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Monthly Archive November 2012

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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