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Monthly Archive October 2011

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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Alumni introduction

We are making an intentional decision to deepen our relationship with alumni and to offer greater opportunities for connection and information sharing among us. This blog site will be overseen and managed by several Southwestern College alumni who are also current members of our Board of Trustees: Laura Lansrud-Lopez, Laura Basset, and Phillip Retzky.…
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Interns in Maras, Peru by Carol Parker

Two graduate students from Southwestern College, Cordell Baker and Sara Williams, will provide therapeutic expressive arts and other personal growth activities for the children of Maras, Peru starting in October 2011. Maras is a very poor village in the Peruvian highlands located near Cusco at 13,000 feet. The villagers depend almost solely upon agriculture…
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Holistic Counseling Degree: Not Everyone Can Teach Here…

Holistic Masters Degrees are Different...   So, all of the great teachers and wisdom traditions through history have carried and offered the same general teachings. It has been called the “Perennial Wisdom” or “Philosophia Perennis” by some. The words may be different, the era and culture within which these few teachings were articulated certainly…
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