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Monthly Archive September 2012

Fall is the Season of Hope in Higher Education, and at Southwestern College

President Nolan's  latest Huffington Post blog piece, inspired by the new students of Southwestern College...   http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dr-james-michael-nolan/higher-education-debate-_b_1921532.html (When you share, Tweet, re-Tweet, StumbleUpon, Like, Post on Facebook, Google Plus or otherwise support these blog pieces, you REALLY help Southwestern College 's visibility in the world...Thanks for that support of our recruitment efforts...)  …
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10 Reasons to Choose Southwestern College, Santa Fe, for Graduate School

Where Should You Go To Grad School for Counseling or Art Therapy?   By Allegra Borghese, first year Art Therapy/Counseling student  1. CLASSROOM SIZE. The number of students in an average class at Southwestern College is less than 15, with the range being from about 8-20 students per class, and fewer for Practicum Labs. This number creates…
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Honor Your Doggies, Kitties and Other Non-Human Friends and Gurus…

Southwestern College & Its Pets Southwestern College is still, to the best of my knowledge, the only institution of Higher Education that has a blog devoted to people at the College and their pets. We also have a Pinterest page celebrating such relationships… http://pinterest.com/swcsantafe/people-and-pets-of-southwestern-college-santa-fe/ At our new student orientation last week, it seemed…
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Observations on the Incoming Class at Southwestern College, Fall of 2012

Observations on the Incoming class of 2012 at Southwestern College Today was the orientation for the new students of Southwestern College’s Class of 2012. Wow. Strong voices, literally, metaphorically. Strong values. Deep, searching, creative, adventurous, committed. That is a great combination. The day before, we did a full day of training with the incoming Graduate…
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When Fear, Finances & Destiny Paths Collide…On Choosing Against Your Heart

The Affordability of Graduate School Revisited...  Dru tells me that many people who look seriously into Southwestern College decide to “stay closer to home”,or decide that “money is an issue”. While I guess I more or less understand that, I would not necessarily recommend either of those as a good reason not to come here…
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Expressive Therapies Summit 2011 by Natalie Carlton

   Introductionby Deborah Schroder   We are blessed with adjunct faculty who have very diverse professional interests. This diversity is reflected in how they practice art therapy, how they create art, and what areas of the field they are drawn to in terms of research and study. This blog will introduce you to an adjunct faculty…
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Insights Rise to the Surface

Capstone Project: Artist Statement Suzanne Otter, Fall 2012 Making art as a way to work through complex personal issues was helpful to me during the many years I worked as an organizational development consultant. I continued this “self-art therapy” during my formal study of art therapy and counseling at Southwestern College. The image-making and journaling…
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Musings on the Nature of “Ceremony”

Ceremony at Southwestern College There are probably many orientations to “Ceremony”, and I am going to talk about two of them here: “Ceremonialist-Based Ceremony”, and “Consciousness-Based Ceremony.” These are terms I have made up, as they make sense to me. You may find other terms that make more sense for you. I am writing this…
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What Does This “Consciousness” Business Actually Look Like?

Consciousness Studies at Southwestern College, Santa Fe Discussions about Consciousness and what we mean by it can be energized, animated, spirited, and occasionally, unharmonious. The Scientist and the Metaphysician begin by positing wildly different premises, so it is no wonder that they end up in two completely different places from which you can’t get to…
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I Don’t Know Nothin’. And That’s My Path.

Wisdom (?) from Southwestern College, Santa Fe... Following a spiritual or a destiny path is hard. I know a lot of people who claim to be on one, or who pretend to the world that they are on one, and precious few who can actually walk one. I doubt that surprises you or is at…
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It Is Hard Being an INFP, Part 2

The World According to Myers-Briggs: More Travails of the INFP –from Dr. Jim Nolan of Southwestern College, Santa Fe (offering fully accredited, master’s degrees in holistic Counseling and Art Therapy/Counseling) 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…
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Southwestern College in Transformation !!

   Southwestern College, Santa Fe, Transforms Inside and Out...    Southwestern College’s physical campus has been undergoing a great transformation over the past three years. What has become clear to me is the reciprocal interaction between outward form and inner states, and then again from more inspired inner states to enhanced physical form. OK, what does…
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Soul Informs Form, Form Inspires Soul: The Dance

  Southwestern College in Transformation...   Southwestern College’s physical campus has been undergoing a great transformation over the past three years. What has become clear to me is the reciprocal interaction between outward form and inner states, and then again from more inspired inner states to enhanced physical form. OK, what does that look like…
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A Day in the Life of a Southwestern College Counseling Graduate

Chris Chappell shares the intimate details of his clinical work at Solace Crisis Treatment Center...   I am working 32 hours a week as a bilingual clinician at Solace Crisis Treatment Center, www.findsolace.org, in Santa Fe. I am for the most part loving the work. I am now up to eleven clients and I do…
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Self Betrayal II

 by Rush Cole        ...blackness.  Trapped.  Overwhelmed.  No way out.  Tired, so tired.  Sudden energy from the surge of self-hatred that roared through me.         “Get it over with, you don’t deserve to live!”  The blade against my wrist.       The Voice, coming from a part of me I didn’t know existed. “Put down the…
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No Black Crayons

by Deb Schroder As we prepare for the beginning of a new academic year, I take inventory of our art supplies and start compiling lists of what needs to be ordered. From teaching and making art in the large art therapy classroom I became aware this summer, of the scarcity of the color black. Black…
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