Introduction to Correctional Techniques," three-week training course at Glynco, Georgia is required.

This position has been identified as test designated.  Incumbents will be subject to urinalysis testing under the BOP Drug Free Workplace Plan.

HOW TO APPLY:

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How do I Apply for this Position if I am a Current Public Health Service Commissioned Officer?
  • Submit a complete/detailed resume or curriculum vitae.
  • Address selective factor, if required.
  • Resume or curriculum vitae must contain all information listed in the Qualifications Section.
  • Submit supporting documents (i.e. certification, registration, and/or license, if applicable).

Your completed application packet must be submitted to the Consolidated Staffing Unit by 11:59 p.m., Eastern Standard Time (EST), on the closing date of the vacancy announcement.  You must include the last four digits of your social security number and the vacancy announcement number on your application packet.  DO NOT SUBMIT AN APPLICATION ON-LINE.

How do I Apply for this Position if I am a Current Public Health Service Commissioned Officer and want to enter the competitive service?

Refer to the information below.
HOW TO APPLY:

You must apply through the online application system at www.USAJOBS.gov.  Follow the prompts to register, answer a few questions and submit all required documents.  

NOTE:  Submission of a resume alone is not a complete application.  This position may require the completion of additional forms and/or supplemental materials as described under the Required Documents section.  Please carefully review the complete job announcement and the "How to Apply" instructions.  Failure to provide the required information and/or materials will result in your application not being considered for employment.

Claiming Veterans Preference? If yes, you MUST claim preference on-line during the application process and upload documentation to support preference claimed.   Failure to claim Veterans Preference or provide supporting documentation may result in you not receiving appropriate consideration during the assessment process.

Required supporting documentation must be submitted via mail, e-mail or transferred from USAJOBS (uploaded).

All required supporting documentation MUST be received by the Consolidated Staffing Unit by 11:59 p.m., Eastern Standard Time, on the closing date of the vacancy announcement.  Supporting documentation for announcements with an application limitation MUST be submitted the same day you apply, as these positions may close earlier than stated in the announcement.  You MUST include the vacancy announcement number on your supporting documentation.

Paper applications:  If applying online is impossible, please contact the Consolidated Staffing Unit at the telephone number listed below, prior to the closing date of the announcement for the alternate application procedure.

Contact for Assistance in Applying On-Line:
DOJ, Federal Bureau of Prisons
Consolidated Staffing Unit
346 Marine Forces Drive
Grand Prairie, TX  75051
E-Mail:  GRA-HRM/ConsolidatedStaffingUnit@bop.gov
Phone:  972-352-4200     

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

  • Veterans' Preference Documentation:   Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (DD-214 Member Copy 4); or other official documentation (e.g., documentation of receipt of a campaign badge or expeditionary medal) that shows your military service was performed under honorable conditions.  
  • If you are currently on active duty, a statement from the appropriate Branch Personnel Office containing the following information: Name, Rank, Branch of Service, Active Duty time, Projected Separation Date and type of anticipated discharge must be provided.  
  • In addition, if you are a disabled veteran, a Purple Heart recipient, or widow/widower of a veteran, the spouse of a disabled veteran or the natural mother of a disabled or deceased veteran, you MUST submit a completed Standard Form (SF) 15, "Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference", and the other required documentation identified on the reverse side of the SF-15 to support your preference claim.  Documentation to support a disability must reflect the overall evaluation or percentage disability rating.
  • Resume showing relevant experience (cover letter optional).
  • In order to receive credit for experience contained in an uploaded resume, your employment history must be documented in month/year format (MM/YYYY), reflecting starting date and ending date and include the number of hours worked per week.  Failure to follow this format may result in disqualification.
  • A college transcript which includes the School Name, Student Name, Degree and Date Awarded (if applicable).  (Note:  If you are selected for this position, official transcript(s) will be required prior to your first day).
  • SF-50 for proof of prior LEO coverage, if applicable.
Failure to provide these documents could possibly result in removal from consideration for this vacancy.  If uploading documentation, do not identify/save your documents utilizing a special character such as %, #, @, etc.  Documentation should be identified/saved as VA Letter, DD214, or Transcripts.We cannot be held responsible for incompatible software, fax transmissions, delays in mail service, applicant application errors, etc.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

CSU
Phone: 972-352-4200
Fax: 000-000-0000
Email: GRA-HRM/ConsolidatedStaffingUnit@bop.gov
Agency Information:
JUSTICE, BUREAU OF PRISONS
Consolidated Staffing Unit
346 Marine Forces Drive
Grand Prairie, TX
75051
US
Fax: 000-000-0000

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

We will notify you of the outcome after each step of the application process has been completed.  Applicants will be notified via e-mail, to the e-mail address registered in USAJOBS.  The referral certificate or list of eligibles will then be issued to the selecting official for further consideration.  The Human Resource Office may then contact you for an interview if they wish.  We expect to make a final job offer within 80 days after the closing date of the announcement.

Applicants referred on a certificate of eligibles may receive an Inquiry of Availability (OF-5 Form)via e-mail, mail or a telephone inquiry from the local Human Resource Department.  Applicants MUST complete the OF-5 form and return it to the Human Resource Management Office or contact the Human Resource Department telephonically or via e-mail.  Applicants MUST also telephone the Human Resource Department during normal business hours to schedule an interview.  Failure to either return the form or contact the Human Resource Department will result in a loss of consideration for the position.

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Job Announcement Number:

WAS-2014-0001

Control Number:

353204400