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Monthly Archive October 2012

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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A Poem for Ted Wiard at Golden Willow Sanctuary for Grief and Loss

"Ted" 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…
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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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SWC Students on Internship in Peru: Getting Started…

  Hi Carol! Peru so far has been amazing and an incredible opportunity to let go!!! I have had to let go of my plans of printing the children's pictures and creating books because the printer I brought is broken. Becky and I have brainstormed other ways we can create the books so we will…
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Southwestern College Students Explore Aboriginals and Art Therapy

Amy Hautman Bates, first year Art Therapy/Counseling student on her transition fro Artist to Art Therapist http://artforwellness.wordpress.com/2012/10/11/australian-aborigines-and-art-therapy/?preview=true&preview_id=53&preview_nonce=cecf41a352   I started this blog intending to write about the creative art's health and healing potential. Having been around art all my life, I thought I knew a lot about Art Therapy. But the more I read, the…
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The Best Art Therapy Masters Degree Program In The Country

Most Art Therapy programs only prepare you to sit for licensure as an Art Therapist, and possibly as a Counselor. At Southwestern College, you graduate with eligibility to sit for a license in Art Therapy, in Counseling (and NOT as a related discipline, but as someone who has completed all the requirements for the Counseling…
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Words are Good

by Deb Schroder   On a beautiful October Saturday, eight of us who teach in the Art Therapy Program gathered to share ideas, concerns and breakfast. I feel like I just want to say out loud that we have amazing, passionate teachers here!  I’m also going to say something else out loud in order to hold…
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At Southwestern College, Your Education Is Still A Good Investment

You Can Google It. Or Read My Huffington Post... We are increasing SIGNIFICANTLY our efforts to get updates from as many alumni as possible, telling us what they are doing out there in the world. We hear great stories every day, in personal emails and on Facebook, Linked In, or other social media...We hope yours is, or…
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Want to Incorporate Photography/Photographic Images Into Therapy Work? Read On…

Southwestern College (Santa Fe) to Offer Judy Weiser’s PhotoTherapy (More Updates Coming Soon....) Southwestern College is extremely honored and pleased to announce that Judy Weiser, R. Psych, A.T.R., is now an Adjunct Faculty member in Counseling and Art Therapy/Counseling at Southwestern College in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Judy, Founder and Director of the PhotoTherapy Centre…
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Three Things That Worry Would-Be Therapists

Three Greatest Fears About Becoming A Therapist You’re worried about $$, Jobs and Whether You Can Really Be a Therapist. Worry #1: I have written four blogs recently about this topic. At Southwestern College, we have increased scholarships seven-fold, we are keeping tuition the same NEXT year, no increases; Uncle Sam will loan you up…
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Safety, Fear, The Trunk, Wise Decisions and Moving Forward at Southwestern College…

Why Putting Things In Boxes Doesn’t Make You a Wimp                      by Laura Bailey, Student at Southwestern College….. There’s nowhere in the world quite like Southwestern College; that’s just scientific fact. The students who attend Southwestern are striving for authenticity and conscious transformation, and the faculty and staff of this institution are striving even harder to…
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Southwestern College (Santa Fe) Alumni Event; My Reflections….

By Laura L. Lansrud-López How many Southwestern College graduates does it take to create a strand of prayer flags illustrating our vision of facilitating positive change in the world? I don’t know, but there sure were a lot of us working on it this past Sunday at Southwestern College’s Alumni Event – a “Homecoming,” I’ve come…
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Southwestern College, Santa Fe, Honors its Alumni

The Best Graduate School in the United States!  OK, I am biased a little bit...   This afternoon, at Southwestern College we held an event to honor the Alumni of the school. It was very moving. About 130 people RSVP’d, and ultimately, I have no idea how many showed up, as they were spread all…
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