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Yearly Archive 2012

Are There Jobs for Men in Counseling and Art Therapy? Yeah, Bro.

A Few Good Men Wanted. Actually, a Lot of Them.Southwestern College in Santa Fe has about 150 Master’s level students, and about 135 of those are women. This is not a terribly unusual ratio for a school of Counselors and Art Therapists. So guess what? The world needs male counselors and male art therapists. It’s that simple.…
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The Route from Higher Ed to a Career is Often Scenic & Indirect…

CLICK THIS URL.... http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dr-james-michael-nolan/is-education-supposed-to-_b_1679458.html But is the whole point of education to "get a job??" This piece of mine was published today in the Huffington Post... Sharing, tweeting, liking and Stumbled-Upon-ing always welcomed by Southwestern College.... Thanks, Jim Nolan…
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How Are Jobs Created? One Southwestern College Perspective…

Click This URL ! http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dr-james-michael-nolan/new-thought-on-job-creati_b_1679264.html This is from my most recent (July, 2012) published blog piece for Huffington Post...Any effort you make to share, tweet, re-tweet, like or otherwise spread the word would be of great assistance to Southwestern College... Warmly, Jim Nolan…
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Journey in Thread

by Katie Weber   The selection of work I chose for this show spans over the last ten years of my life. It reflects my journey into my self. Along this path I have discovered different aspects of my being, but mostly this creative wondering has led me to a deeper understanding of my self…
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The Spiritual Advantages of Childhood Sexual Abuse: Reflections from a First-Year Student

Southwestern College Student Kim Poinsett-Holmes Reflects on Her Research on Childhood Sexual Abuse I have just completed my first year in the Masters of Counseling program at SWC. Out of the many soul-touching moments that I experienced through this first year, the one event that brought it all together for me was the qualitative research study…
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A Day in the Life of Southwestern College Intern, Craig Tomas McAdams

Craig “Tomas” McAdams – Southwestern College (Santa Fe)  Internship in Maras, Peru             A couple of days ago one of the boys I meet with for individual sessions – let’s call him Steve – came in for our meeting with his older cousin, John, and I was pleasantly surprised, almost shocked when he ran up…
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Language Recycled

This artwork style combines acrylic paint on canvas, panel, or metal. The materials parallel with sand, ground pumice, rocks, and ‘found objects’ of metal pieces. The metal has an important message; its weight and malleability. Whether the shapes are- formed by time, and events, or sculpted by hand, they represent how time and experience has shaped me.…
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“Failure”–A Great Transformational Opportunity, by Alicia Hoffman, Graduate of SWC

 The Alchemical Possibilities  of Failure....by Alicia Hoffman...   “My heroes are the ones who survived doing it wrong, who made mistakes, but recovered from them,” Bono. I agree with Bono; surviving a mistake or a perceived failure and transforming it into wisdom or a life lesson is inspiring. If you do an internet search…
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Cymatic Therapy: Self and Other

Cymatic Therapy: Self and Other by Kat Dison multi-media This interactive performance explored the dynamic space within the self and the dynamic space between the self and other, and acknowledged the other that we encounter. In my final presentation for multicultural art therapy with diverse populations, I applied my skills as a musician and sculptor to…
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Southwestern College (Santa Fe) Clinical Training (and what Employers think of our Students)

Clinical Training at Southwestern College, Santa Fe   Dru and I were talking today, as we are wont to do, and here is what came up. We both wondered why we do not have a thousand new students a year wanting to come to this MOST extraordinary program. Seriously. Not exaggerating. Not that we want that…
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Somatic Psychology, from William Smythe, MA

Bill Smythe will be one of the presenters at Southwestern Colleges Transformation & Healing Conference in August, 2012   "The following article is an edited version of my plenary presentation at Dr. Rolf's 40th Year Celebration of her work at the Rolf® Institute of Structural Integration in Boulder, Colorado in October 2011. I…
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Sacred Relationship…by Patricia Meek

Southwestern College Alumna, Patricia Meek, Recounts a Mission of Healing in the Mountains Sacred Relationship “The winds end when the snow caps of Mount Blanca melt.” This is a common saying in the San Luis Valley, especially in the spring when the thirty plus gusts blow grit across one’s teeth. It was a windy day.…
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President Nolan’s Inspirational Reading List in Both Philosophical and “Business” Related Stuff

Southwestern College's Presidential Recommended Reading List, from Stuff He Has Read in the Past Eight Months or so.... I have begun an initiative with staff and administration to share (and incentivize) the reading of some books that have significantly impacted my view of the world, or the College, or how to be President at…
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Manifesting a Desire to Bring Photography & Therapy Together at Southwestern College

PhotoTherapy at Southwestern College, Santa Fe OK, I am not a painting and drawing guy. I think I am creative in certain realms, and could be artistic in others, if I dedicated the time. But the techniques of traditional or mainstream Art Therapy are not up my alley. I remember being shamed around art, and…
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An Art-Based Ritual

  An Art-Based Ritual by Deb Schroder A summer ritual in the art therapy program has begun again. We’ve started our annual “Portfolio Review” process which is a part of the transition for first year students who are ready to begin second year in the fall. Deborah John and I will sit down with each…
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Southwesten College Intern, Craig McAdams, in Peru

Southwestern College, Santa Fe: Internship in Peru... In the beginning of my internship in Peru, I had the honor and blessing to be able to work with and learn from Andean Shaman (Paqo's). Through this journey, these men became my teachers, mentors, friends and brothers. First, I sat with Adolfo Ttito Condori, one of…
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What Kind of Training Do Counselors Get?

