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.


The American Board of Professional Psychology Certification Process

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 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.

History of the West Lake Country Club, by Dr. Joseph Frey

In the early sixties, an impatient foursome waiting nearly an hour to play the next hole of a golf course considered the idea of building and operating their own golf course. Though it was a spontaneous suggestion, it soon became reality. One of the four had already been accumulating land for potential development in Columbia County, Georgia, and soon he owned a little over 700 acres, including a lake to serve as a water source for lawn maintenance. With the land purchased, the group established West Lake Development Company, a corporation comprised of 50 individuals, each owning a share in the golf course development.

Once funding and land were acquired, the group hired engineers and managers to help design the course. Though the construction took a bit longer than originally planned, with setbacks from severe weather, the West Lake Country Club opened for business in March 1969. The club gained even more exposure and business as the result of a temporary partnership with Sports Illustrated, which introduced 100 business people to the course during Master’s Week.

Today the West Lake Country Club continues to flourish and offers, in addition to golf, tennis courts, a fitness center, and a pool. Members also enjoy socializing through the onsite restaurants.

About the author: Dr. Joseph Frey is a member of the West Lake Country Club.

Identifying Your Child’s Learning Style By Dr. Joseph Frey

While each child is unique, learning styles tend to fall into three distinct categories: auditory, visual, and kinesthetic. Auditory learners do better by listening rather than reading. Expecting an auditory learner to excel by reading sets all involved up for frustration. However, providing the same material in an auditory format plays to this learner’s strengths.

Visual learners thrive on charts, graphs, videos, and text. At the same time, they may experience difficulty understanding spoken instructions. Telling a visual learning child to attend to certain chores may not be productive, while leaving notes with instructions will most likely yield favorable outcomes.

Kinesthetic learners need to feel what they are learning. Hands-on experiences and activities are best for this group of learners. Understandably, children who need to move and touch to learn have difficulty sitting for long stretches of time.

The adage in Proverbs states, “Educate the child according to his way, and even when he is old he will not depart from it.” Written by King Solomon, these words ring just as true today. By acquainting themselves with their child’s style of learning, parents can help teachers create a path for success in the future.

About Dr. Joseph Frey: A seasoned psychologist and Adjunct Associate Professor at the Medical College of Georgia, Dr. Joseph Fray is a co-owner of Partners in Achievement Learning Centers in Augusta, Georgia.

How to Cook BBQ Cajun Shrimp (part 2 of 2) by Dr. Joseph Frey

Now that you’ve compiled all your ingredients, you are ready to begin cooking authentic Cajun-style BBQ shrimp. First, melt a stick of butter into a skillet and sauté parsley, seasoning, rosemary, celery, onions, and garlic for about three minutes. Melt the rest of the butter into the skillet and add the six ounces of beer. You’ll also want to throw in the Worcestershire sauce and lemon juice at this step.

Transfer the butter into baking dishes, as many as you need to make sure that the shrimp is submerged in liquid. Put the dish or dishes into the oven and cook at 350 degrees for 15 minutes or until the shrimp turns pink. You’re ready to serve your dish. It is recommended to serve French bread alongside the BBQ shrimp.

About the author: Dr. Joseph Frey is a Cajun food enthusiast and amateur chef. He enjoys cooking new dishes, with a fondness for red beans and rice, crawfish étouffée, redfish courtbouillon, and, of course, BBQ shrimp.