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According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, 115 people in the United States die after using opioids every day. The most common of these opioids are prescription pain medication, heroin and fentanyl. The Centers for Disease Control says that prescription pain medication alone costs the United States $78.8 billion a year in lost productivity, health care, addiction services and court costs.

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Natural disasters, mass shootings, armed conflicts, physical assaults, sexual violence, vehicular accidents, child abuse, hate crimes and domestic violence—these are just a handful of examples of traumatic experiences people suffer. Trauma counselors are compassionate, genuinely caring people who are resilient enough to hear horrible stories every day in order to help others recover from them.

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The criminal justice system is dependent upon professionals from all sorts of backgrounds and specialties working together to make society safer. One of those specialties is forensic psychology. Forensic psychology is a broad term that simply refers to the intersection of the legal system and psychology. If this field interests you, consider enrolling in a graduate studies program to set a solid foundation for your future career.

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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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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 Kaylor Jones
Professional Writing Major, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

With a Master of Science in Professional Counseling offered by Grand Canyon University, you will be prepared to enter the field of psychology and help people address and overcome their struggles. One way in which you can do this is through becoming a school counselor. This rewarding career path may be right for you if:

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