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Category: Counseling and Psychology
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An effective resume can help you stand out from the crowd and tell prospective employers that you’re the ideal person for that position. Crafting an effective resume is very important, so you should take your time with it. Seek the guidance of a career counselor and ask for  feedback on your draft. You can also use the following tips to highlight your best qualities and accomplishments.

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Adults who grew up in dysfunctional families may question their own parenting abilities. They understand that they did not have role models to show them how to positively influence their own children. Counselors who specialize in family dynamics can help parents understand how to positively influence their child’s development.

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After you graduate with a degree in behavioral health science, you could decide to go into private practice or work within an established clinic, hospital or inpatient program. But if you’re craving something a little different, you’ve got plenty of options to consider. Behavioral health specialists can work anywhere where individuals need counseling services to live life well.

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Many parents feel that 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 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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By Kennedy Lane
Professional Writing Major, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Mental health is something that a lot of people have but do not talk about. It can be hard to know if someone is struggling with a mental illness. Anxiety is just one of many mental illnesses that people deal with on a daily basis. If you know someone who struggles with anxiety, here are some ways that you can help and support them in their times of struggle.

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By Kaylor Jones
Professional Writing and Psychology, Honors College

With a much more sophisticated approach to diagnosing and understanding mental illnesses than was present in the past few centuries, historians and psychologists are able to look back at some of the most influential historical figures and put together the puzzle pieces–what were once seen as abnormal behaviors can often be reinterpreted as symptoms of a retroactively diagnosed mental disorder.

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By Kennedy Lane
Professional Writing Major, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

It is important for children to know how to identify and handle their feelings. There are many times in school when they do not know how to handle the emotions that they are feeling. As a school psychologist, it is important to have the tools to help children identify and handle their emotions. Here are some tools you can use when counseling children.

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By Kaylor Jones
Professional Writing and Psychology, Honors College

One of Grand Canyon University’s most popular psychology courses is abnormal psychology (PSY-470), in which students study the patterns of mental illnesses and abnormal behaviors. Specific topics include the symptoms, diagnoses and treatment of various psychological syndromes. One mental illness that is frequently seen in popular culture is antisocial personality disorder, likely due to the potential to create a complex, timeless villain that exhibits symptoms of the psychopathic disorder.

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