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Yearly Archive 2012

Artful Networking in Santa Fe

by Kat DisonBefore moving to Santa Fe, I worked as a full time artist, retainedamazing professional representation, participated in artistresidencies, and frequently held group and solo exhibitions. AlthoughI did well for myself in the profession and was able to support myselfthrough a combination of sales of my art and applications for grants,I wanted to pursue…
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Scenes from Supervision

 by Debbie Schroder A few months ago I wrote about the importance of words. Today I’m having trouble finding the right ones to describe my experience in supervision this quarter. Not wanting to add to the old myth that art therapists don’t talk, I’ll try to summon some words to express what I’m very aware…
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A Southwestern College Intern's Letter from Prison…

Reflection Option #3: A Letter to My Teacher--By Colleen Dougherty Dr. Carol Parker, Ph.D Southwestern College, Santa Fe, NM Dec. 3, 2012   Dear Carol, I am writing to tell you about my experiences so far in the AmeriCorps program called OARS-Opportunities in AmeriCorps for Re-entry Success. This program exists in four of New Mexico’s…
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Students at Southwestern College, Santa Fe, Learn Powerful Clinical Skills

We just don't talk about it as much as we should, and you may end up with a slanted view of Southwestern College's strengths... Here, Dr. Jim Nolan brings you a lot of information about both the Southwestern College clinical training, and how it is received by supervisors and agencies in our community---REALLY good news…
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Why Southwestern College (Santa Fe) Is All Over Social Media

Speaking the Language of the Digital Natives OK, here is something the world needs. Authentic, committed, serious, spirited, informed, good-humored, action-backed, energetic and collaborative conversations and team-building around "Social Media and Higher Education." Oh, sure there are Linked In and Facebook groups that kind of look like they could be having these conversations, but mostly…
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Pinterest Shows Off the Santa Fe & New Mexico Brand for Southwestern College

Pinterest as a Marketing Tool in Higher Education By Dr. James Michael Nolan Southwestern College is in Santa Fe, New Mexico, home of the “magic hour light” that has been the siren call for the likes of Georgia O’Keeffe and countless artists and photographers from all over the world. It is the second largest art…
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INFPs (and other Types)–Take Care of Yourself Over the Holidays

Realized yesterday that when I or my job or anybody else schedules up too many things, the "felt feeling" is "I no longer own my own life." I immediately UN-scheduled several things. Christmas season is here, and while there are many great "I" and intimate moments, there can be altogether too many "E" and pointless…
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Shamanic Journey Down Tobacco Road…

My Journey With My Ally Plant, by Dr. Carol Parker   About 10 years ago while leading one of my first vision quest ceremonies in a remote location in Death Valley, I was shocked when a young woman named Ricki returned from her solo site laden with three- foot long stalks of Wild Tobacco. I…
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A Poem All Therapists Should Know…

My Life in in 5 Chapters a poem by Portia Nelson Chapter I I walk down the street. There is a deep hole in the sidewalk I fall in. I am lost ... I am helpless. It isn't my fault. It takes forever to find a way out.   Chapter II I walk down the…
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Scared of the Cost of Graduate School? No Need To Be…

The School Loan Debt Story in This Country is NOT YOUR Story.  It is somebody else's story. Remember that. By Dr. James Michael Nolan You need not be scared of the cost of Graduate School. Fear almost invariably leads us to over-value some “information” (“Student loan debt has surpassed credit card debt in this country!”) and…
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Family Art

Materials: Markers, Colored Paper, Scissors, and Glue These days, most presents for family and friends are family creative efforts; Mama and Judah (2 1/2 years old) taking lead. My folks and my brother are all Scorpios, with their birthdays within 2 weeks of each other. This year we made a collage with spontantious scripples, hand…
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Taking Responsibility: Authenticity versus "Taking a Position"

Taking Responsibility is a Freeing Experience: Shaming & Blaming, Less So... It may be the case that I botch things up less frequently than I once did. Not sure about that. In my current role as President of Southwestern College, I have infinitely more possibilities, it seems, for making decisions, comments, policies and so…
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The Children’s Museum and the SWC Interns in Maras, Peru…

Southwestern College (Santa Fe) Interns and the Children’s Museum in Maras San Luis Gonzaga primary school goes largely unnoticed to the Western passing by. Its two-story main building serves 111 students and seven teachers. Heat comes from the blaring Andean sun streaming through the windows. Among a class of fifteen students, there might be three…
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Why Southwestern College Does Not Offer Online Master’s Degrees

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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Consciousness and Elections: Suspending “One-Ness” for the Night?

