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Yearly Archive 2011

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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Why Southwestern College Does Not Offer Master’s Degrees via Distance Learning at This Time…

Experiential Learning in Intimate Classroom Settings... During my professional career, I have been trained by, and taught for, seven distance learning universities, primarily in doctoral Psychology programs, but also in MA Counseling programs. When I first came to Southwestern College, I stated an intention to put our MA Counseling program “online” and fully planned to…
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Inspiring Stories About Our Students

Since 2006, Transformational EcoPsychology students at SWC  have been reconnecting to Mother Earth by going on vision quests, praying in sweat lodges, practicing Andean energy healing techniques,  and participating in other indigenous healing ceremonies. But how have these folks been applying what they learn, once they are out in the professional world of mental…
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Living On The Edge

Living here in Santa Fe means "living on the edge"...the edge of the High Desert, of course, but also the  edginess  of transformation,healing, and initiation.  At Southwestern College, students and teachers find themselves almost daily on some "edge" as we encounter and work with one another, our clients,  and ourselves, often in profound connection with…
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The Beginning

I am going on my ninth year here at SWC and I remember very well when I arrived in Santa Fe. I came from Friday Harbor where I had been overseeing a whale adoption program featuring the resident orca pods in the Salish Sea (Puget Sound). How did a trained counselor end up…
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