NewPsych provides assessment and treatment from psychologists and psychiatrists including Fitness for Work, medication reviews, and support for return to work. NewPsych’s Psychological Assessment Service can add value and effectiveness to both organisational and interpersonal decision making. Psychological assessments can facilitate decision making in relation to:
Recruitment and selection
Training and development
Career planning and vocational guidance
Review and appraisals
Stress and risk management
Fitness for Work Assessment and Support
Sometimes you may have need for a Fitness for Work assessment with regards to psychological functioning. We have psychologists with expertise in assessment and reporting, who can complete formal assessments, as well as a more tailored approach.
Stepped Support Model
NewPsych have developed a tiered model for supporting and appropriately addressing concerns around an employee’s mental health and psychological functioning at work. This model ensures that the right level and type of support is provided for the individual circumstances.
1. EAP for Me
Where a workplace leader or co-worker notices that someone isn't their usual self or their wellbeing is affected, they can seek the employee’s consent to pass on their name and contact number to NewPsych for an ‘EAP for Me’ call.
This is an individual short session with NewPsych’s Intake Psychologist to provide employees with an understanding of what counselling is and how it can help them and their family.
This approach is an effective and accessible way to make a connection to the service, demystify EAP and break down barriers to counselling for those who are ambivalent and may benefit.
2. Check Up
In the same way that someone who is physically struggling or feeling off might get a GP or first aid check-up, NewPsych’s EAP can provide a psychological wellbeing check up for an employee, where they or someone else has identified concerns.
A check up session allows the psychologist to complete an initial assessment, including a risk assessment, and develop a plan moving forward. With the employee’s consent, the psychologist can provide the relevant workplace leader, HR or Health and Safety contact with an outline of how the business can best support the employee at work.
3. Employee Assessment and Support Plan
Where a more formal assessment is required, NewPsych has psychologists who specialise in Psychological Assessments regarding the persons safety and wellbeing at work. These comprehensive assessments include tailored and practical recommendations for the employee and the organisation, to ensure the best possible outcome. This service also includes the opportunity for a Review with the same psychologist to assess progress and make adjustments over time, as well as connection to EAP and other services for treatment and support where appropriate. An Employee Assessment and Support Plan is also valuable where an employee intends to return to work after a period of absence related to their mental health.
4. Psychiatric Fitness for Work Assessment
Our adult psychiatrist can provide a formal independent assessment of an employee's fitness for work, including diagnostic assessment, review of medication, medical opinion and recommendations.
NewPsych also offer other workplace assessments outside of the stepped support model.
We can tailor and administer pre-employment assessment programs including psychometric testing, as well as assist with planning for reasonable adjustments or employee wellbeing plans where a pre-existing condition may require additional arrangements and supports.
Psychiatric Assessment and Consultation (with approval)
Our adult Psychiatrist has expertise in Fitness for Work and workers compensation assessment, as well as other assessments where required. They may also be able to assist with medication review or consultation for those who may need psychiatric support.
Support and intervention for employees who have been identified through the disciplinary process
We have clinicians with expertise in treating issues including anger management and drug and/or alcohol dependence. NewPsych’s Workplace Support Service provides individual employee support in a variety of tailor-made formats. Our service is aligned with workplace policies regarding alcohol and drug usage so employees understand the potential impact on work performance and safety. Identified employees are linked with an individual psychologist for targeted intervention using Cognitive Behaviour Therapy.