What Does Counselor (& Art Therapy) Training Look Like? In graduate training for Counseling and Art Therapy, you take a number of courses related to the theory and practice of Counseling or Art Therapy. Makes sense. In these classes, you learn fairly directly about “doing therapy.” And at Southwestern College, we strongly encourage the instructor…
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Ocean View

Ocean View by Garnett Thompson Acryllic paint, glazing medium, plywood, masonite, wood glue The landform in the foreground is laminated plywood, that was clamped together, then cut after drying, and resurfaced with a grinder. To me, it reminds me of many familiar landscapes, such as Monument Valley or images of the Sphinx, or Camel Rock.…
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Clinical Training in Counseling and Art Therapy @ Southwestern College, Santa Fe

What Kind of Training do Counselors and Art Therapists Get? In graduate training for Counseling and Art Therapy, you take a number of courses related to the theory and practice of Counseling or Art Therapy. Makes sense. In these classes, you learn fairly directly about “doing therapy.” And at Southwestern College, we strongly encourage the…
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Are You Ready To Become a Therapist?

Becoming a Conscious Therapist, Helper, Healer... Are Your Internal Landscapes Ready? At Southwestern College, we are in the process of buying the piece of land next to the College---4.39 acres to fill with Vision…The College is on the ascendant for sure… But those of you know have taken my courses know that I…
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Art Therapy as a Projective Technique

Yet another version of "What Is Art Therapy?" I am not an Art Therapist, but I studied Projective Psychological Testing in graduate school (much to the chagrin of my Counseling Psychology faculty, who asked me, directly, “Are you trying to be a Clinical Psychologist?”, to which I answered kind of dumbly, kind of smartly, and…
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I Want To Be a Therapist, But I Am Worried…

Graduate School: What You Are Worried About   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…
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Why Study Counseling at Southwestern College?

What is the difference among Counseling Programs? Why Should You Study Counseling at Southwestern College? We have a team of seven people—Robert Waterman, founder of the College (1977), Katherine Ninos (Vice President and member of the first graduating class in 1981), President Jim Nolan, Academic Dean Webb Garrison, and faculty members Deborah John,…
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Addressing Affordability of SWC’s Graduate Education: Part Three: “Option Three”

Part Three OK, so here is what got me going on this “Affordability” thing—or at least it served as a kickstart, in addition to Craig McAdams saying at the Trustee meeting “Jim, you should BLOG about this!”  He was right.  Thanks, Craig… I was looking at the websites of some of our sister…
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Three Part Series on Affordability at Southwestern College: Part Two–New Scholarships for 2012-13

Addressing Affordability of SWC’s Graduate Education: Part Two New Scholarships   For academic year 2012-13, we have increased our scholarship offerings approximately SEVEN-FOLD. There are approximately thirty some opportunities through the year for students to get some help making ends meet as they negotiate the complicated waters of graduate school. Honorary Scholarships, Donor Scholarships,…
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Three Part Series on Affordability at Southwestern College: Part One–We are NOT raising tuition for 2012-13

Addressing Affordability of SWC’s Graduate Education: Part One We Are Not Raising Tuition for Academic Year 2012-13   Southwestern College has made a decision to NOT raise tuition for academic year 2012-13. Not only are we NOT raising tuition, but we increased our scholarship offerings  next academic year SEVEN-FOLD. That’s SEVEN TIMES what we have…
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Historic Day for Quimby/Southwestern College…

Today, on behalf of Southwestern College, and with full support and a resolution from our Board of Trustees, I signed an agreement with Ed Nagel and the Santa Fe Community School, to purchase the 4.39 acres of land just north of our current campus (across the little road on the other side of the Day…
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Can You Afford NOT to Go to Grad School?: The Economics of the Soul

How Much Does it Cost to Become a Counselor? If I had decided not to go to graduate school and become a helper/healer, I think my soul would have just flat out died. I don’t think I am being melodramatic here. If you have a calling to service, and you don’t follow it, you…
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Consciousness, Language, and the Irishman Escapes the Devil

Consciousness and Language: The Irishman Always Wins   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…
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A Curandera’s Musings on the Nature of Vision Quests…by Niccole Toral

 “Wilderness is not a luxury, but a necessity of the human spirit.” Edward Abbey  As I was meditating this morning, my mind began to ponder about the Doctorate program I withdrew from. You see, I am a Vision Quest Guide and what I realized about Mother Earth and this particular ceremony is that one…
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A Mandala a Day Keeps the Doctor Away

by Eliza Combs Okay, so maybe not once a day, although that would be an awesome practice but at least once a week for 8 weeks or so. I loved getting to come to Seren's Art Therapy Techniques class last quarter and make my 10 minute mandala with watercolors. This was a project I wanted…
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Excess

My introduction to art therapy came in 2007. That year, a close friend of mine was diagnosed with breast cancer; she later founded ARTS for the Cure, a nonprofit organization dedicated to women suffering from breast cancer. Wanting to support my friend and honor her new organization, I volunteered my time by working behind the…
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