The good news is that Humanity wins every election, and all that matters in the way the results are played out is the level of Consciousness we bring to the mundane results. There is no Higher Consciousness in hatred, never was, never will be. Nor in false dichotomies. There is no such thing as Heart-Based…
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Social Media and Informed Consent for Therapists: by Laura Lansrud-Lopez

"Your Informed Consent Form is Out of Date--You Just Don't Know It Yet" --by Laura Lansrud-Lopez A primary responsibility of art therapists and mental health counselors is to protect our client’s rights. We’re tasked with the duty to communicate honestly, clearly, compassionately, and with integrity from the outset about limits to confidentiality, the potential…
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What it’s like being a new student in SWC? By Bezawit Addis

Being a new student in SWC is a rewarding, challenging, and startling experience all around. I clearly remember the expectations I had for myself and the school when I landed in Santa fe, NM. Before starting my journey in SWC I had been in four different colleges and universities studying biology, chemistry, humanities and genetics.…
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Everything You Ever Need To Know About Doing Therapy

How Does Therapy Work?  One of Three Million Possible Answers, by Jim Nolan I am reminded of two little stories....(as you probably know, I like these little ways of learning/teaching....) There is a Zen-y kind of thing that goes something like this: What does the Unenlightened man do? Chops wood, carries water. What does the Enlightened Man…
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Light Figures: Finding the Core of Consciousness at Southwestern College, Santa Fe

Light Figures and Consciousness: 
At the Core of Southwestern College's Curriculum (Santa Fe)   by Katherine Ninos, developer of the 
Psychology of Consciousness Sequence As you all know, Southwestern College’s mission statement reads “Transforming Consciousness through Education.” Consciousness has always been at the center of our curriculum; indeed, our two quarter sequence “Psychology of Consciousness”…
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Jill Campoli, Student Trustee Honors Your Journey Toward Southwestern College

 "The Energy of Your Heart Is Moving You Here" I moved from out of state to attend graduate school here in Santa Fe and have embarked on a truly life changing journey. Recently, I watched our president, Jim Nolan counting the views on our schools website, www.SWC.edu. There were a few nights where his Facebook…
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Why You Should Sign Up For A Certificate Program

“Why Should I Sign Up for a Certificate Program?”   Southwestern College offers six Professional Certificates, and plenty of other places offer other ones, so this post is not really about SWC, it is about Professional Certificates.   Here are some thoughts on the subject:   First, I don’t need to tell anyone that it…
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It Is Hard Being An INFP, Part 2

My previous blog on the challenges of being an INFP has become one of the most heavily read blogs of the Southwestern College website. I got dozens of personal messages. I clearly struck a chord with many, and evidently gave voice to a quiet group that needed a voice. (Not that the non-INFPs are listening…LOL!)…
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Therapists Are A Perfect Fit for Social Media Sensibilities

Therapists Have Long Lived Where the Business World Just Bought Land... Recently, in an O’Hare Airport bookstore, I was looking through the Business section, which is also where Social Media books tend to live. Totally amazing. The “New Business Sensibility” is emerging—it is an epic change. And Social Media is the cause, the effect, and…
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Psychopathology in the Chama River Canyon: 1st Year Student Blog

PSYCHOPATHOLOGY (and seeking Authenticity) IN THE CHAMA RIVER CANYON   About to embark upon a day alone with Mother Earth, my Psychopathology class and I ceremonially share our hopes and thoughts before surrendering to what She has to give (or take from) us. At this point I am well-adjusted to the process of intention-setting, and…
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Southwestern College Trustees Walk the New Land…..

It is not like we are all close buddies. But there is something about being fellow members of the Board of Trustees at a College, in our case, Southwestern College in Santa Fe, that is a truly bonding experience. I know that sounds kind of schmaltzy, or could. "Bonding Experience."  But I will offer you…
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Counseling Center Staff Despacho Ceremony

The staff at Southwestern Counseling Center works very hard so, at our last staff meeting we decided to arrange a ceremony to call in some extra support and prayers for ourselves. Luckily Carol Parker, our Director, agreed to facilitate an authentic Peruvian ritual, more accurately, a "Becoming Despacho".  Despacho translates into "dispatch", so here we…
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Mindfulness and What I eat…

They say “you are what you eat” and I believe this. I believe that I consist of much of what I consume. I consume veggies…gratitude….beans….prayer…bread…self acceptance…chocolate….silence….tofu….turmoil…chips….friendships….rice…and more. I consume what is said on the tv news at night…what I read in books before I sleep…what is said in my office and in business meetings…what I…
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Admissions into Southwestern College: Who are you looking for?

  by Dru Phoenix A common question I receive in the admissions office is "what are the chances of my being accepted?" or "what is your acceptance rate?" I think sometimes we tend to be hungry for data or statistics for reassurance that there is a "good chance" for acceptance. Perhaps a better question to…
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Five Reasosn For Therapists To Love Pinterest

Five Reasons for Therapists to Love Pinterest 1. When you work in the psychotherapeutic field (whether as Counselor, Art Therapist, Psychologist, Social Worker, whatever) the energy field within which you work is complicated, and shaped around “What is wrong? What is the problem? What hurts so bad that it brings you in today? Tell me…
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Southwestern College Social Media Tips for Therapists…

Southwestern College, Santa Fe Is Growing Its Social Media Presence and Support Daily! President Jim Nolan and Trustee/Alumna/Faculty Laura Lansrud-Lopez have been studying, teaching and presenting on Social Media for over two years (in addition to being ACTIVE in Social Media for much longer...)  We have found that, in general, many therapists are woefully unprepared…
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Please Help the Southwestern College Social Media Initiative….

Southwestern College’s (Santa Fe) Social Media Initiative: What YOU can to do help… I was given some feedback the other day by a valued colleague at the College, who will go un-named here. She said, more or less: “Jim you have read everything in the world on Social Media, and when you talk about it,…
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