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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
Contributor

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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To become a licensed counselor, most states require that you hold a master’s degree in counseling. Considering this, how long it will take you to become a counselor depends on your current level of education and experience. If you have already completed an undergraduate degree or undergraduate coursework, then it may take you less time to become a counselor. It should also be noted that the requirements for licensure vary from state to state, a fact which may also affect how long it will take you to become a counselor.

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Addiction is a devastating disease that has far-reaching consequences. Individuals who are addicted suffer from physical and mental health problems, some of which may be life-threatening. Addiction can be harmful to families and marriages. It is also a public health crisis that affects the entire community. If you decide to become a substance abuse counselor, part of your job will be to educate families about recognizing the signs of addiction. Some of these may seem obvious, while others are far subtler.

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Access to preventive healthcare is a fundamental human need. Sometimes, the importance of preventive mental healthcare is overlooked in favor of screenings for physical health problems. If you are someone who is interested in mental health, you probably already understand that the body and mind work together, and that being sound of mind and body are both essential for a person’s overall quality of life. If you are looking for a way to give back to your community, consider earning a Master of Science in Mental Health and Wellness with an Emphasis in Prevention.

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