Archive | February, 2015

Tips for Career Changers

24 Feb

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

11 Feb

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.

Elements of Competency to Stand Trial

1 Feb

Dr. Joseph Frey, a psychologist in Augusta, GA, routinely performs forensic consultations to support court proceedings. Having practiced in Augusta, GA, since 2001, Dr Joseph Frey has assessed numerous individuals and determined their competency to stand trial.

In the legal system, competency to stand trial refers to a person’s mental state at the time that he or she would be the subject of legal proceedings. To be able to appear before a judge, a person must be able to understand the charges and must be capable of participating in their own defense. This means that he or she must be able to communicate with an attorney, process information that the attorney presents, and make decisions based on this information.

To determine whether a defendant’s mental illness or developmental challenges stands in the way of his or her competency, a psychologist will conduct an evaluation. The evaluation tests whether the defendant can recall and explain events, testify on his or her own behalf, and plan a defense based on a comprehension of possible penalties. If a defendant’s mental illness or developmental disabilities makes him or her incapable of any of these processes, the court may rule that the person is incompetent to stand trial. The court will frequently then order the defendant to undergo inpatient psychiatric treatment and request re-evaluation after several months.