Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Psychological Tests and Assessments


Dr. Beth Grosshans has 25 years of experience as a clinical psychologist operating a private practice in Flemington, New Jersey. Now retired from her practice, one key element of Dr. Beth Grosshans’ work consisted of using psychological tests and assessments of her clients to gain an understanding of their strengths, as well as areas that might need attention. 

Psychologists use these tools to diagnose a patient’s behavior and determine treatment. Examples include testing for learning disabilities that cause hardships in a schoolchild, or looking for personality traits that hinder successful relationships.

Testing often involves the use of checklists or questionnaires. These measures are “norm-referenced” - standardized to allow respondents to be consistently evaluated by comparing to various average results. These tests compare results between similar people, such as children at a given grade level. Research has shown norm-referenced tests to be good guides for diagnosis.

On the other hand, psychologists employ assessments to gain insight from multiple sources, such as tests, medical and school records, and observations. Assessments can help determine how respondents would perform in certain situations, such as a managerial job or a court appearance. 

One favored assessment technique is the clinical interview, in which the psychologist asks the client about his or her history and current concerns. With the consent of the client, the psychologist might also choose to interview family members, coworkers, or teachers.

Monday, April 11, 2016

New York Metropolitan Opera Celebrates Opening of 2016 and 2017 Season


As a clinical child psychologist for more than 25 years, Dr. Beth Grosshans worked at her own private practice until 2011, when she took a leave of absence to travel and pursue other interests. Splitting her time between Bucks County, Pennsylvania, and Manhattan, New York, Dr. Beth Grosshans sits on the advisory board at the New York Metropolitan Opera.

Founded in 1883, the Metropolitan Opera, also known as the Met, stages more than 200 opera performances conducted before more than 80,000 people on-site annually. In addition, millions more individuals experience the Met through new media distributions, including televised productions, DVDs, and satellite radio.

To commemorate the beginning of the 2016 and 2017 season, the Met will offer a gala premiere of its production “Tristan und Isolde” on September 26, 2016. This new production comes from Mariusz Trelinski, who took part in last season’s double bill of “Iolanta and Bluebeard’s Castle.” The cast features Nina Stemme as Isolde, Stuart Skeleton as Tristan, Ekaterina Gubanova as Brangane, and Rene Pape as King Marke. The production, which is slated to run from September 26 through October 27, also features Sir Simon Rattle as conductor in one of his rare Met appearances.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Corporate Partnership Opportunities at the Metropolitan Opera


A retired clinical psychologist based in New Jersey, Dr. Beth Grosshans now focuses on serving as a speaker to parents and educators. Outside of her professional activities, Dr. Beth Grosshans sits on the Advisory Board of the Metropolitan Opera, one of the most prominent cultural venues in New York City.

Home to some of the most talented performers and creators in the world, the Metropolitan Opera (also known simply as the Met) owes much of its success to generous donors from the community. In addition to working with individual donors, the Met encourages corporate partnership with businesses across the private sector.

By partnering with the Met, corporate sponsors enjoy access to co-branding opportunities and customized opera experiences for employees and clients. Corporate partners receive such executive benefits as concierge service for reservations and access to dress rehearsals, as well as discounts at the Met Opera Shop for their employees. Most importantly, corporate patrons support vital outreach projects like student ticket programs and the Lindemann Young Artist Development Program.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Patrons' Benefits at the New York Metropolitan Opera






A clinical psychologist and consultant on child behavior, Dr. Beth Grosshans served in a private practice in New Jersey. Now retired, Dr. Beth Grosshans is currently on the board of advisers of the New York Metropolitan Opera, better known as the Met. Founded in 1883, the Met has featured performances by the world's leading singers and orchestras.

For those who want to join, the Met offers several membership options, but for serious opera aficionados, the Patron level of support can be attractive. This degree of financial commitment, which ranges from $2,500 to $20,000, brings with it significant benefits, including:

- First choice of tickets and seating.
- Access to exclusive amenities such as the Belmont Room, the Patron Lounge, and a complimentary coat check.
- Admission to Young Artist Recitals.
- Attendance at certain rehearsals and a free backstage tour.
- Participation in the National Patron Weekend for members outside New York, and
- Presentations on stage management and improvements to the Met stage, as well as conversations with individual orchestra members and discussions of operas new to the Met.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Ways for Parents to Handle Child Refusals


Dr. Beth Grosshans is a retired clinical child psychologist and author of Beyond Time Out: From Chaos to Calm. Her book provides parents with practical strategies for reigning in out-of-control behavior and creating harmonious family dynamics. One topic Dr. Beth Grosshans explores in her book is the occurrence of child refusals, which typically involve phrases such as, "You can’t make me!” and "You’re not the boss of me!”

This type of language means that the child has decided that the parent does not have authority and he or she will be the one calling the shots. In situations like these, where the child has crossed the line into rudeness and disrespect, it is important that the parent reassert control in a firm, calm, and non-angry way. The message should be short and direct and establish that it is not acceptable to speak to one’s parent in a disrespectful manner. For example, parents can respond to a child’s refusals simply by asserting, “You cannot refuse to cooperate.”

After setting parameters, the parent should escort the child to his or her room, with no further commentary, whatever protests emerge. This “tough love” approach teaches the child that there is no debate when it comes to basic matters of respect.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Beyond Time-Out - Advice on How to Handle Misbehaving Children


A retired clinical child psychologist, Dr. Beth Grosshans has been featured in The Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, and The Washington Times over the course of her 25-year career. In 2010, Dr. Beth Grosshans leveraged her expertise in child behavior and development to publish the book Beyond Time-Out: From Chaos to Calm.

A 336-page book, Beyond Time-Out: From Chaos to Calm addresses undisciplined children and their out of control behaviors. The book encourages parents to evaluate their own actions to determine an appropriate solution for managing children and creating a balanced household, where a child does not have primary control. Specifically, readers are given advice on how to establish authority and power, which alleviates defiant battles with food, sleeping, and potty training. Likewise, the book offers guidance on calming fears and taming tantrums.

According to reader Ann Murphy, a parenting contributor to ABC’s Good Morning America, the publication delivers advice in an empathetic manner. The book sheds light on the difficulties of setting limits, while delivering a clear message about the rewards reaped when creating boundaries.

Monday, July 6, 2015

Diagnosing Anxiety in Teenagers


Clinical child psychologist Dr. Beth Grosshans practiced in Newtown, Pennsylvania, for more than 20 years. In her book Beyond Time Out: From Chaos to Calm, Dr. Beth Grosshans addresses behavioral issues common in children, including unruliness and several types of anxiety.

As they grow, many teenagers experience short- or long-term anxiety. Symptoms may include insomnia, loss of appetite, mood swings, substance abuse, social avoidance or shyness, or developmental delays. Types of anxieties include separation anxiety, social anxiety, or general anxiety, and they may appear in conjunction with related behavioral concerns, such as an eating disorder or ADHD. The condition may be exacerbated by traumatic life events, the death or illness of a loved one, bullying, academic stress, and other environmental factors.

Parents may choose to consult with a professional if the level of anxiety is affecting the teenager’s daily life. Treatment options include cognitive behavioral therapy, medication, or a combination of both. Physicians frequently prescribe medication to control abnormal serotonin levels, which can contribute to anxiety, although some patients find that a cognitive therapy program is enough to treat the anxiety by itself.