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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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Do you dream of a career in which you can listen to great music all day long? Or perhaps you’d love to have your own talk show. A job as a radio DJ might be a great choice for you. Check out what it’s like to have a career as a radio DJ below:

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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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In the public’s eye, journalists hold a position of trust. They are expected to report the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. But the truth might not always be black and white and ethics can be a complicated issue. If you’re considering enrolling in a degree program in professional writing with the goal of becoming a journalist, then you’ll feel right at home at Grand Canyon University. As a faith-based school, our educational approach is centered firmly on strong values and ethical decision-making. Check out the core values and ethics in journalism below:

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By Kaylor Jones
Professional Writing and Psychology, Honors College

Nearly four hundred years ago, William Shakespeare wrote what are now considered to be the greatest plays in the English language. Although they are still studied widely by students today, including those at Grand Canyon University taking Shakespeare and the History of Drama, some find the language and messages to be complicated, confusing and at times outdated. But the more things change, the more they stay the same, and seemingly antiquated plays like “Hamlet” incorporate timeless motifs about procrastination and perfectionism that are relevant to college-aged students today. As Polonius, counselor to the king and father of Hamlet’s lover Ophelia says, “Though this be madness, yet there is method in’t” (II.ii.195-6).

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A career in social work is an ideal path for resilient individuals who are interested in hands-on work that makes a positive difference in other people’s lives. You can get your foot in the door by earning a Bachelor of Science in Sociology with an Emphasis in Social Work from Grand Canyon University. A bachelor’s can allow you to work in some settings, but most aspiring social workers find that they need a master’s degree too. Before beginning your academic journey, talk to established professionals in the field to find out what social work is really like.

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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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Learn about America’s legal system and make an impact on society with Grand Canyon University’s Bachelor of Science in Justice Studies. Preparing students to affect lives, ensure fair treatment and enhance communities, this program will introduce you to adjudication, criminality and ethical leadership. If you’re interested in a career in law or law enforcement, read on to learn about our general education requirements for a BS in Justice Studies.

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