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Yearly Archive 2011

Controversy and Unity in the Art Therapy Empire

Controversy and Unity in the Art Therapy Empire  Controversy means somebody gives a damn. That’s a good thing.  This is a touchy one. I should leave it alone. But I probably didn’t get to be president of an Art Therapy graduate school by leaving the touchy ones alone.  Let me start with this observation: “We’re…
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Moving Toward “Evolved” Communication” As We Move Ahead….

Piranhas, Hijackers, Brawlers, Shunners and Consciousness... Authentic communications are not so easy to come by these days, and you kind of wish they were, maybe especially during the holiday season. I thought a lot about whether I wanted to submit this post,  and had a long discussion with myself, finally deciding that even if it only heightens…
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Cows Works: India is the Great Teacher….

Cows Works: India is the Great Teacher “Chaos” in India One thing (among many) that I loved about our experience in India is that it demonstrated, in ever-in-your-face, living color that so many of the rules, laws, regulations, restrictions, dicta, fiats, got-to’s and can’t-do’s that we embrace in western culture as critical to…
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Missing the practice

I notice that I value a mindfulness practice most when there is a period of time when I am not doing it. The quarter has ended. The mindfulness sessions have stopped for now. I am rushing around trying to get "stuff" done - meetings, work, shopping, and running around before the holidays. It is probably…
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Ecopsychology Alchemy

Jim just posted a piece on photography and I cannot resist sharing photos that he took while in a Transformational Ecopsychology class taught by Carol Parker. I call the series the “Phoenix series” for obvious reasons. Jim was one of the attendees and laid on the ground and took pictures of Carol and students through…
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Around the Table

There were five of us around the table today. Two were painting, one was creating with tissue paper, one was using play-doh, and I had the colored pencils out. Sometimes it was quiet, sometimes the conversation was lively. It was a typical “Open Studio” at noon on Tuesday, open to everyone – students, faculty, staff…
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Southwestern College Keeps Soul in the Curriculum…

Holistic Education Requires Soul in the Curriculum, say SWC Leaders...   Today, eight leaders of Southwestern College (Me, Robert Waterman, Katherine Ninos, Webb Garrison, Deborah John, Jason Holley, Laura Lansrud-Lopez, and Gabrielle Viethen), met for over two hours, discussing the role of  "Soul" and  "Consciousness" at Southwestern College, among a great many other things... We discussed how…
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Thanksgiving

It is time for Thanksgiving and I am so glad for this holiday. And yet I would like to take the word "time" out of the equation and practice giving thanks everyday of my life. There is so much to be thankful for each day. I would say if I were to choose a guru,…
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Awakening the Teacher Within: No Gurus Need Apply…

Holistic Counseling and Art Therapy Degree Seekers Must Find their Answers Inside Themselves at Southwestern College...   I am the president of a spiritually-sourced graduate school, the mission statement of which is “Transforming Consciousness through Education.” With a mission statement like that, one must be extra careful to walk the College’s talk. …
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Opening the heart

  There is a great potential for transformation when you bring the heart into your awareness. The heart is the mediator between our emotional body and our mind. As one goes inward, the heart offers the potential for self forgiveness and compassion. Having access to the heart enables you to love yourself as well…
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The Prez

The SWC president is Jim Nolan. He is originally from Cleveland. I have never met an Ohioan that I did not like. They are so friendly! Jim fell in love with the southwest from a distance, and now is a member of the New Mexico tribe and all that it brings.  Although he has an…
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When it Does Not Seem to Work…

The word “mindfulness” may imply, for some, that you are in your head…but that really is not the case. Or is it? This past week in the mindfulness session there was so much buzzing happening in the old noggin’ that it felt like a hornet’s nest.  Geez!   When you are practicing mindfulness and the only…
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Southwestern College: More Scholarships, No Increase in Tuition…

SWC Trustees vote unanimously to NOT RAISE TUITION for 2012-13.   When an organization (or a person) truly aligns with its mission and focuses its energy and resources in the direction of its achievement, good things happen. Ever since reclaiming/re-articulating our original mission in 2009, Southwestern College has been on the upswing, even despite…
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Overwhelmed by Art?

This fall I had the opportunity to present at the European Arts Therapies Conference in Italy. One of the keynote speakers for the conference was Graziella Magherini, MD, a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst. The title of her Keynote was “Aesthetic Emotion and Health: Arts Therapies in Italy”. One of the issues that she touched upon…
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Roadtrip to Chaco

Since so many of our students come to us from out of state, many want to explore the region and there is so much here to discover and experience! Chaco Canyon is an ancient site that is popular to visit. I will share my experience here just to give you a flavor.... It is…
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Mandala work

In a graduate school that has a large student body studying art therapy,  it is no surpise that the mandala is used in and outside the classroom. In Archetypal Psychology the counseling and art therapy students create personal mandalas and follow their progress in the class visually. In a mindfulness practice, when it is…
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What Southwestern College Means by “Consciousness”

There are a million kinds of trees and ways to think about trees, but Robert Frost wrote his poem about “Birches”; there are scores of philosophies of education, but Waldorf Schools choose to focus on Steiner’s; there are untold numbers of ways to talk about and understand “Consciousness”, but Quimby/Southwestern College comes from identifiable influences…
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Mindfulness

Mindfulness Practice at Southwestern College I was recently at the American Art Therapy Association conference in Washington D.C. and was asked by a prospective student whether we have a required “mindfulness practice” here as a part of the program. We do not. We do notice that there are activities that spontaneously arise in every entering class.…
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Taking Classes Here

Quite often I take the opportunity to take a class here. I have taken a number of art therapy classes as well as psychopathology, psychology of altruism and vision quest. This fall I am taking the human development course because so much has happened in the field since I studied this. There are so many…
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Holistic Approach

Everywhere you hear about “integrative health care” now. It seems like this holistic or integrative approach is really catching on fast. It is about time I think. When I studied counseling my instructors were “all about” Carl Rogers! Y’know when I graduated I felt like this mini Carl Rogers and it just did not fit.…
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Practicum in Counseling – by Eliza Buck

Entering the second year of my counseling program, I immediately felt the shift of focus from myself to the client. Going to the Southwestern Counseling Center for Practicum concretizes this transition. The Center sits in a small shopping mall surrounded by fun businesses such as the cycling shop, an Ayurvedic café and a paleteria (Mexican…
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Art Exhibit Hall

I love art therapy! I am fascinated about how art making can be such an amazing and efficient approach to therapy and healing.  The art work here on campus is so inspiring. We usually have an art show going on in the AT Complex and it is incredible to see the variety of art coming…
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Spiritual Practice Room & Practice

We have time during the week where students can participate in open art studio for artmaking and in addition we have a time around the noon hour where students can participate in a mindfulness practice in our spiritual practice room. These sessions may look different depending upon who is involved. Those who participate help to create…
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The Mourning Dove by Carl Minard

The Mourning Dove was first brought to my attention when I was nine years old by my father who heard the cooing one evening and announced, “There’s a Mourning Dove.” This comment was totally out of character for my father and I sensed that he felt a special connection to the Mourning Dove. Mourning Doves…
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