An Introduction to Psychoeducational Evaluations

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Psychoeducational Evaluations
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Joseph Frey has maintained a private psychology practice in Augusta, GA, since 1989. Now focused primarily on providing consultations and psychological assessments, Joseph Frey of Augusta, GA, has conducted numerous psychoeducational evaluations of children.

The psychoeducational evaluation serves as a key tool in determining the cognitive and socio-emotional factors that may be interfering with a child’s success. It can help to identify a learning disability, while also evaluating the effect that any emotional or behavioral difficulties may have on a child’s performance in school.

A typical psychoeducational evaluation includes specialized testing, using such cognitive and academic evaluative instruments as the Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children (WISC) and the Woodcock-Johnson Test of Achievement. Other tests may assess the child’s information-processing abilities, including his or her memory and ability to focus, while still others provide detailed interpretations of the child’s emotional experience and personality.

The evaluator will consider the results of these tests in combination with a review of the child’s medical and academic records. Evaluators of younger children may ask the parents to complete a questionnaire, while older children may have questionnaires of their own to fill out. Finally, most evaluations also include interviews with the child and/or the parents, depending on the child’s age and developmental needs, so as to gather a complete picture and produce the most informed results possible.

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Competency to Stand Trial

 

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As a privately practicing psychologist in Augusta, GA, Joseph Frey works closely with courts to provide forensic consultations and psychological assessments. On a number of occasions, Joseph Frey of Augusta, GA, has evaluated defendants to determine their competency to stand trial.

The court system considers an individual competent to stand trial if he or she can understand the proceedings and assist in his or her own defense. If a reasonable question exists as to the defendant’s ability to do so, he or she may undergo a psychological evaluation.

An evaluation serves to determine whether or not the person can process information about the case, the charges, and the potential penalties and make informed decisions. Understanding does not need to be on a complex level, nor is it tied to the defendant’s ability to comprehend the language of the court. Legally, competency is present as long as the defendant can show that he or she can take in information related to the trial.

It is important to remember that a finding of competency or incompetency refers to the defendant’s mental state at the time of the trial. If a defendant was experiencing the effects of mental illness at the time of the alleged crime but symptoms have come under control, that individual may be competent to stand trial. Furthermore, if an evaluation determines the presence of mental illness that does not affect the defendant’s ability to comprehend the trial, the diagnosis does not translate to incompetency unless other significant factors are present.

Psychoeducational and Neuropsychological Evaluations of Children

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Joseph Frey is a respected Augusta, GA, clinical psychologist who handles a wide range of domestic relations issues and evaluates people in court-ordered custody and visitation matters. Joseph Frey also has experience in the Augusta, GA, community performing psychoeducational evaluations.

Two common types of assessments of children are neuropsychological and psychoeducational evaluations. The latter focuses on whether the child has a learning disability that hinders his or her capacities for learning. It includes assessments of information processing, academic achievement, and cognitive functioning, with an emphasis on identifying behavioral and emotional imbalances. These are in turn tied to their impact on the child’s chances of academic success.

By contrast, the neuropsychological assessment focuses on a more complex series of considerations than learning disabilities that may be impairing overall cognitive functioning. Potential issues evaluated include brain dysfunction and brain injury.

Comprehensive psychoeducational and neuropsychological evaluations typically take a minimum of five hours and are often spread out over two or more days. They should be performed by licensed psychologists with the proper training for these specialized examinations.

Profile of the Individual Who Abuses

 

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Dr. Joseph Frey practices clinical psychology in Augusta, GA, where he frequently conducts psychological evaluations for the court system. Experienced in sexual and physical abuse defense, Dr. Joseph Frey understands the qualities of a person who abuses.

Domestic abuse comes in a number of forms, from physical and sexual assaults to verbal and emotional attacks. The abusive actions themselves can be as overt as punching and choking the victim or as seemingly subtle as attempting to control where the victim spends his or her time. In general, however, all abusers have a number of emotional traits in common.

People who are abusive also tend to be jealous. They want to know where their partners are and what they are doing at all times, often because they assume infidelity. This frequently correlates with an abusive person’s need to isolate his or her partner from family and friends. Similarly, the abuser tends to feel the need to control his or her partner’s everyday life, often to the degree that he or she will attempt to prevent the partner from obtaining work or pursuing hobbies.

Also often predisposed to explosive anger, the person who abuses may act out without warning or provocation. In some cases, he or she may blame the partner for these episodes of anger. If the partner does retaliate or threaten to leave, the abusive individual will try desperately to get him or her back. Once this cycle begins, it is likely to continue until the partner gets help.

Lions Club Sponsors International Eyeglass Recycling Program

Joseph Frey of Augusta, GA, is a licensed clinical psychologist in private practice. In addition, Joseph Frey serves the Augusta, GA, community and surrounding areas as a member and board member of the Evans Lions Club. The Lions Club is an international service organization with a special focus on aiding individuals who are blind or visually impaired. To further this mission, the organization offers several programs, including an eyeglass recycling program.

The Lions Club recognizes that many individuals have old pairs of eyeglasses that they no longer use. Those unwanted glasses can make a dramatic difference in another person’s life. Lions Club members and other volunteers often collect used eyeglasses for delivery to regional recycling centers run by the club. At those recycling centers, trained volunteers determine the donated glasses’ prescriptions and clean the lenses. The Lions Club supplies many of these donated eyeglasses to individuals in developing nations to help improve their sight and their quality of life.

Individuals who wish to donate glasses can seek out local donation boxes in public places, such as libraries, community centers, or optometrist offices. Information on specific eyeglass collection venues is available via local Lions Club organizations.

Tips for Career Changers

A resident of the Augusta, GA, area, Dr. Joseph Frey has served as a privately practicing clinical psychologist for more than 25 years. In his current practice, Dr. Joseph Frey offers management advisory services to businesses and career development support to individual professionals in and around Augusta, GA.

When considering a career change, you can begin by reflecting on both your passions and your basic values. Career experts suggest that you first determine what you would continue to do even if no one paid you for it, and then consider how you could incorporate that passion into a career. You can talk to people who have entered that career field and find out what it entails, as well as what skills employers look for in candidates for related positions. This will help you to determine how your skills match with market needs.

Experience is a major driving factor in the hiring process. If you are thinking of breaking into a new field, consider entering in a position similar to one you have worked in before. Conversely, consider changing fields within an industry that you know. You may also be able to make up for experience by networking with people you have worked with in other capacities, as many people are more willing to risk inexperience if they know the individual that they would be hiring.

APA Promotes Psychology in the Workplace

A former adjunct associate professor at the Medical College of Georgia, Dr. Joseph Frey now focuses largely on his private practice in Augusta, GA, where he provides forensic consultations and psychological assessments. Through his Augusta, GA practice, Dr. Joseph Frey also offers a wide range of services related to management and workplace psychology.

The American Psychological Association (APA) recently issued a press release explaining how resources from its Center for Organizational Excellence have increased awareness about psychology’s impact on organizational performance and employee health. In 2014, APA’s Center for Organizational Excellence performed two national surveys designed to reveal the latest trends and topics in the United States workforce.

One study focused on the connection between employee recognition and work effort, motivation, and satisfaction. Based on the survey findings, more than a third of the respondents hadn’t garnered any recognition from an employer in the past year, and just half of the surveyed workers reported feeling valued in their workplace. The survey also found that recognition practices were linked to organizational and employee outcomes.

In its other study, the center focused on workplace factors like job stress and work flexibility that influence employees’ psychological health and performance. The results of this study were covered in major publications, including The Wall Street Journal, Reuters, and Bloomberg News.