Yearly Archive 2012
Posted December 27th, 2012 by & filed under Student Reflections and Updates, Top News.
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…
Posted December 23rd, 2012 by & filed under Student Reflections and Updates, Top News.
On my elbows and knees,
trudging through thick mud.
Cut up, alone, and enveloped in darkness,
yet there is something delicious about the taste of this earth.
I chew it: its salty crunch cleans my mouth.
I pour it over me: it is thick and wet, and gives me a coat of warmth.
Posted December 15th, 2012 by & filed under Student Reflections and Updates.
by Amy Hautman Bates
My first quarter at SWC has introduced me to what seems like a million new healing practices. One I find particularly interesting is Psychodrama. It is believed that acting out physically frees us from barriers and allows us to act spontaneously in the here and now. I like drama and I…
Posted December 13th, 2012 by & filed under Reflections from President Nolan, Top News.
"Teaching" at Southwestern College, Santa Fe
Most of my colleagues "love teaching"...they proclaim that with great gusto at faculty meetings. I am way behind them. I don't know what "teaching" means anymore, and I am being serious. And that might contribute to why it is very difficult for me to be in front of a…
Posted December 10th, 2012 by & filed under Art Therapy/Counseling at SWC, Top News.
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…
Posted December 9th, 2012 by & filed under Reflections from President Nolan, Top News.
A Psychological Analysis of the INFP in the Myers-Briggs taxonomy. Comical, and real. …
Posted December 8th, 2012 by & filed under Student Reflections and Updates, Top News, Vision Quests & Earth Based Healing.
Reflection Option #3: A Letter to My Teacher--By Colleen Dougherty
Dr. Carol Parker, Ph.D
Southwestern College, Santa Fe, NM
Dec. 3, 2012
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…
Posted December 6th, 2012 by & filed under Reflections from President Nolan, Top News.
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…
Posted December 4th, 2012 by & filed under Reflections from President Nolan, Top News.
How Do Jobs Get Created? The Way You Believe They Do...
Most conversations about job creation carry an assumption or perspective that jobs are created out there in the world, that when economic conditions are thus and such, and the political climate is this and that, then the market does that thing it does, and…
Posted December 3rd, 2012 by & filed under Reflections from President Nolan, Top News.
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…
Posted December 1st, 2012 by & filed under Reflections from President Nolan, Top News.
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…
Posted November 30th, 2012 by & filed under Reflections from President Nolan, Top News.
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…
Posted November 28th, 2012 by & filed under Vision Quests & Earth Based Healing.
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…
Posted November 25th, 2012 by & filed under Student Reflections and Updates.
by Amy Hautman Bates
Touch is magic. When my mom put her palm to my forehead to measure my temperature, when my dad held my hand, even when the priest rubbed ashes on my brow, I felt better instantly. We all know the healing power of touch. Chiropractics, Polarity Therapy, Acupuncture charts, Chakra systems…
Posted November 21st, 2012 by & filed under Top News.
My Life in in 5 Chapters
a poem by Portia Nelson
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.
I walk down the…
Posted November 21st, 2012 by & filed under Reflections from President Nolan, Top News.
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…
Posted November 18th, 2012 by & filed under Art Therapy/Counseling at SWC, Top News.
by Magdalena Karlick
I delved into this rag rug project at the beginning of the summer, wanting to recycle old, non-fitting, and stained clothing to make a rug for my son’s new room. I imagined a place where he could sit comfortably while looking at his books or playing with his toy animals.
Posted November 18th, 2012 by & filed under Art Therapy/Counseling at SWC, Top News.
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…
Posted November 15th, 2012 by & filed under Reflections from President Nolan, Top News.
One Upsmanship in the World Of Oneness...
You know, a lot of people put a lot of emphasis on quieting the mind, relaxing, slowing down, parasympathetic dominance, meditation, and the like. Perhaps one of my more interesting realizations in later life is that I do not value those things nearly as much as I thought,…
Posted November 14th, 2012 by & filed under Reflections from President Nolan, Top News.
