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Monthly Archive January 2013

Holistic Curriculum of Consciousness makes Southwestern College Counseling and Art Therapy program different

Southwestern College is dedicated to maintaining a holistic curriculum, NOT one fragmented into seemingly separate, un-connected subjects or courses. The Curriculum, we are convinced, is “Consciousness”, and we are all learning in the school of life, of form. The “learning” energy or action is moving through the subject matter that makes up the…
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Making Crayons

  I have been inspired by all of the crayon melting art that Laura Lopez has been posting on NMATA's Facebook page.  We have a bunch of broken crayons that I have been saving to melt into a new project. Our first project was to make new crayons. I went to Michaels and bought…
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The Arts

Painting by Laura Lansrud-Lopez Words by Deborah John PhD, ATR-BC   I wrote this poem to explain the way that I experience all art forms as deeply connected.   The Artsconnect and move the soulto places we long to be.Ultra-blue or grape-dark skyDrifting thru Obscure fogsFleeing fires being consumedIn climbing and…
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From Unconscious Unity to Conscious Unity: The Soul’s Journey

President James Michael Nolan Muses on the Nature of, well, just about everything, as it relates to your experience at Southwestern College.   In addition to teaching mainstream Psychology and Art Therapy practice, this is the kind of conversation some of us get into at Southwestern College. My brothers tend to think I am not…
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Is Affordability of Grad School Making You Feel Fear-Based?

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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When a Trance is Broken and an Awakening Occurs – Transformation @ Southwestern College

    Transformational Possibilities and Properties of Dysregulation Some people believe that “Dysregulation” is a bad thing, and something to be fixed, asap. Some of us have another possible take on that. When a person has been “traumatized”, or let’s say, been through something really bad and painful, and they are not able to…
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4 Part Series on Career Services: #2–Creating Your Career Path at Southwestern College

Creating Your Career Path at Southwestern College Southwestern College is a small, extremely focused graduate institution. Many larger schools offer a multitude of majors and programs, and create “career services” offices or departments in which counselors who do not know the students and probably did not study what the students studied, use standardized methods to…
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Series on Career Services: #1–Training Experiences at SWC

Career Services at Southwestern College Questions You Should Have About Graduate School in Counseling or Art Therapy Every graduate student and (especially) prospective graduate student should have a keen interest in the answers to these four questions: 1) What are the training experiences the school will provide? 2) How will the school help…
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de la calle – Katherine Beck Collages on Display in Art Therapy Building

by Katherine Beck When it rains in Santiago all the posters pasted onto urban walls get wet. There are often many layers of posters glued on top of each other, and the water makes them so heavy they eventually peel off and become trash. This is where I come in, because I *heart* trash. That is…
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Musings on Consciousness from President Nolan

Musings on Consciousness (re-published from Heartlink several years ago) James Nolan, Ph.D., President Southwestern College, Santa Fe The concept of "Consciousness" has been at the center of ten times ten thousand musings since thinking beings were able to self-reflect on their own experience in the world. At Southwestern College, consciousness becomes a vibrant, immediately relevant,…
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Katherine Ninos: Reflections on Quimby/Southwestern College History…

Reflections on College History By Katherine Ninos, Executive Vice President, and Director of The New Earth Institute of Southwestern College In the past several Heartlinks, we have traced the lineages and influences of Quimby/Southwestern College back through Phineas Parkhurst Quimby and New Thought, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Rudolf Steiner, Hindu scriptures, John Dewey, Emma Curtis Hopkins,…
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Rock Tray Workshop

  Let’s go for a walk, and pick up with permissionpieces from the earth, resting branches, fallen leaves, rocks rolled with time, or shells that once were homes.  What history do they hold?There is room for more, from me. Let’s whisper into the rocks.They can keep our secrets, our emotions, our wishes.  Shells can be…
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A Poetic Journey through Ethics and Personal Transformation…by Student Camille Grec

Professional Ethics in Art Therapy Final Paper Camille Grec Autumn 2012 “But I say to you that when you work you fulfil a part of of earth’s furthest dream, assigned to you when that dream was born. ...And in keeping yourself with labour you are in truth loving life, and to love life through labour…
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