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Yearly Archive 2012

Saying “Yes” to Life…

Southwestern College and Saying Yes to Life... I talk with a lot of prospective students who are interested in Southwestern College. Honestly, once they have done enough homework on graduate schools to make it to an interview in Santa Fe, I assume they have probably been called for a reason—and they are usually completely sold…
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Sara Martin’s Virtual Art Show

Sara Martin Artist Statement One of the most important things I will take from my education and training in becoming an art therapist is that I can now confidently call myself an artist.  I got my undergraduate degree in art, I have been making art ever since I can remember, but calling myself an…
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Group Mandala

Termination Phase ~Group Mandala~ Betsy Sohmer & Camille Grec Presentation Project for Art Therapy Techniques, teacher: Seren Morris Intention: To create a space and activity for the group to experience visual cohesion of the things we’ve learned in class while maintaining perspective of each member’s distinctive contributions. Materials: Two Large pieces of…
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Advisor Ron Hughes, Kris Kringle and St. Nicholas (Gorgeous Shelties…)

   Fishing with Kris Kringle Kris (shortened for Kris Kringle) came to live with us at a time when our hearts needed healing. It was on the Monday before Thanksgiving in 2005, when my wife and I grieved at the sudden loss of our previous Sheltie, Nick (St. Nicholas.) Nick, a high-spirited and…
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The Big Decision

The Big Decision As most of you know I work in admissions at Southwestern College. I enjoy my position here primarily because I get to sit here and listen to people talk about their dreams and passions. Applying to graduate school is a big deal. For one thing…it ain’t cheap! It is a sizable investment…
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New Thought and the Roots of Southwestern College

Many philosophical, spiritual and literary lineages have contributed to the essence and development of Southwestern College, but a primary one remains somewhat unrecognized at our College, even to this day. Although most people affiliated with the College know the name Phineas Parkhurst Quimby, many fewer know about his teachings, and perhaps fewer still know that…
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Why Do People Get Better? Probably Not for the Reasons You Think

People Probably Don’t Get Better for the Reasons You Think     Jerome Frank was one of my heroes in graduate school, and maintains that position in my personal “Pantheon of Breakaway Thinkers.” It was 1961, and representatives of “Schools of Thought” (which were more accurately “cults of personalities”) would argue/debate/discuss  the…
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Becky Brandon, and Her Personal Assistants, Zuzu & Evey…

Here's my blog and my photos.... People often ask me if my little (“little” meaning 50-60 lbs) pack members are assistance dogs. Although I would love to credit this to their good citizen behavior, I know it is a question spurred by the sight of their backpacks. For those of us with energetic…
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Jamie Rogers & Red, or Mr. Fu Manchu, or Sweetpea, Depending on Circumstances…

Ok, here's my story... My cat, "Red", initially arrived in my life to help me through a difficult transition period. He is very outspoken, hates closed doors, loves fish, and generally thinks he should be catered to, as most cats do. Unfortunately, he also seems to suffer from PTSD, causing him to anxiously…
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Fund Raiser for SWC Interns Serving Children in Peru…

Fundraiser for the SWC Internship Program Serving the Children of Peru   Join us for an open-mic night event of poetry and music to raise funds for two beautiful SWC interns, Eric Golden and Craig McAdams.  Your donation supports these interns in meeting their travel and living expenses while working with the Andean children in…
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LinkedIn Part 3: Recommendations/Endorsements

LinkedIn Part 3: Recommendations I am 58 years old, and I have had seven hundred and nineteen jobs in my life. Roughly. Aside from a couple of factory jobs which were numbing beyond comprehension back around 1968 or so, I have generally loved to work, and consequently have always been received…
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LinkedIn Part 2: Your Profile–Stuff You Don’t Know (Yet)

LinkedIn Part 2: Your Profile—Stuff You Don’t Know (Yet) Your LinkedIn profile should be filled out 100%--it is REALLY in your best interest. (I have lots to add myself—it requires regular updating and upkeep…) For this conversation, you should go log in to your LinkedIn account and have that window open so that you can…
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LinkedIn Part 1 for Graduate Students and Therapists: A REALLY Powerful Tool for Connections, Jobs, Internships

  Why Should I Join LinkedIn?   No doubt most of you are at least familiar with, if not already active in, the world of Social Media. Well, I have recently conducted a pretty in-depth study of the major Social Media forums, and am moving into some of the lesser known ones. As the…
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Scene Change: Shadow Boxes

        This is another assignment for my History of Art Therapy: Current Trends class. Students were asked to bring in to class a medium sized box, recycled materials, and an idea about a scene they would like to change: Personal, Professional, or Global.  This was inspired by a project done with Veterans at…
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Technology, Judgmentalism, Digital Immigrants, Texting, Stupid Apps & Eating Crow

It’s always interesting to catch yourself doing the things for which you beleaguer other people. All through history, there has been the doubter (yeah, That Guy) who dismisses and poor mouths new developments, especially technological ones, as dumber’n hell, completely unnecessary, and as sure signs that the world is going swirling down the pot…
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Journey Shoes 2/24/2012

This is the most recent project in my History of Art Therapy: Current Trends class at Southwestern.  The assignment was started in class, and finished at home.  Inspired by Lori Mackey's "Sole Impressions" project, shoes created by cancer survivors and their families at the Wellness Center in Chicogo, as well as Chun-Shan Yi's article "From…
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Active and Passive Thought, Part I: The Journey to the Station

Thought is a fascinating and inescapable phenomenon; it takes many forms and has many names.  We can think linguistically, visually, auditorily, emotionally, sensually, somatically...  Regardless of manifestation, at its core, thought is a means of representing information, mediating, and making sense of our realities; it is integral to our experience. In this day and…
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Active and Passive Thought, Part II: Thinking of Thoughts/The Training of Trains

One way of thinking of thoughts is to visualize yourself standing on a platform within a vast train station, surrounded by matrices of tracks stretching in various directions and at different heights and angles, intersecting in ways that can appear, from certain vantage points, to present purposeful, coherent, even skillfully crafted patterns.  The clanging of…
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Hot Under the Collar: Fashion as Embodied Dogma

I stopped wearing collared shirts years ago.  This started when my wife bought me a shirt with a “banded collar”.  The shirt was a deep reflective blue, and had a decorative, black and silver top button, seemingly Asian in design.  For whatever reason, this aesthetic appealed to me.  Soon, as I accumulated more shirts without…
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Transformation and Awakening at Southwestern College, by Amy Krok

It was a vision.   On the rising from sleep one idle morning, the young 25-year-old girl experienced something out of this world; the girl saw clearly before her, her future.  At 25, the girl had spent most of her twenties up to that point confused and searching for answers, directions and guidance.  It came…
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