Meet the Team: Jake Kraska
What: Profile Interview with Raise the Bar Psychology team member Jake Kraska
Where: Raise the Bar Psychology clinic, Moorabbin
Why: To give people the opportunity to get to know Jake, who he is and why he does what he does
Lauren: Thanks for sitting down with me today Jake. I appreciate you taking the time to help our clients get to know a bit more about you.
Jake: Not a problem. I’m excited to see the results.
Lauren: Ok so let’s start out simple, what is your actual job?
Jake: Well my job title is Educational Psychologist, which means that I work with students of all ages to help them discover their strengths and challenges, and determine the best ways for them to learn and achieve their goals.
Lauren: And what are your qualifications?
Jake: I have a Bachelor of Psychology and Business, a Bachelor of Arts, a Postgraduate Diploma of Psychology, and a Masters of Psychology (Educational and Developmental). I have also recently started a PhD at Monash University.
Lauren: Ok so off the back of all of that education, why did you go into the field of educational psychology?
Jake: This particular type of work gives me the opportunity to apply the scientific method to mental health and educational interventions. It allows me to work as an evidence based practitioner with people who can genuinely benefit from my help.
Lauren: And what experience do you have that has led you to Raise the Bar?
Jake: I have worked in a variety of private and public settings including counselling children and adolescents, providing diagnostic assessments for Intellectual Disability, supporting wellbeing initiatives in schools, and consulting with schools about enhancing the learning of their students.
I also work as a school psychologist in public schools in addition to my work with Raise the Bar, and I stay engaged in academia through sessional university work.
Lauren: So why Raise the Bar Psychology?
Jake: Working with Raise the Bar allows me the opportunity to complete truly comprehensive ability and learning assessments that identify areas of strength and weaknesses, that otherwise may be missed by other services. This allows parents and teachers to have a more thorough understanding of their children and students.
It also enables me to work with adolescents and young adults that are at risk of disengagement from school due to previously misunderstood learning needs, which is a particular interest of mine.
Lauren: And what about you personally? Do you have a favourite book?
Jake: I am a voracious reader but if I had to pick a favourite it would probably be Brave New World by Aldous Huxley. It’s such a fascinating take on futuristic psychology.
Lauren: And aside from reading, how do you like to spend your time?
Jake: The same as most people I guess. Spending time with my friends, movies, TV and I love to travel and experience new things.
Lauren: And do you have a favourite saying or life motto?
Jake: There is a quote by B. F. Skinner that says “A failure is not always a mistake, it may simply be the best one can do under the circumstances. The real mistake is to stop trying.” This quote speaks to me as I believe very strongly in perseverance and overcoming obstacles whether it is academically, professionally or personally. I really enjoy being able to help people find new ways to keep trying and ultimately succeed.
Lauren: Well that’s wonderful. Thanks so much for chatting with me today.
Jake: My pleasure. I look forward to seeing the outcome.