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…
Posted November 12th, 2012 by & filed under Top News, Vision Quests & Earth Based Healing.
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…
Posted November 11th, 2012 by & filed under Reflections from President Nolan, Top News.
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…
Posted November 7th, 2012 by & filed under Reflections from President Nolan.
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…
Posted November 5th, 2012 by & filed under Alumni News and Updates, Conscious Entrepreneurship, Top News.
"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…
Posted November 5th, 2012 by & filed under Student Reflections and Updates, Top News.
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.…
Posted October 31st, 2012 by & filed under Pets & Their People @ Southwestern College..., Top News.
Loving the pets and their people blog! What an awesome idea!
This is me with my dog Kenobi (named for a certain Star Wars Jedi played by Alec Guinness).
Kenobi came to me from a shelter, where I was actually searching for a cat due to a mouse problem we had while…
Posted October 30th, 2012 by & filed under Reflections from President Nolan, Top News.
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…
Posted October 27th, 2012 by & filed under Reflections from President Nolan, Top News, Trauma, Grief & Renewal.
Looking across the yard toward La Capilla de Los Angelitos,
sun bright to my right, slight breeze, mid 50's--
almost too cool for a tee shirt, but not quite--
the heart is warm...
This morning we watched the film "Crossing Bridges"
in which Ted Wiard and a bushel of boys
built that Chapel…
Posted October 26th, 2012 by & filed under Student Reflections and Updates, Top News.
What is healing? by Andrea Mitchell...
What is healing? I was asked that question on the first morning of my first class. Actually I was asked to make an artwork that represented healing to me. I made a medicine wheel, it was the first thing that came into my conscious, and I have learnt…
Posted October 25th, 2012 by & filed under Top News.
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”…
Posted October 25th, 2012 by & filed under Student Reflections and Updates, Top News.
"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…
Posted October 23rd, 2012 by & filed under Mindfulness, Student Reflections and Updates, SWC Blog, Top News.
Perhaps you can relate to the state in which I found myself a few days ago—heart tight, body tense, mind churning, going over and over events from the far and recent past and in a useless but unyielding manner. I find myself in such a state fairly often, probably due to the fact that I…
Posted October 21st, 2012 by & filed under Reflections from President Nolan, Top News.
“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…
Posted October 18th, 2012 by & filed under Reflections from President Nolan, Top News.
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!)…
Posted October 17th, 2012 by & filed under Student Reflections and Updates.
by Amy Hautman Bates
Artist's Block "Who is an artist when she is not making art?"
(This is a doodle, not a painting.)
In September my partner and I packed everything we owned to move from the Southeast to the Southwest. It was very cathartic to consider everything we had and decide if and why…
Posted October 17th, 2012 by & filed under Conscious Entrepreneurship.
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.
The “New Business Sensibility” is emerging—it is an epic change. And Social Media is the cause, the effect, and…
Posted October 17th, 2012 by & filed under Student Reflections and Updates, Top News.
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…
Posted October 17th, 2012 by & filed under Top News.
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…
Posted October 17th, 2012 by & filed under Vision Quests & Earth Based Healing.
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…
Posted October 17th, 2012 by & filed under Mindfulness, Notes From Dru Phoenix, Admissions.
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…
Posted October 17th, 2012 by & filed under Notes From Dru Phoenix, Admissions.
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…
Posted October 16th, 2012 by & filed under Conscious Entrepreneurship, Top News.
Pinterest is perfectly suited to the sensibilities of the therapist. Dr. Nolan explains why. …
Posted October 16th, 2012 by & filed under Top News.
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…
Posted October 15th, 2012 by & filed under Conscious Entrepreneurship, Top News.
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…
Posted October 15th, 2012 by & filed under Reflections from President Nolan, Top News.
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,…