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Yearly Archive 2012

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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A Meditation on Sorrow

Southwestern College (Santa Fe) Student Reflects on the Experience of Sorrow and Suffering   What is suffering, really? I carry with me a great sense of sorrow. There are moments when it consumes me, shaping all my thoughts and perceptions, and seeking more instances of sorrow to add to its weight. At other times, this sorrow…
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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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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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Santa Fe, Austin, Boulder, Portland, Asheville: The Invisible Ties…

(Southwestern College has been in Santa Fe for over thirty years, and is fully accredited...) It seems like there are a handful of towns that have ley lines running between and among them—they attract the same people, maybe at different point in their lives, or during different stages of their destiny journey. They get mentioned…
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Wilderness Therapist-in-Training, Kelly Haymaker’s “Case Notes”…

Southwestern College Student's Reflections on the Therapeutic Moment....   Grief like a river: Accessing the healing power of metaphor She walked slowly, so as not to trip over the exposed pine root at her feet. Beside her a fallen Ponderosa tells the tale of years of weather and wisdom along this creek side in Southern…
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Consciousness Reflected in SWC Intern’s (Eric Golden) Paper….

Southwestern College Intern's Reflections... Some of you wonder what we mean by "transforming consciousness through education", and what that looks like in the world. Well, I would offer you this deeply reflective piece of writing by Intern, Eric Golden, to give you a sense of how our students internalize the teachings, and how it impacts…
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Why I Chose Southwestern College, by Claudia Escareño-Clark

Why I Chose Southwestern College I believe that when you are considering Southwestern College their mission statement will either ring true for you or it won’t: Transforming Consciousness Through Education. While that completely resonated with me on one level, I hadn’t connected all the pieces. Often when making decisions I will rely on the ones…
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Ice Cream Social Fundraiser for Interns Going to Peru

Southwestern College Students to Help Peruvian Children and Families     Homemade Ice Cream Social! You’re invited to an afternoon of homemade ice cream as we support The Ayni Project and help raise funds for interns Cindy Livingston & Becky Brandon. Your donation supports these interns in meeting their travel and living expenses while serving…
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Musings on Wahatoya (Spanish Peaks) by Dr. Carol Parker

                 Southwestern College (Santa Fe) Faculty & Students on Wahatoya            WAHATOYA:    The Spanish Peaks of Southern Colorado For about five years,  the Spanish Peaks (or traditionally Wahatoya, which is a native word meaning the breasts of mother earth) have been yelling at me.  This happens every time I drive by on I-25 headed toward Denver.      It…
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My Savannah Adventure

by Debbie Schroder Do you remember having to write that dreaded essay in grade school about “what I did during summer vacation”? Summer is far from over, but I welcome the chance to share a little about my “summer vacation”. I attended the American Art Therapy Conference in Savannah about a week ago and thoroughly…
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The Inimitable Judy Weiser and Her Doggie Ollie (Oliver)…

Hmmmm.... How does the supposed "expert" in the meaning of photographs make the choice of which one photo best represents her relationship with her dog?? Gee this is as difficult as making the choice of which photo of me I should use as the one-and-only Facebook profile pic!!! Oh, well, since the dog cannot tell…
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A Peruvian Story Of Life, Love, Understanding & Not Understanding…

from Craig Tomas McAdams, Southwestern College Counseling Intern...   This story does not have a have a happy ending.   "Steve" from the previous blogs is in fact, Tomas. Tomas Guevara Paucar. The happiest, most delightful child I have ever met. A couple of months ago, I noticed him among the children because of his…
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Ships Are Safe in the Harbor, But That Is Not What Ships Are Made For…

Ships Are Safe in the Harbor, But That is Not What Ships Are Made For   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…
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Chinese Medicine and Mental Health, by Dr. Jesse Hoover, DOM

(Guest Blogger Dr. Hoover is the husband of Southwestern College Art Therapy graduate, Mutsumi Shoji...He is in private practice in Santa Fe, and works with Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine) Chinese Medicine and Mental Health Dr. Jesse Hoover, DOM Whether using acupuncture or herbs, Chinese medicine (CM) lends itself well to the…
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