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Monthly Archive March 2013

Where Do Southwestern College Grads Work? Deb Heikes, Counseling

During my Masters Program at Southwestern College, I obtained a certificate as a Gestalt Therapist by the Gestalt Institute of Santa Fe. I graduated Southwestern College March 2006 and began working at Life Healing Center full-time as the evening therapist. Because of the combination of training, I had the confidence to take the leap into…
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Vision Quest Dreams Become Reality- Jessica Ventura-Ewing

 Jessica Ventura-Ewing "Until You Know Yourself Happiness Cannot Come To You" ~ Yogi Tea When thinking about the maternal lineage in my family the feeling that kept presenting itself was sadness. Not a normal type of every day sadness but a deep seeded sadness that stemmed from birth, something that all of the women of…
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Southwestern Grad, Matthew David, Santa Fe Therapist and Harmonica Player

Matthew David I'm working in private practice in Santa Fe. My office is located at 1807 Second Street, in the Second Street Studio complex. I've been doing this exclusively, on a part time basis – I now say that I'm “semi-retired”- since leaving The Life Healing Center in 2006. I work with adult individuals…
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Southwestern Grad, Lauren Taylor, working as Art Therapist in Oklahoma

Lauren Taylor Oklahoma City, OK   I graduated in 2010 with the MA in Art Therapy and Counseling, and just received my LPC in February of 2013.  While under supervision for my licence, I worked at the Community Learning Council which is a non-profit that focuses on working with women and children who have witnessed…
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Where Do Southwestern Grads Work? Kristin Sellke Koepke,
Art Therapist

Kristin Sellke Koepke Wauwatosa, WI I graduated from Southwestern in 2002 with my MA in Art Therapy. Since then I have lived in Illinois, Tennessee, and Wisconsin. I have spent most of my career working with children and adolescents, many of them in the foster care system. I am now an independent contractor in…
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Where Do Southwestern College Grads Work? Paul Grim, Counselor

My wife Fern, foster daughter Kari, doggie Otto, and I are homesteading on our land in Lyle, WA where we have a 10,000 square foot vegetable "patch", solar power, and wood cooker. We are currently crammed into a tiny yurt, but we are building a new home during our spare time evenings and weekends. http://homesweetyurt.wordpress.com/. Fern is running the…
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What do Southwestern Grads Do For Work? Robert Levithan, Counselor, Writer

Hi, I graduated from SWC in 1994 when my life-expectancy was two years. I am happy to report that medical breakthroughs have helped me to be in near-perfect health for over 17 years. This chapter of my life, I am in my native New York City facilitating groups at Friends In Deed, a crisis center…
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Where Do Southwestern Grads Work? Laura Lansrud-Lopez, Art Therapy/Counseling

 Laura L. Lansrud-Lopez, M.S., M.A., LPCC, LPAT, ATR-BC, CTS I was working full-time as the Family Services Program Coordinator for TeamBuilders Counseling Services when I graduated from the Art Therapy / Counseling program in March, 2007. The birth of my first daughter in 2008 prompted my reluctant departure from TeamBuilders, and set me on a…
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Where Do Southwestern College Grads Work? Heather Wulfers, Art Therapy/Counseling

Heather Wulfers, LMHC, ATR I graduated from the Art Therapy/Counseling program in March 2010 and have been working as a licensed therapist both at Southwestern Counseling Center and in private practice. As the coordinator at the counseling center, I stay connected to the College community and work with all kinds of diverse clients, which I…
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Where Do Southwestern College Grads Work? Craig McAdams, Counseling

Craig McAdams, M.A. LMHC, After returning from internship in Peru, I graduated with a Master’s in Counseling from Southwestern College in 2012 and became a member of the Board of Trustees. Now I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Santa Fe, New Mexico. I am working with children and families at the Southwest Family…
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Where Do Southwestern College Grads Work? Magdalena Karlick, Art Therapy/Counseling

Magdalena Karlick, ATR, LPAT, LPCC, since graduating from Southwestern College in 2009, I got married and gave birth at home to 2 sons, Judah Marley, almost 3 yrs old, and Isa Caw, 3 months old (as of January 2013). I finished SWC’s Interpersonal Neurobiology and Action Methods certificate in 2011. I am working towards licensure…
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Where Southwestern Grads Work: Shauna Perry, Art Therapy/Counseling

Shauna Perry, M.A., LPC, I graduated from the Art Therapy/Counseling program at Southwestern College in the Fall of 2010. I am currently living in Denver, CO and working for Jewish Family Services as a school based therapist for refugee and immigrant students at two Denver Public High Schools and one Middle School. My work involves…
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Southwestern College is a Calling: What Do We Mean By Holistic, Spiritual?

Part Two: Language can be a complicated thing. At Southwestern College, we continue to reach for the best language we can find to describe what we do. We call our program holistic, or integrative. We also use the term “spiritually-sourced”; that term probably requires some unpacking. At Southwestern College, we REGULARLY enroll students whose primary…
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Experiential Learning at Southwestern College….

Is there Drama Therapy at Southwestern College? By Allegra Borghese   At Southwestern College we incorporate many modes and traditions of healing into the classroom. For first year students in Consciousness I, we were asked to represent our findings of a research project through an interactive performance. While the introverted part of me was not…
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Southwestern College is a Calling: Part Two

Part Two:  Who Teaches at Southwestern College? And How? Well, our faculty members do much more than “teach."  As you can guess by reading that first piece. Teaching sounds like “I know a bunch of stuff you don’t know, and if you will listen and take notes, I will share it with you. Then YOU…
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Southwestern College is Not Just a Graduate School: It is a Calling

Southwestern College (Santa Fe) is Not Just a Graduate School: It is a Calling --- by President Jim Nolan Every master’s degree program in Counseling has to offer a similar core of courses to be accredited, or recognized by licensing boards--these courses include  stuff like Professional Ethics, Counseling Theory and Practice, Group Dynamics and so…
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Creating Characters

 I love gluing things together to create beings. Broken toys, bits of jewelry, feathers, recycling, stones, pistachio shells.. the list of gluable-together items is infinitely long! Crone Calm Observance and her sidekick Slowdown and Protect Snail This is a common directive that I use with clients as well, we use pieces that I have collected,…
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Exploring Loss

Loss has been part of life since the beginning of time. It happens in nature with the seasons, animals and natural disasters. With humanity’s evolution, especially in certain societies, loss was hushed and shelved away in some imaginary file cabinet called denial. Grief, death, loss and other “sad” words were not spoken. When there were…
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The Grief Process

I think of grief as the normal and natural healing process from a loss. There are many forms of loss, including, loss of a pet, health, home, finances, dreams and hopes, motivation, Self, addiction, social status, time, and, of course, death of a loved one. Any time you experience loss you may undergo a grief…
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Growthiness, By Andrew Fearnside

3000 Hours: Growthiness   Growthy [Grohth-ee] adjective. 1. Generating personal growth. 2. Transformative.   Growth. Transformation. Expanding consciousness. Meaning the development of new psychological capacities, new relationships, new understandings. Those are the goals. I believe they're the goals of every being everywhere, including mountains and rivers and clouds, if…
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