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Summertime means summer school and summer jobs, so this
month Helping Psychology focuses on careers in the psychology sector. From
school counseling to neuropsychology, students of psychology can choose from a
diverse range of career options. Even career fields outside the psychological realm,
such as marketing and criminal justice, have a need for people who are familiar
with the workings of the inner mind.
Food for Thought: Eating to Promote Optimal Mental Health
Eating for peak mental health is simple; stick to foods that
contain nutrients and facilitate mental processes such as fruits, vegetables
and lean proteins. Omega 3’s, found heavily in salmon and walnuts, are
extremely beneficial to the mind and body as they reduce inflammation and lower
the risk of certain mental disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease.
Psychology for Everyday Living
Students of psychology quickly realize that the concepts and
skills they are learning are useful in daily life. Learning how people think
comes in handy when participating in negotiations, social situations and work functions.
Students can learn valuable life skills in different psychological disciplines
such as health psychology, sports psychology and behavioral analysis.
Forensic Psychology: Choosing the Right Graduate Program
Forensic psychology is not affiliated with CSI or any other
glamorized criminal investigation drama; it is a vital field that compliments
the criminal justice system. Forensic psychologists develop criminal profiles
using evidence from a crime scene. They also draw up evaluations that assist in
determining the guilty party in a crime. Choosing a graduate program that provides
in-depth training is essential to succeeding in this field.
Job Prospects for Future Psychologists
Helping Psychology’s June feature article discusses job
prospects in the psychology field. According to The Bureau of Labor Statistics,
psychology majors and prospective psychology students will find steady growth
in varying psychological arenas though 2018. Educational requirements remain
the same, with those who hold master’s and doctorate degrees typically receiving
much higher salaries.
Munchhausen by Proxy: Diagnosis of the Week
Munchhausen by Proxy is a mental disorder that affects not
only the patient suffering from the disease, but also dependents under that
person’s care. Munchhausen syndrome causes a patient to seek attention through
caring for a sick person, especially a child. In many cases, a mother nursing a
sick child will keep him or her sick using various methods in order to receive
attention from family, friends and even doctors.
Forensic Psychologists: Working to Rehabilitate Criminals
Similar to clinical psychologists, some forensic
psychologists work closely with criminals in order to return them to upstanding
citizens before they are released from prison. Forensic psychologists set up
programs to rehabilitate inmates that include educational programs aimed at
building life skills, career placement programs and psychological counseling.
Not all forensic psychologists focus on this path, as some concentrate on
bringing criminals to justice.
Psychology Majors: Balancing Work with School
Students who work full or part-time often find it difficult
to keep up with their studies, so Helping Psychology offers a few insights on
how students can balance life with school. Getting priorities straight is the
first step to maintaining a hectic school schedule. Eliminating distractions
such as television and social media are also important. Find out more ways to
work and attend school with your sanity intact by reading the full article.
The Psychology of Motivation
What causes a person to be motivated; money, prestige or
something else entirely? Psychologists have discovered certain elements that
contribute to a person’s level of motivation and have come up with five
theories of motivation including: humanistic theory, psychoanalytic theory,
drive reduction theory, arousal theory and instinct theory.
Prison Counseling: View from Behind the Bars
Prison counselors work to rehabilitate criminals using
various therapy techniques, and they also testify in court and provide
information about the patient’s mental health during parole hearings. Working
as a prison counselor requires at least a master’s degree in clinical or
forensic psychology, and it is a lucrative career field.
Educational Psychology 101
Educational psychology is not the same as school psychology,
which incorporates the use of school counselors. Educational psychology focuses
on how people learn and how they can learn better. Government agencies and
corporations often employ educational psychologists to increase productivity by
working with employees.
Working as a School Counselor
School counseling is a dynamic career that allows
practitioners to assist students with academic, personal, social and career
development. School counselors have the
satisfaction of giving back to students through collaborating with students to
develop academic, career and college plans. School counseling is a career field
that is currently on an upward trend, and with a master’s degree in psychology,
the possibilities are endless.
Careers in Sports Psychology
Students who wish to pursue an energetic career in sports
psychology must first obtain a master’s degree in psychology. Supplementing
major courses with health-related classes is a smart move as well. Sports
psychologists work with athletes to set goals and remain motivated on the
Thesis Writing Tips for Graduate Students
Graduate students often are required to write a massive
thesis paper towards the end of their academic careers. Helping Psychology
offers a few guidelines for making thesis-writing a little easier, a little
less stressful and a whole lot more pleasant.
As a psychology graduate student knows only so well, proper research is
Selective Mutism: Diagnosis of the Week
Medical professionals originally thought that Selective Mutism
was merely a choice made by shy children not to speak. Now, however,
psychologists are aware that is it a psychological disorder in which children
find it difficult to speak in social situations. This disorder is closely
related to social anxiety.
