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Category: Counseling and Psychology
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By Lily Cooper
Professional Writing Major, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Have you ever heard of positive psychology? It is the scientific study of the strengths that enable individuals and communities to thrive. It has three pillars which include: positive experiences, positive individual traits and positive institutions. It is important to understand these emotions to understand the contentment with the past, happiness in the present and hope for the future.

There are many activities that a psychologist can do to help their client, depending on their situation and mental health. However, these exercises can be used to help anyone with their self-esteem and mental health and will be able to positively affect them in many ways.

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Are you considering a career as a behavioral health counselor, professional counselor or mental health counselor and do you have an interest in helping adolescents? If so, then consider earning Grand Canyon University’s Master of Science in Professional Counseling with an Emphasis in Childhood and Adolescence Disorders, which can prepare you for national certification and licensure as a counselor in Arizona. When providing counseling for adolescents, understanding the developmental disabilities that can affect this age group is critical. Continue reading for an introduction to common developmental disabilities in adolescents.

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Many parents feel as if it is their fault when their teens become addicted to drugs or alcohol. They want to do everything they can to help their child, but they also feel an enormous amount of guilt. Substance abuse therapists work to help teens during recovery and they also work with families who need help coping with the causes. While teens may be focused on moving forward one day at a time, their families are often looking back wondering if they missed the warning signs.

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Grand Canyon University’s Master of Science in Professional Counseling is offered by the College of Humanities and Social Sciences and designed for professionals who wish to advance their career and improve their ability to help individuals who struggle with mental and emotional health disorders.

While the requirements for licensing vary by state, a master’s degree in counseling is necessary if you plan to become a licensed counselor. After completing this program’s coursework, you may be ready to meet the requirements for becoming a licensed associate counselor (LAC) or licensed professional counselor (LPC) in Arizona. Read on for an introduction to what you will learn while earning this degree.

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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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