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Monthly Archive January 2012

Southwestern College Advisors: An Assemblage of Diverse Wisdom Holders

Southwestern College Santa Fe Board of Advisors Southwestern College has a truly remarkable Board of Advisors. At a small graduate institution in a small-ish town, I knew we would never find the diversity of voices and experience we needed to help guide our school toward  the greatest possible inclusivity. Indeed, the Higher Learning Commission, who…
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What is Therapy? The Difference Between Waves & Water

What is Therapy, or Psychotherapy, or Counseling? The DIfference Between Waves & Water Oh, man, why do I ask such complicated questions?!?!~~ Well, people experience distress in life. Emotional, and psychological distress, often accompanied by physical or somatic “symptoms.” Sometimes it is more like spiritual distress, or existential distress. It can vary. At any…
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What is Art Therapy? On Asking Van Gogh to Play the Trombone

What is Art Therapy? Well, we could start off with “What is Therapy?”, but that will be a whole separate blog piece. Let’s assume here that we “know” what “Therapy” is. We have a tendency to think that Art Therapy uses “symbols” rather than “words”, as in “Talk Therapy.” I want to remind us…
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The Poetics of Psychology: Is it OK to Diagnose and Treat Things That Don’t Exist?

The Poetics of Psychology: Is it OK to Diagnose and Treat Things That Don’t Exist? Sometimes metaphors are woven so tightly into the fabric of our everyday practice and being (like right there—“Practice and Being as a woven cloth”) that we cannot even “see” (metaphor) them. Just such an issue relates to, and resides…
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“Can I Get a Job in Art Therapy?”

Can I Get a Job in Art Therapy? Yes. That is the short answer. (And look HERE for all the jobs listed in the USA that we could find!) Southwestern College has hundreds of alumni who are out in the world working as Art Therapists. There are thousands more from other schools as…
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Four Legged Friends, Feathered and Furry Friends: A Call to Photo Action

Four-Legged Friends, Feathered and Furry Friends: A Call to Photo Action At Southwestern College, we recognize that we are all supported in many ways by friends and family. At another level, we know that we are supported by spirit, by the collective, and by our ancestors. But there are some relatively unheralded beings that…
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“Why Should I 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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“Should I get a Ph.D. in Psychology?” Part 2

“Should I Get a Ph.D. in Psychology?” Part 2 Several more points came to mind after posting my original piece. 1. There are OTHER Ph.D.’s and Ed.D.’s to pursue. I get asked about Psychology, personally, so I focused on that degree. You can get an Ed.D. (typically) in Counselor Education, and any number of…
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“Should I Get a Ph.D. in Psychology?” (or “19 Ways of Looking at a Doctorate”)

"Should I get a Ph.D.in Psychology?" I get asked this question 19 times a year. The answer is never the same. Everything depends on who you are, what your situation is, and what your goals and values are. Nineteen Ways of Looking at a Doctorate:   There are some jobs you simply…
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