Working as a Relationship Counselor for Married Couples
Relationship counselors work to reconcile couples who are no
longer getting along; married couples in particular often seek therapy to save
their marriage. Relationship counselors focus on a couple’s past, familial relationships
and other issues in order to mend their relationship.
Mental Health Support Groups as Supplementary Treatment
In addition to counseling, medication and other forms of
therapy, support groups are wonderful as a supplementary treatment as they offer
friendship and moral support to patients. Support groups also offer stability
to patients in need of routine and long-term recovery.
Forensic Psychology vs. Forensic Psychiatry
Both disciplines in the field of psychology, forensic
psychology and forensic psychiatry share one common theme: the criminal justice
system. Forensic psychologists are akin to clinical psychologists in that they
focus on counseling; forensic psychiatrists often engage in court proceedings
such as giving testimonies and sitting in on parole hearings.
Beat Stress for Success: The Top Five College Stress Busters
Stress is the leading cause of burnout in college students;
taking too many classes and rushing to graduate can cause undue amounts of
stress. Helping Psychology has a few tips for students looking to relax and
coast through college classes without succumbing to stress-related maladies.
Milgrim's Small World Experiment
Stanley Milgrim conducted an experiment in the 1960s that
aimed to determine the degree of separation between people, even those living
in other states. He constructed an elaborate experiment that involved random
people, a package and a receiver. Find out more about this fascinating social
network experiment by reading the full article.
Solomon Asch: Noteworthy Psychologist
As a practicing psychologist in the early 1900s, Solomon
Asch conducted a famous series of experiments called the Asch conformity
experiments or Asch Paradigm. He tested the theory that people will conform to
the group in high pressure situations. The results revealed that more often than not,
people did conform to the opinion of those around them.
Teaching Psychology at a Professional Level
Whether teaching at a high school or college level,
professional teaching psychologists are required to hold at least a master’s
degree in psychology, but many hold a doctorate degree in a specialized branch
of psychology. This article explores the requirements that teaching
psychologists must have before finding a position in the field.
Psychiatric Drugs: Overuse and Abuse
Medications for psychological disorders such as Xanax are
often misused by patients and non-patients alike. Incorrect applications of
psychiatric drugs can cause serious injury and even death, and some of these
medications are highly addictive. Find out about the effects of taking
psychiatric medications without a prescription.
Acute Stress Disorder: Diagnosis of the Week
Following a traumatic event, some people experience extreme
feelings of stress and anxiety, not unlike the symptoms of posttraumatic stress
disorder. The difference with acute stress disorder and posttraumatic stress is
that the symptoms, such as shock and panic, appear suddenly and are not
Summer Classes for Psychology Students
Taking a summer course or two in psychology can help you
graduate faster, but it can be a stressful undertaking just the same. Helping
Psychology offers students a few guidelines to make the transition to summer
school smoother such as tips on taking online classes, planning vacations and buying
textbooks in advance.
Functional Analytic Psychotherapy: An Introduction
Functional analytic psychotherapy is related to B.F.
Skinner’s behaviorism in that it aims to reduce or eliminate destructive
behaviors in patients. Functional analytic psychotherapy includes working to
learn coping skills that the patient can practice in place of the destructive
behavior and discussing positive changes during psychotherapy sessions.
Strategies for Overcoming College Exam Anxiety
Examinations of any kind usually cause people to feel
unpleasant physical sensations such as increased heartbeat, sweating, nausea
and panic. A comprehensive term for
these sensations is test anxiety. Overcoming test anxiety is crucial to
focusing on passing an exam with flyers colors; find out how!
Research and Study: The Work of a Neuropsychologist
Neurologists study the relationship between human behavior
and the brain functions behind certain actions. Neuropsychologists conduct
testing and research including studies related to memory, attention span and
concentration, reasoning ability and the brain's control of the body through
Alfred Binet: Noteworthy Psychologist
Alfred Binet is known worldwide for developing the first
widely-used intelligence test called the Binet-Simon intelligence scale, which
is now called simply an I.Q. test. He also was a pioneer in the field of sexual
psychology and dabbled in the occult arts of palmistry and hypnotism.
Parkinson's Disease: Diagnosis of the Week
Parkinson’s disease is a defect in the central nervous
system that causes stiff movements, incoordination and impaired speech.
Patients with this disorder often are unable to function as the disease
progresses. Many viable treatments exist to manage symptoms, but no cures are
available at this time.
Study Suggests Women's Stress Disorders May be Biological
Women may be more prone to stress and its accompanying
disorders according to a study conducted at The Children's Hospital of
Philadelphia. The study presents the idea that female neurotransmitter
receptors are the possible biological cause for the higher incidence of stress
disorders, such as anxiety, in women.
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