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Lions Club Sponsors International Eyeglass Recycling Program

10 Mar

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

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.

The American Board of Professional Psychology Certification Process

21 Jan

As a private practice psychologist in Augusta, GA, Dr. Joseph Frey provides clients with services such as psychological assessments, family therapy, and forensic consultation. He earned his PhD in clinical psychology with a focus on the family from Georgia State University. A member of the American Psychological Association, Dr. Joseph Frey also holds board certification from the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP).

The American Board of Professional Psychology offers board certification to guarantee the professional services offered by psychologists. The process to receive certification begins with a credentials review, followed by peer review of practice samples, and then an oral examination conducted by board-certified psychologists. Some boards in specific areas, such as forensic psychology and clinical neuropsychology, require a written examination in addition.

For more information about the application process, visit ABPP’s website at www.abpp.org. The site includes further details on each step of the process and on the different options, such as the Early Entry Program and the Senior Option in Examinations, as well as an infographic of the process.

Academic Success through Partners in Achievement

9 Jan

Board-certified as a diplomate in clinical psychology, Dr. Joseph Frey maintains a private practice in Augusta, GA, and owns Psychological Specialists of Augusta. With a background in forensic consultation and business and management psychology, he has more than three decades of experience and has conducted individual psychotherapy with people of all ages. Since 2002, Joseph Frey has also served as a partner with the organization Partners in Achievement (PIA).

Dedicated to helping students be successful in an academic environment, Partners in Achievement helps students though two academic improvement programs. PIA’s longest-running program, PACE, stands for Processing and Cognitive Enhancement and has been tested in more than 350 schools over a period of more than 10 years. Focused on improving the brain’s processing rather than a specific academic skill or behavior, PACE has been proven to benefit both children and adults with memory deficits, dyslexia, attention problems, and other learning disabilities.

The second program, Master the Code (MTC), helps to address reading speed and comprehension issues. Designed to help readers who read too slowly, cannot concentrate, or exhibit other reading difficulties, MTC can help identify problem skill areas such as memory, segmenting, blending, and visualization, among others. MTC features one-on-one training and a kit for all students so that they are less likely to fall back into bad reading habits.

Beautiful Augusta, Georgia

26 Nov

As a clinical psychologist practicing in the Augusta, GA, area, Joseph Frey, PhD, performs psychological evaluations of adults, adolescents, and children. In addition, he works with the justice system, performing court-ordered evaluations and determining defendants’ competency to stand trial. Dr. Joseph Frey also works with several businesses in and around the Augusta, GA, area, consulting on business and management psychology.

Located on Georgia’s northeastern border, at the head of the navigable portion of the Savannah River, Augusta occupies nearly all the land area of Richmond County. In 1996, the citizens of the city and the county voted to consolidate the two governments to form Augusta-Richmond County, with a mayor- commission system. Originally established in 1736 by a detachment of troops sent upriver from Savannah, the settlement was named Augusta to honor the wife of the Prince of Wales, whose son was the future King George III. The settlement served a strategic purpose as a first line of defense against attacks on coastal settlements from the interior.

Augusta boasts a rich history and has preserved many of its historic neighborhoods and buildings, including the only building ever constructed by the government of the Confederacy, the Confederate Powderworks. Today, the city is home to almost 200,000 people, who are employed primarily in healthcare and manufacturing, as well as the military. The city is well known around the world as the site of the Masters Golf Tournament, held the first full week in April at the Augusta National Golf Club.