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Yearly Archive 2013

A New Home for the Holidays by Krystle Cardoza

"You will gain a second family that is much like your own . . . silly, funny, supportive, loving, beautiful, and special." - Krystle Cardoza Most Southwestern students are not locals. Several of us made the move from New England states, others from Florida, and some even from as far as Alaska. For many, myself…
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Structure, Fluidity, and Presence in Sessions with Clients

This is episode 5 of the Aspiring Coaches and Therapists podcast, by Emilah Dawn DeToro and Jacob Gotwals. In this episode, we discuss the roles of structure, fluidity, and presence in sessions with clients. Listen Now / Download (Duration: 36:41 — 25.2MB) Find out about: How Emilah structures intuitive life coaching sessions…
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Why I’m Getting a Master’s in Counseling at Southwestern College

This is episode 2 of the Aspiring Coaches and Therapists podcast, by Emilah Dawn DeToro and Jacob Gotwals. In this episode, Jacob describes how he chose to enter a master’s degree program in counseling at Southwestern College. Listen Now / Download (Duration: 14:26 — 9.9MB) Find out: Why Jacob decided to become…
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Where Do Southwestern College Grads Work? Karen Wennberg

"My clients are the best of my teachers, and I am forever grateful to them." - Karen Wennberg A few months after graduation, I worked up the courage to take a job offer serving a population that is often avoided and forgotten by society. Addiction brings individuals affected to a place where there is little…
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Peru Update – Candy Jones

Last week the Escuela Bonita Pachamama Mural series were completed and hung on the walls of the school.  The typical labyrinth exercises, games, escuela perro, and puzzles were additional forms of exercise. This final week, we watched the animated film:  The legend of the guardians which is an adventurous tale of owls,…
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Closing Down -by Candy Jones

The clouds have obscured much of the Apus (mountains) today.  The rainy season is fully embracing the landscapes.  The shortage of water in Maras welcomes the water that flows from the skies to aid in what water cascades down the ancient and newly fashioned acequias that crisscross this Andean land.   The maize…
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Gratitude at the Grand Canyon: Two Student’s Road Trip for Thanksgiving

SWC fun at the Grand Canyon By Allegra Borghese Part of the fun of moving to Santa Fe for grad school is getting to explore a new geographical location. The high deserts offer a different kind of vastness than the concrete jungles of the east coast. While a seven hour drive can get you…
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Staying Centered and Grounded as a Practicing Art Therapist

By Amy Hautman Bates So far my education at Southwestern College has been truly amazing.  The mission of the college “Transforming Consciousness Through Education” has resonated with my beliefs and values and the teachings have come easily for me.  But, learning about something and actually doing it can be very different.  It is common…
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Art Therapy Supervision

As an Art Therapist, I know that the art process is an important container. As a supervisor, I like to weave in art making and sand tray work in supervision, to articulate client and agency issues and express the multi-dimensional experience that a new therapist has. Katelyn did her practicum and internship at a…
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Puma……Peruvian Shaman Encounter

As soon as I hit Maras pavement, I emailed Puma of Chinchero.  He was the Shaman that my professor, Carol Parker had recommended.  His email response was immediate.  He had time for me on Thursday November 21, just four days back from my pilgrimage to Pomacanchi. The owl visitations from the citing…
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Nuts and Bolts of Private Practice Workshop

The Nuts and Bolts of Private Practice, by Laura Lansrud-Lopez and Deb Heikes is coming back for an encore! As part of its “Conscious Entrepreneurship Initiative”, Southwestern College and Counselors de Santa Fe Collaborative are hosting an amazing and extremely valuable workshop on how to launch and maintain a sustainable and profitable private practice. …
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SWC Sexuality Certificate: A Kick Off Lecture w/ Jason & Ginna

Southwestern College, Santa Fe, has announced the launching (soon) of a certificate in Human Sexual Experience and Expression (I think I got that right, but would not bet the house on it...) We are VERY excited!!      Tonight Jason Holley was a guest lecturer, giving a talk entitled: Organic Sexuality: From Shame into…
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Southwestern College Offers Linked In Workshop

Southwestern College's Entrepreneurship Initiative is an effort to empower its students to function successfully in the "business world" when they graduate. Private practice, consultation, life coaching, contract work, and freelancing, all require entrepreneurial skills like social media fluency, marketing savvy, branding fundamentals and the nuts and bolts of billing and so forth. This workshop is…
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It’s the Perfect Time to Become a Counselor or Art Therapist

Obamacare is creating a tremendous number of jobs in the Counseling and Art Therapy fields. This new and dramatic development makes this a perfect time to be going into the mental/behavioral health professions. Dr. Jim Nolan, President of Southwestern College offers his up-to-date experience…
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Beautiful Girl

“Beautiful Girl” by Claudia Escareño-Clark and Gabby Valdez Gabby's Reflections: My assignment for my Multicultural class was to pick a topic “Outside of my Comfort Zone” pertaining to a cultural view. I chose to make a film documentary, which took much discerning to make public, about body image. In seeing the final cut, it was such…
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In the land where dirt is Holy

by first-year Art Therapy/Counseling Southwestern College student Caitlin Harper Catholics get a bad rap. With our history of persecutions, child abuse, and hidden Vatican secrets, I totally understand why. I’ve fought against a lot of the ramifications of my own Catholic upbringing for quite some time. But lately, I cannot help but feeling inspired…
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Social Media: A Tidal Wave of Opportunity for Higher Ed by Adam Karwoski

Adam Karwoski is a member of the Southwestern College Board of Advisors. He specializes in Social Media and Higher Ed, as well as B2B Social Media As I walk around the college campuses I visit, it’s amazing how technology has consumed the student body.   The majority of students I see have their earphones plugged…
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In the Life of a New Student

By Lynda Klueh I remember the entrance of college in the undergraduate days, oh yes.  Call it what you want –the coming of age, leaving the nest, the rite of passage into unadulterated adulthood. As much as we think we’re cool, it’s hard to deny that somehow humans have an innate ability of knowing…
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Where Is All The Empathy??

EMPATHY…WHAT IS IT and WHERE DID IT GO? By Natascha Holmes Don’t worry I won’t bore you with the reference.com definition, idea and version of empathy!  Obviously we have to connect to a space within ourselves to find out …what does this mean to me and how can my own definition of empathy continue to…
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