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Eloquent writing usually tells a story, persuades readers or educates while entertaining. Technical writing is different. It’s a purely utilitarian product that instructs and informs. Despite these substantial differences, technical writing and non-technical writing are similar in that they both require extensive practice and plenty of editing. Keep the following best practices in mind as you refine your technical writing skills.

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Psychological counseling is a rewarding field, particularly for individuals who feel compelled to dedicate their lives to serving others. But many new counselors focus exclusively on the well-being of their patients, while neglecting the business of psychology. If you dream of opening up your own private practice, you’ll need to pay attention to the business end of helping others too. Fortunately, there are many easy strategies you can use that don’t require a business degree to understand or implement.

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Advocacy is a term that defies a short, simple definition because advocates work in many types of capacities and fields. Some include self-advocates, peer advocates, citizen advocates, legal advocates and professional advocates. There are also human rights advocates, public relations advocates and patient advocates. In short, the career possibilities are virtually endless for people interested in becoming professional advocates. If you decide this is the right career objective for you, you can get started by enrolling in a communications degree program from Grand Canyon University.

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Shakespeare, Dickens, Marlowe, Shaw—the list goes on and on. The English language is certainly not suffering a lack of great writers, and there is no denying the beauty of a finely crafted bon mot a la Mark Twain. But do these classics still have a place in a modern curriculum? Why should students labor through Spenser’s “The Faerie Queen,” with somewhat cumbersome lines like “So slyding softly forth, she turned as to her ease.” Even if you do not plan on becoming an English teacher, you may one day find yourself defending the relevancy of these great classics in today’s digital world, and there are plenty of persuasive points in favor of them.

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By Amanda Ronan
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So many times you turn on the news and see a new traumatic event. Due to major events, from hurricanes to school shootings, as well as personal situations, some of our nation’s youngest citizens are at risk for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

PTSD can be caused by experiencing or witnessing a terrifying event. Since “terrifying” means different things to different people, PTSD can be overlooked in young people, sometimes being passed off as a “phase” or even as “typical teenager behavior.” But PTSD is a very real issue for children and adolescents; let’s take a look at how the disorder can impact young people.

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Psychology is a dynamic career field in part because there are so many specialization choices, one of those being health psychology. Specialists in health psychology work at the intersection of psychological science and physical health. If you choose to become a health psychologist, you will study the social, biological and psychological factors that motivate medical and lifestyle decisions. You will study why some patients handle illnesses well and others do not, and why some patients follow medical advice and others do not. When you graduate, you will be able to work with patients to support their wellness, and within communities to advance public health. A career in health psychology might be a good fit for you if:

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By Amanda Ronan
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One of the fastest growing populations of people seeking therapy for the first time are senior citizens. Many come from generations when it was not considered necessary to ask for help; some were taught to hide their emotions, to “be strong” and deal with whatever life events came up by themselves. But as they are aging, many older Americans are beginning to turn to counselling and therapy as a way to cope with unresolved feelings they may have lived with for many years.

Continue reading to learn why some seniors are beginning to seek therapy and what issues they are getting help with most.

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By Amanda Ronan
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Technical writers create communication and documentation for an organization or business. There are many things that go into technical writing and each position looks different depending on the writer’s skills and the company itself. A few things that are typical for technical writers to create are paper and digital operating instructions, how-to manuals, assembly instructions and “Frequently Asked Question” pages for end consumers.

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